I was having a rough morning when someone very special to me knew just what would cheer me up: penguins. Every year, UK department store John Lewis releases a new Christmas ad meant to tug on the heartstrings just before the holidays. Over the years, the annual ad has become a spectacle of sorts, with the store holding a screening of the commercial for its staff before a debuting the short at a red carpet premiere event at it’s flagship store in London. This year, £1 million went into making the commercial, with £6 million set aside for promotion…and, in my opinion, it was worth every penny. Keep reading »
I live for good advice, and sometimes I spend a little too much energy attempting to absorb others’ hard-learned lessons into my own life. When I graduated from college, my attempts to gather as much advice as I could from everyone who’d already done it left me so overwhelmed with information that I went on an advice detox for a few months. I think I figured that by asking others about their youth I’d be able to magically skip the rough parts of postgrad life (hah), but it ultimately made me crazy. I’d started to overthink my every move and was so afraid of making a mistake that would ruin my shot at a happy life that I was, in fact, ruining my happy life by dwelling on it every second. My little break forced me to notice how often my friends were taking the same route by asking anyone and everyone to weigh in on their choices. It was like an epidemic, and more than any other topic in the world, the uncertain questions frequently led back to our love lives — even when we were happy as could be with them. Keep reading »
Only half a century ago, homosexuality was society’s worst-kept secret — everyone knew it existed, but you didn’t see gay people on TV or movies, and you didn’t talk about them at Thanksgiving dinner. Understandably, there were a lot of ridiculous misconceptions about the homosexual community back then, but today there shouldn’t be any excuse — we have openly gay celebrities, politicians, and plenty of well-written fictional examples in pop culture to pick from.
Yet, the misconceptions persist. Read more on Cracked…
This love story begins at sunset…
I answered the phone at 10:45 p.m., worried about why my father was calling so late. It was highly unusual for a man who never calls after 8 o’clock, especially since he finally chucked his old cell phone which frequently allowed him to “butt dial” everyone on his recent calls list.
“Hi. What are you doing tomorrow?” he asked.
“I planned on going to brunch with some girlfriends, but that’s it. Why? Is everything okay?” Silence from the other end of the receiver confirmed my concern.
“It’s Grandmom,” he said. “I think you should come home.” Keep reading »
When we think of TV’s best (and funniest) couples, there’s no argument that Ross and Rachel make the list (or even top it). They’re not your Disney fairy-tale lovers, but their happy ending comes pretty darn close. We’ve cheered for them during their highs and cried with them during their lows, but we never gave up on the dynamic duo. They mimic a real-life relationship (cue the breakups-and-makeup-sex cycle) that most of us can relate to, which is why, even a decade after “Friends,” the lessons we learned about love are still fresh. We have to thank Ross and Rachel for all they’ve taught us and remember that finding our own lobsters takes work. Read more on Tres Sugar…