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JK Rowling unveils The Ickabog, her first non-Harry Potter children’s book The Ickabog is her first children’s story not to be linked to Harry Potter. She wrote it over a decade ago for her own children and has now dusted it off. Chapters of The Ickabog are being published daily until 10 July on The Ickabog…

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Autism Spectrum Diagnosis Helped Comic Hannah Gadsby ‘Be Kinder’ To Herself May 26, 20201:44 PM ET Heard on Fresh Air Gadsby embarked on a comedy career in Australia, but she still felt out of place. It wasn’t until 2016, when she was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder that things started to make sense. Gadsby’s breakout comedy…

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Do you trust your partner to cut your hair? It’s the ultimate relationship test. My husband’s hair was getting a bit long and unruly so he asked me to cut it. For those of you who know me well, you know that doing anything hair related is at the far, farther, farthest boundary of my…

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Shrimp Tacos, Refried Beans and Rice: A Pantry Meal Today is Memorial Day, a day when we honor our veterans and those who lost their lives while in the service of our country. I think about my oldest grandson who is serving in the Navy. I also think of all the people that were lynched,…

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Legendary jazz tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson was born on May 25, 1878, in Richmond, Virginia. His given name was Luther, but he despised it and appropriated that of his younger brother, William. An extraordinary performer and synthesizer of the tap tradition, Robinson is also credited with one major innovation in this American art form: transforming its…

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When I cook too much rice (my husband doesn’t like brown rice so it is usually long-grain plain or long-grain jasmine) or have leftover rice from ordering Chinese, I usually make rice pudding the easy way. I put the rice in a pot, cover it with milk – I use cow milk but you can…

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Introducing Esperanza Spalding Portland, Oregon-born jazz singer, bassist, and cellist Esperanza Spalding displayed prodigious talents from an early age playing violin with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon. She burst onto America’s jazz music scene with the release of her debut album Junjo in 2006, receiving favorable reviews from the likes of the New York Times’ critic Ben Ratliff. Since then,…

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Getting to Know Aaron Diehl Pianist Aaron Diehl is a jazz musician with a mission; he seeks to traverse the generational boundaries of the genre, and with compliments such as the New York Times lauding him as “a smart young pianist with a fastidious grasp of jazz traditions,” he is certainly proving his worth. A graduate of…

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exercise drink enough water avoid alcohol and other empty calories (hello, soda!) manage stress get enough sleep ( 6-8 hours every night) eat smaller portions lose weight avoid eating my favorite deserts Read more here and here.

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