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the girl in the mirror pt.2
Shattered reflections of the girl she hated scattered around her. No matter which direction she looked they all surrounded her. Each little piece of glass she found something new she hated. Each one she numbered to remind her of all her insecurities. Her hair, her dull eyes, the lifeless expression she wore, and many things she pointed out. The girl in the mirror turned to the girl in the broken mirror. All she could see is someone she wished she wasn’t. Sitting in the dimly lit room in the middle of the broken reflections was someone fighting to prove herself wrong without the needs of others. Slowly picking the pieces of the broken mirror and putting them back together to be one reflection of that girl. That one reflection of that girl who is cracked and broken. That one reflection of the girl in the mirror.
Lower Keys Underwater Music
Every summer I head to the Florida keys for a unique music festival that takes "water music" to a whole new level. Hundreds of divers and snorkelers tune in on a beautiful coral reef in the National Marine Sanctuary in the Florida Keys, where celebrity attendees like the Snorkeling Elvis's are a traditional part of the scene. Selections ranging from "Yellow Submarine" to humpback whale songs are piped underwater for an unforgettable music experience.
Oh Christmas Tree
Hundreds of millions of people each year come to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, but most don't know how this tradition began.
SMALL ROOTS On Christmas Eve 1931, a group of construction workers bought a 20-foot fir tree. It was adorned with homemade decorations. Two years later in 1933, 30 Rockefeller Plaza opened and with it the first official Christmas tree was displayed with just 700 lights. The custom continued through the Great Depression. During World War II, trees weren't lit to comply with blackout regulations, but they were decorated in patriotic red, white and blue. In 1949, the tree was painted silver as if to appear draped in snow. AN ANNUAL TRADITION The first tree lighting ceremony was televised in 1951 on the "Kate SmithShow." Since then, famous celebrities and politicians have hosted the special each year. Though the tree is the main attraction, there are lots of other holiday fixtures around the plaza to see. The dozen wired angels first appeared in 1969. This year (2018), a new, 900-pound Swarovski Star is debuting, which contains three million crystals along 70 triangular spikes.Each year at the close of the season the tree is taken down and its wood is donated to the Habitat for Humanity foundation where it is used to build homes for those in need.
I woke up this morning and it was still dark. I couldn't go back to sleep after trying for 30 minutes — so I got out from the bed. Everything was silent. Everyone was quiet. Everywhere was dark. It was incredible. The sun was rising, the city was sleeping. It lasted like twenty minutes and then everyone started to take on the day ahead with voices, light, noise, and life. Back to normal, back to reality.
But for those magical twenty minutes the city was mine.
When you're young and on vacation, sometimes you get too drunk.
I was visiting the Bahamas with my boyfriend, a friend and her boyfriend. Her boyfriend happened to be my boyfriend's brother… So, we were basically sister-in-law's, right? The perfect partners in crime. Well, we were staying on her family's beautiful boat and planning to boat around the islands. However, there was a tropical storm over the course of our vacation, so we weren't allowed to leave the dock. We didn't mind because we were docked at the Atlantis Resort and had a beautiful boat to enjoy.
Upon our anticipated arrival, we unpacked and then began our evening with a cheerful glass of wine over happy hour. As the sunset while sipping our crisp rosé, we felt quite sophisticated. Eventually we moved on to dinner inside the resort and we upgraded to lychee martini's over sushi and great conversation. Before you know it, we were ordering tropical cocktails in the casino. What is even in a tropical cocktail? Rum, peach schnapps, sugary liqueurs… who knows.
As us girls started really enjoying ourselves, for some reason we decided it would be fun to ditch the boys at the craps table and order shots of tequila at the bar. (For the record, the Tequila was NOT my idea and tequila is NOT my friend.) In the following hour or so, we ordered shots for an entire college basketball team and made
great friends, defended each other in a bar fight and made
enemies and finally ended-up at a blackjack table. To my surprise my friend was fantastic at blackjack! Being a focused drunk, I started to worry that with one wrong hand she could lose all her winnings. So, while she drunkenly put all her chips on the table, I was drunkenly sneaking them into my purse, so she could cash in.
Apparently, the boys had become quite worried during our "missing hours" and eventually found us back in the casino. They weren't too happy, but we didn't care in the moment — sorry boys. As they escorted us back to the boat, I sobered-up into "mom mode" worried that my friend had one or two drinks too many. My friend went directly to bed and once the rocky waves hitting the boat shook my stomach, I went straight to the bathroom. (Keep in mind bathrooms on a boat, are quite compact.) This was not one of my finest moments, but admittedly, I fell asleep next to the toilet. YOLO.
In the morning as I awoke, I realized my friend was curled up on the bathroom floor next to me. As we both came to our senses, we realized we were both laying there, cuddling with a towel... naked?! It was awkward for a minute until we broke out in laughter. A very hungover laughter. We now joke that this moment took our friendship to a whole new level. When I asked her why she joined me in the bathroom, she said she came in to check on me and then thought that the cold bathroom tile felt nice.
When you're young and on vacation, sometimes you get too drunk and make memories of a lifetime.
He started reading the Bible when he was very young. The only memory he has from his father is a letter he sent his unborn son from a prison camp in Vietnam. In it, the American soldier stated that he was quite sure he wouldn't make it back home, and the his son should take good care of his mother. He will never know if it was raining that day or if his father was crying, because the ink was blotted and some phrases could barely be made out. However, upon receiving the letter, his mother decided she had to be strong, a single Latino mother in Texas in the late 60's. When her son was born, she decided to name him after his father, and raise a strong independent young man, who started reading the Bible when he was very young. He found solace in the good book, and kept his fathers letter, not only as his only memory of him, but as a beacon to lead a life of virtuousness always taking good care of his mother.
The parking lot
That night part of my soul was left in that dark empty parking lot. The night they confessed their betrayal. The words that came out of his mouth, that he had messed around with my sister and my sister sitting in the back seat, face covered with her hoodie , crying. She said not one word, I knew she was sorry but she was scared, I could hear in her cry that she was overcomed by fear. She thought I would lash out , she thought I would hurt her but no how could I? I love her, you don’t hurt what you love and I guess that’s a lesson she had yet to learn. I had so many questions but was was afraid of what I would hear so I didn’t ask. I let out a big cry, I caught my breath and I threw them out of my life that night. Nothing was ever the same again.
The Mystery Guy
There is a woman named Betty; A graceful, sharp, and kind lady. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Betty knows SF like the back of her hand. As an owner of six apartment buildings in San Francisco, yes Betty has it made. BUT she also sees WEIRD things. For instance, during the 1970's, Betty had a tenant living in one of her lovely apartment buildings; He was a nice guy but would leave town for weeks at a time with his Jeep. He was traveling back and forth from Miami. One trip without his car, a week, month, even year later this guy never returned home. His vehicle still in its parking spot....
[The rest of this story will be continued tomorrow]
Don't Love A Person with Your Whole Heart
Eliza is a young woman in her early 30's who has been around the block a few times. She knows a thing or two about relationships: love, lust and heartbreak. She understands these things with such a clear mentality, one could even say she is a professional! With that being said, Eliza often shares a poignant lesson… If you ever meet her, she will tell you, "Never give someone your full heart. Always, always, always leave room in your heart to love yourself first. If you don't do that and you become heartbroken, you will feel destroyed. You will have nothing to build your heart back to its fullness -- and we all deserve full hearts." Be kind to yourself. Know that you are worthy of a full heart.
Trump dismisses the economic impact of climate change — except at his golf course
But Trump has taken a very different attitude when it comes to the business he owns.
As Politico detailed during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump International Golf Links sought to build a seawall to protect a golf course he owns in Ireland from "global warming and its effects."
In a permit application for the wall, Trump International Golf Links cited scientific studies indicating that a rise in sea level could result in damaging erosion in a bay near the golf course.
"If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct ... it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland," the application says. "In our view, it could reasonably be expected that the rate of sea level rise might become twice of that presently occurring. ... As a result, we would expect the rate of dune recession to increase."
As Politico details, Trump's company even tried to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change in a brochure distributed to people living in the area around the course.Trump's company has warned not only the county council of the perils of climate change, but also local residents. An appendix to TIGL's planning application includes a scan of a brochure that the company has distributed to residents to make the case for building the proposed coastal protection works. The heading of one page — emblazoned with a "Trump Doonbeg" logo — is "Need for Coastal Protection." The page lists four bullet points, the last of which is, "Predicted sea level rise and more frequent storm events will increase the rate of erosion throughout the 21st century."Trump is wrong — the US is far behind the countries he blamesThe new National Climate Assessment concludes that "[w]ith continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century — more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many U.S. states."The Trump administration released the document ahead of schedule on the Friday after Thanksgiving — a move many interpreted as an attempt to bury the findings, which indicate the White House isn't doing enough reduce greenhouse gas emissions.In his comments on Monday, Trump didn't dispute the assessment's findings, but instead suggested there's nothing America can do about climate change because other nations, like China and Japan, will continue to be "dirty."Trump's suggestion is based on a false premise, however. The Environmental Performance Index currently has the US ranked 27th in the world — seven spots behind Japan.