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Where I've been and where I am going. Yes, a New Job!

Various cattleya-types lead the Orchid Extravaganza - the annual orchid show held at Longwood. (I'm so rusty when it comes to identifying orchids!),me,me.....Before I start oversharing, know that the photos in this post are all from Longwood as I stopped there while driving back from my book signing tour to rest and to photographed the orchid show. The Orchid Extravaganza, which ends today was indeed an extravaganza - so while I catch you up on my news, I will intersperse this ...
Tags: Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, Lifestyle, Maine, Hasbro, Einstein, Worcester, Vermont, New England, Joe, Don, Wayne, Darrell, Matt, Executive Committee

This Is What Gloria Steinem Was Doing At Your Age

Gloria Steinem has had several long and venerable careers, working as an activist for women’s rights, a journalist, and an author. With her 85th birthday upon us, we are honoring her by looking back at some of the milestone moments in her life for inspiration and the encouragement to continue to grow, evolve, and advocate ourselves. To look at Steinem’s life is to learn that it’s never too late to learn about something or pursue something new.Her Early YearsSteinem’s childhood was far from trad...
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Elizabeth Warren Is A Policy Heavyweight. The Media Is More Interested In Rockstars.

Welcome to Hindsight 2020, Refinery29's weekly column reflecting on the women running for president and the lessons learned (or not!) from 2016.Sen. Elizabeth Warren's policy positions are rooted in her clear-eyed understanding of how capitalism in its current form benefits some, but not all Americans. During her appearance at a CNN town hall Monday, her first major introduction to the national stage this election cycle, the Massachusetts senator embraced this ethos by speaking about her family...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Washington, Senate, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, America, Joe Biden, Cnn, Harvard, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Iowa, Madeleine McCann, Warren, Biden

Want Longer Natural Hair? 5 Expert-Approved Ways To Maximize Growth

In a perfect world, we'd do the big chop on a Saturday and wake up with coils down to our waist by Tuesday. But the way hair growth (and shrinkage) is set up, that's a distant, impossible dream. And waiting for inches to appear brings a new meaning to the phrase, "trying my patience.""Generally, hair grows about half an inch per month," says Yolanda Lenzy, MD, of Lenzy Dermatology in Massachusetts. And unfortunately, there's not much you can do to speed things up, because genetics are the main ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Massachusetts, Don, Neil Sadick, Sadick, Lenzy Dermatology, Lenzy, Viviscal, Yolanda Lenzy, Nutrafol Viviscal

"I Love You, Now Die" Is The Most Relevant & Shocking True Crime Story Of 2019

One hot day in July 2014 in Fairhaven, Ma., Conrad Roy III was found dead by suicide in his pickup truck. He had purchased a generator to trap the carbon monoxide from his the car’s cabin as he sat parked behind a local K-Mart. He was 18.These details about his death may not sound familiar until you hear about the attractive young woman that the state of Massachusetts has found responsible for Conrad’s death. Michelle Carter, 17 at the time, was Conrad's friend, and maybe-girlfriend; they had m...
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A Week In Boston, MA, On $25 Per Hour

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today: an administrative assistant working in higher education who makes $25/hour and spends some of her money this week on Cape Cod kettle chips.Occupation: Administrative AssistantIndustry: Higher EducationAge: 24Location: Boston, MASalary: $25/hour ($45,6...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Fashion, Music, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, Hulu, Skype, Moldova, Facetime, Mom, Nancy, Cvs, Cape Cod, Angela Davis

A Week In Delaware On A $20,000 Stipend

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today: a graduate student working in earth sciences who earns a $20,000 stipend per year and spends some of her money this week on a chai.Occupation: Graduate StudentIndustry: Earth SciencesAge: 30Location: DelawareSalary: $20,000 stipend = $17,386.78 after ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Massachusetts, India, Ipcc, Wisconsin, Ira, Kylie Jenner, East Coast, Cw, Delaware, Amy, Mid Atlantic, Keri Danielski, Annual IRA

How To Care For Your Natural Hair Underneath A Wig

Neon-green waves, inches down to the floor, an Afro reaching toward the sky — that’s the magic of wigs. Snatched is a week-long celebration of wigs, the people who wear them, and their role in Black beauty culture.Ever look in the mirror at your current hairstyle and get the urge to start from scratch? If the answer is "yes," then you're experiencing a case of hair boredom. You're tired of your look and want to switch it up — maybe go blonde, get a pixie cut, or sport some braids — but the thou...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Gabrielle Union, Massachusetts, Bennet, Sims, Ulta, Sanaa Lathan, Kristin Ess, Lenzy Dermatology, Lenzy, Larry Sims, Grace Eleyae, Sturdivant Drew, Ulta Beauty Make, Kristin Ess Kristin

Why Now May Be The Time To Quit Your Executive Job

Is it time to exit stage right? Photo Courtesy of Ernest Billo-Unsplash General Electric just told the city of Boston that they were scaling back their plans to grow the Boston HQ significantly. While that move alone may not mean much to you, they have to reimburse the state $87M of incentive money given to them when they agreed to move their corporate headquarters from Connecticut to Massachusetts. In a nutshell, the company is doing what’s best for them. Can the same be said about you? Here a...
Tags: Leadership, Boston, Massachusetts, Happiness, Careers, Employee Engagement, Connecticut, Women In Business, Boston HQ, Executivecoaching, Careercoaching, Ernest Billo Unsplash General Electric

The Joy (and Pain) of Growing Citrus Indoors

It's citrus season here in New England! At least, in my greenhouse where at least 10 varieties of citrus can be picked on any day in February. While easy to grow in a cool greenhouse, indoors, citrus need a little extra special care - here are my tips. I'm often asked about how to grow citrus indoors or how to grow citrus in containers - and while I am hardly an expert on raising citrus fruit, I have been growing many citruses in pots since, well, when I was a kid. Really.  Here's a secre...
Tags: Massachusetts, Lifestyle, Connecticut, Meyer, New England, Don, Logee, Matt Mattus, California Last, Kaffir, Improved Meyer Lemon Pink Variegated Lemon, Calamondin, Hong Kong Kumquat, Calamondin Orange, Hong Kong Kumquat Fortunella, Espoma

Elizabeth Warren Unveils Proposal To Ensure High-Quality Child Care For Every Family

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is making universal child care one of the priorities of her 2020 presidential campaign, unveiling a plan Tuesday that would ensure every family can have access to high-quality child care, regardless of their income.Child care in the U.S. can cost on average up to $9,500 per year, according to the New America Foundation. In fact, in 28 states, paying for one year of child care can be more expensive for families than paying for one year of college tuition. With her Universal...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Congress, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, America, New York Times, Bravo, Warren, Ellen Bravo, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Richard Nixon, New America Foundation, UniversalChildCare, TrialMalia Obama

Voice Of Reason Nancy Pelosi Calls BS On Trump's "National Emergency"

Say it with us: There is no national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. But this didn't stop President Donald Trump from declaring one on Friday after being unable to get funding from Congress for his border wall and presiding over the longest government shutdown in U.S. history."I didn’t need to do this," Trump said in his announcement (no, he didn't, agree Democrats) after signing a spending bill to keep the government running. "But I’d rather do it much faster." In the deal, he got about $...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Congress, Mexico, Germany, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, America, Canada, Gop, House, Nancy Pelosi, Vox, Donald Trump, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris

It Started With A Shooting At Their School. But They Know It's About More Than That.

"I thought I was going to die. As I lay there, I begged God to please make it fast," Aalayah Eastmond, a 17-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, said, her voice quivering. Testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last Wednesday, she described the oft-told story of February 14, 2018, from her own, terrifying vantage point: She was in her fourth-period Holocaust history class, where the students were presenting projects on campus hate groups. When ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Florida, Massachusetts, Milwaukee, Georgia, Fbi, Chicago, Trayvon Martin, Harvard University, House, Jordan, Maria, Dontre Hamilton, Douglas, Senate Judiciary Committee

Exclusive: Meet The Nominees For The 2019 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award

Emily's List announced Monday its nominees for the 2019 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award, Refinery29 can exclusively report. The yearly award, named in honor of former Arizona congresswoman and gun safety advocate Gabrielle Giffords, aims to "celebrate extraordinary woman serving in state or local office."The nominees for this year are California Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, Virginia Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, Florida state Rep. Margaret Good, Nevada Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, Madi...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts, Georgia, House, Arizona, Illinois, Democratic, Cook County, Emily, Kim Foxx, Stephanie Schriock, Gabrielle Giffords, Arvina Martin

Elizabeth Warren Officially Announces She's Running For President

Update, February 9, 2019: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has formally announced her 2020 presidential campaign.Warren launched her bid at an event in her home state of Massachusetts with Rep. Joe Kennedy and Sen. Ed Markey. "This is the fight of our lives," she said in a speech, according to The Hill. "The fight to build an America where dreams are possible, an America that works for everyone. I am in that fight all the way."This story was originally published on December 31, 2018.Sen. Elizabeth Warren ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Virginia, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, America, Joe Biden, Iowa, Warren, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Law, Joe Kennedy, Sen Ed Markey

Red Lipstick Sent A Strong Message At The State Of The Union

At the State of the Union last night, it was hard to ignore the sea of white. In a chamber of the Capitol that's usually bustling with black suits, navy suits, red ties, and blue ties, more than 100 congresswomen chose to wear white as a nod to 20th century suffragettes who fought for women's right to vote — and never backed down.And while that surely made a political statement, there was also another symbolic element to many of these women's looks: red lipstick.It was, in effect, the big beau...
Tags: Fashion, Music, England, New York, Minnesota, California, Massachusetts, New York City, America, Georgia, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Tammy Duckworth, Illinois, Adolf Hitler, Trump

Is Apple Cider Vinegar The Magic Ingredient Your Scalp Is Missing?

Few things have managed to steal — and stay — in the DIY spotlight the way apple cider vinegar has. Aside from its ability to make any sad salad a little more exciting, the fermented juice has taken on a life of its own in the wellness and beauty spaces, with "fitfluencers" touting the benefits of taking ACV shots to aid digestion and resourceful skin-care enthusiasts watering it down for use as a toner.Start looking into the benefits by typing those three words into Google, however, and it's n...
Tags: Apple, Google, Fashion, Music, Texas, Instagram, Massachusetts, New York City, Start, ACV, Neil Sadick, Sadick, Ted Lain, Lenzy Dermatology, Lenzy, Sadick Dermatology

Freshman Members Of Congress Told Us What They Want To Accomplish

The new Democratic House majority has an ambitious agenda, which started with a sweeping anti-corruption proposal and aims to protect voting rights, fix infrastructure, pass a universal-background checks bill, and take action on climate change.With a Republican-controlled Senate and Trump in the White House, it's realistically unlikely for many of these bills to become law. But this is a chance for Democrats to flex their legislative muscle, make their priorities clear, and show that they're no...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Texas, Congress, Senate, White House, Massachusetts, Gop, House, Connecticut, Michigan, Trump, Crohn, Jim Davis, Tom Williams, Susan Walsh

Elizabeth Warren Apologized To Cherokee Nation For Her Misguided DNA Test

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has privately apologized to the leadership of Cherokee Nation for the confusion created by her ill-advised decision to take a DNA test to prove she has Indigenous ancestry, The Intercept reports.Warren, who launched an exploratory committee in late December and is expected to officially announce her presidential bid next week, came under fire last fall after releasing the results of a DNA test performed by Stanford geneticist Carlos Bustamante. The Massachusetts senator ha...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Stanford, Virginia, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, United States, Warren, Oklahoma, Donald Trump, Delaware, Trump, State, Aoc, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Bustamante

Who Is Running For President In 2020?

With Sen. Kamala Harris having kicked off her campaign with a rally in Oakland, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand headed to New Hampshire this weekend fresh off a trip to Iowa, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren having already drawn crowds in several states, the race to 2020 is well underway.And the field of candidates is getting crowded, with several Democrats having formed exploratory committees (which basically means they're running). Then there are the Joe Bidens and Bernie Sanderses, who are rumored to be ru...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Maryland, Obama, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Iowa, Medicare, Pocahontas, San Antonio, Kamala Harris, Bashar Al Assad, Trump, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Housing and Urban Development

Winter Gardening Ramps Up - Book Reviews Pour In

There are still endless lists of garden chores for those who garden where winter is mild - California, the Pacific coast, the British Isles, or the US south, but here in New England - winter gardening can often be defined by most people as dreaming and planning. Ordering seeds, starting seeds, making lists with nursery catalogs and websites, and of course, by reading gardening books and magazines. But don't be fooled in thinking that the Northeast gardener is lazy - for more serious gardener...
Tags: Asia, Japan, UK, California, Boston, Massachusetts, US, Lifestyle, Chile, Argentina, God, North America, North Carolina, Pacific, New England, Lily

Frankie Shaw Will Apologize For Some Things, But She's Not Sorry About SMILF

A show about single moms who are down on their luck and also horny is about as taboo as TV gets, but the Showtime series SMILF is the rare gem that manages to disrupt with unapologetic verve. Set in the Boston’s historically blue collar Southie neighborhood, the show centers on Bridgette Bird, a young, struggling mom of a toddler, who is totally lost, troubled by a traumatic past, but doing her best. In the iconic pilot episode, she’s seen at a bodega running into an old friend while buying coo...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, Hollywood, California, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, Los Angeles, Ptsd, Justin Bieber, Showtime, Camilla, Catholic, Jfk, Los Angeles Times

Trump's New Birth Control Rules Are Blocked Nationwide By Federal Judge

A federal court in Pennsylvania issued a national injunction on two Trump administration rules that would make it easier for employers and universities to deny women birth control coverage, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday afternoon.The injunction followed a similar decision by a federal judge in California who blocked the policy in 13 states and the District of Columbia on Sunday night.President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensured that birth control wa...
Tags: Fashion, Music, California, Massachusetts, Barack Obama, Pennsylvania, District Of Columbia, Captivity, Trump, U S District Court, Department of Health and Human Services, Oakland CA, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Maura Healey, Xavier Becerra, Leana

Trump's New Birth Control Rules Are Blocked Nationwide

A federal judged issued a national injunction on two Trump administration final rules that would make it easier for employers and universities to deny women birth control coverage, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday afternoon.The injunction followed a similar decision by a federal judge that blocked the policy in 13 states and the District of Columbia on Sunday night. The final rules, which the Trump administration issued in November, were extremely similar to the int...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Massachusetts, Barack Obama, Oakland, District Of Columbia, Captivity, Trump, U S District Court, Department of Health and Human Services, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Maura Healey, Xavier Becerra, Leana, Jake Patterson, Haywood S Gilliam Jr

How My Non-Muslim Family Members Have Made Me A Stronger Muslim

By Laura El Alam Whenever I walk into a room, there is one member of my family who consistently walks right out.  He says he’s not comfortable with me now that I wear a headscarf. He’s had nearly 19 years to adjust, but the “discomfort” persists.   I’m allowed to visit another close relative’s house only if I agree not to pray there. He believes his home is “consecrated to Christ,” and if I worship Allah there, it would somehow taint the sanctity of his home. When I tell him that I do not ...
Tags: Family, Life, Relationships, Massachusetts, Love, Religion, Fox, Islam, Muslim, Jesus, Catholic, Muslims, Convert, Breitbart, Laura, Muhammad

Julián Castro Officially Announces His 2020 Presidential Bid, With His First Stop In Puerto Rico

Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio, TX and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration, is running for president in 2020.Castro announced his bid at a rally in San Antonio on Saturday morning, becoming one of the highest-profile Latinx candidates to ever seek the Democratic nomination, per The New York Times. His first campaign appearance will be on Monday at the Latino Victory Fund’s annual summit in Puerto Rico, where he plans to speak with res...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Texas, Minnesota, Maryland, Obama, Congress, California, Mexico, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, New Hampshire, Hawaii, New York Times

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard Says She Will Run For President In 2020

Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is running for president in 2020.Gabbard revealed her decision on Friday in an interview with CNN. She said she will make a formal announcement within the next week."There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision,” Gabbard said. “There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I'm concerned about and that I want to help solve.”Gabbard was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 to represent Hawaii’s ...
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Can Rice Water Actually Make Your Hair Grow Faster? Experts Weigh In

We have a bad habit of seeking instant gratification when it comes to a lot of things. We expect to feel healthier after eating one kale salad for lunch. We check the mirror every 10 minutes to make sure that new face mask is actually working. And if a round of squats doesn't display instant booty-lifting benefits, well, we're likely to fall right off the fitness bandwagon. The point is: When we test a new product, service, or treatment, we often anticipate immediate, life-altering results that...
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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's Nails Make More Than Just A Beauty Statement

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives' new class streamed into the U.S. Capitol for the very first time, bringing with them a bevy of beauty looks that have rarely been seen inside the prestigious government building. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York wore her signature red lipstick. Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts wore her hair in twists. And Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia and is one of the first Muslim-American women in Cong...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Minnesota, Obama, Congress, White House, Massachusetts, Somalia, Bronx, Omar, Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor, U S House of Representatives, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley

Elizabeth Warren Is Running For President In 2020

Senator Elizabeth Warren has announced her exploratory committee to run for president in 2020, making her the first major candidate to enter the race. This committee will allow her to begin raising money for her campaign.The longtime Harvard Law professor turned Massachusetts Democratic Senator announced a campaign focused on her desire to protect America’s middle class; she has long been public with her disapproval of big banks and unregulated capitalism. She has also been vocal about her supp...
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