Eight Times Rory Gilmore Was Completely Relatable To Every 30 Something Writer

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By Alicia Cook

I am a first generation Gilmore Girls’ fan. I watched it from the day the pilot aired in 2000 on the WB until the series finale on the CW in 2007. I purchased the seasons on VHS and DVD. I watched the reruns on ABC Family (now Freeform.) And, when Netflix picked up the series, I continued to watch. You get my point.

Throughout the original seven seasons of the show, I felt in sync with Rory. I was very familiar with what she was feeling throughout college and high school. Each week, I commiserated with the younger leading lady, especially in the final season when she received her first major rejection (New York Times Fellowship), had her first major breakdown (the final she didn’t complete, or considering marriage, or graduate or law school; I never temporarily streaked my hair pink, though), and then her first big job offer (on the campaign trail with Barack Obama). Continue reading

8 Books to Help You Get Your Feminism On

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By Casey Rose Frank

If you’re anything like me the post-election world we live in is one that has not only instigated a feeling of wanting to create actual change, but has required it.

When I want to raise my voice louder but don’t know where to begin, or rather how to make sure that in my insistence to be heard that my message is clear, coherent, and one that I can be proud of, I want to hear from women who have already done an amazing job. I also want to learn what I don’t know. Continue reading

10 DIY Foods To Eat While You Binge-Watch “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”

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By De and Kate

It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! After months of waiting, the Netflix reboot of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is finally here.  We’re not sure about you, but our plans today are pretty much – get into comfy clothes and binge-watch. Oh, and eat. Because if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that no Gilmore Girls viewing party is complete without a fabulous array of snacks. With that, here are 10 recipes that will inspire you to have the best Gilmore Girls binge session possible: Continue reading

For Thanksgiving This Year, Embrace Simple Gratitude

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By De and Kate

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s been quite a month. In fact, it’s been quite a year. And we’re fairly certain you don’t need us to remind you of that. While tensions are likely high amongst many households today, for various and good reasons, we hope that feelings of gratitude, community, and love have the power to prevail and take precedence. In spite of the pain, disappointment, and differences we feel, may we also take the time to focus on and remember all the people, things, and experiences worthy of our appreciation. Continue reading

Why I Quit NaNoWriMo

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By Eliza David

My mother taught me a lot as a child. Even as a grown woman approaching forty, I continue to receive pearls from her – even from three hundred miles away where she resides in my hometown of Chicago. One thing she often reminded me to do was to finish what I start. ‘Don’t be a quitter’ was a common refrain whenever I was ready to be done with whatever hobby du jour I was invested in during the many phases of my upbringing: piano lessons, track and field, cheerleading, not judging others. Continue reading

America, Pay Attention: We Will Be Judged By History

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By De Elizabeth

The first time I ever learned about the Holocaust was when I was seven or eight. My parents sent my brother and I to Hebrew School twice a week, and while most of the classes were focused around learning letters and holidays, we spent an entire two weeks talking about the Holocaust in April – just in time for Holocaust Remembrance Day. We would read poems in class that had a repeated refrain, Never again. We met Holocaust survivors, saw the numbers on their arms, listened to their stories with a sort of disconnect – that was so long ago, another time, another place. That could never happen here.  Continue reading

13 Festive Manicures Perfect For the Holidays

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By De Elizabeth

Half of the fun of the holiday season is definitely the clothes and the makeup. When else can you wear a ton of sequins, endless amounts of velvet, and sparkles for days? As Thanksgiving approaches, which will bring us fully into the ~Holiday Season~, we’re rounding up some festive inspiration for your next holiday manicure. Here’s some nail art ideas to get your inner fashionista going. Continue reading

7 Ways to Make a New House a Home

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By Joanna Grey Talbot

Moving has been a way of life for me over the past few years. Moving five times in three years has not made me an expert but it has taught me a few tricks for settling in quicker. Every move has been different, some with roommates and some without, but each time I have had to pack up all my worldly belongings and move in somewhere totally new to me. Change and I have a love/hate relationship but the following list helped me to start loving my new home. Continue reading