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   By now you might be acquainted with Theo and Beau, a dog and his boy. There’re kind of a big deal: Theo, a mixed breed puppy was adopted in early November by Jessica Shyba, and he quickly bonded with her human son Beau. The two began taking naps together every day; Theo just can’t wait for Beau to settle down for his afternoon nap and get the snuggle party started.    Now that we’re well into the new year, 22 Words decided ... Read More
  You know Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, but how about Let’s Be Enemies? The charming title is a work by author Janice May Udry, and its 1961 publication marked the beginnings of illustrator Maurice Sendak’s growth into the legendary artist we know him as today.    On the pages of this delightfully angst-ridden text, we might find Sendak’s vision of James and John, two boys who have had an unfortunate falling ... Read More
Let me tell you something about my experience relocating to New York City. It’s been super freaking lonely. Leaving behind my friends and family and my 2 beloved cats has been, some days, pretty close to heartbreaking. Lately I’ve been thinking about how significant and healing the companionship of my closest feline friends really is. The fact that my regular routine (north of the border) included coming home on the best and worst of days to the ... Read More
Chances are, this is not your first day here, but Kid President's welcome to people just entering the world is a reminder of what it means to actually be here.  "You're made from love, to be love, to spread love. Love is always louder, no matter what! Even if hate has a bullhorn, love is louder! So let your life be louder! Let's shout to the world: THINGS COULD BE BETTER! IT'S OKAY ABOUT THE MESS-UP'S!" I may or may not have cried some happy tears.Kid ... Read More
On January 15th, sports-centric website Grantland published a feature by journalist Caleb Hannan on a scientifically advanced new golf putter and its eccentric inventor, Essay Anne Vanderbilt. This piece, which took an alleged seven months to research and report, begins with Mr. Hannan's inquiring into an aloof woman's background. The writer's increasingly vigorous investigation determined holes in much of Ms. Vanderbilt's professional resume. And finally, as he ... Read More
  Having just learned the meaning of #tbt (but unfortunately today, a Friday...), I've concocted a non-topical list of life lessons gleaned from the cult-popular nineties television show, My So-Called Life. For the uninitiated – or for those who do not spend snow days marathoning defunct high-school programs – this show featured a young Claire Danes as the wistful, perpetually uneasy Angela Chase, whose life changes the day she dyes her hair red.* ... Read More
  “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.” Though it might surprise those without pets, that’s what I’ve heard from some who’ve lost an animal. If you’re grieving a pet and feeling awful, you’re not an oddball—as a vet and social worker at Brooklyn’s Hope Veterinary, I can tell you that this reaction is perfectly common. Animals have lived with humans for thousands of years, but over the ... Read More
Women, pants, and power have been mixed up together since suffragist Amelia Bloomer paraded around in “Turkishtrousers” in the 1850s. Bloomer’s goal was to reform women’s clothing, with its restrictive corsets and heavy skirts, but her outfit brought mostly ridicule from a public that largely believed trousers, along with the vote, were men’s prerogatives. The bicycle craze of the 1890s helped open women’s minds to the idea of ... Read More
The Seven Year Itch Some amazing and as yet unnamed photographer has invited the vivacious residents of a nursing home to recreate the most touching instants captured in classic films. Using digital images, the artist’s lens allows the resident to explore fantastical worlds, from Mary Poppins’s UK to NYC circa Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The crude composite work done on the images only adds to their charm, placing the playful and witty subjects ... Read More
  A multicomponent mass media campaign was launched in Vietnam promoting the life-saving practice of exclusively breastfeeding for babies’ first 6 months. Exclusive breastfeeding is described by some as the single most effective intervention for preventing child deaths, and the benefits of this practice are well documented. Experts claim that for the first 6 months of a baby’s life, it is best if it is simply fed breastmilk and only breastmilk. ... Read More