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19 Things Every 19-Year-Old Girl Needs To Hear Right Now

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1. YOU ARE NOT A MESS

Your bed is unmade, your best clothes are dirty, you haven’t written a word of that paper, and you feel like you haven’t talked to your parents in days. Everything feels out of place. Where are your keys? You feel like you never know, and you’re constantly apologizing to people for it whenever you can’t do something fast enough, even if it’s something as trivial as hastily searching for your debit card at the register: “sorry, I’m such a mess.” No. You are not a mess. You are a human. Stop apologizing for being fallible. It’s okay not to have every single thing in its place as long as your heart is in the right one.

2. YOU DON’T NEED TO BE BETTER

You want to improve: move up the ranks at your job, make more than $8.75 and hour…

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26 Hilarious Jokes About Dating That Single And Taken People Can Laugh At

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40 Awesome Websites That Will Totally Ruin Your Productivity

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1.Stripgenerator

Hey, get your mind out of the gutter–Stripgenerator is about comic creation, not clothing removal–though we wouldn’t claim that thetwo paths have never crossed. The site lets you build your very own customized comic strip in a matter of minutes. Choose from an array of characters and objects, and then bring your strip to life, one square at a time. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, sign up to start your own “strip blog” and have your content featured on the site’s home page.

2.FMyLife

FMyLife encourages people to send in anonymous real-life stories of worst-case scenarios that came horrifyingly true–things you’ll just have to read to believe. The stories aren’t always G-rated, so visit at your own discretion.

3.LivePlasma

A must-try for any music or film fanatic, LivePlasma helps you find new movies and music by building interactive maps around your current favorites. It’s…

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8 Things My Father Taught Me About Respecting Women

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1. “That’s someone’s daughter.”

This is something I will always hold dear to my heart. My father has a great way of putting things into perspective for me. He made me realize that every girl in this world is not only someone’s daughter, but also a child of God. I should always treat women the same way I would hope someone to treat my future daughter.

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20 Hilarious Dating Tweets That Will Make You Glad You’re Single

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When you’ve just come out of a break-up, the last thing you need is another inspirational quote or a friend that wants to talk in a sad voice while slowly rubbing your back and staring at you like they’re watching the first ten minutes of Up. You need to laugh and maybe throw a rock at his window. Instead of committing a crime, let’s go with the laughter option. Here are 20 hilarious tweets on dating that will make being single seem not that bad after all. TC Mark

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Something Deeper: On Teaching with Heart and the Poetry of Teaching

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Teaching is poetry.

It’s the creation of something deeper, something sleeping below a classroom structure.  Its meaning is buried underneath flash cards and Power Points, grade checks and rubrics.  The surface seems simple and direct — we see the quizzes and cold-calls as clearly as pure rhymes.  The bells ring and the lines break and we prepare for the next stanza to take a seat quietly and get to work.

But hanging underneath is something deeper, something unique, something pure to the individual.

Teaching breathes and stretches and transcends like poetry.  No two learners can interpret the verse of teaching the same, just as no two teachers can write the same verse.  No matter what the rhyme scheme or theme, it is the process of learning that makes education poetry.  It is the delicate and personal interaction between two humans sharing a space in mind and body and trying to transfer meaning to…

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75 Things to Do in San Francisco This Summer

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Summer is upon us. And for some reason, even though it happens every year, the summer season — much like the holiday season, which also happens every year — always feels like a big occasion, something to celebrate and start making resolutions around (e.g., “This summer, I’m really gonna use that National Parks Pass that I bought”). It’s an optimistic sort of celebration because we often don’t even get to enjoy summer weather for most of the time it’s the summer season in San Francisco. But that doesn’t stop us from pursuing all kinds of outdoorsy, summer-typical activities to ring in the months of June, July, and August.

We’ve compiled a big, by-no-means-exhaustive, in-no-particular-order list of activities to go big this summer in San Francisco (and surrounding environs). You could treat it as a literal checklist or just as a bunch of ideas to kickstart your own ideas around what constitutes a summer…

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