Things for single people to do on Valentine’s Day

first_imgTwitter Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin Facebook Beth Griffith is a senior journalism major from Cleburne, Texas. She will commission as a 2LT Military Intelligence officer in the United States Army in May. In her free time, she is authoring a clean eating cook book and enjoys volunteering and boxing. printNothing makes being single seem painful quite like Valentine’s day. But, being alone on Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be awful. In fact, here’s some things you can do to make the day great.1. Treat yo’  self Spend the day doing what your nonexistent lover would do for you. Go to one of the many spas around town like Perfect Touch Day Spa or Mokara Spa at the Omni and treat yourself to a massage or a facial. Enjoy a day celebrating you, because you deserve it. Facebook Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature 5. Go to the moviesIf you have or haven’t seen it by Valentine’s day, go watch Deadpool. It’s the perfect flick to make you forget all about this day of love. Severe thunderstorms moving through Fort Worth Beth Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/beth-griffith/ 2. Have a partyCourtesy of giphy.comEverybody loves a good ol’ anti-Valentine’s Day party. Invite all your single friends over, stock up on the snacks and drinks and enjoy a night of pure unattached bliss at home. Linkedin 3. Have a girl’s or guy’s night outGrab your crew, get dressed up in your favorite outfit and hit the club. It’ll be full of single people, so if you’re feeling sappy and lonely, the odds are in your favor. Check out Varsity Tavern on 7th Street or catch a good jazz show at Scat Jazz Lounge downtown. Beth Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/beth-griffith/ ReddIt Beth Griffith 4. Get out of townTake all that money you’re saving by not buying someone a cheesy gift and date night and go on a trip. Take a couple of friends and take a cheap flight to Vegas (the single’s homeland) or drive down to Austin for the weekend. Have yourself a weekend to remember. Ripple Effect: TCU professor talks gravitational waves Previous articleDevelopment plan revealed for Berry/University, some express oppositionNext articleDiverse group of students celebrates at TCU lunar festival Beth Griffith RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 7. Be a tourist in your own city via GIPHYThink about it. The water gardens, the Stock Yards, going to ride a mechanical bull somewhere. All those stereotypical Texan things that you really want pictures doing but have never had the chance, here is your chance. Grab a group of friends, go out and do all those things you thought you would do when you moved to Texas but never actually did. Cowboy boots are encouraged but not required.8. Take care of your household chores Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, a day that is often reserved for catching up on all that laundry you didn’t do or all the dishes sitting in your sink. So you can do exactly that. Then when Monday morning rolls around you’ll have your full wardrobe at your disposal and a clean kitchen to brag about. Plus it may even make your life seem much more put together than it really is.via GIPHY9. Do absolutely nothing differentWhen it comes down to it, Valentine’s day is just like every other day. Treat it as such. Tomorrow will be just an ordinary Monday. You do you. 6. Do something classic … like a haunted house. Courtesy of giphy.comFew things scream “Valentine’s Day” like actual screams. Grab a group of friends and check out Cutting Edge Haunted House. It’s everything a single person could ask for on the day of love: terror, laughs, cries. It’ll be a great non-traditional way to spend your evening. TAGSFun timesfunnygifs on gifsSingleValentine’s Day IMAGE: Good Karma Beth Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/beth-griffith/ Twitter ReddIt + posts Beth Griffithhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/beth-griffith/ Comin’ Up: saying goodbye to the gang life Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

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‘We are all Koulibaly’: Napoli fans don masks to support racism victim

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Milan, Italy | AFP | Thousands of Napoli fans showed their support for Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly who was subjected to racist chanting at Inter Milan in midweek by wearing masks and holding up his picture before their team’s Serie A game against Bologna on Saturday.Posters with the message “Siamo Tutti Koulibaly” (“We are all Koulibaly”) were visible throughout the Stadio San Paolo during the game which the hosts won 3-2.Napoli’s French-born player Koulibaly was targeted by monkey noises and racist chants at the San Siro on Wednesday, before being sent off for sarcastically applauding the referee.Serie A returned to action three days after the violent clashes in Milan during which an Inter supporter died after being hit by a car.And fans showed their solidarity with Koulibaly, wearing masks with the player’s face, as well as t-shirts bearing his name.The home fans also displayed a banner on front of the stadium, “We are all Koulibaly: no to racism!,” with fliers in the stadium “Koulibaly big brother” or “We’re with you Kalidou”.Among them a very young fan held up a poster with: “I’m small, but a man like Koulibaly”.On the pitch, Napoli’s Algerian defender Faouzi Ghoulam wore Koulibaly’s number 26 shirt in warm-up with the Senegalese player suspended after his sending off on Wednesday.“It doesn’t matter the colour of the skin. It doesn’t matter religion. It doesn’t matter what team you’re rooting for. Football, like all sports, is a game. And all the games are passion, fun, freedom: And in freedom we are all alike! Tomorrow we will all be koulibaly!,” Ghoulam tweeted before the match.European football governing body UEFA said that the correct anti-racism protocol had not been followed during the midweek game.And Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said Saturday they would have been in favour of the match being suspended temporarily. “There was a bit of confusion after Milan, we never asked for the suspension, but three times a temporary interruption.“UEFA confirmed that we are right, it surprises me that the president of the referees federation disagrees.“I hope it will never happen again or we will walk off the pitch.”Ancelotti added: “50,000 people calling Koulibaly’s name is quite a show, there has been a good feeling throughout the city.“Kalidou is very popular, he has had messages from many sportsmen and it is a sign that it is not so difficult to improve things.”Meanwhile, there were also banners before Saturday’s match between Parma and Roma in memory of 39-year-old Inter Milan supporter Daniele Belardinelli, who was killed during the pre-match clashes.“Ciao Dede” and “an ultra never dies, Daniele with us” were two of the banners remembering Belardinelli who had been banned from the San Siro between 2007 and 2017 for violence.last_img read more

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Amanda’s Easel to Create NJ’s 2011 Christmas Tree Ornament

first_imgAmanda’s Easel to Create New Jersey’s 2011 Christmas Tree OrnamentTRENTON – First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced today that Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program will design this year’s official 2011 National Christmas Tree – State Tree Ornament for New Jersey’s State Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. Amanda’s Easel is a program of the Monmouth County non-profit 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. which is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. It is named for Manalapan resident Amanda Wengert, who was killed by a neighbor in 1994 at the age of six. Formed in 1997, Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy is a comprehensive art therapy program for children ages 6-13, and their non-offending parent, who have been affected by domestic violence. Participants are placed in small age-appropriate groups and encouraged to express themselves through the use of art media, play, dance and group discussions. “All children deserve to live in a safe, secure environment that is free from violence and abuse,” said Mrs. Christie. “For those who have experienced the perils of child abuse or other forms of domestic violence, Amanda’s Easel provides participants a means to creatively express their feelings in a nurturing, healing atmosphere. I am inspired by the creative arts therapies being used to help these children and even prouder to have Amanda’s Easel create New Jersey’s official Christmas ornament to be displayed in our nation’s capital this December.” “We are delighted and honored to have been chosen to create the New Jersey ornament for the National Christmas Tree, and the children and families are so excited to have this opportunity to showcase their creativity, healing and joy during the holiday season”, said Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director of the program.” Studies show that between 3.3 and 10 million children witness domestic violence annually. Children exposed to domestic violence often exhibit higher rates of emotional, psychological, and physical concerns and evidence-based programs such as Amanda’s Easel have been shown to help children heal from these effects.For information about Amanda’s Easel, visit http://www.180nj.org/children_arttherapy.htmlOctober is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information, visit http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/last_img read more

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Sea Bright Mayor On Staying The Course Through Super Storm Sandy

first_imgDina Long among other Two River area speakers at TEDxNavesinkBy Joseph SapiaTen months into becoming mayor of Sea Bright, Dina Long had to confront the reality of Super Storm Sandy hammering her barrier beach town of less than 2 square miles.It was October 2012 and, Long recalled, “Everything familiar about Sea Bright, gone in one night. The entire landscape was unrecognizable.”Two days after the storm hit, Long stood on the oceanfront, thinking. Evacuated residents were trying to get back into town, but it was on lockdown. Long’s own house was considered a total loss.“I was scared, which is why I was on the beach, having my pull-it-together moment,” said Long, addressing TEDxNavesink, a day of inspirational talks to motivate action, held Saturday, April 9, at Monmouth University, West Long Branch. Her talk was “What Super Storm Sandy Taught Me About Leadership.”Long had found part of the ravaged sign of Donovan’s Reef tavern – the “DO” part of the sign. She took that piece of sign when she addressed Sea Bright residents gathered at the football stadium of Rumson-Fair Haven High School.“When I held up that sign, some people clapped,” said Long, noting the change in the vibe among those affected by Sandy. “Some hugged, some cried. Right there, at a football stadium, we came together.“I’m here to say anyone can be a leader in any circumstance,” she said. “Don’t wait for a circumstance. How about you choose?”Long said individuals came together and formed a more resilient future.“It’s the lesson from Sandy,” Long said. “Your community means you.”Long was one of about three dozen speakers or entertainers – a handful from the Two River area – who spoke at TEDxNavesink, attended by an estimated 600 to 700.Another was Eileen Huang, 16, a Holmdel resident who, last year, was a winner in the National Student Poets Program. She is one of five National Student Poets – her Northeast Region being New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.In its fourth year, the National Student Poets Program is bestowed by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services and Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, whittling 20,000 high school poets to the five honored.Eileen said the poet in her existed before the award and exists now.For Eileen, poetry is like a snapshot of something, which is, then, focused upon as if under a microscope.“No matter what these experiences were, poetry was a way to make my thoughts tangible,” Eileen said.Looking back on her young life as a writer, Eileen said she wrote a short story in sixth grade. Now, as a sophomore at the Monmouth County Vocational School District’s High Technology High School on the campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, “I like to write poetry mostly.”In her talk, she said her Chinese immigrant parents, both engineers, were not typical “Asian tiger” parents, directing her toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) studies. They, according to Eileen, support her writing and artistic side.After the talk, her first as a National Student Poet, Eileen said, “it went pretty well.”“I thought I was able to get my point across and I had a lot of fun doing it,” Eileen said.Her main point, she said, was, “Don’t let your potential be defined by external pressure from your environment and internal pressure from your own insecurities.”“I was pretty nervous, but I got on stage, I calmed down,” she said.TED programs (Ted stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) started in the 1980s. Now, TEDx programs are locally-run offshoots.last_img read more

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