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Identity and Summer Selfies: A Reminder

Identity and Summer Selfies: A Reminder

It’s that time of year again, when all of us at some level look at our bodies and realize that we’ve been more, let’s say, “relaxed” about our health during the colder months. We also see — well, some of us do, anyway — our offensively pale skin or winter-weight and dread the first day of shorts, or sun dresses, or swimsuits. It’s difficult because when everything is green and bright, there is much work to do. That is, those social media photos aren’t going to take themselves.

There’s tremendous pressure, isn’t there, to have a good time when times…

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Am I Doing Summer Wrong?

Am I Doing Summer Wrong?

A timely reflection from Lindsey Hepler.

With the solstice behind us and the 4th of July upon us, there is no denying that summer is in full swing. This means, among other things, that the question du jour is: “What are you up to this summer?” Whether you have big plans or not—whether you had the best time ever last weekend, or sat at home scrolling through your instagram feed — with so many people asking you about it and so many social media feeds telling you what everyone else is up to, its easy to hear a persistent message: You are…

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The Legalism of Swimsuit Season

The Legalism of Swimsuit Season

For 6 months of my life I looked really great in a swimsuit. I was 18, eating mostly fat free jello and running like there was a fat monster chasing me. After that season of inexplicable joy, I began to loathe wearing swimsuits as much as the next American woman.

Two things have happened to change my disdain for the pool. First, we moved to Texas where swimsuits are the yoga pants of suburbia. Which is to say, everyone wears them. And then I had a daughter and kept reading pieces that told me that the way to keep her from being…

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A Quick Calvin and Hobbes

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Don't Worry, Just Dance!: The Songs of Summer '13

Don’t Worry, Just Dance!: The Songs of Summer ’13

Summer is always an amazing time for music, and this year has been no exception, with several notable releases. Usually there’s a single track that is unofficially crowned “the song of the summer.” It’s that one song you can’t escape. You hear it on the radio all the time and you can’t get it out of your head. Last summer it was the bubblegum anthem “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. 2011 had the ultra-catchy “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO. 2010 was “California Gurls” by Katy Perry, and who could escape 2009’s “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed…

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Mockingbird at the Movies: A Quick 2013 Summer Blockbuster Preview

Mockingbird at the Movies: A Quick 2013 Summer Blockbuster Preview

It’s April, and you know what that means? A mere four weeks away till the start of the summer blockbuster season! By no means complete, here’s a list of “big” movies to look out for this summer, based upon trailers, the likelihood they’ll merit a fuller Mbird review after they premiere, and my personal taste in movies. But if I run afoul of the almighty Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, perhaps my recommendations will change? As has been noted elsewhere, it looks like we’re in for a quite a bit of post-apocalyptic mayhem:

4/5 Jurassic Park 3D: This is the first…

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Shades of Glory

Shades of Glory

From Saturday’s Birmingham News Religion section: Seeing through Christian lenses: Calera brothers lost their jobs in October but their faith burns so bright they had to sell sunglasses.

“God gave him a vision, he said. That vision was Christians wearing sunglasses. Ones that say “I love Jesus” on the sides and “John 3:16″ on the
lens, and have a cross above the bridge of the nose.”

“He thinks that people will want to share their faith while reducing their exposure to ultraviolet rays.”

“When you wear these shades, you’re saying you love Jesus”

“Those sunglasses are going to glorify Jesus Christ our Lord and savior”…”We…

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