Maddy Foley
Maddy Foley is a Chicago-based writer-teacher-bookseller. Watch how many musical theater goofs she can retweet @maddy_efff

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How To Get The New Geostickers On Insta

Probably because they figured we all needed brief moments of brightness in our very, very dark days, Instagram has begun rolling their latest app updates. Here's how to get the new Instagram geostickers, because we all receive a weird amount of delight from them. No, don't even lie about it. And hey, it's cool — they are lots of fun, after all. As long as you're in the right location, at least. On Tuesday, March 7, Instagram users in Jakarta, Indonesia and New York City will be the first to test…

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All The Ways You Can Donate To Planned Parenthood

For over a century, Planned Parenthood has provided Americans with a host of healthcare services, saving lives and empowering people — especially women — to make choices about their own bodies. This is why learning how to donate to Planned Parenthood is more important now than ever — because the organization's federal funding is very much at risk right now. On Monday, the Republicans' "answer" to the Affordable Care Act — "Repeal and Replace" — was unveiled, including a provision that Planned P…

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These New Starbucks Roastery Drinks Sound AMAZING

A "damn fine cup of coffee," unfettered by milk or cream, is great. It is essentially my lifeblood. However, if you were to offer me, oh, I don't know, a choice between Starbucks' new Barrel Aged Cold Brew or Barrel Aged Con Crema and a regular cup of drip coffee, the choice would be simple: Barrel aged, please! In announcement today, Starbucks introduced their new limited edition specialty drinks, available exclusively at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, Wash. The process for making …

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Why You Might Wake Up Right When You Go To Sleep

We've all been there: You're exhausted and ready for bed... until you're actually ready for bed, and then you spend the next three hours staring at the ceiling. On nights like these, it's understandable to wonder: why do we struggle with actually falling asleep? Has someone put a literal curse on our sleeping abilities which causes us to wake up as soon as we actually try to go to bed? Why are those dang sheep so elusive even when you've counted them up, down, left, and right? In a recent articl…

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The Effects Of Venus Retrograde Are Major

The word "retrograde" tends to strike fear in the hearts of even astrology's most casual dabblers. Disaster! Panic! Twitter freak-outs! But whilethe Venus retrograde effects for 2017 will upend your love life, they're hardly something to fear. Nope, this time around, a little shake-up will almost certainly do you some good. From March 4 until April 15, Venus, the planet of love and relationships, will appear, from Earth's surface, to rotate backwards. It won't be actually rotating backwards — …

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Is The Coloring Book Trend Over?

If you're a little "over" the coloring trend, you're not the only one. Falling coloring book sales are causing bookstores financial woes, and have left booksellers anxiously wondering: what's next? The adult coloring fad began gaining steam several years ago, shooting to new highs starting in 2015. That year, an estimated 12 million coloring books were sold in the United States, an astronomical jump from 2014's approximately one million. In the first half of 2016, nonfiction book sales (which i…

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This Man Has Collected 20k Books For His Community

If you needed a moment of sunshine today, this is it: a Columbian trash collector has established a library for the children in his low-income neighborhood, overflowing with books culled from wealthier neighborhoods. Jose Alberto Gutierrez, known as "Lord of the Books," has been pulling books from the trash in wealthy neighborhoods for over 20 years during his nighttime work shifts, and compiling them into a community library, called The Strength of Words. His collection, which has overtaken th…

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20% Of Readers Have 'Literary Hallucinations'

Almost every reader will admit to an auditory companion or two who has stuck around long after they've finished a book. Some may have heard Elizabeth Bennet's wry social observations the next time they were faced with a particularly brutal Starbucks line; others may report interactions colored by Scout Finch's elegantly compassionate takes on race and adulthood. If this sounds familiar, you're certainly not alone. A recent study has found that 20 percent of readers "hear" the voices of character…

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The History Of International Women's Day's Themes

On March 8, the world gathers together to celebrate International Women's Day. This year, the observance's theme is #BeBoldForChange, a call to arms that acknowledges the current political climate and urges all humans to stand up and fight, fiercely, for the protection of the rights of all. But why does International Women's Day have a theme in the first place? Though the branding is relatively new, this time-honored day of activism has deep roots. Women's Day began in 1909, though the event t…

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Don't Expect The Nokia Reboot To Have Apps

For '90s babies, the emergence of the cell phone was a major timeline moment — and now, with the news that a Nokia evolution that actually hearkens back to the non-smart phones of our youth, many are wondering key questions like, does the new Nokia 3310 have apps? The original did not, of course, but it did inspire many other notable events: Suddenly, pagers were unnecessary. Pay phones were obsolete. An entirely new set of slang developed to reflect The Wonderful World of Texting, and the Nokia…

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