JR Thorpe
JR Thorpe lives in Britain, collects vintage ball gowns and poetry books, and has had blue hair for ten years.
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5 Myths About Recycling That Need To Be Shut Down

Do you have nightmares that the planet is going to end up like the wasteland of Wall-E, with mountains of waste and an arid desert landscape uninhabitable by humans? Climate change is continuing its trudge onwards, and unless we take action soon, tha…
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Here's What Kate Middleton's Life Would Be Like If She Lived In The 14th Century

As the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May approaches, the preparations are in earnest. And there's a lot of romantic discussion of "becoming a princess" and how delightful and medieval that sounds (never mind that Markle will actually b…
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7 Feminist, Eco-Friendly Companies You’ll Want To Support All Year Round

Whenever you're making purchasing choices, you rely on a set of criteria to decide between this product or that one; this company or the other. A lot of the time, the main criteria may well be the price of the product you're looking to buy, but somet…
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Here’s How To Make Sure Your Garden’s Safe For Cats

Gardening is an awesome pastime (and one with health benefits, too boot). But if you happen to have both an outdoor space in need of cultivating and a cat, you should a) bless your good fortune and b) do some planning about how to make your garden sa…
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9 Ways To Deal With Your Toxic Family At Your Wedding

If you're one of the many folks tying the knot this wedding season, first of all, congratulations. Seriously — planning a wedding is no easy feat. And for the many, many, many of you who will also be planning your wedding with your toxic family membe…
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7 Easy Steps You Can Take To Bring Recycling To Your Office

Recycling is becoming more and more commonplace, but it still isn't everywhere: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, we only recycle around 35 percent of our daily waste, when we could be recycling much more — and that includes our in wo…
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7 Things Younger Millennials Have In Their Apartments That Older Millennials Don't

If you're a millennial, you know there's a huge difference between older millennials and younger millennials: older millennials may be established in their careers, getting married, and having kids, while younger millennials are only just starting to…
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This Is The One Type Of Headache You Should Never Ignore

There are headaches and, as any migraine sufferer will tell you, there are headaches. But headaches seem so common that, even if they're painful, most people will take an aspirin and try to move on with their day. But how do you know if a headache is…
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7 Things That Are Toxic To Cats That You Probably Have At Home Right Now

Felines are wonderful creatures to have around the house — but they also have a habit of eating and licking things that do not belong to them. My own cat has decided that the elephant foot plant in our living room is her personal snack; luckily, we c…
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This Is The Surprising Reason Your Pets Always Follow You Into The Bathroom

Anyone who has owned a dog or cat will at some point ask a crucial question: why on Earth do pets follow you into the bathroom while you're trying to beat that last level in Candy Crush? My own elderly cat won't bother to check on you if you've left …
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7 Things Millennials Want Gen Z To Know About Feminism

The generational follow-up to millennials has been a long time coming, but only recently got a full-fledged definition — Generation Z, according to the Pew Center, is officially anyone born after 1996. And while you could make the case that this is p…
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6 Health-Tracking Apps That’ll Seriously Boost Your Wellness Game

We live in the future. There may not be any flying cars (yet), but that smart phone you have in your pocket can tell you anything you like about your health, from your sugar intake to your activity levels to how you're sleeping. You just have to have…
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7 Ways Your Brain Changes After You Start Meditating

Are you in the habit of breathing deeply and clearing your mind for five or ten minutes a day? It turns out that meditation and mindfulness training are more than just stress relievers: They also, according to scientific research, physically change t…
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9 Products, Apps, & Other Items That’ll Make Tax Season Easier

Are you ready to file those tax returns? Sharpen your pencils, get your thinking hat on and line up the calculators: it's tax season, where you need to get your returns ready by April 17, or else potentially be up for some pretty serious penalties. I…
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The One Habit Everyone Does That Can Really Mess With Your Sleep Cycle

Many of us regard weekends and week days as categorically different things. We may go to bed at 10 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, but from Friday to Sunday, we go out, socialize, watch Netflix till way too late night, and end up sleeping far less — or…
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6 Pieces Of Old-Fashioned Wedding Etiquette That We Thankfully Don’t Do Anymore

As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding approaches, guests are probably brushing off their top hats and rehearsing which fork goes with which course, in case they accidentally hit the Queen with an oyster. But while the etiquette of a British roy…
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The Pay Gap Doesn't Just Hurt Your Wallet — It Hurts Your Health, Too

The gender pay gap is very, very real. Women all over the world are paid less than men, and in the States, Equal Pay Day, on April 10, marks how long into 2018 women have to work, on average, to earn as much as their male counterparts did in 2017 — t…
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How To Cope With Anger When You Feel Like Breaking Everything, According To Experts

Everybody hurts — and what's more, everybody gets angry. Rage is a healthy emotion that's often a pretty reasonable response to the infuriating, frustrating things that happen in this world. But anger is still a highly stigmatized emotion, particular…
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New Research Shows Robots Might Seriously Impact The Gender Gap

The world is gradually becoming more automated. Self-checkouts and AI assistants on our phones are the least of it; robotics are gradually becoming involved in industries across the board, from the auto industry, which, according to 2017 data, uses t…
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These Two Unexpected Behaviors Can Make A Panic Attack More Likely, According To Experts

If you've ever had a panic attack before, there's a high likelihood you'd like to avoid one in the future, please and thank you. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that 44 million people in the U.S. live with an anxiety disor…
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