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Local Georgia quilt guild invites community to rethink quilting

A local quilt guild hosted an exhibition at the Alpharetta Arts Center on Feb. 20th.
The Chattahoochee Evening Stars (CES) quilt guild humorously named the event, “Not Your Granny’s Quilts: Quilting in the 21st Century,” commemorating the work of its 50 plus members. The work will be on display until March 26!

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In the Era of Social Distancing, Contact is Important

Not only is it important to initiate and create such digital environments in order to keep in contact with our loved ones, but we should strive to use them to strengthen and deepen these relationships. They should be an extension of our community so that even in the future, we can continue to nurture our connections with those closest to us even if they aren’t physically near us.

Is Keto the key to your weight loss?

Keto is a diet that changes the way your body produces energy. Instead of using carbohydrates like fruit and grains to create glucose, it uses ketones, which are generated by the liver when the body is in periods of starvation or fasting. This process is called gluconeogenesis, and it creates glucose.

ATL Apartment First-timers Guide 101

Apartment hunting and living is not nearly as easy as it may seem. The process is neither simple nor straightforward, but here’s what you should look out for.

Surgical v. Non-Surgical procedures: Get informed

One might wonder how the “it” look could be obtained without having celebrity money. In fact, there are procedures known as non-surgical procedures that can give you the same look for less, without having to go under the knife.
Depending on your unique needs, wants and will to risk factor, the question is if you should go surgical or non-surgical to reach those fantasized “it” looks. Therefore, here are the most common cosmetic procedures and some of their alternatives.

How to outsmart your COVID-19 fears and boost your mood in 2021

After a year of toxic stress ignited by so much fear and uncertainty, now is a good time to reset, pay attention to your mental health and develop some healthy ways to manage the pressures going forward.
Brain science has led to some drug-free techniques that you can put to use right now.

Nick Mathurin: The Young Barber with a Plan

Nicholas Mathurin is a 22-year-old Haitian-American and a hands-on entrepreneur who holds different occupations like being a self-taught barber, photographer and fashion blogger. Although he seems like the man with a plan, it didn’t start that way.

4 tips for college students to avoid procrastinating with their online work

If you take classes online, chances are you probably procrastinate from time to time.

Research shows that more than 70% of college students procrastinate, with about 20% consistently doing it all the time.

Procrastination is putting off starting or finishing a task despite knowing that it will seriously compromise the quality of your work – for instance, putting off a major class project until the last minute.

Is the Peloton app worth it?

The Queen Bee, R&B singer and songwriter Beyoncé Knowles, has partnered with Peloton to provide a two year subscription for its app to students from 10 historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) across the United States, including some from Atlanta (Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine).

The psychology of fairness: Why some Americans don’t believe the election results

Results from a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey found that approximately three-quarters of Republicans did not trust the election results. Corroborating this finding, a separate study of 24,000 Americans found that nearly two-thirds of Republicans lacked confidence in the fairness of the election and over 80% feared fraud, inaccuracy, bias and illegality. In addition, nearly 60 lawsuits filed by Trump claiming various forms of election fraud have been dismissed, including two evaluated by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Self-reflect before you nip and tuck

Celebrities have spoken about their body image after undergoing invasive, or minimally invasive, procedures. Society and one’s perception of his or herself can influence an individual’s body image. It is important to ask oneself what is the motivation of having a different appearance, because it forces self-reflection.

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WitchTok: The Beginner Guide for Spiritual Seekers

Have you noticed more #Witchtok videos on your “For You” page recently? Never fear, you are not alone.
Across various media platforms, there is piquing interest in different spiritual customs and beliefs amongst the youth.

America’s newest voters look back at the 2020 election – and forward to politics in 2021

As Americans end one year and begin another, one of the most controversial topics of conversation will be the presidential election.

We experienced the election season from a unique perspective. We each taught college courses on the 2020 campaigns while they were underway, and as a result had a sort of three-month-long focus-grouplike conversation with the newest American voters.

Combatting the worst wedding crasher: The ‘Rona

Planning a wedding can take a lot of work. There are a lot of things to consider: the venue, food, drink, music, date, time, guest lists, weather and much more. On average, it takes a couple 13 to 18 months to plan a wedding, but it can be much longer. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that a lot can happen in any given time frame. Like a worldwide pandemic.

Cancel Culture Is Toxic

“Twitter, do your thing,” is a toxic line used to expose someone, a brand or company that is displaying problematic behavior.
It is the epitome of cancel culture, the idea that someone can be cancelled based on their unsettling remarks or ideologies. Although the term “cancel culture” is new, the act behind it is not. The trend is particularly popular amongst Gen Z’ers and Millennials.

Frequent Flyer Miles and How They Can Take Your Travels to the Next Level

We travel for all kinds of reasons, whether it’s to spend time with family, to work, or to go on vacation. With the expected swell in traveling, it would be a good idea to discuss another important facet of traveling that is seldom discussed. We already know what to pack when traveling, but a lot of people are missing out on the wealth of benefits that can be reaped by signing up for an airline’s frequent flyer’s program.

Are the Georgia Senate Runoff Elections Important to You?

In case you haven’t heard, election season isn’t over. Both Senate seats from Georgia are still up for grabs since none of the candidates received over 50 percent of the votes back in November. We decided to hit the streets of Atlanta again and ask the people whether this election is important to them.

3 reasons for information exhaustion – and what to do about it

An endless flow of information is coming at us constantly: It might be an article a friend shared on Facebook with a sensational headline or wrong information about the spread of the coronavirus. It could even be a call from a relative wanting to talk about a political issue.
All this information may leave many of us feeling as though we have no energy to engage.
As a philosopher who studies knowledge-sharing practices, I call this experience “epistemic exhaustion.” The term “epistemic” comes from the Greek word episteme, often translated as “knowledge.” So epistemic exhaustion is more of a knowledge-related exhaustion.