Miley Cyrus’ Surprise Album Is Bigger Than the VMAs

Whether you enjoyed Miley as a host or not, she continues to get the conversation about her. I was not pleased that smoking pot was lauded as the thing to do to feel good, to chill when stressed, in such an in my face manner by Miley, Kanye, and, well, an entire show of performers. It made me uncomfortable, their shameless pusher mentality. I, personally, do not believe pot to be anymore of a gateway drug than alcohol – they equally teach us that there are chemical ways to escape and/or face our problems. What disturbed me was the cavalier manner in which these grown up teen idols celebrated drug use in a stage meant to celebrate music.


It’s been almost two years since Beyoncé purportedly changed the music industry with her surprise drop of her self-titled album in December of 2013—and it seemed, until now, that she hadn’t, really. In the months following the release of Beyoncé, artists of a similar caliber were treated as time bombs. Surely, soon, one of them would follow suit and surprise us all with a new album. But none of them ever did. Until tonight, when Miley Cyrus announced her new album, apparently titled Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, such hopes went unanswered.

Cyrus plays on the same field as fellow singers including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift, but all of her contemporaries have remained bound by a rigid schedule dictated by record companies or by their own reliance on old-school promotional cycles. Her drop of a new album isn’t imaginative, strictly speaking—after all, Beyoncé did…

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How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book”

I have been keeping commonplace journals regarding not only books, but on everything I read, since 6th grade. Some are spiral bound, others leather covered, lined, unlined, colored and white papers, college ruled, wide ruled, along with my index card collection (which now numbers in the thousands). My love of the English language, with its 26 letters, innumerable word possibilities, strung together in a myriad of patterns to relate all that was, is, can and will be, is my lifelong passion

Thought Catalog

The other day I was reading a book and I came across a little anecdote. It was about the great Athenian general Themistocles. Before the battle of Salamis, he was locked in a vigorous debate with a Spartan general about potential strategies for defeating the Persians. Themistocles was clearly in the minority with his views (but which ultimately turned out to be right and saved Western Civilization). He continued to interrupt and contradict the other generals. Finally, the Spartan general threatened to strike Themistocles if he didn’t shut up and stop. “Strike!” Themistocles shouted back, “But listen!”

When I read this, I immediately began a ritual that I have practiced for many years–and that others have done for centuries before me–I marked down the passage and later transferred it to my commonplace book. Why? Because it’s a great line and it stood out to me. I wrote it…

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My niece Liyah chilling w pb&j and curious George #toddlerlife


I’m so chillin eating my hummus chickEn 🍗 stuufed pita w side lemon parsley potato salad auduobook on Tap in my hideaway at Phoenix atrium wish I could just sit here for remainder of the day

Watch This Reporter Break a Kid’s Heart On His First Day of School

She obviously doesn’t have children yet.


First days of school can be hard: What to wear. Where to sit. Who to be friends with.

Poor little Andrew Macias couldn’t even navigate all his feelings on camera when a reporter from KTLA 5 News asked the 4-year-old if he was excited for pre-kindergarten. Macias’ excitement took a devastating turn, though, when Courtney Friel asked him if he’d miss his mom. When he said no, her giggles spurred his giggles. But only until his face crumpled into devastation and heartbreak and tears.

Macias got a hug from his mom off camera, so we can all breathe easy. But we can’t help but wonder how great it would have been if someone in the background screamed, “He doesn’t even go here!”

Just your friendly reminder to call your mom today, people.

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Perfect dirty hair day braid