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The Tanzanian women fighting sickle cell disease

On World Sickle Cell Day, meet two women in Africa, who have dedicated their careers to saving the lives of people with sickle cell disease. Seven years ago, Arafa Salim thought she was on the verge of death. “The doctors who were treating me didn’t know how to deal with it, my bone marrow couldn’t produce blood. I needed a lot of transfusions to save my life,” she said. Salim, who has sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder that can result in severe anaemia, had survived a real scare. H
By Alex Jackson
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Working in Higher Education: Dysfunction Junction – Robin Mosley –

I’m sure that there are people out there who would love to work in higher education. It is a comfy way to get paid and pay it forward. I am in higher education right now because I want to provide students with support that I didn’t receive. However, the higher education system is as dysfunctional as “traditional” careers. If you are coming from a different area of work like non-profits, the private sector or government, understand that there is quite a bit of dysfunction found in this line of w
By Robin Mosley Vaughan
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Product Update: Game Chat – MISTPLAY –

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Game Chat, where players can share tips and ask questions on a dedicated chat for each mobile game on Mistplay. Game Chat is just the beginning of Mistplay’s evolution towards becoming a highly social mobile gaming platform. This feature will be available to everyone very soon, so get ready to chat with players who love the same games as you. As always if you have any issues with chat please reach out to customer support at support@mistplay.com and our
By Elspeth Wright
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Healthcare Conspiracy – Aaron Dentel-Post –

There’s something very sick at the heart of America. Something that in 2016 cost us $10,345 per person, and got us next to nothing in return. It’s a healthcare system three times as expensive as most, and achieves a life expectancy no higher than many third world countries. It is a conspiracy of profit and predatory Capitalism, driven by Adam Smith’s invisible hand.
By Aaron Dentel-Post
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San Francisco, CA — A Community Sold To Gentrification.

When you mention San Francisco, California the first thing that comes to mind are outrageous real estate prices. The city by the bay has some of the most egregious real estate prices and rental costs of any city in the country, and this has been a repeated scenario in most major cities as developers hastily revamp communities to suit the growing population. The city of San Francisco actually has the lowest percentage of children in the country, with 3.4 percent of residents here are younger tha
By Cameron Eittreim
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Original Fiction - A Fairy Tale: Black Aghy (Tara Grímravn)

Take heed, children, and be mindful of your ma and fa lest you be lost like so many before you. Scoff if you will, you little skelpie-limmer, but there’s strange and terrifying creatures afoot in this wide world of our’n. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that such a terrible thing happened at the edge of our own Umgol Forest, deep and dense. ‘Twas three young brothers—Joreth the eldest, Jochen the youngest, and Jofrey in the middle between the two—that lived along the tree line in a small cottage..
By Tara Grímravn
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Original Fiction - Maidenfall (Tara Grímravn)

Who’s the girl, then?  Come now…It must be someone here in Eskivik sent you trekking all the way up that mountain to Maidenfall. The lovely Vigdis, maybe?  Or dark-haired Ragnhild?  You’ve fancied her ever since I can remember. Ah, the peddler’s daughter, is it? Esja’s her name, right?  Aye, a pretty one, that.  I can see how she stole your heart.  By the look of you, I’m guessing you feel your tribute to Itaia was successful then? You’ll find out soon enough, I’m sure—she usually comes ‘round t
By Tara Grímravn
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Searching for the Buddha in Tibet – Janine Griffiths –

The strangest thing I ever brought in my life was a can of oxygen. Imagine that. Popping down to the local market store and grabbing yourself an oxygen canister just so you can breathe. Ah Tibet. At 3,000 metres, the altitude certainly packed a punch. I was in the beautiful city of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and altitude sickness (also known as acute mountain sickness or AMS) was real. A car was waiting for me when I arrived at the airport. It rolled past magnificent snow-capped hills, mount
By Janine Griffiths
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He, She, Them, They: Take a Deeper Look into What it Means to Identify as Non-Binary

According to Wikipedia, the term non-binary or genderqueer “is a catch-all category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine — ‌identities which are outside the gender binary and cisnormativity. Genderqueer people may express a combination of masculinity and femininity, or neither, in their gender expression.” Growing up, I was exposed to the idea of he or she. It wasn’t until my 30’s that I learned about the community of people who had a preference in the they/them p
By Marsha Badger
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How Graduate School Assistantships Fail New Professionals in the Workforce

Graduate school assistantships (GA) give students a stipend and a tuition waiver to work for the school in some form. Students specifically in higher education programs use these to gain experience for the work after graduation. PhD students can also get research assistantships or teaching assistantships but GAs are usually provide student affairs experience. At any school with master’s and PhD programs, there are offices of diversity, women/gender health, TRiO, counseling, career services, int
By Robin Mosley Vaughan
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3 Online Thrift Stores for the Moderate Budget

Last post, I discussed buying cheap clothes from thrift stores. In this post, I provide a list of online thrift stores for a moderate budget. Like any thrift store, searching is a must; but keep looking, you will find gold at the end of the tunnel. Sadly, just like brick and mortar stores, these online shops have men’s clothes but not as much as one would expect. Fortunately, it is high quality.
By Robin Mosley Vaughan
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13 Things I Learned in 3 Months on Crutches – Alicia Mirtsos –

When you have a major injury, it is easy to underestimate the hardships of recovery, especially when you aren’t given the full information about what to expect in terms of recovery. In the three months I’ve spent on crutches since I broke my fibula and then had it surgically repaired I’ve been on a rollercoaster of emotions. I’ve learned a lot, but these are 13 things I’ve learned about myself and the reality of life with a mobility issue in Toronto. The reality of this injury (and the subsequ
By Alicia Mirtsos
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4 Crucial Tips to Optimize Your WordPress Site's Speed

These days we can get access to nearly every type of information in the blink of an eye. We can communicate — either through text or video sessions or what-have-you — with people from any part of the globe in real-time. People are now used to getting their quick fixes, and they’re likely to prefer people or things or places that don’t make them wait. In fact, Amazon conducted a study showing that every second of delay makes them lose 1 percent of revenue. That’s a lot of money. However big or
By Lawrence Arboleda
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Business in the bubble – ROYAL REPORT –

While Fisk keeps some of his findings, most of the items he finds are bought and sold through his Instagram and eBay accounts. Some items sold for around $20–50 while other vintage pieces are sold at extreme prices. At least three times a week, Fisk sorts through clothing racks at local Goodwill stores. Some of his greatest find comes from surfing through piles of unsorted blue bins of clothes. The owner holds position, awaits the final countdown then swiftly scans the bins for hidden treasure.
By Tatiana Lee
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This isn't love. What you’re describing is just infatuation. It’s pretty basic level one stuff.

Let me be clear, if you do not have any attachment to the person you’re IN love with, it’s probably due to one or all of the following reasons: a) you are lying about whether you experience any attachment b) you are lying about being in love  c) you don’t know what love is Love is a choice, not merely a feeling. It’s certainly not merely a horny and habitual behavior display or a series of infatuated actions. Love is also particularly a commitment. Even more, love is selflessness. Love isn
By Exclusive IQ
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What Does Anger Say About Love? – Jordan Martens –

The kitty is zen, so why aren’t we? Look into your heart and really stare at it’s depths. Consider it’s mass, it’s translucence; does it have a color? Is that color red and how does the color red make you feel? Does it make you feel a little, I don’t know, peeved? It’s Important to know what really ‘rustles your jimmies’ though, seriously. Is it weird phrases like “rustles your jimmies” that will really “grind your gears”? Or is it animated movies? Perhaps it is what other people put in their
By Exclusive IQ
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How to Crush Your Competitors Using Facebook Marketing

You have started your own business, and you are wondering where you should market your services or products? Many business owners struggle with online marketing techniques to reach potential customers. The most innovative way to market your business is social media marketing. The question is, how do you crush your competitors? Maybe you own an e-commerce site, and you do not know how to get your business out there. Luckily, there are social media sites like Facebook. Facebook is an effective on
By Jacqueline Mayfield
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Association offers support, education and advocacy to inmates’ families

A single gram of meth landed Paula Hudson’s son in prison on a four-year sentence. That left her behind to pick up the pieces. When she tried to find information about the prison system on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website, she saw page after page of what she calls “feel-good nonsense.” “The levels that you have to dig to find information,” Hudson said. “If I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d say it’s a purposeful maze when you’re trying to find info."
By Julia Jones
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