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–After two years of waiting, Miami Beach finally has its very own “cat cafe”.
-The simply named Cat Cafe South Beach opened to the public on November 16.
-Featuring nearly 40 adoptable cats of all ages, the shop also serves hot drinks like coffee and tea and offers some light fare.
-Anyone can come to pet or play with the cats, but you are asked to give a minimum donation of $15 for adults and $12 for children 11 and under.
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Before National Fame, Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho Started As An Undocumented Immigrant
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2. Your favorite pun, oxymoron or saying
Think of ’50 Shades of Grey’ or ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’, take your favorite saying and portray it literally! Paint yourself 4 or 5 different shades of grey or wear a crown and a staff holding stuffed cat and dog toys!***To take this costume to the next level, be as over the top with it as possible. Don’t settle for small details, go BIG or go home!
This costume is perfect for anyone who wants to exhaust minimal effort because Halloween is just too ‘passé’ for your taste. Dress up as someone who you don’t usually identify with. ‘Hipsters’ could go for more of the ‘lax bro’ look. You think Toddlers and Tiaras is abhorred? Dress up as Honey Boo Boo! You’re friends will get a kick out of your new persona and maybe, while taking a little time gathering research into your newest project, you’ll learn something new about people you didn’t understand before!***To turn this into a real affair by getting a group of people together to create the new-age Breakfast Club!
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The culture wars are alive and well on some college campuses across the United States.
This reality is documented by a video uploaded to Youtube this past Tuesday by Students for Life of America, which as you can imagine is an anti-abortion national student group.
In the 100 second long video titled, “#DontFundPP Tour: Virginia Commonwealth University”, a man on a bicycle is seen to get very upset at student anti-abortion organizers due to their apparent belief that Planned Parenthood traffics in the sale of fetal body parts.
That claim has been proven incredibly misleading at best.
It is not clear what provoked the man to begin screaming, but Students For Life Of America have an idea as fleshed out in a blog post on their site titled “Embracing some controversy this semester? #worthit”
“Upon one look at the #PPSellsBabyParts banner, he shouted that we were all liars and the videos were a hoax,” an unnamed regional coordinator for the group said. “There have been a number of other students claiming the videos are fake, but most students stop and take time to have a discussion.”
The unnamed regional coordinator went on:
“I patiently stood with copies of the forensic report in my hand while this man yelled in our faces interrupting every response we offered. I was also holding my four-month-old, Lucy, when another woman rushed over to stand in between him and the baby.”
60% of Americans want to maintain federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
You be the judge. Did the man go too far? Was he justified in the way he behaved? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
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By Melissa Davidson
“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedan (1921-2006)
If one takes this quote to heart by feminist icon Betty Friedan, it’s clear that successful aging should be considered a time of growth in life rather than an inevitable decline.
By redefining aging, we can start tackling some of the challenges and needs of a dramatically growing older population.
One of these challenges involves reinventing how people are housed in our country.
The two largest generations in our nation – Baby Boomers and Millennials – are finding common ground on the housing front, literally.
The concept of merging college dorms with nursing homes to create a multigenerational living situation is less radical than one might think and is actually becoming more common throughout the world.
Boomers are traditionally community-oriented and have probably lived in college dorms in a former life, which makes them more open to living with people they are not related to.
Meanwhile, Millennials are open to new ideas and ways of thinking, especially if they can save money on rent as they attend college.
The Dutch have already figured this out.
In exchange for spending at least 30 hours a month with the elderly residents at Humanitas retirement home, college students in the small town of Deventer get to live rent-free in their own apartments within the facility.
As part of their volunteer agreement, the students spend time teaching older residents new skills, such as how to use social media, email and tablets, or they’ll simply make dinner and watch TV.
Bringing the outside world into the retirement community is a refreshing change for the residents.
Research has shown that social interaction with friends leads to less loneliness and mental decline and increases overall health in older adults.
At least two more nursing homes in the Netherlands have opened their doors to college students since Humanitas laid the groundwork in 2012.
Spain and the city of Lyon, France have also started similar programs.
Historically, 5 to 10 percent of the U.S. population has been 65 and older at any given time, but within the next four decades that percentage is expected to grow to 20 percent, according to Renae Smith-Ray, a research scientist in the Center for Research on Health and Aging at University of Illinois at Chicago.
“We’re going to need to begin thinking outside the box much more regularly to deal with the needs of our aging population,” Smith-Ray said. “This type of housing arrangement is one terrific example of that.”
Smith-Ray is referring to the three multi-generational homes in Chicago run by non-profit Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E), which helps low-income seniors stay independent for as long as possible.
In some cases, seniors live with college students and even middle-aged married couples.
The combination of college dorm/independent senior living facility (all rolled into a three-story brick building) seems to work.
Living spaces and bathrooms are shared, but each resident gets his/her own bedroom. Meals are prepared by a cook during the week and college-age resident assistants on the weekends.
Some organized trips are planned, but most of the bonding happens during downtime at the house.
Sharing a laugh over a favorite show or getting help on the computer creates a connection.
Many seniors aren’t particularly computer-savvy, so learning how technology can benefit them is a way younger generations can help.
With apps like Doctor on Demand and NowClinic, senior residents can connect with a healthcare practitioner face-to-face through a mobile device, instead of depending on a ride to the clinic.
Multigenerational housing isn’t just for college students or low-income seniors.
More families are living under one roof – millennials returning home to pay off student loans and grandma or grandpa need more assistance so they move in, too.
One big happy family as they say.
Builders are capitalizing on the multi-generational trend by designing homes featuring shared space, but also with separate living areas and private entrances.
Miami-based homebuilder Lennar has made a big push into multigenerational space with its NextGen line of homes as has Palm Beach County-based Kotler Homes.
Statistics show that a record of 57 million Americans, or 18.8 percent of the population, lived in multigenerational family households in 2012.
Historically, older Americans were the ones most likely to live in multigenerational households, but younger adults are now surpassing them.
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