My Family’s Shameful Travel Confession

Pressure. I’m feeling it. The need to declare allegiance to a team. To claim certain values. A way of life. Hold your political horses. You know we don’t go there in this space. And yet, With summer vacation wrapping up, another round of trips ready to post in the digital scrapbook, There feels this need to own, Honestly own, Where I fall in one of life’s big questions. Do you travel or do you vacation? Because, Dear Reader, you know

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Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Manuel Has The Best Nickname In Sports!

America fell in love with Olympic swimmer Simone Manuel Thursday night when she tied for the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle. Her time of 52.70 tied her with 16-year-old Canadian Penny Oleksiak, the pair sharing a new Olympic record and both receiving a gold medal. That makes her the first African American woman to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event. She clearly was excited and overtaken with emotion as her accomplishment sunk in (no pun intended.)

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American Gold Medal Swimmer Lilly King Calls Out Drug Cheats When Olympic Officials Won’t

American Gold Medal Swimmer Lilly King is proving to be a champion in more ways than just the shiny hardware she can now wear proudly around her neck. King has been outspoken on drug cheats being allowed to compete in the Olympics. USA Today’s Christine Brennan has been doing a wonderful job of covering the controversy. She reports this particular spat centers around King and her rival, Russia’s Yulia Efimova. The Russian the 2012 bronze medalist and world champion who

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High School Cross Country Team Trains With Shelter Dogs

Talk about the best idea for a high school cross country workout ever! Students from St. Joseph’s High School in Santa Maria, CA took shelter dogs out for their morning run. The idea is the brainchild of Coach Luis Escobar. Coach Escobar explained on Facebook, “Each team member was assigned a dog and we went out for a couple miles around the shelter. I am not sure who was more excited and having the most fun…the dogs or the kids.”

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Olympic Gymnastics Superstar Simone Biles Is Also A Former Foster Child

Gymnast Simone Biles is on the verge of Olympics superstardom as she represents the USA and wows the world with her incredible talent at the Rio Summer Games. She also has an incredible backstory. The Bleacher Report shares that Simone and her siblings were born to a mother who had incredible challenges with drug and alcohol addiction. Things got so bad that authorities in Ohio, where Simone was born, intervened and took the kids away. With the kids in foster

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When Your Friend’s Mom Is So Much More Than Just Your Friend’s Mom

Please help me. I need a word. A word we don’t have in English. One that we really need. That I need. Today. For today is a sad day. My friend’s mom has passed away. A woman I’ve known more than 30 years. A woman who has made me laugh. Made me feel loved. A woman who has suffered with illness far too long. So, perhaps, it is not sad that she is gone, That chapter closed. But it is

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Uber Passenger Makes It Possible For Driver To See His Son Compete In Rio

Turns out there is so much more to Uber than getting a ride. One very grateful Uber driver is finding that out. The Washington Post reports driver Ellis Hill found that out as he gave passenger Liz Willock a ride as she was leaving the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The two got to chatting about one thing and another when the subject of the Olympics came up. Liz mentioned she knew someone who would be competing. Ellis did her

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Runner Adopting Dog Who Followed Him Through Gobi Desert Race

Extreme runner Dion Leonard has had some incredible experiences as he’s run ultra-marathons around the world. The week-long race he recently ran through China’s Gobi Desert is one he will never forget. Leonard might’ve been keeping an eye out for competitors. Instead, he caught the eye of a little dog who decided to go along for the run through the desert. That would’ve been cute for a mile or two. This dog would not give up. She followed Leonard for

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Artist Celebrates How Female Olympians Show Beautiful Women’s Bodies Come In Many Sizes

Looks like if one artist has her way, female Olympians will give us all a great reminder that strong, beautiful women’s bodies come in many shapes and sizes. Wendy Fox first got the idea while watching the 2012 Olympics in London. She noticed that these champions came in so many shapes and sizes, that they were beautiful and strong in their own way, depending on their sport. She collected information and stats on the 276 women who won gold medals in London

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Awesome Thing Cops Do After Couple Refuses To Dine Near Them

Lord knows it sure isn’t being a police officer these days. Cops get it from all sides. Even jabs you might not realize. Four police officers near Pittsburgh, PN have a story that certainly shows that side of things. The four cops from the Homestead, PN Police Department were grabbing some dinner at the Eat ‘n Park restaurant where they are regulars. While they were sitting there waiting for their orders to brought out they overheard a couple that was about

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