Let’s Get Real…

The Nightcap


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“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” – Unknown



Breaking Bank

I stopped listening to my parents give financial advice awhile ago. Not because I don’t think they’re wise with finances or that they don’t have my best interest in mind. They simply don’t “get it” and it’s not even their fault.

This isn’t a “millennial bitching about money and hard work” article; it’s just a reality check. The economy our parents grew up in was vastly different than what the younger generations are facing now. Period.

So when elderly people make snide comments about avocado toast and Amazon purchases, it’s hard not to want to grind your teeth so hard, they start whittling down.

In this one opinion piece, author Julia Carpenter poetically captures the reality of what millennials and on-coming generations are facing and how different the hurdles are from past generations.

And trust me, cutting back on a drink at happy hour isn’t going to do the trick.



Toxicity in the Tropics

“Toxic masculinity” is a buzz word right now, used to identify and explain traits that hinder a man’s ability to be a well-adjusted person of society that is comfortable both with himself and others he interacts with.

In all honesty, it kind of makes you want to roll your eyes, particularly because it can be used as hyperbole. Two little kids could be play-wrestling in the backyard and someone might identify that as “toxic masculinity.” Stupid, right?

However, in many situations, toxic masculinity certainly is notable and does have a negative and detrimental impact both inwardly and outwardly.

And sometimes that negative impact can be seen in the most bizarre of places – like a stupid, reality TV show.

As this one writer attests it took watching the “Bachelor in Paradise” to realize exactly how insidious toxic masculinity can be and how this realization affected his own relationship.

Read his account, here.


James Corden Responds to Bill Maher’s Fat Shaming Take

After seeing a segment on “Real Time with Bill Maher” addressing obesity rates in the United States, in which Bill’s thesis is that fat-shaming needs to make a comeback, James Corden felt compelled to respond with a different perspective. Simply put, fat-shaming hasn’t gone anywhere and is perhaps the worst approach to a complex issue for people across the globe.

Watch here