Valerie Skillern

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Talking To A Therapist Can Literally Rewire Your Brain

These changes in brain connectivity may be responsible for a patient's long-term recovery from mental illness.<p>If you can change the way you think, you can change your brain.<p>That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that challenging unhealthy thought patterns with the help of a therapist can …

What It Feels Like To Have Anxiety And Depression At The Same Time

<i>YourTango writer Rebecca Jane Stokes shares what it feels like to have both anxiety and depression.</i><p>Anxiety and depression are two mental illnesses …

This double-chocolate espresso cookie recipe is a must-make for any chocolate lover

When you're craving a little — or a lot — of chocolate, it's hard to turn down a double-chocolate espresso walnut cookie from Julienne in San Marino. The cookie recipe, which combines melted semisweet chocolate with chunks of bittersweet chocolate folded in at the last minute, makes for a cookie …

Google expanding self-driving vehicle testing to Phoenix, Arizona

<i>(By David Shepardson, Reuters)</i> — Alphabet Inc is expanding its testing of self-driving cars to the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, the company said on Thursday, making it the fourth U.S. city to serve as a proving ground for the autonomous vehicles.<p>The company’s Google unit has conducted driverless …

50 Food & Recipe Infographics for Food Lovers

People don’t cook anymore, which is a shame. It’s a lost art, more so for certain generations than others (let’s not point fingers here) but to not …

#Recipe : Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

Recipes<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds), chopped into bite size pieces<br>2 tablespoons oil<br>1 cup corn starch<br>1 …

24 Buzzworthy Gifts for Coffee Drinkers

These are the best gifts for people who can't live without coffee.

Adorable Kittens Act Out Every Single 'Harry Potter' Movie

Warning: Cuteness Overload<p>These cats are magic.<p>"Harry Potter" has been given an amazing re-boot -- with the help of some adorable kittens.<p>The unbelievably cute cats were filmed playing out scenes from each of the hit franchise’s eight movies.<p>In the 7-minute video above, watch Harry, Ron and …

Funny Oxford Comma Cross-stitch Pattern

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Morbidly obese woman loses 14st in 18 months

Cheryl Blythe is crowned Slimming World's Woman of the Year 2015 after an incredible transformation<p>A morbidly obese woman who turned down a gastric band operation lost 14 stone in 18 months.<p>Cheryl Blythe was 31 when her GP told her she would be dead or confined to a wheelchair by 45 if she did not …

Is Your Baby an Asshole?

<i>No doubt your baby can be churlish, irritable, inconsolable, whiny, and manically happy, sometimes even in the span of an hour. That’s pretty normal</i> …

This Holiday Season, Give The Gift Of Poop

"Yes, it's legit," Shitexpress CEO says.<p>In the delivery game, you could call this the other Big Brown.<p>Shitexpress will deliver a steamy pile of horse crap with a personalized message to your enemies -- or twisted friends.<p>The Hong Kong-based service launched in November 2014 as a marketing …

How to make your office coffee taste better so you don't spend half your rent on Starbucks

Offices are all about productivity, and productivity is all about coffee. Which basically means automatic single-cup brewing systems make a lot of sense. Just like sweatshops!<p>These days, though, there's no excuse for coffee to taste like crap, even if it's brewed in a break room.<p>You just have to …

Dirty Sexy Muppets

Let’s say you are a diehard Muppets fan with very mixed feelings about the new ABC show “The Muppets.” Maybe you grew up on the Muppets and worry that they are now being cynically marketed back to your demographic with bizarrely adult humor. Maybe you’re not sure whether Kermit would really call …

Woman’s ‘none of your business’ Facebook post about children goes viral

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A Michigan woman’s Facebook post about procreation is getting a lot of attention online.<p>In Emily Bingham’s post, she wrote “this …

Watch Eddie Vedder, Beyonce Duet on Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song'

The Global Citizen Festival in New York on Saturday was brimming with surprise duets – Coldplay and Ariana Grande, Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran, Sting and …

Music

Superfreak Bandits Rob Bank Disguised As Rick James And Youngblood

Robbin’ banks and bustin’ out.<p>It’s Rick James, bitch. Robbin’ banks and bustin’ out.<p>Or is it?<p>Two men dressed like Rick James and 70s drug dealer Youngblood Priest from <i>Superfly</i> robbed a bank in Indiana on September 19th, according to Fox 59.<p>The Super Thieves were armed with guns when they held up …

Weight Loss Plateau Breakers

Are you within 10 pounds from your goal weight? Do you hover there, getting close by exercising and dieting? Until Thursday, that is; and then the weekend rolls around every darn week. When you are almost where you want to be, say within five pounds, you tend to allow yourself more wiggle room. …

Junot Diaz on reading, writing, and America's amnesia about race

When<p>Junot Diazpublished “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” in 2007, fans had been waiting almost a decade since his stellar debut, the short story collection “Drown.” The wait paid off: “Oscar Wao” was a wildly engaging novel about a Dominican teen in New Jersey. The novel hit bestseller lists …

10 Cozy Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.<p>It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.

Slow Cookers

Day 11: Slow Cooker Baked Penne {12 Days of Slow Cooker Meals}

Welcome to day 11 of <b>12 Days of Slow Cooker Meals</b>! I can't believe how fast these 11 days have gone by! Today's recipe comes from Dina of My …

9 Incredible Corpses That Never Decomposed

<b>Credit: rv1865 / Flickr</b><p>Call us morbid, but death can be strangely beautiful. A body sinks into itself and pools out, decomposing until it becomes part of the Earth. Yet there are some dearly departed souls whose bodies refuse to leave the physical world.<p>Whether it's due to the immortal work of a …

'I want to have kids - but could I inherit postnatal depression?'

At 38, Sally Howard is ready to have kids. But could her family's tragic history mean that post natal depression runs in her genes?<p>On an unseasonably warm morning in September 1923, 27-year-old Elsie Warren took her husband Percy’s <b>First World War</b> shotgun from its hiding place in the scullery. The …

At Under 400 Calories, These Slow-Cooker Meals Equal Weight-Loss Success

Slow and steady wins the weight-loss race, but slow and steady also makes it happen when it comes to low-calorie meals. Dust off the ol' slow cooker and whip up these meals — full of flavor, fiber, and protein, and all under 400 calories.

Healthy Eating

12 Easy Crock Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes for the Week - Chowhound

Cooking anything on a weeknight can be a hassle, let alone a complete meal. But luckily, a crockpot can be your saving grace. Just set it in the …

9 Tips and Tricks for Using a Slow Cooker

The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and …

Watch Thom Yorke Join Portishead for 'The Rip' at Latitude Festival

Thom Yorke hinted that he'd be a surprise performer at this weekend's Latitude Festival, but the Radiohead singer had more in store for the Suffolk, …

Indie Music

Easiest lasagne recipe ever! Cooks in the crock pot while you work or play!

Magical Crock Pot Lasagne recipe<p>lasagne recipe<p><b>Ingredients</b><p>1 lb ground beef<p>14 1/2 oz diced tomatoes<p>1 small onion, finely chopped<p>1 C sliced mushrooms<p>1 …