Affection – IMI Site http://www.imisite.org/ Wed, 16 Jun 2021 09:32:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://www.imisite.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/imi-site-icon-150x150.png Affection – IMI Site http://www.imisite.org/ 32 32 Meet People Online with these Apps and Sites Like Craigstlist Personals https://www.imisite.org/how-to-find-the-best-adult-cams/ https://www.imisite.org/how-to-find-the-best-adult-cams/#respond Mon, 10 May 2021 12:04:12 +0000 https://www.imisite.org/?p=55 If you were one of the unlucky ducks caught in between relationships while states were locked-down (and if you’re anything like me) then being alone for three-plus months has probably taught you a lot about yourself and the way you meet people online.

Prior to the pandemic, I used to believe that I had hit all the milestones for the foreseeable future and only major life events (like reaching the age of 25, getting married, or death) could derail me. Boy was I naive! But in my defense, I’ve never had the opportunity to sit and think about where my life was headed and what I wanted for 90-days straight before (if TLC wants to turn this into a spin-off of 90-Day Fiance, you know how to contact me). Being that alone and independent was something I never thought I would have to accomplish in my lifetime. But now that I’m on the other side of it, I have confidence in myself that I didn’t have before. If I could survive social isolation, I can survive anything. Even reckoning with the idea that my ideal relationship looks nothing like the widely-accepted, traditional portrait of love and family–at least not at the moment, and that’s something worth celebrating, not burying or shaming!

I only share this because I’m sure some are still quick to imagine “successful” relationships solely as longlasting imagery of a conventional white picket fence backdrop to the still-life of heterosexuality, monogamy, and missionary. Which, is fine for those who want exactly that, but for those of us who don’t, it’s in our best interest we find a safe space to explore all of our options. Just as we don’t want someone to convince us we need to get married for the relationship to be “real,” it’s unfair of us to toy with the feelings of those who may be set on commitment.

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Not to oversimplify human relationships, but the key to having a successful friends-with-benefits relationship, casual encounter, one-night-stand, or whatever it may be, is knowing exactly what you want. Having a frame of reference for your preferred relationship style allows you to set boundaries, thoughtfully compromise, and consider your partner’s expectations.

Knowing exactly how you might want to explore your sexual relationships going forward is such an invaluable gift and definitely shouldn’t be taken for granted. Its importance is not to be understated and your wants/needs should be vocalized. So many people find themselves unhappy simply because they never analyzed what it is that they want to gain from a relationship or what their preferred relationship style is. So for all the things to come out of quarantine, I’m glad it’s life-affirming lessons.

As we’ve seen with the quick progression of this pandemic, life can change at an instant and there truly is no time like the present to try out new things! Whether it be different positions in bed or different types of relationships, you have to act on the things that make you happy (in a safe and consensual way, of course). Today is as good as any to get lucky and we want to help! Craigslist Personals has been gone for some time now, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck using Tinder or flirting with strangers on Instagram. Read on for our list of all the best apps for exploring different relationships, from quick hookups to polyamorous couples, to swingers, it’s all yours for the taking.

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AdultFriendFinder

AdultFriendFinder isn’t just a site for casual encounters, it’s a social media platform––which makes it one of the best places to meet people online. Boasting well over one million site members and counting, AFF is easily navigable, explicit, and heavily used in major cities. Before signing up for a free account, the site showcases sneak peeks of users in your area that are active, or have been active recently. Before entering the site, you’ll be able to set your preferences as interested in single men, women, couples, or groups. Then once you get through to the homepage, you’ll notice the layout is pretty simple, almost early Facebook-esque, and quite revealing. Having the ability to filter the content according to nudity is a big bonus for at work browsers. Other options for filtering are age, distance, username, and active status. Complete the profile “purity test” to find out if you’re a sexual newbie or a full-blown hedonist, or, fill out the personality test to connect you with your perfect match. Not only does AFF connect you with profiles online, but it also offers a cam site, adult-centered content community, and app! If variety is what you’re searching for on your new dating site, AdultFriendFinder is your destination.

1 Month $39.95
3 Months $80.85
12 Months $239.40

Pure

Pure is such an interesting platform I almost wish it wasn’t only geared toward casual encounters, anonymous hookups, one-night-stands, and getting laid online. If you’re looking for something quick, unconventional, and discreet that will often lead to a meeting, this is the site (or app, whichever version you choose to employ) for you. The app is built on chats that self-destruct within 24 hours and uses end-to-end encryption to keep anonymity and privacy the priority check out LiveCamLink.

Upon logging on, it will ask you to update a status that will display exactly what you’re looking for. If you don’t know, it’s okay to say that! Your status will be posted on a ‘wall’ and will be made visible to other users. Upon seeing your status, users will be able to engage in conversation with you, or simply keep swiping down the wall. Keep in mind that chats are only available for 24 hours as a security measure, however, if you and the person chatting both want to extend the chat, that is also a possibility. If a adult chat is extended, the app will assign the two users nicknames (which may be changed at any time). As photos are allowed to be sent in chats, the app advises its users not to give out any personal information and to keep all conversations within the app. If you decide to give Pure a try, don’t forget that city-dwellers will most certainly have the upper hand when it comes to activity on the app. Even then, don’t get discouraged and try it out for yourself! You might be pleasantly surprised.

1 Week $14.99
1 Month $29.99
Singles Chat Subscription Only $19.99
PURE Hookup App Pass $39.99

#Open

#Open is a fun and fresh approach to the standard adult dating app scene. Upon making your profile, you’ll have the choice between creating a solo account, partnered account, or a “double profile” where users can toggle in between the two with the ability to edit the account type at any time. Even better, the app has a strict no-NSFW image policy and encourages the use of usernames or nicknames for heightened security, so there’s also less of a chance you’ll find yourself harassed or spammed with dick pics by a deranged user.

#Open also requires all of its users to play “N.I.C.E,” it’s so refreshing to see a dating app highlight consent, respect, and boundaries. However, if you’re feeling a little more…open…there’s a spot to add your social media handles and define your current relationship situation or describe what you’re looking for. #Open also functions on–you guessed it–hashtags. It offers up three phrases for users to complete that will help them find whatever it is they’re looking for. Some examples being: “I’m open to trying…”, “My interests are…?”, and “I’m looking for…?” which can all be answered by typing in specific phrases which then convert into active hashtags.

The app is pretty simple to figure out and works like many other swipe-based apps, except users can also browse the hashtags that they’re interested in and stumble upon other like-minded users and possible flings that way. What this site excels in is the diversity of its users (it’s way more inclusive than other apps that have you identify within a gender binary), and how well it integrated the ability to have multiple profiles into its community. The algorithm often layers multiple profiles behind each other. So, for instance, if you don’t want to match on a couple, but are interested in one of the individuals from the couple if that person has a solo account, they’ll be the next option for you to match on. All in all, #Open is a great app for open minded adults looking to connect with couples, individuals, and groups of all shapes and sizes!


Feeld

Feeld, previously 3nder, is your destination dating app for all things kink, swinger, and polyamorous. This app has a great design, interface, and security and is your best bet for judgment-free browsing of couples, doms, subs, and a whole lot more. Feeld really flexes its creativity right upon opening the app. You’re greeted by an aesthetically pleasing orange and white screen detailing the ways you can browse the app. Meet open-minded people and join solo or with a partner, lover, or friend. With the ability to link and unlink accounts, the browsing opportunities are limitless and exciting.

After creating your profile, you’ll be asked what you’re looking for and how you identify this profile (is it a couples’ profile or does it belong to a single, bisexual, nonbinary person?), you’ll also be asked to set your “core” location and age range. Profiles appear as a split-screen with a summary of the account (name, sexual orientation, age, relationship status, and short bio) underneath a photo gallery. Swipe left and right to toggle between different profiles, and if you come across one you like, just give it a heart! If they like you too, you’ll be able to start messaging. For your peace of mind, the app also lets you create your own pin code lock as an extra layer of security if you happen to pass your phone to your nosy mom or leave it unlocked around a snooping younger cousin.

1 month $11.99
3 months $23.99

HER

HER is one of the most popular LGBTQ-friendly apps for meeting people online. 40% of users on this app are either gay or lesbian, 30% are bisexual, 20% are pansexual or queer, and the remaining 10% don’t identify. This free app is made by Queer Womxn for Queer Womxn and sets itself apart with the community it has built. While in the app, you’ll be able to browse the community, event, and feed tab, which all bring you closer to the members on the app. Join different communities such as “Strong and Single,” “Newly Out,” and “Queer Womxn of Color” to find users interested in the same things and discuss with them on the community wall, discover unique events happening near you and all over the world in the events tab and join an event with the click of a button, and stay up to date with the official ‘HER’ profile in the My Feed tab. With 24/7 moderation on the platform and seemingly limitless options for filtering and engagement, HER is the app for queer womxn and other LGBTQ+ members.

1 Month $14.99
6 Months $71.99
12 Months $89.99

Happn

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Happn

Happn is a breath of fresh air when it comes to casual encounter apps. Forget the algorithm and personal aesthetics, this free app matches you with people who have physically crossed your path throughout the day–so it’s completely based on chance! Using its geo-location system, this app will connect you with other app uses who have crossed your path within a 250-meter radius. The matches appear on your screen in the form of a profile showing the user’s name and occupation. Once a match appears, you can then scroll through photos, and read a short bio of the person detailing things like what they’re looking for in a relationship, their height, how much they exercise, what their food preference is, and even what their party habits are. These “matches” will be available to view for up to one week after crossing paths, however, specific matches will be updated if you cross paths again within the week.

Take into account that if you don’t go out much, or if you don’t live in a heavily populated city, this might not be the app for you. And because of the geo-location, even people you haven’t “matched” with will be able to see where they crossed paths with you and how far away you are at the time of their present viewing. If location services aren’t your thing or make you feel uncomfortable, I would suggest another app or sign up for the premium membership. Ranging from $10-$25 a month, you will be able to turn off your geo-location, filter the types of profiles you want to see, and have access to unlimited likes. If you want to feel that balance between fate and curation that no other app offers, strap on your shoes, download the app, and go on a run!

1 Month $24.99
6 Months $89.99
12 Months $119.99

Lex

The popular queer classifieds Instagram account Personals launched Lex, its rebranded standalone platform that lets you meet people online. The app exists outside of Instagram and lets users draft 30-day ads for meeting other queers. The app is incredibly inclusive and explicitly lists itself as being built “for lesbian, bisexual, asexual, and queer people,” as well as “womxn and trans, genderqueer, intersex, two-spirit, and non-binary” users. You can use Lex to post classifieds for pretty much whatever you want, but it excels especially with hookups. Just share what you’re looking for, come up with a witty title, and wait for the messages to come in.

Lex is run by a small team, and it’s still quite new, so it’s filled with some bugs. Its emphasis on the personal connection over physical appearance can be both a blessing and a curse, particularly for cruisers who prefer a specific aesthetic from their partners. Users can’t see what you look like unless you link your Instagram account, making it a more or less necessary addition to enjoying Lex to the fullest. Lesbian dating app etiquette still applies here, too, so ghosting is very common.


Down

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Rated #98 in the app store, and with over seven million users, DOWN is one of the best apps for finding meeting singles online. The concept is easy to understand: swipe left or right to review or skip a user, swipe up if you’d like to “date” the user and down if you’d like to hook up with the user. In terms of ease of communication, I think Down has nailed it. There’s no confusion between users when their profiles are matched, you’ll know instantly if that person wants to date or just wants something quick, and if you happen to swipe the wrong way, don’t worry! You can edit your picks in the likes tab. If there’s someone you really want to meet, you can click on the lips button and send them a crush. This will pop up on their feed and push your profile to the front of their list. What I don’t like about this app, however, is that they only give you about 10 preview swipes before you have to pay for the subscription. It’s also a pretty dark interface with standard features. Out of the profiles I did see, there were no bios included, and they all only had one photo. This is nice for discretion, but if you need more info to go off of before you start swiping, then this app might be too spontaneous for you.


Blendr

Blendr is another one of your typical casual encounter apps. The user interface is nice, but not over the top. It’s cleanly laid out with more information readily available for free than when compared to other hookup apps (your popularity, photo verification, etc.) And there’s actually quite an amazing selection of potential matches that seem to be legit, unlike other sites that are crawling with bots. The use of Blendr can easily be interchanged between the website as well as the mobile app, which makes this much more inclusive to an older crowd of users or people who just don’t want to have to download another app. Creating your profile is pretty standard, it asks for the usual photo, bio, physical characteristics, and traits. It also offers the option to spice up your profile with hashtags that you can then use to match you to other users with similar interests. But as we mentioned before, Blendr has a photo verification process in order to weed out bots, fake accounts, and scammers, so unless you comply with the photo verification you won’t be able to access the service’s premium features.

For a free app, I would say that if you’re truly interested in Blendr, or simply want to join in on all the free dating apps and sites to increase your visibility, join and see for yourself! I would be lying if I said this was an app that we couldn’t live without since it isn’t a major player in the dating app scene (yet) but signing up definitely won’t be a waste of your time. And if you do choose to go premium, Blendr offers users the ability to subscribe on a membership basis and/or purchase coins that can be used to purchase gifts and other virtual perks.

1 Week $3.99
1 Month $12.99
3 Months $30.99
2,750 coins $49.99

Grindr

I once saw a Tumblr post that likened the Grindr app to the Bible app, and, unbeknownst to me and what I was doing at the time, I downloaded it on my mother’s phone. You can imagine her surprise. Now, a decade later, I’m proud to say that Grindr has become the world’s largest social networking app for LGBTQ users. With its no-frills grid display sorted by location and super specific filter options, it’s no wonder why the LGBTQ community has flocked to the platform. Decide if you’re looking for a chat, date, relationship, or immediate hookup through its basic filters, You can also look for something a bit more specific like a bear, jock, daddy, or twink if you so desire.

Basic Grindr is free, but there are paid subscriptions that boost your mojo. We recommend trying Grindr’s seven-day free trial if you constantly want to sort through profiles that you haven’t chatted with, find users that accept NSFW pictures, or advertise enjoyment with specific positions. If you like all of this, the Xtra or Unlimited memberships might be worth your while. Unlimited is the most elite tier of paid Grindr subscriptions. It allows users to unlock unlimited profiles so they’ll never run out of people to browse and chat, see who’s viewed their profile, browse in incognito mode so other users can’t see you, un-send messages, and even seen when someone is typing to you.

Grindr XTRA is a step below Unlimited, but still offers a bunch of perks the basic (free) subscription won’t getcha (like read receipts, no ads, push notifications, a discreet app icon, more Grindr Tribes, additional filters, online-only view, and much more!).

1 Month Grindr XTRA $24.99
3 Months Grindr XTRA $20.97
6 Months Grindr XTRA $29.94
12 Months Grindr XTRA $47.88
1 Month Grindr Unlimited $49.99
12 Months Grindr Unlimited $299.99

Tinder

It almost feels like a waste of time to review Tinder at this point because let’s be honest, its the mother of our modern-day apps for getting laid. But, since it is a list of dating apps and sites, I kind of have to include the original mainstream sex dating app.

For those of you who have been in a long term relationship since 2012, or have been living under a rock, Tinder is the free dating app that invented swiping right. Again, for the 1% of you who don’t know what “swiping right” means, it’s basically Tinder’s way of letting the user match with another user. The whole interface is based on the profile picture, a small bio, and common interests. Swipers see a person’s photo, bio, and interests. If they like it, they swipe right with their finger to try to match with the person, and if they don’t like it, they swipe left. You can only message someone when both of you have swiped right. The app is super straight forward, very clean, and easy to use. It isn’t the most advanced in terms of filtering, but with 1.6 billion swipes per day and 57 million users around the world, I think it’s safe to say that it doesn’t really matter. If you’re looking for a mainstream “anything goes” dating app that many swear by, look no further and give the OG a try.

Tinder is free to use but offers two different premium memberships, Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold. Both extensions allow you unlimited daily likes, the ability to “rewind” your last swipe and do it over again, five Super Likes per day, one free Boost per month, and a “passport” that lets you swipe around the world rather than being limited by your location. Tinder Gold takes it one step further and allows you to see who already liked you, making it much easier to decipher whether or not you’ve got a shot. However, it’s worth noting that if you’re over the age of 30, Tinder is going to upcharge your subscription costs.

1 Month Tinder Plus (aged 18-29) $9.99
6 Months Tinder Plus (aged 18-29) $34.99
12 Months Tinder Plus (aged 18-29) $54.99
1 Month Tinder Gold (aged 18-29) $14.99
6 Months Tinder Gold (aged 18-29) $52.99
12 Months Tinder Gold (aged 18-29) $82.99
1 Month Tinder Plus (aged 30+) $19.99
6 Months Tinder Plus (aged 30+) $60
12 Months Tinder Plus (aged 30+) $80
1 Month Tinder Gold (aged 30+) $29.99
6 Months Tinder Gold (aged 30+) $112.99
12 Months Tinder Gold (aged 30+) $149.99

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Making friends as an adult isn’t easy https://www.imisite.org/making-friends-as-an-adult-isnt-easy/ https://www.imisite.org/making-friends-as-an-adult-isnt-easy/#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 22:34:23 +0000 https://www.imisite.org/making-friends-as-an-adult-isnt-easy/

I knew I was alone when I started to get closer to the disheveled man who always seems to be posted outside my neighborhood CVS.

” What is your problem ? He asked gruffly as I rushed to my car one afternoon. I slowed down and watched.

“Do you really want to know?” I asked, stopping. Before he had a chance to say no, I got into my rant.

“Well, so I ate the booster hummus, and I’m pretty sure I have listeria.” He sat in silence as I continued, “But I don’t know what listeria is and I’m too scared to google for side effects.” “

“I have crabs,” he replied in a neutral tone.

“Yeah, so you understand.”

One thing no one tells you about being an adult is how lonely you will be. People tell you about the responsibilities, the hard work ahead, damn it, they even tell you about all the possible STDs you can get from having unprotected sex. But for some reason people seem to ignore the fact that making friends in adulthood is really, really hard. And, as a result, many people I know feel lonely.

Romantic relationships are arguably easier to find because there is a physical attraction – or at least the promise of one. People are motivated to find romantic relationships, so they are more open to talking to strangers in restaurants or in kickball leagues that they find intriguing. But if I’m in a dimly lit bar on a Saturday night and see a woman my age across the street, and want to get to know her (strictly on a platonic basis), what should I do? Buy him a drink? Compliment her outfit? Trying to get her number?

For some reason, people seem to ignore the fact that making friends in adulthood is really, really hard.

What do you do when you move to a new city, all your friends leave your city, or worse yet all your friends get married and you wonder if four cats is one too many?

When I moved to Los Angeles in 2016 with my boyfriend for a new job, at least I had it. And although I love him dearly, my life couldn’t revolve around him. Instead of just taking a risk and exposing myself, I first clung to my old Florida friendships through phone calls, texts, and chats, and made no effort to find news. The only social interaction I had (other than talking to my boyfriend) was watching other people’s friendships unfold on TV.

“Tamra said the funniest thing today,” I said to my boyfriend as we sat down for dinner, pretending I wasn’t referring to star Tamra Judge. The Real Housewives of Orange County. “She and Vicki are in this huge fight right now and sh-“

“Who are these people?” my boyfriend would ask.

“Just a few people …”

“Are these women on television? “

“… no.”

In a world full of #squadgoals and selfies, it can be hard to admit you’re alone.

I moved to five different cities in five years for different jobs, often without knowing anyone. I wallowed in my misery; I spent Saturday alone in my apartment; I even cried to my mom countless times over the phone. She often had to cut our conversations short – she went out with her friends.

But what I’ve learned is that despite it looking uncomfortable and scary, other people want friends too, and most people are more than happy to chat or exchange numbers. if you just ask them.

The only social interaction I had (other than talking to my boyfriend) was watching other people’s friendships unfold on TV.

I have tried to drive away the fear of being outside my comfort zone and letting relationships flow, even when it seems a little strange. I messaged old acquaintances, joined continuing education classes, and stayed alone in bars while checking out a band or comedian I wanted to see. I struck up conversations with complete strangers – some of whom even turned out to be really great friends – and unabashedly invited myself to parties, including a time when I found myself at the family’s New Years party. from my friend and I had one of the best meals (and craziest dance parties) of my life.

Most of the time, I’ve learned that in order to bring people into your life you have to be open to receiving them.

Last summer at my departure party in Fort Lauderdale it was interesting to look around the room and see all the people standing there. There were friends I met in comedy classes and friends I met after joining a women’s journalism group that I found online. There were work friends, kickball friends, friends that I met through friends and college friends. Little by little, in all the cities where I had lived, I had really managed to (eventually) make friends.

Each of them brought something rich to my life, and as we all got lost in my pool, the fear of leaving them and moving somewhere else started to fade.

“Are you afraid of making friends?” A friend asked me before embarking on my new journey.

“Yeah,” I say. “But I think it will be fine.”

It just took me a while to realize it.

This story originally appeared on Mowed, a site that shares personal essays from 20+ years that explore experiences often overlooked in neatly filtered and curated social media posts.

Kate Jacobson is an editor and writer living in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


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HBO Max announces its panel program https://www.imisite.org/hbo-max-announces-its-panel-program/ https://www.imisite.org/hbo-max-announces-its-panel-program/#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 22:34:23 +0000 https://www.imisite.org/hbo-max-announces-its-panel-program/

Warner Bros. Head towards [email protected] Thursday with updates on the highly anticipated drama and animation on HBO, HBO MAX and TBS. In total, the company hosts nine panels through the virtual replacement of the SDCC. We’ll provide you with a full schedule of events below, but let’s talk about a few highlights first.

Close enough hits HBO Max today, and creator JG Quintel announced on Twitter that on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. EST, he will be hosting a virtual evening before the pilot episode of the animated series.

Adventure time fans are expected to tune in on Friday for a panel on the Distant Lands – BMO special series, hosted by Michaela dietz. Then stay for a preview of the second special, Obsidian.

Infinity train, another standout show from Cartoon Network, is also celebrating its second life on HBO Max. Owen Dennis (series creator), Madeline Quéripel (supervising director) and show writers Alex Horab, Lindsay Katai and Justin michael meet for a retrospective on the first two seasons, then take a first look at the third (which is notably an HBO Max exclusive).

Likewise, Crazy music will also offer the audience a preview of what’s to come, members of the voice cast Eric Bauza, Bob Bergen, Jeff Bergman and Candi Milo launches a brand new cartoon and talks shop.

For more details, check out the PR below, and to tune in to the San Diego Comic Con That Never Was, follow one of these links. https://comic-con.org or https://www.youtube.com/user/ComicCon and don’t forget your badge.

HBO

ITS DARK MATERIALS
Thursday, July 23 at 1 p.m. PT
This virtual panel will include a return to highlights from the first season of the hit drama series as well as an exclusive conversation about what to expect in season two. Hosted by an award-winning journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt, panelists include executive producers Jane tranter and Jack Thorne as well as the actors Dafne keen (“Lyre”), Ruth wilson (“Mrs. Coulter”), Ariyon Bakare (“Lord Boreal”), Amir Wilson (“Will Parry”), Andrew Scott (“John Parry”), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Lee Scoresby”). Fans can follow the panel’s live coverage on Twitter by @daemonsanddust and use #HisDarkMaterials to join the conversation.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Philip Pullman’s first book in the bestseller Its dark materials trilogy being released, the first episode of the hit HBO series is now available to stream for free at HBO’s YouTube channel.

LOVE COUNTRIES
Saturday, July 25 at 4 p.m. PT
Join the cast of HBO’s upcoming new series for a panel with the stars Jurnee Smollett (“Letitia ‘Leti’ Lewis”), Jonathan majors (“Atticus Freeman”), Michael kenneth williams (“Montrose Freeman”), Aunjanue Ellis (“Hippolyta Freeman”), Wunmi mosaku (“Ruby Baptiste”), Lee Abbey (“Christina Braithwhite”), and Courtney B. Vance (“George Freeman”). Entertainment Weekly Sarah rodman moderate. The ten-part drama series from showrunner and executive producer Misha Green will debut on HBO on Sunday, August 16. Fans can also follow the panel’s live coverage on Twitter from @LovecraftHBO and use #LovecraftCountry to join the conversation.

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CLOSE ENOUGH

Thursday, July 23 at 5 p.m. PT
Rejoin JG Quintel, Emmy Award-winning creator Regular show for a billboard and a reading table for his new HBO Max series CLOSE ENOUGH, a surreal animated comedy about a married couple, their five-year-old daughter and their two divorced best friends / roommates all living together in east Los Angeles. Jason mantzoukas (Alex), Gabrielle Walsh (Emilie), Kimiko glenn (Bridgette) and Jessica dicicco (Candice) will join Quintel (Josh) and Calvin wong (supervising producer) and moderator Guillaume Salyer (Regular show) to discuss the show’s themes: Navigating the Transitional 30s, juggling work and kids, and chasing your dreams, all while avoiding time-traveling snails, stripping clowns, and murderous supermodels. CLOSE ENOUGH of Cartoon Network Studios is now streaming on HBO Max.

HBO Max Kids & Family with SUMMER CAMP ISLAND, THE FUNGIES and TIG N ‘SEEK
Friday, July 24 at 10 a.m. PT
HBO Max and Cartoon Network Studios are excited to share with you some highlights of their incredible collaboration. With creators of shows Myke Chilean of TIG N ‘LOOKING FOR, Stephen P. Neary of THE MUSHROOMS and Julia Pott of SUMMER CAMP ISLAND, we’re going to see what makes these shows really great. Hear from the cast, watch exclusive content, and learn how to draw some of your new favorite friends.

ADVENTURE TIME: FAR LANDS – BMO
Friday, July 24 at 11 a.m. PT
Come on, grab your friends for a special trip back to the land of Ooo and beyond with ADVENTURE TIME: DISTANT LANDS -BMO. Based on the animated series Adventure time From series creator Pendleton Ward and executive producer Adam Muto, these four specials explore unseen corners of the world with new characters that are both familiar and exciting. Join the moderator Michaela dietz (“Amethyst” from Steven Universe), as she shares all the details of the BMO special of Adam muto (executive producer), Glory Curda (Y5), Olivia olson (Marceline) and Niki yang (BMO). Plus, stick around for a fair preview of the second stage, OBSIDIAN. It’s going to be so spicy! ADVENTURE TIME: REMOTE LANDS – BMO from Cartoon Network Studios is now streaming on HBO Max.

INFINITE TRAIN
Friday, July 24 at 12 p.m. PT
Cartoon Network Studios and HBO Max’s mysterious and compelling fan-favorite series arrives for a triumphant return to Comic-Con this year. Get on board and join Owen Dennis (series creator), Madeline Quéripel (supervising director) and show writers Alex Horab, Lindsay Katai and Justin michael as they look at books one and two and reveal a preview of book three, only on HBO Max.

HBO Max adult entertainment featuring ROBOT CHICKEN, FINAL SPACE and PRIMAL / SAMURAI JACK
Friday, July 24 at 3 p.m. PT
Join the show creators of ROBOT CHICKEN, JACK SAMURAI, Genndy Tartakovsky PRIMITIVE, BLACK DYNAMITE, LAZOR WULF and FINAL SPACE as they share their favorite San Diego Comic-Con memories. Panelists include Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Genndy Tartakovsky, Carl Jones, Henry Bonsu and Olan rogers.

LOONEY TUNES COMIC STRIPS
Sunday, July 26 at 1 p.m. PT
Executive producer Pete browngardt, supervising producer Alex Kirwan, and artistic director Aaron Spurgeon join voice cast members Eric Bauza, Bob Bergen, Jeff Bergman and Candi Milo for the craziest and liveliest panel at ‘Con. The creative team will exclusively present a brand new cartoon and take fans through the process of bringing Bugs, Daffy, Porky and the other iconic Looney Tunes characters back to the screen. LOONEY TUNES CARTOONS from Warner Bros. Animation is now streaming on HBO Max.

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AMERICAN FATHER
Saturday, July 25 at 1 p.m. PT
You always wanted to learn how to draw one of your favorites AMERICAN FATHER characters? Now is your chance, join the supervising director of the show, Brent Wood, as he teaches actors and executive producers how to draw Roger! Grab a sketchbook and pens and learn how to draw everyone’s favorite alien next door Rachael Mac Farlane (“Hayley”), Wendy schaal (“Francine”), Scott grimes (“Steve”), Dee Bradley Baker (“Klaus”) and EP Nic wegener and Joe chandler as they discuss the current season and look to the 300th episode of the series airing on TBS this fall.


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Caris Life Sciences Partners with Elevation Oncology to Advance Recruitment in Phase 2 Trial of Patients With Solid Tumors Hosting NRG1 Gene Fusions https://www.imisite.org/caris-life-sciences-partners-with-elevation-oncology-to-advance-recruitment-in-phase-2-trial-of-patients-with-solid-tumors-hosting-nrg1-gene-fusions/ https://www.imisite.org/caris-life-sciences-partners-with-elevation-oncology-to-advance-recruitment-in-phase-2-trial-of-patients-with-solid-tumors-hosting-nrg1-gene-fusions/#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 22:34:23 +0000 https://www.imisite.org/caris-life-sciences-partners-with-elevation-oncology-to-advance-recruitment-in-phase-2-trial-of-patients-with-solid-tumors-hosting-nrg1-gene-fusions/

IRVING, Texas, Aug 11, 2020 / PRNewswire / – Caris Life Sciences®, a leading innovator in molecular science focused on delivering the promise of precision medicine, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Elevation Oncology to improve patient recruitment practices for clinical trials genomic and tumor-free. Using Caris’ market-leading suite of molecular profiling offerings, Caris Pharmatech’s Just-In-Time (JIT) clinical trial solutions and the Caris Precision Oncology Alliance™ (POA), the companies will enhance traditional recruitment in Elevation Oncology’s Phase 2 CRESTONE trial through real-time, nationwide identification of eligible patients with neuregulin-positive fusion tumors- 1 (NRG1) and the use of flexible recruitment models for rapid initiation of study treatment.

“We are delighted to partner with Elevation Oncology and look forward to working with them to enhance their clinical trial recruitment efforts, with the ultimate goal of reducing the disease burden in NRG1 fusion positive patients in a range. of solid tumors, ”said David Spetzler, MS, Ph.D., MBA, President and Scientific Director. “The future of cancer treatment depends on clinical trials today, and we are excited to use our suite of industry-leading precision medicine technologies to address the challenges typically encountered in genomic trials.” and tumor agnostics. “

Under the terms of the agreement, Caris will help Elevation Oncology identify patients with advanced solid tumors who harbor NRG1 fusions to participate in Elevation Oncology’s CRESTONE trial. Eligible patients will be confirmed to participate in Elevation Oncology’s Phase 2 CRESTONE trial of seribantumab in adult patients with recurrent, locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors that harbor the NRG1 gene fusion.

Sarah Cannon Research Institute (Sarah Canon) has been selected as the first strategic site for CRESTONE and is currently open and recruiting patients. Eligible patients, including those in the Caris Pharmatech Oncology Trials Network and the Caris Precision Oncology Alliance Network, can potentially enroll in CRESTONE directly at their local oncology center, thereby minimizing travel and ensuring patient safety. in the face of ongoing restrictions due to COVID-19, and help deliver treatment options directly to patients who need them.

“Identifying oncogenic drivers, such as an NRG1 gene fusion, through advanced molecular testing is a critical first step in a patient’s treatment journey,” said Shawn leland, PharmD, RPh, Founder and Commercial Director of Elevation Oncology. “Based on the unique genomic signature of their tumor, doctors can identify the appropriate treatments or experimental trials for each patient. As an industry, we must stress the importance of collaborations between diagnostic providers and drug developers to ensure that the best outcomes for patients with rare and genomic cancers can be achieved. “

For more information on seribantumab and the CRESTONE study, please visit www.NRG1fusion.com.

About Caris Life Sciences
Caris Life Sciences® is a leading innovator in molecular science focused on delivering the promise of precision medicine through quality and innovation. The company’s advanced molecular profiling suite of offerings assesses DNA, RNA, and proteins to reveal a molecular blueprint that helps physicians and cancer patients make more accurate and personalized treatment decisions. MI Exome™ whole exome sequencing with 22,000 DNA genes and MI Transcriptome™ Complete transcriptome sequencing with 22,000 RNA genes as well as analysis of cancer-related pathogens, bacteria, viruses and fungi performed on each patient provides the most comprehensive and clinically comprehensive DNA and RNA profiling relevant available in the market.

Caris is also advancing precision medicine with Caris MAI™ (Molecular Artificial Intelligence) which combines its innovative service offerings, Caris Molecular Intelligence® with its proprietary artificial intelligence analysis engine, DEAN™, to analyze the whole exome, the whole transcriptome and the whole cancer proteome. This information, coupled with mature clinical results on thousands of patients, provides unparalleled molecular solutions for patients, physicians, payers and biopharmaceutical organizations.

Caris Pharmatech is changing paradigm and streamlining the clinical trials process by helping biopharmaceutical companies access research-ready oncology sites for clinical trials. With more than 200 research sites within Caris Pharmatech’s JIT oncology network, biopharmaceutical companies can identify and recruit more patients faster. Caris Pharmatech’s just-in-time clinical trial solutions focus on rapid site activation and patient recruitment to streamline the drug development process. By implementing a just-in-time search (JIT) system, site activation and patient enrollment is achievable within 14 days for pre-registered locations with pre-qualified patients.

Based at Irving, Texas, Caris Life Sciences has offices in Phoenix, Denver, New York, and Basel, Switzerland. Caris provides services across the United States, Europe, Asia and other international markets. For more information, please visit www.CarisLifeSciences.com or follow us on Twitter (@CarisLS).

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How do dogs like to be talked to? https://www.imisite.org/how-do-dogs-like-to-be-talked-to/ https://www.imisite.org/how-do-dogs-like-to-be-talked-to/#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 22:34:23 +0000 https://www.imisite.org/how-do-dogs-like-to-be-talked-to/

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As dog lovers, we’re probably all guilty of using baby talk around our puppies. We can’t help it. They are so cute, and when we see cute things, sometimes our voices go up, we use simple language, and we make up some silly words and sounds.

For the most part, our dogs don’t seem embarrassed that we are talking like this. Tone matters a lot, and dogs can tell when we’re upset, angry, happy, or ready to give treats and rewards, and baby words are almost always followed by signs of affection.

Any dog ​​parent can tell you that their dog prefers talking about babies to harsh words and yelling. But do dogs like to be talked to like babies and do they take advantage of such talk? How do dogs like us to talk to them?

“Baby Talk” is a speech led by a dog

When we raise the tone of our voices and simplify our language to address our poochs, it is called a “dog-led speech.” It’s very similar to the way we talk to babies.

Research suggests that human babies benefit from this type of speech. It seems to capture their attention more easily and improve their focus on the speaker’s words.

Babies who are spoken to in an infant speech tend to start imitating vowels and develop vocabulary more quickly.

If the same were true for puppies and dogs, we would likely see that dog-led speech would grab their attention and improve their comprehension more than the normal voice we use when speaking to other adult humans.

Does science support this claim?

What does science say?

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Research published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that dog-led speech actually helps puppies pay more attention to humans talking to them.

The researchers played several different recordings of humans using different tones to say the same phrase and found that the puppies responded more to the dog-led high pitch than the other recordings.

This is helpful to know, as it can help those who wish to train a puppy to follow commands.

Further York University research shows that dogs of all ages are more sensitive to dog-directed speech. Experience has also shown that it is not only important How? ‘Or’ What humans have said things, but what they also said made a difference.

For this study, the researchers asked humans to say common conversational phrases, such as “I went to the movies last night,” to dogs with normal voices and a dog-led tone. Dogs responded more positively to the tone directed by the dog.

Next, the researchers asked humans to speak common conversational phrases in a dog-led tone, and then speak in the same tone with dog-related content and words. Dogs responded the most to content related to dogs.

So it doesn’t matter how we put it. Dogs at least have an idea of ​​what we’re saying, too.

They respond best when humans combine dog-led speech with dog-related content. They want to spend time with humans who talk this way the most.

Talking strengthens your bond

Being able to communicate with your dog is the basis for strengthening your bond. It is very beneficial for training and for expressing your wishes to your puppy.

Dogs are good at understanding humans. They can read our emotions, follow our instructions, and anticipate our desires. This is one of the many reasons we love them so much.

As research shows, talking to dogs in a dog-led speech really does make them want to spend more time with us, And it’s a good thing.

Dogs are also good at match your tone to your actions. When you talk to them in a happy dog-led speech, they probably know affection and rewards will follow soon. When you are harsh, they know you can reprimand them for their behavior.

The next time you talk to your dog, imagine him from his point of view. What associations have they formed with your speech and your words? Do they know the word “veterinarian”? How about “bath?” Do they know how to “walk” or “spoil?” “

Knowing how your dog reacts to your tone and words can help you comfort him when things are scary or when he gets anxious. It can also help you share their joy and excitement.

Non-verbal communication is also important!

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With all the research and personal experiences we have when it comes to talking to our dogs, we might start to underestimate the importance of non-verbal communication.

When you think about it, there is deaf dogs and deaf humans who do not trust the word to communicate with each other, but they still have bonds as strong as humans and dogs who depend on speech.

Dogs can understand sign language as well as spoken language, sometimes even more easily. Is there a signed version of dog-led speech that helps dogs pay more attention and strengthens their bond with humans?

I haven’t found any studies that even ask this question, but it’s definitely something to think about, as it could have implications for how we communicate with our dogs non-verbally.

Dogs also use non-verbal communication to find out how we are feeling. They can smell the chemicals we release when we are sick, healthy, happy, anxious, excited, and more. They can learn to follow our body language and react accordingly, just like they do with speech.

In fact, one has to wonder to what extent dogs’ response to our speech is a reaction to speech itself, and to what extent it is learned through associations. Could a dog learn to love being yelled at if it was always followed by affection and treats? Who knows?

In the end, it doesn’t matter much because dogs like what they like, whether learned or innate. But asking these kinds of questions can help us further explore how we can most effectively communicate with our dogs and strengthen our relationships.

Ultimately, non-verbal communication can be much more important than verbal communication.

Research published in the journal Physiology and behavior watched how the dogs responded to greetings after being left alone for a period of time. Humans could either greet the dog with verbal cuddles and praise, simply greet with verbal praise, or not greet the dog at all.

Levels of oxytocin, “the love hormone,” were highest in dogs who received both pets and praise.

It is therefore clear that verbal communication is not the only key to making our dogs happy. There are many ways we need to communicate in order to bond with our puppies.

Your dog can respond

Much of this article has focused on the ways we communicate with dogs, but communication is a two-way street. We also owe it to our dogs to learn how they respond.

Dogs use their own verbal cues through vocalizations, but they also rely on body language.

Sometimes our understanding of our dogs comes naturally. For example, you can probably tell the difference between your dog begging to go out for a potty break and your dog begging for food.

Eventually, you spend enough time with each other to get along without even thinking about it.

It’s a great natural way to communicate with your puppy, and you might not need someone to tell you how to talk to your dog. All of these studies and research efforts, however, can help you think more deeply about this communication.

Maybe it can help you know when to use dog-led speaking to calm your dog down, or maybe it can help with your training efforts. Perhaps learning dog body language can help you more easily determine your dog’s needs.

Be open to learning how you can talk to your dog and how your dog can respond. Your bond with your dog can become stronger than ever if you do.

Here are some resources for understanding how dogs communicate:

Have you ever talked to your dog in a baby voice? How do you think your dog likes to be talked to? Let us know in the comments below!


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The devastating side effect of the pandemic on young people https://www.imisite.org/the-devastating-side-effect-of-the-pandemic-on-young-people/ https://www.imisite.org/the-devastating-side-effect-of-the-pandemic-on-young-people/#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 22:34:22 +0000 https://www.imisite.org/the-devastating-side-effect-of-the-pandemic-on-young-people/

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a tidal wave of symptoms disguised as aging due to unprecedented stress, such as shock hair loss, a phenomenon that can cause up to 50% of your hair to fall prematurely. hair.

Without symptoms or warning signs, shock hair fall comes out of nowhere but that does not mean that you will be bald (according to doctors, it takes about six months for hair to grow back).

Bad sleep habits emerged last March with people reporting vivid dreams and nightmares, another side effect of stress. Dentists have reported seeing a spike in cracked or damaged teeth due to increased jaw clenching and grinding. The culprit, again, is stress.

While the coronavirus pandemic is not directly linked to faster aging in the following findings, it doesn’t take a scientist to conclude that 2020 has been a year that has passed for the most part – and that may be why Many Americans feel physically older than their actual age, new research shows.

Sixty-four percent of Americans aged 25 to 45 said they felt physically overwhelmed by their digital age, although 73% felt mentally younger than they actually were, new research by OnePoll on behalf of Kori Pure Antarctic Krill Oil, an omega-3 supplement, said.

Age is just a number … or a feeling

The study, which was conducted in December, wanted to know why respondents might start to feel older than their actual age. One of the biggest challenges adults face as they age is being responsible for their physical health (i.e. adulthood), which was the highest response (40%) .

Four in ten respondents reported having aches and pains with no identifiable source, with a total of seven on average. The most common areas of muscle soreness were the neck (54%), joints (51%), back (50%), head (40%) and legs (38%).

Thirty-four percent of respondents said parenting made them feel older, while 33% criticized their jobs for making them feel older.

When it comes to the health of Americans, immune health (87%) and eyes (87%) were areas that made respondents think twice. Nine in ten respondents say they are concerned about heart health.

“Survey data shows that nutritional deficiencies are more than common among adults in this age group, but that’s not necessarily a surprise. For example, it’s understandable that busy adults don’t necessarily have time to cook the recommended servings of fish per week, even though it’s a great source of omega-3s that support heart health and immune, ”said Dr. Taz Bhatia, a physician in integrative medicine, in a statement.

“If you can’t add more of these foods to your diet, one of the best ways to alleviate these nutrient gaps is to use high-quality supplements,” she added. “Look at where the supplements come from, the quality and quantity of the ingredients and the third party testing. “

The biggest challenges to becoming an adult

1. Be responsible for my physical health (40%)
2. Cook balanced meals regularly (36%)
3. Budgeting (36%)
4. Keep my house clean (34%)
5. Buy nutritious foods while shopping for groceries (34%)


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WNMU Regents made budget adjustments, approved green energy project https://www.imisite.org/wnmu-regents-made-budget-adjustments-approved-green-energy-project/ https://www.imisite.org/wnmu-regents-made-budget-adjustments-approved-green-energy-project/#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 22:34:22 +0000 https://www.imisite.org/wnmu-regents-made-budget-adjustments-approved-green-energy-project/

Western New Mexico University board members approved an amended budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 and voted to continue advancing the university toward its energy efficiency goals in a meeting on Thursday morning . They also heard from WNMU President Dr Joseph Shepard, who reported on plans to reopen the university using a hybrid model this fall.

“We will not create a zero probability of COVID, but we can be careful,” he said. “This could all change in no time, based on the governor’s orders. “

The board approved a budget adjustment request for fiscal year 2020-2021 to reduce state appropriations based on House Bill 1 passed in the 2020 Special Legislative Session. Decreases were made to the Instruction and General, Athletics and Public Service funds for a total decrease of $ 2,344,900. The amended budget removes the 4% pay increases provided for in the House Bill 2 during the 2020 legislative session and cuts other expenses to make up for lost revenue.

“My problem is not this budget. My problem is next year’s budget, ”President Shepard said. “We need to think about January and February of the next legislative session and, more importantly, the next fiscal year, which is why we are prioritizing programs.”

Dr Mary Hotvedt, the most recent board member, said that while the planned increases in faculty and staff have not been possible this year, “we are committed as a university to maintain 80% insurance coverage level for faculty and staff. ”

The New Mexico Scholarship will still be funded, albeit in a lesser way. “It was reduced from $ 12 million to $ 5 million. The higher education department manages these numbers and what that means in terms of allocation. Because we are offering certificates and associated diplomas, we will be eligible to receive a portion of these funds, ”said President Shepard.

The board also approved the transmission of a capital project for an energy performance project. Campus-wide program that adds LED lighting, fixes air leaks, updates HVAC systems and controls, includes two solar carport structures, optimizes kitchen ventilation in the dining room. “We estimate a return on investment over 25 years with an interest of 2.84%, which leaves us with an annual capital contribution from the university of $ 85,000, which we would be able to manage without any worry of my. share, ”said Kelley Riddle, vice president of business affairs. .

Regent student Tim Stillman, who had offered to table this item at the previous meeting, said his questions and concerns were allayed after meeting with project engineers. “I didn’t understand part of the language, but I understand it now and I support this project,” he said.

The chairman of the regent, Jerry Walz, asked if it was not better to wait to implement such a project, given the rapid technological advances in solar energy in particular. “The project would not be approved by the state if it felt these elements would disappear sooner than our funding,” Riddle replied.

President Shepard has expressed his desire to upgrade WNMU to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and carbon neutrality. “Instead of giving it to the utility company, let’s give it to ourselves. As a university, we are making progress in the area of ​​green energy and environmental sustainability, ”he said.

Dr Shepard asked faculty and staff chairs to present the work their respective working groups are doing to review programs and assess each department’s contributions to the mission and overall goals of the WNMU.

The faculty’s program review methodology committee meets weekly throughout the summer to develop a program prioritization process. “Knowing that we will have extreme budget deficits, are there any programs that we need to review? There are ten criteria that we look at. We have excellent documentation from 2014, when this was last done at WNMU, ”said Dr Susan McFeaters, who heads the working group.

Senate Speaker Michael Acosta said he also heads a program review and restructuring committee.
In accordance with protocols intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the meeting was held on Zoom. The board of directors will meet on July 20, when the regents have also scheduled a workshop.


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Say goodbye to both parents at the same time https://www.imisite.org/say-goodbye-to-both-parents-at-the-same-time/ https://www.imisite.org/say-goodbye-to-both-parents-at-the-same-time/#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 22:34:22 +0000 https://www.imisite.org/say-goodbye-to-both-parents-at-the-same-time/

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Nearly 2,000 South Dakotas have lost their lives to COVID-19.

“No one is preparing you to be an adult orphan,” said Mary Schmidt.

Mary Schmidt of Huron had never expected to lose both parents so soon after. But that’s what happened when they both had COVID-19.

Schmidt’s mother, Mary Ann Fransen, died on December 17, and her father followed on January 6.

“He wasn’t happy without mom, then. We have long suspected that if she died first, he would soon follow. I didn’t know it would only be twenty days, but he did, ”Schmidt said.

Schmidt’s parents had lived with her since 2015.

“Their health started to decline in 2014 and then in 2015 we knew they just couldn’t be home alone anymore. I was working from home and mom didn’t want to go to assisted living, so they came to Huron to live with me and my family, ”Schmidt said.

Life without them has been a difficult adjustment.

“It was very difficult and having them in my house for five years, it’s very quiet here. So we’re trying to figure out what our new normal is, ”Schmidt said.

A new normal she hadn’t expected.


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Dear Abby: Wife grapples with husband’s family history of incest https://www.imisite.org/dear-abby-wife-grapples-with-husbands-family-history-of-incest/ https://www.imisite.org/dear-abby-wife-grapples-with-husbands-family-history-of-incest/#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 22:34:22 +0000 https://www.imisite.org/dear-abby-wife-grapples-with-husbands-family-history-of-incest/

DEAR ABBY: When my husband and I first got married, I didn’t know why his mother and sisters were so hostile. When they started to treat our children the same, my husband finally addressed the problem. We left town and he finally told me that when he was a teenager and in his early twenties he slept with them all, which is why they didn’t like me.

After a separation of several years, he started talking to his mother and sisters again. Her mother is now 70 years old. It breaks my heart that he talks to people he has had sex with, but he says it doesn’t matter because they are “family”. In my opinion, it shouldn’t have anything to do with them. Please tell me how I should handle things. – “ALL IN THE FAMILY”

DEAR “ALL IN”: You cannot control what another adult is doing. I sympathize with your feelings and agree that your husband’s family situation was more than unhealthy. However, from what you wrote, I have a feeling you would be just as upset if he spoke with ex-girlfriends. If your husband wants to talk to his loved ones, he will, whether or not you find him threatening. My question would be: are you ready to tolerate it?

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DEAR ABBY: My girlfriend suffers from depression. She says she loves me, but there are times when she won’t contact me for days because of it. During this last bout of depression, she hasn’t spoken to me for a month.

I finally got sick of it. I told her that the next time she talks to me it should either be a break-up call or an apology. Was I right to say that? I do not know what to do. – UNCERTAIN IN THE EAST

DEAR UNCERTAIN: You say your girlfriend is suffering from depression. Is she under the care of a doctor and receiving treatment for it? Is her family aware that when she rides a bicycle she is in solitary confinement? If she is so disabled that she cannot communicate, they should be notified so that she can get the professional help she needs, including an adjustment to her medications if necessary.

I agree that she owes you an apology, and I can’t fault you for telling her. But I wouldn’t recommend mentioning the breakup while she’s in a vulnerable mental state.

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DEAR ABBY: I am a successful 55 year old businesswoman who fell in love with a man who has nothing. I should fully support him in retirement, but he’s so adorable, so sweet, and so much fun. It brings me a lot of joy and happiness. What should I do – stay with him and shoulder the burden of his finances or just keep moving? – EYE TO THE FUTURE IN PENNSYLVANIA

DEAR EYE: You are a successful 55-year-old businesswoman. I guess you’re asking me if you should marry this man or not, even though you find him adorable, kind, and fun to be with. People have valuable assets to offer besides money. However, before you go to the altar, I suggest you talk to your lawyer, just in case your assessment of him changes after the wedding.

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Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or PO Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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A change in Inside Higher Ed’s policy on reader feedback https://www.imisite.org/a-change-in-inside-higher-eds-policy-on-reader-feedback/ https://www.imisite.org/a-change-in-inside-higher-eds-policy-on-reader-feedback/#respond Sun, 28 Mar 2021 22:34:22 +0000 https://www.imisite.org/a-change-in-inside-higher-eds-policy-on-reader-feedback/

Inside higher education has posted reader comments on our articles since we launched the site in January 2005. We have done so as part of our core belief that good journalism depends on building a sense of community in which readers can share their voices. We wanted to make sure that everyone in higher education, regardless of their position or institution, had the opportunity to bring their point of view.

At times, the comments have dramatically improved our understanding of our readers and their views on higher education and the various articles we publish – positive and negative. And many readers welcome the perspectives of their peers.

In recent years, however, we’ve faced the same challenges that many other online editors have when it comes to commenting. The comment sections have become dominated by a small number of readers. As is the case with so many elements of the digital landscape, our comments reflect the magnification of interpersonal discourse, especially when people communicate anonymously, as the majority of our reviewers do. (We have allowed anonymous comments to protect adjunct faculty and vulnerable staff members who might have a legitimate fear for their jobs if identified.) The comments have become a deterrent to a significant number of our readers and have lost out. much of their value.

We’ve already done our best to tame the worst elements of our reviews while still keeping their original promise. Several years ago, we asked readers for their feedback and imposed new rules that we hoped would deter those who mistreat others while continuing to provide an open forum for the exchange of points. of view. Unfortunately, these changes failed to improve the relevance and civility of comments.

We remain committed to sharing the views of readers and are delighted to announce that we are replacing comments with Letters to the Editor effective next week, July 1, 2020. Letters have long been a part of the media. information, and we admire that tradition. Much like comments, letters to the editor can provide our readers with new perspectives on key issues. We hope that the importance of Letters to the Editor will encourage thoughtful and civil submissions; if readers disagree with an opinion expressed in an article, they can send a letter to the editor to respectfully challenge that view.

How will letters be different from comments?

  • We aim to publish letters that add to the debate on an issue and say something different from what has been said so far. A letter that simply repeats the points made by previous letters cannot be printed.
  • Special efforts will be made to publish letters which do not agree with the perspective taken by Inside higher education articles or opinions.
  • A letter should refer to the article or opinion piece in question.
  • In most cases, letters should include the author’s (real) name and job title. In cases where the author may encounter professional or other difficulties in expressing an opinion, Inside higher education will consider publishing an unnamed letter. Those wishing to be considered should indicate their reason (on the submission form).

We expect to receive fewer letters to the editor than we received comments. But we hope they will be more substantial and useful. We also hope that they will provide a more civil platform for discussion and debate.

Letters to the Editor can be sent to [email protected]. As always, you are welcome to contact the editors (without anything being published) at [email protected].

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