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If you take a puppy video break today, make sure this is the dog video you watch.

By the end of this video, you'll be thinking very seriously about your "wolfpack" and how it stacks up against this very human condition.

These four scoundrels call themselves "The Wolfpack." Sure, they're dogs, and yes, they're stinkin' adorable, but they are best mates and always have each others' backs. Dave, Chester, Vinnie, and Phil thought nothing could ever tear them apart.

But what's wrong with Chester?

These guys can't talk about it. Dogs, remember? They don't have the words to discuss mental health. [Insert awkward silence.]


But people can talk. And they absolutely SHOULD talk about mental health. 1 in 4 of us humans will experience a mental illness at some point in our lives. The stigma around mental illness often causes the sufferer to become silent about their struggles, and these struggles are real.

Taking it one step further, men are less likely than women to own up to having a mental illness or to seek treatment. Men often see mental illness as a sign of weakness and feel ashamed of themselves for simply being ill, which is something they can't control. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, depression in men can present itself as anger and irritability, sometimes leading to risk-taking behaviors as well as substance abuse. The CDC reports that while women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to succeed. This is a HUGE DEAL! Depression is usually treatable, but we've gotta help people actually get that treatment.

That's where you come in.

If you or someone you know and love is struggling with a mental illness, don't just stand by silently. TALK ABOUT IT! A text message, a phone call, or a visit can make the difference in whether someone seeks help. You could be their lifeline.

You and your friends are not alone. Let's look out for each other. It really *isn't* as hard as you think.

All illustrations are provided by Soosh and used with permission.

I have plenty of space.

This article originally appeared on 04.09.16


It's hard to truly describe the amazing bond between dads and their daughters.

Being a dad is an amazing job no matter the gender of the tiny humans we're raising. But there's something unique about the bond between fathers and daughters.

Most dads know what it's like to struggle with braiding hair, but we also know that bonding time provides immense value to our daughters. In fact, studies have shown that women with actively involved fathers are more confident and more successful in school and business.

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Identity

This blind chef wore a body cam to show how she prepares dazzling dishes.

How do blind people cook? This "Masterchef" winner leans into her senses.

Image pulled from YouTube video.

Christine Ha competes on "Masterchef."

This article originally appeared on 05.26.17


There is one question chef Christine Ha fields more than any other.

But it's got nothing to do with being a "Masterchef" champion, New York Times bestselling author, and acclaimed TV host and cooking instructor.

The question: "How do you cook while blind?"

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Surrendered mama dog reunited with puppies after she refused to leave the corner.

People surrender animals to Humane Societies for all kinds of reasons, but many do it because they don't feel like they can properly care for their animals anymore. It could be that they have to move to a home that doesn't allow pets or they lost a job, making caring for an animal difficult.

Two small dogs were surrendered to Marin Humane Society in Novato, California and the female had recently given birth to puppies. It's not clear if the previous owners felt like they couldn't care for both the older dogs and the puppies so they just kept the puppies, or if something else prompted the drop-off.

Either way, this mama dog was in distress after being left at the shelter without her babies. She refused to leave the corner of the large kennel and just looked so sad. The employees felt for the sweet mama dog and decided to do some detective work to see if they could figure out where the puppies were located.

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Gordon Ramsay at play... work.

This article originally appeared on 04.22.15


Gordon Ramsay is not exactly known for being nice.

Or patient.

Or nurturing.

On his competition show "Hell's Kitchen," he belittles cooks who can't keep up. If people come to him with their problems, he berates them. If someone is struggling to get something right in the kitchen, he curses them out.

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This article originally appeared on 01.27.20


From 1940 to 1945, an estimated 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz, the largest complex of Nazi concentration camps. More than four out of five of those people—at least 1.1 million people—were murdered there.

On January 27, 1945, Soviet forces liberated the final prisoners from these camps—7,000 people, most of whom were sick or dying. Those of us with a decent public education are familiar with at least a few names of Nazi extermination facilities—Auschwitz, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen—but these are merely a few of the thousands (yes, thousands) of concentration camps, sub camps, and ghettos spread across Europe where Jews and other targets of Hitler's regime were persecuted, tortured, and killed by the millions.

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What I realized about feminism after my male friend was disgusted by tampons at a party.

"After all these years, my friend has probably forgotten, but I never have."

Photo by Josefin on Unsplash

It’s okay men. You don’t have to be afraid.

This article originally appeared on 08.12.16


Years ago, a friend went to a party, and something bothered him enough to rant to me about it later.

And it bothered me that he was so incensed about it, but I couldn't put my finger on why. It seemed so petty for him to be upset, and even more so for me to be annoyed with him.

Recently, something reminded me of that scenario, and it made more sense. I'll explain.

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