Texting With Your Twenties

Here?s some not so breaking news: your twenties are a rough age. For instance, I?m halfway through and I still haven?t found the right haircut for my head. Worse, I can?t even decide if I like pistachio ice cream or not. Whether it?s graduating, finding a career, navigating relationships, or learning more about yourself, this time period can make you feel like you?re constantly swimming upstream. More specifically, it can make you feel like you?re Snow White during that scene where she?s wandering around the absolutely terrifying forest.

Sometimes you just wish you could sit down and talk face-to-face, or at the very least phone-to-phone with your twenties. Ya know, level a little bit. And let?s be honest, there?s plenty to talk about.

I imagined how these chats would go.

There?s all the internal questions

The nostalgia

The time management factor

The dating pressure

That damn rent thing

The all-too-real Sunday Scares

You may drink a bit?

You might make some bad decisions…

But in the end

It will all be okay

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Rich Politician Ben Carson Says Poverty Is Just A ‘State Of Mind’

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has some interesting thoughts on the poor. Namely that they should just stop being poor.

?I think poverty to a large extend is also a state of mind,? Carson, a neurosurgeon, told SiriusXM Radio in an interview released Wednesday. ?You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they?ll be right back up there.?

Carson added that someone with the ?wrong mindset? who has been given ?everything in the world? will continue to stay poor.

Carson, Donald Trump?s pick to lead HUD after they were Republican presidential rivals, has previously referred to slaves who came to America as ?immigrants? and has floated his concern that poor people getting government assistance might be getting too comfortable.

?There?s also a poverty of spirit,? Carson said in his interview Wednesday. ?You develop a certain mindset.?

Carson, who was raised in low-income housing by a single mother, credits his rise out of poverty to his mother?s insistence on reading and to a succession of scholarships and grants that allowed him to attend Yale and then medical school.

The full interview on ?Urban View? will air Wednesday night with host Armstrong Williams.

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Here’s Why Melania Trump Wore Black To Meet The Pope

President Donald Trump met a sad-looking Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, along with his wife, Melania, daughter Ivanka and others. 

Melania and Ivanka both wore black dresses with long sleeves and black veils (Melania?s dress was Dolce & Gabbana, a possible nod to the host country). Although Pope Francis has not enforced traditional dress code rules for women at private Vatican audiences as strictly as his predecessors did, both women kept to old-school protocol. 

This traditional rule holds that most women wear long black dresses with sleeves and mantillas, and only a very select handful of women enjoy an exception. These ladies have the ?privilège du blanc,? or ?privilege of the white,? which means they?re allowed to wear white if they choose. According to the World Heritage Encyclopedia, the queens of Italy, Belgium and Spain, grand duchesses of Luxembourg, and princesses of the House of Savoy are automatically allowed to exercise the ?privilège du blanc.

There?s a common theme: Those are all Catholic royal houses, though not all Catholic royals automatically enjoy the privilege. And modern first ladies, at least, have strictly adhered to the traditional mandate.

?Per Vatican protocol, women who have an audience with the Pope are required to wear long sleeves, formal black clothing, and a veil to cover the head,? the first lady?s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN in a statement.

See what other first ladies and royals have worn for audiences with the Pope:

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