A hidden disease afflicting one of the most well-known figures of the 20th century.

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Credit: Netflix

Season 4 of The Crown came out this Sunday, November 15th, the new season largely following the introduction of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Great Britain and of Princess Diana in the Royal Family.

The third episode of the season intros with a trigger warning for the audience:

The following episode includes scenes of an eating disorder which some viewers may find troubling.

Viewer discretion is advised. Information and resources for those struggling with eating disorders are available at www.wannatalkaboutit.com

The episode goes on to focus almost entirely on Princess Diana leading up to her wedding with the Prince of Wales. The episode highlights the intense loneliness and isolation Princess Di experienced in her first few months as part of the Royal Family. …

Cinema is the perfect cure for election hangovers.

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Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

November Writing Contest

The contest will run from November 6th to November 30th.

To usher in the colder weather (sorry for those in the southern hemisphere, I’m biased), I thought there's nothing better but thinking and watching movies that fit the fall weather.

This month’s writing contest prompt:

Write an article about a film or TV show that makes you feel like a warm cup of hot chocolate, tea, or coffee. …

November Writing Contest Below and October Winners!!

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Photo by Mason Kimbarovsky on Unsplash

Hi everyone, Faith Ann here! :)

I think I’m not alone in saying the last couple of days have been incredibly tense, whether you’re in the states or international. Sending everyone love and good energy. I’m hopeful about the outcome but don’t want to jinx it yet.

This publication wants to first and foremost acknowledge the pain and trauma many individuals are experiencing at this moment. …

Unless of course, you’re navigating to the polls.

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Photo by Elliott Stallion on Unsplash

I know everyone’s heart rate is a little bit above normal for the next 48+ hours and a lot of us will be thoroughly glued to our phones to endlessly check for updates, hoping democracy persists (a little). But with election anxiety comes an ever-present need for satire. So without ado, here are 30 very valid and very absurd reasons to avoid your incessantly checking your phone.

And yes, before you ask, it brings me a great deal of ironic pain to know this article will most likely be read on a phone.

  1. All of the dumb headlines will most likely cause you to throw your phone across the room in despair and anguish…I have on good record that November 4th is the absolute worst day for a sore shoulder. …

Voting is all long-game, let’s be strategic

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I won’t talk about the presidential race because, to be honest, I think most people’s minds are made up one way or another. If Trump’s action have not swayed you in the direction of Biden, no matter how much you dislike the man, I don’t think a last-minute read will.

Plus, I for one am quite sick about writing about the two men. Lucky for us, the November ballot has far more to consider than which old, rich, white man you want to run the country for the next four years.

Here are some critical questions to ask yourself when filling out your absentee ballot (in-person, too late to mail in!) or going to the polls on or before November 3rd. …

The socialization of subservience runs deep.

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Photo by Valentin Balan on Unsplash

This afternoon I played tennis with one of my partner’s good friends. I’ve known Brad since high school and he’s one of the few people who were willing to brave the cold weather for a few matches. This was the first time we’ve hung out completely alone, so naturally, the conversation was more personal than our usual group side-chats.

Brad was asking me about my grad program and how it’s going. …

3 reasons beyond the obvious health concerns.

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Photo by Analise Benevides on Unsplash

The end of the summer bleeding into Autumn is usually prime wedding season, normally my feeds are inundated with nuptial festivities. And while I expected my Instagram to be wedding-free this fall, I can’t say I’m shocked weddings are still happening across the country.

There are so many reasons why having a wedding right during COVID is a dumb idea. I’ve already seen too many articles about small weddings turning into super-spreader events, even indirectly causing deaths. But even if you were to take out the dangerous health implications of a pandemic wedding, it is just an overall selfish move.

Weddings should be something to look forward to

Although we say the wedding is all about the groom and bride, the lucky couple does ultimately care about the guest’s evening. …

This thriller was horribly realistic.

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Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Over the weekend, I finally got a chance to watch Janelle Monáe’s latest film, Antebellum. Without spoiling too much, the film focuses on Monáe’s character Veronica who is kidnapped and transported back to Antebellum slavery. The film captures the insidious nature of slavery, white supremacy, and the true nature of the Confederacy.

Overall the film is really well done and avoids pitfalls of other movies about slavery (like saying the n-word every other sentence or inaccurate white hero plots). …

Not every child of divorce is hoping for a parent-trap reunion.

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Photo by Dimitri de Vries on Unsplash

I’ve often been asked the question by numerous people in my life if I would like my parents to get back together. I’m sure their questions are fueled by the “right person, wrong time” narratives or the many movies showing divorced couples rekindling their relationships later in life. And of course, there are the occasional couple who does regret their divorce and reunite.

I always answer with a resounding, “if my parents ever got back together, I would cut all ties with them. No second thoughts.” To most people, this seems like a pretty harsh response and thought to have. …

Teigen’s honesty about her stillbirth will help countless women suffering in silence.

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Screengrab from Chrissy Teigen’s Twitter

Chrissy Teigen and her husband, John Legend, shared their immeasurable loss on social media Wednesday evening. After weeks on bedrest and recently being admitted into the hospital because of abnormal bleeding, Teigen’s baby was delivered stillborn.

She candidly wrote the following:

“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.

We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever.

To our Jack — I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you.

Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers. We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you.

We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience. …


Faith Ann

Escapades of a 20-something-year old! Writing about relationships, culture, and whatever else pops into my messy mind! https://faithann.substack.com/

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