In the summer of 1999, western countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization were in the final stages of negotiating a peaceful end to the Kosovo War. For much of the 90’s, conflicts had erupted between ethnic Serbs and Albanians over the Kosovo region of Southeast Europe, an area occupied by both ethnic groups. NATO eventually intervened in 1998 by initiating an air-bombing campaign that was covered extensively in the media. By June of 1999, a ceasefire had been called and a peace agreement was reached, which included a NATO-led occupation of Kosovo in a peacekeeping role. But it was in the crucial moment between the ceasefire and the peace that probably one of the biggest international incidents ever was avoided.
The hearts of teenage girls broke around the world last week (and many boys’ fists began to PUMP) when news broke that yet another one of Taylor Swift’s relationships had come to an abrupt end. Since October, she had been dating One Direction’s Harry Styles, a kid four years younger but probably just as mature as she is. Now, don’t get me wrong – I have nothing against Taylor Swift. She is young, successful, has good music, and is a good role model…or at least, she used to be. It seems like within the past year or two, she has transformed her image from a loveable-yet-untouchable girl next door to that clingy celebrity girl who likes to date other celebrities then write songs about their breakups.
In honor of this auspicious occasion, I thought I would revisit some of the most adorable – and awful – moments of her many relationships over the years.
Let’s play a word association game: I say “music legends”, and you tell me the first ten bands or people that come to mind. Well, if the Rolling Stones are not among those you list, you either have a serious problem or are the type of person that listens to nothing by techno and Taylor Swift. Not only are the Stones one of the longest-running music acts in history – now at over fifty years – but they have achieved a level of commercial success that puts them among the top dozen best selling groups of all time.
This is part two of a series by *AT* contributor Emily Thomas. When we think about people whose lives we would like to closely emulate, more often than not we think of people who have accomplished great things and led successful lives. However, not everyone who is on top has experienced success after success, and some of the most memorable people in history have faced great obstacles to reach their full potential. Not only is this list informative, but it serves as a great self-esteem booster for any time you are feeling as though you can’t strive to become the next Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan, or Steve Jobs.
It cannot be overstated how much we at Abraham Thinkin’ love Christmas. Truly, any superlative to describe a person’s enthusiasm is applicable to our Christmas Spirit, and it probably still falls short of effectively capturing the level of our Holiday Cheer. As we all know by now, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Fortunately for you all, we cannot sing Christmas Carols to you through the computer, so instead, we are going to do what we think is the next best thing. Every day between now and Christmas Day, we will post something related to Christmas, including Christmas Traditions, Stories of Christmas Lore; some of Abe’s Christmas Faves, and much much more.
We LOVE Christmas music. It is the happiest music there is, and everyone can find Christmas music that suits their tastes thanks to the amazing abundance of cover versions of these Holiday Standards. This begets gobs of wonderful Christmas songs, and also some of the worst songs you will ever hear in your life. Given that we are basically Christmas elves here, and the fact that this post would take a week to read if we were to chronicle the best Christmas songs (not to mention the crying and gnashing of teeth over whittling down the list), we have decided to make a list of the worst Christmas songs ever for the Eighth Day of Christmas. If we happen to have listed one of your favorites, please accept our deepest apologies and answer us this one question below… Really??? Continue reading
These songs are all meant to put some pep in your step to start the day. They inspire confidence and purpose, make you feel like nothing is going to stop you, and just give you an overall sense of bad-ass-ness.
1. Trouble Man – Marvin Gaye
If catch-phrases had theme songs, this would undoubtedly have to accompany “Don’t let the smooth taste fool you!” When I hear this song, I imagine a coooooooool looking dude in a suit gliding down the street. And that suit is NOT meant to be trifled with, because it has seen some things. Marvin Gaye is best known for his tender love ballads and socially conscious soul standards, but this often overlooked gem gives us a glimpse at the tougher side of the Prince of Motown. He had a disturbing upbringing (to say the least), and lied his way out of the military on his way to achieving fame and the status of a music legend. The man did what he had to do though, and trouble was not going to get in his way.