If you're going through a breakup and are need of a little music therapy, here are 55 songs that sit on my breakup Spotify playlist that are bound to make me cry, feel angry, or feel like a boss ass b*tch.
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Sara is Odyssey's July writer of the month!
It's the end of another month at Odyssey, which means one thing- time to announce our featured writer for July! We've had several amazing writers join our summer program this year. Using our response button feature, they carry on our mission of sparking positive, productive conversations in a polarized world.
This month, we're excited to honor Sara Ashton- poet, entertainment reviewer, and writing inspiration to us all. She contributes to Odyssey all the way from England! Read on to hear her story.
If you're interested in becoming a writer, email us! You’ll get to choose your own topics and write one article a week. Your work will be featured on our homepage and in our weekly Overheard on Odyssey newsletter. Plus, for your first 10 articles, you’ll be compensated by HQ at $10/article.
I first joined The Odyssey team all the way back in 2018, feels like a lifetime ago! And I slipped away from it for a while but gladly came back to it this year and this time, as a response writer.
It has been such an amazing feeling being able to connect with other peoples stories and ideas, having this platform to share with other talent is such an immersive and wonderful experience.
Being an English & Creative Writing graduate who has a huge passion for poetry has also paid off writing for The Odyssey, as I have been privileged enough to be able to show my work to the world - and I couldn’t be more thankful for the wonderful team for letting me have the opportunity to showcase my work to the world.
When choosing an article to respond to, if I’m not writing poetry — I pick the one that speaks to me the most. I go from there, read the article a few times and get to work on my article. It is great to have structure, whilst also having some sort of flexibility in this role. Though, I always ensure my articles are sent in the same time every week.
The Odyssey has helped me improve my confidence as a writer, and I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given so far, I look forward to the rest of this journey!
From Luke and Leia to Beyonce's twins...
“Name a more iconic duo... I'll wait." OK, well, if you insist. In no particular order, here's a list of 100 dynamic duos that are ~probably~ more iconic than you.
1. SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star
2. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
3. Marshall and Lily
4. Mac and Cheese
5. Fred and George Weasley
6. Katniss and Peeta
7. Santa and Mrs. Claus
8. Cat and Dog from "CatDog"
9. Tommy Pickles and Chuckie Finster
10. Luke and Leia
11. R2D2 and C3PO
12. Chewie and Han Solo
13. Lori and Monty
14. Lilo and Stitch
15. Forrest Gump and Benjamin Buford “Bubba" Blue
16. Prince George and Princess Charlotte
17. Harry Potter and Ron Weasley
18. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
19. Captain America and Bucky Barnes
20. Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon
21. Dylan and Cole Sprouse
22. Mickey and Minnie Mouse
23. Donald and Daisy Duck
24. Snoop Dogg and weed
25. Prince Charming and Cinderella
26. Peanut Butter and Jelly
27. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
28. Captain Kirk and Spock
29. Romeo and Juliet
30. Bert and Ernie
31. Simon and Garfunkle
32. Marty McFly and Doc Brown
33. Sonny and Cher
34. Sherlock and Watson
35. Britney Spears and K-Fed
36. Woody and Buzz
37. Mario and Luigi
38. Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry
39. Thing 1 and Thing 2
40. Batman and Robin
41. Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler
42. Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute
43. Trump and Putin
44. Kim Kardashian and her butt
45. Beyonce's twins
46. Troy and Gabriella
47. Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head
48. Kendall and Kylie
49. Ash and Pikachu
50. Barbie and Ken
51. Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable
52. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee
53. Napoleon and Pedro
54. Barack Obama and Joe Biden
55. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
56. Shrek and Fiona
57. Snooki and JWoww
58. Netflix and Chill
59. Rum and Coke
60. Adam and Eve
61. Florida Georgia Line and Nelly
62. Coronas and Limes
63. Arthur Read and Buster Baxter
64. Shark Boy and Lava Girl
65. Scooby and Shaggy
66. Thelma and Louise
67. Kronk and Yzma
68. Bob Ross and a Winter Scene
69. Steve Irwin and a crocodile
70. Chip n Dale
71. Janis and Damien
72. Superman and kryptonite
73. Beyonce and Jay-Z
74. Jim and Pam
75. Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner
76. Kermit and Ms. Piggy
77. Justin Bieber and his pre-2012 hair
78. George and Martha Washington
79. Anna and Elsa
80. Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas
81. Taylor Swift and John Mayer
82. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris
83. Taylor Swift and Harry Styles
84. Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner
85. Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy
86. Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston
87. Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal
88. Taylor Swift and Katy Perry
89. Taylor Swift and Kanye West
90. Kanye and Kanye
91. North West and Saint West
92. Jesus and Peter
93. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel
94. DJ Khaled and his son Asahd
95. Lewis and Clark
96. Frodo and Sam
97. Tyrion and Bronn
98. Phineas and Ferb
99. Brian and Stewie
100. Peyton Manning and Papa John
If you refuse to eat the majority of the foods on this list, then you're most likely a picky eater.
You're probably used to everyone giving you a hard time for being "too picky". But let's be honest, we like what we like and we stick to it! Every time I try and venture outside my comfort zone I end up regretting it and disliking my food choice. Whether it's the smell, texture, or tase...if something is off, I won't eat it. All pickers unite and stick to the safest option out there: chicken tenders and fries.
Here are 25 foods that you probably hate if you're a picky eater.
Something about the rubbery texture PLUS the fact that it's a fungus? No thank you.
I am not a fan of any vinegary foods, too sour.
Red, green, yellow; no matter the color, the flavor remains unpleasant to my taste buds.
I'll take a BLT please, minus the T. Squishy, watery tomatoes ruin every dish in my opinion.
Spinach tastes like a dirty leaf that someone plucked from the ground.
The smell itself is enough to turn anyone away from eating it.
The texture of coconut ruins any dessert, who wants a stringy piece of coconut stuck between their teeth?
Mustard just has a funky taste to it that nothing can mask.
Olives have a certain bitterness to them that I can't get past.
Despite the craze for avocados, I find them to be too bland.
11. Cottage cheese
Spoiled, rotten milk? Doesn't sound too appealing to me.
12. Brussels sprouts
Again, unless these suckers are masked with tons of butter they are not tasty at all.
A stringy, watery vegetable with relatively no flavor. Why even bother?
14. Cream cheese
Cream cheese is too rich and slightly sour for my liking.
15. Anything spicy
How am I supposed to enjoy a dish if my mouth is burning the whole time?
Certain sushi rolls are either too bland, too fishy, or too raw for my liking.
The skin on these berries turn me away, as well as the sour taste.
18. Toast that's too "toasty"
My toast goes in the toaster for a short amount of time to avoid the smell and taste of it being burnt.
The little mush balls smell and look almost as bad as they taste.
It's basically a soupy salad, the whole concept is a little weird to me.
So mushy and flavorless, I don't know how people can enjoy them.
I think we all ignore them in trail mix. Why do they even bother?
23. Refried beans
Again, just way too mushy and flavorless. The appearance alone makes me want to throw it straight in the trash.
24. Anything sour
My taste buds can't handle the bitterness and acidic flavors of anything sour.
25. Black licorice
Candy is supposed to be sweet, but black licorice just has a certain flavor that makes it unappealing.
Some of my favorite songs for kids to do lyrical routines to
I've been a dance teacher and choreographer for over 4 years now and one of the biggest things I've learned is that it is very difficult to find a lyrical song for young dancers. You don't want a song that's too emotionally mature, but you also don't want a song that's too babyish and cheesy. A choreographer needs to find a happy medium. Here I've compiled a list of 10 of my favorite lyrical songs for children.
1. This is Me (Acoustic Version)- Demi Lovato
A beautiful song about self confidence! The lyrics are very uplifting and super appropriate for a little girl.
2. Wild Horses- Natasha Bedingfield
A song about escaping fear and running free! Bedingfield sings "Wild horses I want to be like you, throwing caution to the wind, I'll run free too." There's no mention of heartbreak or despair. Perfect for a little kid.
3. Finally Home- Natalie Grant
A slow song with a beautiful build up! I interpret the song to be about the safety and love of home.This song gives me chills just from listening to it. It's so beautiful.
4. Brave- Idina Menzel
A song about- yep, you guessed it- being brave! Idina's voice creates the picture of an innocent girl transforming to a courageous warrior on stage. Very powerful.
5. You Raise Me Up- Celtic Woman
Although many people know this tune as a Christian Song, it can be interpreted differently to not be about God. There are many versions of this song, but Celtic Woman's is my favorite for a young dancer because her voice is high-pitched and light as a feather.
6. Blessings- Laura Story
Again, this is a religious song, but it is one of my favorites. The song tells how sometimes the blessings in life are disguised as bad things. Laura Story's voice reminds me of an innocent child dancing around the stage.
7. The Climb- Miley Cyrus
Even this inspirational song from The Hannah Montana Movie makes my list. I absolutely despise country songs at dance competitions, but this is an exception. I love the message it sends and I think it is perfect for a young girl to dance to.
8. Because of You- Kelly Clarkson
Yes, this song breaks the rule about little girls dancing about heartbreak, but I love this song so much. I've seen 2 little girls do a solo to this song and both times were beautiful. I think it works so well because Clarkson's voice is so light that it matches the movements and emotions of a small dancer.
9. What a Wonderful World- LeAnn Rimes
This is a song about happiness set to a light and innocent voice. Great for young dancers!
10. When She Loved Me- Sarah McLachlan
Lastly, here is a song about sadness that is not about heartbreak. The sorrow expressed by McLachlan in this song can look beautiful on a little girl.
Live and let live.
Walking down the narrow street towards the Red Light District, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But when we came across our first “peep show” I was shocked. I knew that prostitution was legal in Amsterdam, but I didn’t realize the extent to which it filled this district. With the smell of cannabis and urine in the air, I realized everything anyone had ever told me about Amsterdam was true.
As a 21st century girl, I was appalled at first. Seeing these Barbie-like women standing in the windows like mannequins in nothing but their underwear freaked me out. I felt sorry for them and their life. But then I started to think more and more about it. These women are working in a thriving industry in Amsterdam. The culture is vastly different from that of America and it was more than acceptable for them to strut their stuff in those shops.
As the day went on and we passed more and more shops boasting the prettiest women in Amsterdam, I did not feel as appalled as I originally did. Amsterdam has its own culture and this is just another part of it. There is no need to shield your eyes as you walk down the streets or feel embarrassed. This is their life. You can only hope that their industry treats them and pays them well.
The other aspect of Amsterdam culture is weed. The smell reeks in the air and around every corner there are little coffee shops or convenient stores where you can buy paraphernalia. It’s just another part of the culture.
That’s the thing no one really warns you about when you study abroad. Sure, they tell you that the culture of your new home will be different, but you often forget that when you travel, you enter into an entirely new culture. As a world, we need to be accepting of these cultures as long as they follow the laws of their home country. Some cultures may seem flawed, but that’s a personal interpretation. Live and let live is my motto and it pertains to any and everyone you come into contact with. Embrace new cultures and see just how different lives can be when you live in vastly different countries.
1. Brittany Morgan,National Writer's Society
2. Radhi,SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign