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The Vitalist || The Last Sunday of 2017

The Vitalist || The Last Sunday of 2017

Hope. Pure, naked, fragile hope...
— Sir Walter Raleigh, Elizabeth: The Golden Age

GOINGS-ON

2017 has been a bit overwhelming. The earth raged against us, the partisan political divide deepened and darkened, hate persisted....

But we began to wake up. And something else persisted, too. 

The magic of hope is that it can be the seed that, if tended to, grows to spawn miracles and be a catalyst for change. 

And that's what the new year is all about. It symbolizes hope and the opportunity for new beginnings and possibilities. It's the harbinger of color, magic, and immensities.

2018 is here and waits with open arms. How will we greet her?

This year,

FOR TRUMP, A YEAR OF REINVENTING THE PRESIDENCY  In ways that were once unimaginable,  President Trump has discarded the conventions and norms established by his predecessors . Will that change the institution permanently? -  NY Times

FOR TRUMP, A YEAR OF REINVENTING THE PRESIDENCY

In ways that were once unimaginable, President Trump has discarded the conventions and norms established by his predecessors. Will that change the institution permanently? - NY Times

Don’t Call It Street Style  This year,  21 photographers captured the ways we present ourselves to the world . -  NY Times

Don’t Call It Street Style

This year, 21 photographers captured the ways we present ourselves to the world. - NY Times

Women, March On  A defining moment for the women’s rights movement, the women’s march in January galvanizes an estimated  3.5 to 5.5 million  people globally in at least 58 countries to take to the streets for gender equality. The sheer turnout says it all, but in case you were hibernating, Facebook confirms the march as the  largest recorded event  on its network this year. Coincidentally, International Women’s Day, celebrated annually in March (no pun intended), also ends up being the most talked about moment in 2017 on Facebook globally with double the social chatter from last year. Naysayers, get out of the way. Women are marching on for an even playing field. -  Medium

Women, March On

A defining moment for the women’s rights movement, the women’s march in January galvanizes an estimated 3.5 to 5.5 million people globally in at least 58 countries to take to the streets for gender equality. The sheer turnout says it all, but in case you were hibernating, Facebook confirms the march as the largest recorded event on its network this year. Coincidentally, International Women’s Day, celebrated annually in March (no pun intended), also ends up being the most talked about moment in 2017 on Facebook globally with double the social chatter from last year. Naysayers, get out of the way. Women are marching on for an even playing field. - Medium

Kyrgzstan Adopts Domestic Violence Law  Kyrgyzstan adopts a new law on domestic violence in April that improves protection measures for survivors, simplifies reporting procedures and introduces rehabilitation programmes for perpetrators. A couple of months later, Liberia’s parliament passes a domestic violence law, but receives criticism for dropping a provision to ban female genital mutilation, a practice still prevalent in the country. Today, at least 140 countries have domestic violence laws. Even so, 1 in 3 women still experience violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner. Clearly time for the laws’ rigorous enforcement.

Kyrgzstan Adopts Domestic Violence Law

Kyrgyzstan adopts a new law on domestic violence in April that improves protection measures for survivors, simplifies reporting procedures and introduces rehabilitation programmes for perpetrators. A couple of months later, Liberia’s parliament passes a domestic violence law, but receives criticism for dropping a provision to ban female genital mutilation, a practice still prevalent in the country. Today, at least 140 countries have domestic violence laws. Even so, 1 in 3 women still experience violence in their lifetime, mostly by an intimate partner. Clearly time for the laws’ rigorous enforcement.

Prince Harry Got Engaged to Meghan Markle  Meghan Markle is no ordinary princess. Her race, upbringing, marital status, and citizenship all  defy British royal tradition , bringing a refreshing change to the monarchy.  Already an outspoken feminist and influential activist, Markle now has an even larger platform for her advocacy work. She plans to use her new royal position to raise awareness of important issues and bring meaningful change to those who need it.  Also, just look at them. Who can resist a  fairy-tale romance like that ? - Insider

Prince Harry Got Engaged to Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle is no ordinary princess. Her race, upbringing, marital status, and citizenship all defy British royal tradition, bringing a refreshing change to the monarchy.

Already an outspoken feminist and influential activist, Markle now has an even larger platform for her advocacy work. She plans to use her new royal position to raise awareness of important issues and bring meaningful change to those who need it.

Also, just look at them. Who can resist a fairy-tale romance like that? - Insider

As 2017 Ends, Republicans Struggle to Counter a Democratic Wave  The trouble for Republicans comes despite some of the best economic conditions in years. Unfortunately for Republican candidates, most Americans continue to believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. -  LA Times

As 2017 Ends, Republicans Struggle to Counter a Democratic Wave

The trouble for Republicans comes despite some of the best economic conditions in years. Unfortunately for Republican candidates, most Americans continue to believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. - LA Times

Fire on Babylon  Megadisasters devastated America this year. They’re going to get worse. Storms, fires, floods, and heat caused unprecedented destruction in 2017. Why? -  Vox

Fire on Babylon

Megadisasters devastated America this year. They’re going to get worse. Storms, fires, floods, and heat caused unprecedented destruction in 2017. Why? - Vox

AND

74 Things That Blew The Atlantic's Minds in 2017

The Atlantic’s science, technology, and health reporters learned a lot this year.



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The Vitalist || Sunday. January 7

The Vitalist || Sunday. January 7

The Best of the Year: 2017 in Review

The Best of the Year: 2017 in Review