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I love love love the new Beauty and the Beast movie. One of the best parts, of course, is the Beast’s library, so I wrote “Belle Would Be Enchanted by These 10 Lovely Libraries in Hotels” for USA Today 10Best.

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I was going to write a light, happy post today – like I usually do – but I can’t. Since hearing the results of Election Day, I’m feeling so discouraged about the state of the world.

And I’m angry.

A whopping two thirds — TWO THIRDS — of eligible voters didn’t even take the time to vote this Election Day.

That’s appalling.

And it’s why our country is in very big trouble. [Read more…]

The Easiest Voter Guide Ever

Overwhelmed by the candidates? Can’t figure out who really stands for what? Ready to skip voting altogether since, well, it’s not a Presidential election anyway?

Spend a few minutes on VoteEasy, sponsored by Project Vote Smart, and you can find out which candidates share your views on key issues like abortion, gun control, healthcare, crime and immigration. This non-profit, non-partisan organization has done the research so they can provide you with just the facts, ma’am, minus all the endless blah blah blah the politicians use to muddle that information.

The experts are predicting that women won’t be coming out today. Come on, ladies. It’s up to us to change the world. So, please, honor the suffragists who fought so valiantly for us to earn the privilege, and prove the pundits wrong — again.