10 vegan menu items you need to try at your favorite fast-food chains

Chick-fil-A.

Eating out as a vegan can difficult. Salads get boring and sandwiches stuffed with lettuce and not much else are bland and unappetizing. Luckily, popular fast food chains like Taco Bell and Domino’s have started catering to a vegan-specific audience. Although the options are limited, this is a delicious step in the right direction.

We rounded up some of the vegan options you can take advantage of at your favorite chains.

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Michael Bublé Says He Almost Quit Music After Son Noah Was Diagnosed With Cancer

I normally avoid the so-called “celebrity” stories, but I loved a couple of the quotes from Michael in this interview.  I’m very happy to hear that his son seems to be recovering so well.  Such good news.

“I truly thought I’d never come back to music,” he told the newspaper. “Family is what matters. The health of my children is number one. The relationship with my family, my wife, my faith — all of it is easily number one.”

“I remember sitting in the hospital room thinking ‘I was worried about any of that s***?” he said. “I was worried about record sales or a meme or what some a**hole said about me?”

“In a second it had gotten so clear,” he continued. “That clarity gave me the opportunity to find love (for music) again. I’m going to go back to what I was made to do. I’m going to come back to a world that needs love and romance and laughter more than it has in a long time. I’m going to be a conduit to that.”

Read the full article @ Entertainment Tonight

Local teen hopes to create a happier world through music, poetry

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — If you’re going to pray, don’t worry. If you’re going to worry, don’t pray. One recent high school graduate truly believes that, which is why it’s one of her favorite sayings. She prays a lot. She writes a lot. She sings a lot, and she smiles a whole lot. People who know her think that’s what makes her a ray of sunshine.

Her name is Ke’J Taylor, and she turned 18 in February. Thirteen years earlier, at the age of five, she says that’s when she started writing poetry.

“As I learned more, experienced more and started to face some of life’s challenges, the poetry got deeper,” said Taylor.

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A community approach to art; over 200 participate in Mankato’s Old Town community mural

Thanks to an artist, a business owner and 250 strangers, an alley wall in Mankato’s Old Town has a splash of color.

The colorful mural on the side of Bellissimo Paint and Coatings, 417 North Riverfront Drive, features a series of mandalas designed by St. Peter artist Michael Cimino, and painted with the help of Bellissimo co-owner Justin Ek and his staff, with plenty of room for whoever wanted to fill in the gaps with paint donated by neighboring business Diamond Vogel.

Continue @ Mankato Free Press

4 apps to help organize your books, music and movies

Over time many of us collect things, with books, music and movies being among them. We don’t have it in us to throw any of it away, but often times they end up on storage boxes or somewhere that is out of sight and out of mind.

But what happens then is you forget what you have. You may feel like you owned a copy of that book or that DVD, but do you really want to go through box after box to check?

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High-end wellness resort opens in Sullivan County

A high-end wellness resort opened its doors for the first time in Sullivan County on Thursday, three years to the day after its groundbreaking.

YO1 Luxury Nature Cure is surrounded by more than 1,300 acres of forest off Anawana Lake Road (Route 103) in the Town of Thompson.

“On this day our dream is coming true,” owner Subhash Chandra said.

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Think small: 8 tiny house hotels with big personalities

Tuxbury Tiny House Village

High up on a bluff in Appalachia, guests soak in a hot tub while watching the sun dip into the green valley below. Hang gliders soar through the surrounding skies, while trees rustle their way into evening.

Guests, however, don’t only come to this tranquil resort for the views. They also come for a peek into a way of living that’s simple, enchanting and very small.

At Live a Little Chatt, there aren’t any hotel rooms. Instead, there are three custom-built tiny houses from which guests may choose to stay.

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15 Father’s Day Gifts For The Dad Who Likes To Read Or Write

Is it just me… or are dads incredibly hard to shop for? Every year, no matter the occasion, I struggle to find the right gift for my own father, who hates gadgets, could care less about fishing, and never wears a tie unless he’s in court. The one thing I know he does like is books, which is why this year, I’m picking him out one of these Father’s Day gifts for the dad who likes to read.

Read @ Bustle