Steven Curtis, who chaired the Colorado GOP from 1997 to 1999, was charged with one count of forging a public record and one mail-in ballot offense, after he allegedly forged his wife’s signature on her mail-in ballot, according to the Denver7 report.
Ironically, Curtis told a local radio station in the run-up to the 2016 campaign that only Democrats commit voter fraud. Read more (3/22/17 8:20 AM)
A year after announcing their ‘semi-retirement’, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik have sold 10 shares in their company, 1D Media, for £70,131,909 – the equivalent of £14,026,381 each – according to records filed with Companies House.
The Riverdale cast are back together for Season 2 promo shooting at the CW studios!! They’re taking their character profile shots in their outfits and it seems Betty is back in her cardigans and tight ponytail…..and of course when the cast are together, there’s bound to be funny shenanigans haha….. Cami & Lili imitating valley girl voice mail recordings while Cole zooming up close and annoying KJ as usual. 😆
My wife and I decided to go to Southern California for the holidays. We found ourselves a nice resort and checked in. All was well until we noticed that the walls in our room were very thin. As we entered our room we could hear our next door neighbor talking and having an argument with his girlfriend (we shared one common wall with them). They were shouting pretty loud and we could hear everything through the wall. We’ll refer to this guy as Noisy Neighbor (NN). NN kept fighting with his girlfriend about something she said earlier. We didn’t follow, wasn’t interested and decided to go eat and explore around the town we were in.
We came back around 10 at night and all was quiet. We figured that NN and his girlfriend already went to bed so we went to bed as well. Turns out he was out.
I am a bit new so my opinion isn't 100% firm about harry and Louis relationship yet and the biggest thing that makes me ??? is that I don't understand how it is possible that there is such a difference between their situation.. do you have any idea why Harry is able to seems detach from all the mess and not Louis? How is that possible? That one seems incredibly stuck in the worst stunts ever and the other one is pursuing his career free of all of that? Thank you :)
Sorry– I forgot about this ask for a few days.
I guess your question might have been prompted by Harry’s appearance in NYC last week, with Jeff Azoff. He was rumored to be meeting with Columbia records re: his solo album.
The next day, The Daily Mail in the U.K. published an article stating as much, contrasting Harry’s beatific airport pap photos (and photos with stalkers) to Louis’s disastrous LAX arrest. Unsubstantiated slander of “woman-hitting,” emotionally volatile Louis was reiterated in this article. He was again painted as an unreliable father. All stories we’ve read before from U.K. tabloids associated with the Bauer Group, with ties to Simon Cowell.
Harry hasn’t done anything to encourage this line of thinking. He literally has not given any statement on it. He has not given a statement about his solo album, either. It’s not because he is being coy–because he clearly is getting some blowback from fans about why he hasn’t said anything. Fans are curious and impatient. His image has suffered too.
And making a public statement, in the general public’s eyes, would only improve his image and increase his visibility. It benefits Harry to make a statement.
So why hasn’t he?
Why haven’t his managers at Full Stop? Why don’t they address industry rumors? Why are there so many leaks coming from Sony, including statements by Rob Stringer, while Harry’s team has said nothing? What is Sony’s objective in publicizing Harry if Harry does not confirm?
Alternatively, why has Louis’s team said nothing to refute his public image?
These allegations are clearly slanderous. Louis has not been tried in a court of law. No one has given sworn testimony. His arraignment date has not come to pass. Emotional states are purely speculative. No official statements have come from anyone quoted in the article. His image has suffered from false allegations (U.K. And U.S.A.).
So where is his team?
And, why are these two always tied? If they have been enemies for three or four years, why keep writing articles linking them?
They’ve been on hiatus for 15 months. If they really disliked each other so much, they should already have deleted each other from phone contacts, SM, etc. Why keep in touch with your enemy? I don’t store the contact information of people who hate me, anon, do you?
Their airport sightings literally HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EACH OTHER. They aren’t even on the same side of the country. What is the purpose of linking them?
If I knew nothing about One Direction, I would experience a cognitive dissonance from the way the article swerved so awkwardly from “angelic Harry” to “devilish Louis.” The purpose seems so transparent, it’s embarrassing.
Except for one glaring fact.
They DON’T hate each other.
The band united to support Louis during his X Factor performance.
They came together as one band to accept their Brits for best video 2016. @srslycris and @lawyerlarrie
have great posts about this.
They tweeted in unity to wish Harry a happy 23rd birthday.
As Harry’s has said, “Draw what you see.”
1. There are restrictions on their public statements.
2. The images are being manipulated.
3. Their relationship with each other is good.
4. None of the four remaining 1D band members have been allowed to be specific about their solo projects.
5. Louis has been photographed to write with songwriters from Warner Chapel. He may very well have a solo album in the works. They are all working hard.
6. They are fighting a silent, bts, very ugly and drawn-out fight.
7. Recording labels have a history of screwing artists over.
Believe in our boys. They are the same good people you fell in love with. They haven’t suddenly been blinded by fame. They want to make music for us, and they have been working toward that. Every event and every article doesn’t need to be dissected for whether Harry is defending Louis. Trust them.
The people manipulating their image want us to have doubts, to fight within the fandom. Not only that, they are trying to divide the band members themselves. For years, the boys have had psychological manipulation in the guise of “protecting the 1D brand,” down to the way they move, talk, dress, look at each other, answer certain questions. Zayn’s recent article in NY Times Sunday stated he had anxiety when he was in 1D. He had an eating disorder because he wanted “to have control over one thing.” Is that really a surprise?
It’s infuriating, what’s happening to Louis right now. But it’s temporary. It’s going to end. This abuse has an end clause. Art is long– Louis is young and he’s going to fight it, with the support of his boys.
Sorry I went off in such a tangent, but I wish we could see past these media games, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Let’s be smart in evaluating the data, and not be so easily manipulated.
On March 15th, each of us will mail Donald Trump a postcard that publicly expresses our opposition to him. And we, in vast numbers, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity and failure.
We will show the media and the politicians what standing with him — and against us — means. And most importantly, we will bury the White House post office in pink slips, all informing Donnie that he’s fired.
Each of us — every protester from every march, each congress calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.
No alternative fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking, officially-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having received 900,000 pieces in a year. We’re setting a new record: over a million pieces in a day, with not a single nice thing to say.
So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest ill-wishes can pierce Donald’s thin skin.
Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #TheIdesOfTrump
Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Take a picture and post it on social media tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump ! Spread the word! Everyone on Earth should let him know how he’s doing.
They can’t build a wall high enough to stop the mail.
Then, on March 15th, mail your messages to:
President (for now) Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Not my original post but someone else’s great idea!
Copy and repost.
* write- I did not get paid to do this -on your post card.
trump likes to claim that we are getting paid for protesting.
Forty Tarot Business Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me
Starting a Tarot or soul centered based business is hard work. Throughout my time as a professional Tarot reader, I’ve made countless mistakes, been in tricky situations and learned many things about myself and the way I like to work. Running a Tarot business isn’t always glamorous. It can be frustrating and lonely. I wanted to share with you all some Tarot business tips I wish someone had told me.
You are the only one who can decide if you are ready to start a Tarot or soul centered business. There is no grand proficiency test you can take. If you want to start your own Tarot business you either take the plunge or play the waiting game. I played the waiting game and I really regret it. I sought so much validation in others that I forgot to validate myself. Once I gave myself the permission to go on the journey of starting my own Tarot business, everything changed. Taking the steps to start my Tarot business was the scariest thing I’ve ever done but also the most rewarding.
Know your local, state and federal laws. Starting any business, let alone a soul centered or Tarot business is hard work. I encourage you to do your homework when it concerns your business type, liability, the laws that proceed how you are conducting your business online versus local, etc. If you can afford it, I would highly suggest obtaining legal advice before proceeding. Please do not try to mirror someone else’s business or think that just because someone is doing something in their business it is okay for you to do it too. Keep in mind that there are various different rules, regulations, disclaimers, and laws that precede your location, state, country and the businesses in your area that can and will differ from someone else’s location.
Write a business plan. I know it sounds a bit scary or intimidating but before starting any business, really sit down and think about why you want to be in this business. The next question you should ask yourself is how you would like to help others with your business. Think about what you would like to offer in said business. Do you want to sell readings, courses, printable content, a membership? What are your goals for your business? Who is your ideal client? What is your niche? These are important questions.
Pick a name. Do not take this lightly. Your business name will be a reflection of you and your services. Switching your business name mid business can be a difficult situation in regards to branding yourself, but not impossible. Try to pick a name that is easy to spell and memorable. Once you’ve chosen a name search to see if the domain name is available and if social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Gmail, etc are also available for that business name. If all is good, I highly recommend purchasing the domain name and signing up for social media websites and obtaining those usernames.
Create a website. Although this is not for everyone, it looks very professional when presenting your business to others. Gone are the days of needing to know complex coding and HTML. You can get a website up and running with web services like Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, Wordpress.com, and Sitebuilder. Your website will be the central hub for you to showcase your services and what your business is all about.
Pick a platform or online e-commerce system to sell your readings and services. For those who own websites that lack e-commerce functionality, Many online and in person readers like myself use external websites to sell our services. There are websites like Etsy, Storenvy, Shopify, Squarespace, BigCartel, Squareup, Paypal etc where you can list your offerings to clients. *Each respective website or service has their own fees and rules you need to be accountable for.
Start a blog. Starting a blog helped me not only connect with my business peers but allowed me to share my experiences, much like I am doing in this post. Blogging also helps to create a community of people with like minded interests. Running a blog helps to create a personal connection between you, your readers and potential clients.
Provide services that excite you. You do not need to sell a particular type of reading just because it is popular. Be unique in your offerings. What I think about when coming up with a new service or reading is what would be something I would love to purchase myself.
Have a clear and simple way for potential clients to find your services. The purchase process should be safe, secure and seamless.
Stay organized. My first few years of business were a wreck. I learned quickly that organization could become my best friend instead of my worst enemy with some simple tricks.
Create a separate user account on your computer for your business and business related content. Keeping your personal files away from your business files is half the battle.
Use folders both on your computer and in your work space.
Create folders for spread offerings (sort them by card number, topic, etc.) Create a folder for reading templates, business ideas, previous client readings, etc.
Start a business journal for business ideas, traffic stats and do some book keeping. Keep records and logs of readings you have done, the income you have made, expenditures, incoming and outgoing payments, bills, etc. Keeping track of your sales is also beneficial when filing your taxes.
Create a separate e-mail account you only use for when you get paid. I had my PayPal account hacked and someone tried to clear out my funds. Thankfully PayPal noticed the suspicious activity and stopped the transaction. Ever since then, I have a separate e-mail address that I only use for when I send out invoices or charge for a service. This limits the number of people knowing that e-mail address and keeps things a bit more secure.
Obtain a separate phone number for your business. I use to give out my cell phone number to clients. Many clients abused this privilege and because of this, I sought out a separate number. I utilize google voice as it works seamlessly with my phone. A few friends of mine have also used MagicJack, Skype Voice, Call centric and YouMail with great success. With these such services, you can enable do not disturb settings when you are off call. *Each respective service has their own fees and rules you need to be accountable for.
Have business hours. As I mentioned above, many clients abused the privilege of having my personal number. I would receive calls all hours of the night. After having a business number I made it clear what my hours of operation were and placed it on my website, blog and social media accounts. You can also mention your business hours in your voicemail greeting for your business number. Setting business hours also helps you to manage your time.
Use a scheduling application or keep a daily work schedule for when you do readings, appointments, etc. I learned very quickly that having a clear way to share with clients my availability made the purchasing process easier. It also allowed me to allot a specific time in my day for a reading without losing track of time.
Back up your files and computer often. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve dealt with computer crashes and corrupted files. Backing up your content on a continuous basis. It would be ideal to invest in an external hard drive to keep your business files and personal files backed up in case of hardware or software failure. I once had a computer malfunction and lost a forty minute video reading. Since then, I back up my computer all the time. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Create templates. Before implementing templates in my Tarot business workflow, I spent so much unnecessary time designing each reading one by one. I now have set templates for each reading that I offer. I am able to drag and drop photos of the custom reading after taking them and also insert the typed out portion from my word document into the reading template when it is all done.
Create product and service listing that are easy to understand and compelling. Some things you may want to include in your reading listings are:
Subject of Tarot reading or service.
Who the ideal client is for the reading or service is.
What divination tool will be used. (Tarot, Oracle, Runes, a combination?)
How many cards?
Estimated delivery times.
Previous testimonials from previous clients who purchased said product or service.
A link with an example of the reading.
Reading or service format (Audio, typed, snail mail, video, live, skype, recorded call, etc)
Spread positions (If using a spread)
Deck choices (If using decks)
Any addons (Extra cards, rush delivery, etc)
Set clear boundaries, ethics, and policies in your business. Also, it is okay to say no. I think it is important to be upfront with who you are, what you do and what you don’t do. This will help prevent being put into situations where you would rather not be put in. Remember that there is nothing wrong with saying no. It is okay to not read for everyone who wants a reading or service from you. I ensure that every client knows my ethics and policies beforehand. Some policies I have in place for my business are payment policies, privacy policies, disclaimers, refund policies, rescheduling and cancellation policies.
Set small goals for yourself (daily, weekly, bi weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly) Being a reader with chronic illness, I like to set monthly goals as it helps with my energy management and I also do not feel rushed. I also like to hold myself accountable for my goals by tracking my progress and either changing or evolving a goal if it no longer feels right to me. Some goals you may want to consider are how many sales you want to make a day, week, a month? How can you make X amount of money each quarter of the year?
Comparing your business to someone else’s is the quickest way to discourage yourself. How you measure the success and lessons in your business should not be put against someone else’s. Remember that we all started somewhere. Focus on how you can better your business instead of putting it down.
Be patient. I know this one is easier said than done but rushing to try and make money isn’t the way to go, at least for me it wasn’t. Growing a business takes time. Overnight successes are few and far between.
Find your people. During the first years of business, I found it significantly more important to build an audience and a following before trying to sell to people who had no clue who I was and what I was about. Build your own community of clients and like minded people. Creating authentic interaction, and building trust helped me so much and I highly suggest trying it.
You and your services are not meant for everyone and they shouldn’t be either. Not every client and service provider can be a perfect match. That is okay. Focus on those who find value in your services and who you are.
Do not be afraid to market yourself. With the power of the internet, you can use social media and old school marketing like business cards, fliers, to promote yourself, your content and your business. I know it can be easy to be scared of feeling scammy or annoying but if no one knows who you are or what your business is about, how can you connect with those who are searching for a business like yours? I like to promote by teaching things. This helps create an even exchange of promotional material and digestible content for my viewers. Something that I also like to do is to create a marketing plan and use social media apps to automate the process. This helps take the guess work out of marketing and it is done for a month in advance. Don’t fear doing what you can to put yourself out there. Marketing is essentially a call to action. You are allowed to take up space. There is no shame in that. People need a way to learn about you, your business and if they want to support you. Marketing helps with that.
Engage and collaborate with your peers. I used to be so scared to talk to some of the Tarot readers and diviners in my same field but quickly learned that interacting with one another created awesome friendships and helped us learn from one another in the process. Networking is key. I cannot tell you how many times one of my peers have highlighted me on their blogs or sent a reading referral my way. I have also done the same.
If you primarily sell readings, your income will fluctuate on a consistent basis. You will find that some weeks you will book out, and others you won’t make any sales at all. It was so difficult for me to understand this. Something that may help you obtain a more stable stream of income would be providing self-sustaining services and products like courses, e-books, decks, and mentorships.
Expect naysayers and doubters. Try not to take it personal. Not everyone is going to believe in your business or services and that is okay. You are not there to prove your worth to someone who has already made up their mind that you aren’t worth their time or respect. There are going to be those who want nothing more than to discourage you. Spend time bettering your business, and silence the noise of those who want to see you fail.
Be consistent with your service rates and what you are offering. While you are growing your business it is okay to do rate increases sporadically but having inconsistent rates can put off potential and returning clients. The same can be said for your services. If you drastically change your business model or offerings, it can leave clients feeling insecure with doing business with you. Making changes when necessary and ensure a seamless process for your clients.
Have a working Tarot deck. I had a client of mine bend one of the cards in my favorite deck while they were shuffling. I was horrified. From that moment on I used to never allow the client to shuffle my deck out of fear, but it always felt wrong to me. I now use a working deck or a deck that I use just for clients that if damaged I can easily replace.
Be consistent with self-care and have a plan for it. I cannot tell you how much having a self-care plan has helped me during those days when everything becomes too much for me to handle. Being a Tarot reader who is also diagnosed with anxiety and depression, taking care of myself and having a self-care plan has saved me from potentially detrimental situations. Being a serviced based business, we are used to putting the needs of others before our own. Remember that you deserve the same care, if not more, that you give to your clients. Some things I like to do is paint, write songs, turn off my phone and computer, treat myself to a nice cup of chai tea and take a long walk to help clear my mind. I also have a Feel good file on my computer. This file includes letters and positive testimonials from clients, pictures of cute puppies and successes I’ve had in my business. *Everyone’s self-care plan will be different. Do what works for you.
Refresh your learning. Take some time to read new material, take a seminar, sign up for a local class, meet up with a local group, enroll in a self-study course, watch videos or find blogs in your niche. This will not only help you stay current but also help you grow your business and knowledge.
Learn your reading style and use it to your advantage. Are you a predictive type reader or a holistic spiritual counselor? Are you a psychic medium or fortune teller? Use your unique way of doing things to tailor your reach to potential clients who are looking for your services. Do not be afraid to think outside the box.
Recognize your limiting beliefs and work at chipping them away. One of the hardest parts of starting my Tarot business was accepting that my worth as a reader was not determined by the amount of sales I made. It was difficult at first but I did some proactive journaling and set some time weekly to address the limiting beliefs I had about myself and my business and how I could help alleviate those things. It took some intense work but I am finally at a point where that particular limiting belief no longer affects my work and business.
Make a budget for your business and determine where your money is going? It is important to be accountable for things like taxes, insurance, liability, licenses, book purchases, deck purchases, copyright and trademark registrations, business registrations, domain registrations, web hosting fees, etc.
Celebrate your successes and goals. There is nothing vain about being happy for selling one hundred readings. Pat yourself on the back and realize that your hard work and dedication is paying off.
If you are a Tarot professional who has to hide their practices from their everyday job, like I am, keep your main work life and your Tarot life as separate as you can. Being someone who works in a business where I could be fired and shunned for doing Tarot, I do all that I can to keep my Tarot life private. You may want to use an alias, not show your face or not provide voice readings, etc. It is all up to you and what you are comfortable with. You may be more comfortable conducting your business online versus in person. * Having to hide your tarot reading business to protect your main business does not make you any less of a professional reader. You are just as valid.
Running a Tarot or soul centered business can be lonely. I found that my first few years of launching my business, I didn’t really have a social life in person or online. I spent and devoted a lot of my time to helping my business grow and succeed. While I appreciate the hard work I put in back then, I always felt sad because I felt isolated from the world. When I was working, especially on holidays, everyone I knew was having fun and I resented it a little. Something that helped me tremendously was to visit local metaphysical shops and attend some of their hosted events. I started to make friends with other Tarot learners and business professionals and it helped fill the void I had in my life.
There is no room for drama, gossip, and bullying in your Tarot or soul centered business. What you say, do or allow in regards to your business speaks volumes for your business, clients and potential clients. I had another tarot business bully me and I promptly blocked them. I didn’t want their negativity in my space or the space of my clients and peers. No one wants to find out that they are supporting a bully because of a tweet, blog post or facebook post you made about someone else. The quickest way for a business to be tainted is if its business owner is involved in drama, gossip, and bullying. Your priority should always be to handle even the most negative situations with the utmost professionalism. If you focus on bullying or negativity, all it shows clients that that is your main focus. If someone is being disrespectful or hurtful to you or your business, do not stoop to their level. It will only reflect badly on you and your business. Have a plan of action and handle the situation as best as you can.
Remember that set backs happen. It is okay to have a bad week or month. The important thing to do is analyze how you can improve, what you can change and ultimately what lessons you can take from this situation. We all have set backs in our business. Give yourself time to regroup and evolve your business from this situation. I like to get out of my comfort zone a bit and try something new and sometimes that causes a creative spark that I implement in unique services and offerings for my clients.
Take accountability for your actions, your mistakes, and failures in your business. None of us are perfect. Mistakes happen. Did you forget to pay your taxes? Did you forget to send out a reading? Are you behind on several of your services? It is important to understand that if something you have done or said in your business has negatively affected you, your life or someone else, you need to address it and make it right. Hiding behind your mistake and trying to escape from your responsibility does nothing good for your business.
Jughead stood over a short Latino boy named Joaquin, cautiously hovering as he lifted and pushed the weights above his chest. Spotting was not something Jughead did for anyone but Joaquin was his best friend in prison and if he needed something Jughead was gonna be the one to provide.
“Alright, that’s it.” Joaquin slammed the barbells on the ground beside him, hunching on his knees as Jughead dropped to the workout bench next to his, the sun was sweltering outside today and both of the boys were shirtless and sweaty.
“Something’s up with you, I can feel it. You sick or something mijo? You’ve got some weird face on.”
Joaquin took a moment to let the concern appear briefly on his face before quickly shoving it away. “No you ain’t sick, you look… impatient? What’s got you on edge?”
Leaning back into the sun, Jughead let the sweat drip from his hair and onto the concrete ground.
“Wrote a letter, just waiting on a reply is all.”
Joaquin lifted the dirty milk carton filled with tap water and took a heavy gulp before handing it to Jughead.
“You write your dad? Or maybe that crazy red headed chick who used to always try to visit?”
Jughead nearly spit his water out at both of those suggestions.
“Haven’t written my dad once since I’ve been locked up, he could be dead or in prison himself for all I know. And as for Cheryl Blossom? No way man, that chick is nuts. I didn’t like her in High school and I sure don’t like her now. You know how those kind of girls are, all about the bad boy.”
“So who is it?”
“It’s just some penpal program some teacher wrote me, I just wanna know if she’ll write me back.” He lied, secretly he couldn’t wait to see if she wrote him back, he wanted to know what was in the letter, he wanted to learn more about Betty Cooper.
“Well let’s go check, mail should be here by now. Maybe she sent a picture, I may not like women but I know a pretty one when I see one.” Joaquin headed for the doors, leaving Jughead to scramble after him.
He hadn’t thought about what she looked like. Maybe she was blonde, tall would be nice, she was a teacher, he could imagine sundresses and buns.
Oh great now he was thinking, thanks a lot Joaquin.
They arrived at the mail room in record time, Joaquin was fast, light on his feet and stealthy, he was a great asset to the Serpents but just like Jughead he wanted out.
Joaquin was the first to speak
“We’re looking for a letter, Jughead Jones.”
Jughead rolled his eyes at his friends forwardness.
The woman at the desk shook her head,
“No letters addressed to that inmate, sorry.”
Jughead felt the dissapointment weigh heavy in his chest as he turned to walk away, Joaquin’s hand on his shoulder.
“ oh wait!” The woman called “ you do have a letter, it’s part of the package.” She held out a medium sized cardboard box with a baby blue envelope taped on top. “Smells great, the guards have been eyeing that one all day.”
With wide eyes Jughead allowed himself to be tugged down the prison halls, gripping the box protectively.
Joaquin was practically shaking with excitement as he gestured at the box.
“Open it! Come on Jughead! I wanna see what’s inside!”
For a moment Jughead saw the child Joaquin once had been, the innocent youth that had been taken from him at the hands of the Southside Serpents, replaced by a hardened, jaded individual. with a sad smile Jughead slid the box over to Joaquin and nodded, encouraging him to open it. The darker boy didn’t have to be told twice, he savagely ripped off the tape and the room was instantly filled with the smell of cookies and pastries.
“Shut the fuck up.” Joaquin whispered, nearly drooling at the eclairs wrapped up in Tupperware.
Jughead could help the grin that spread across his face
“Take what you want just leave me one of everything, and get out of here. I wanna read my letter.” Joaquin shoved his pockets and thanked Jughead as he scrambled out of the room.
Carefully tearing open the letter Jughead began to read, already having imprinted the swirly cursive in his brain
“Dear Jughead Jones.
You most definitely don’t have to call me Ms.Cooper! Only my students call me that and I find that strangely odd as well. Speaking of my students, you had asked what it is that I teach, well to answer your question I run the art program here at riverdale elementary. And before you ask, no I have no formal training, to be honest I couldn’t draw a stick figure if you asked! But they wanted to shut the program down so I volunteered! These kids have such talent it drives me crazy. I hope you got my package, I know how temperamental mail can be! If you did get it I hope you like my sweets! I expect a full prisoners report when you’re done ;) my apple crisp cookies are a huge seller here at the bakery! Now I have something to ask you, it may sound foolish but it’s important to me. You mentioned that you had a dog at home, I know you were kidding but I would love to send down for him to be brought to me. I’m willing to pay your friends for hot dog! I don’t want him to be unloved while you’re away! If you’ll let me I could have him here by the end of the week? Think about it! I promise I’ll be a fabulous dog mom! On another note, I’m very happy you aren’t a murderer! How much is left of your sentence? You mentioned finding a small town, well my friend Riverdale is the smallest! We have the starlight festival in two months. It’s beautiful. I am very interested to hear more about your dreams and aspirations (that’s not just my teacher voice talking. I am very curious!) believe it or not I am living my dream, my bakery does very well and my friends are healthy, of course something is always missing but that has always been their, like white noise. Well Jughead Jones I can’t wait to hear from you again!
Stay safe and be loved -Betty Cooper.
Jughead squeezed his eyes shut, hugging the letter to his chest. She wanted hot dog. Hot dog was his best friend, the dog was the very definition of a lover and the dark haired owner hated to think of how lonely he was at home. She would really do that for him? And was she asking him out? Did she want to take him to some starlight festival.. no, she just mentioned it, a random thought. He had things to tell her, things he had never told anyone else, but first….
Jughead dug in the box pulling out an apple crisp cookie and taking a bite.
Jugheads eyes nearly popped out of his head as he moaned involuntarily.
Imagine if a game-changing email from Taylor Swift went to spam. Little Big Town can, because the pop princess wrote one such message and sent it to Phillip Sweet, the quartet’s least reliable member when it comes to timely internet replies. “He’s a horrible responder,” says Karen Fairchild, 47, glancing fondly at Sweet, at 42 the baby of the band: “I love you, but you are.”
Fortunately, Sweet eventually did check his mail and saw the offer to record the Swift-penned break-up ballad “Better Man”; the song went on to become the group’s third chart-topping single. “It opened up a brand-new audience for us,” says 47-year-old Kimberly Schlapman. Over very potent fruity cocktails at Catch LA in West Hollywood, we asked the longtime friends and musical soul mates—who also include Jimi Westbrook, 46, Fairchild’s husband for more than a decade—to talk about their new album, The Breaker, their recent Grammys appearance, and being totally, ahem, synced up.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Which song do you think will be the crowd-pleaser?
SWEET: There’s one called “Happy People” that kicks off the record, about how you can’t [rely on] someone else to make you feel happy. It’s a hopeful song, and it’s really perfect for where the world is right now. It seems like we’re in a gigantic swirl of chaos.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Sounds like you just got a little political there.
FAIRCHILD: It depends on what you mean by political. If tolerance and kindness and acceptance and love are political, then I guess we’re political.
SCHLAPMAN: “Better Man” is a crowd-pleaser. The audience has expanded for that because it’s from Taylor Swift—all of her fans want to know, “What? She wrote a song and a country band cut it?”
SWEET: [When we got her email] I was thinking, “Please let it be good. Please let it be good.” [Everyone laughs.] We all fell in love with the melody.
SCHLAPMAN: It’s the first time she’s pitched a song to another artist.
WESTBROOK: We’ve known her since she was knee-high to a grasshopper.
FAIRCHILD: We used to hang out in the dressing room with her at the CMA Awards and play videogames.
SCHLAPMAN: She wrote her high school paper about us!
FAIRCHILD: It was a paper about perseverance, how to keep going. It was pretty cool.