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Happy Friday!

Halloween might be over, but I still love reading about crazy haunted cemeteries… !

SwissMiss on ignoring haters!

Rachel emailed me about Hugs Scones & Kisses, saying…

Hugs, Scones & Kisses is what my grandmother and I used to say to each other at the end of every phone call, and that is why the project is called that. She died in September of Myeloma which is a type of bone marrow cancer. It was Myeloma UK who provided my Aunt & Grandfather with some of the information about the disease just before she died, which is why I want to raise money for them. As part of Hugs, Scones & Kisses bloggers can pledge to do things or hold events to sponsor the charity. So far we have a bloggers Christmas market being held in London this December, a blogger in Australia who feels uncomfortable wearing dresses and skirts but wants to step out of her comfort zone pledging to do so for a week and document it on her blog if she raises 100 AUD on the Just Giving page she has set up, and a blogging holding a blog sale of old clothes she does not want and donating 50% of the profits. Something else I’m planning on doing is opening an online Hugs, Scones & Kisses store where people can buy custom pieces designed by indie designers for the cause with all profits going to the charity.

Errrgh! 7 creepy urban legends that happen to be true!

Here are 10 rules for brilliant women. Ahem, this means you!

Autumn wrote The Solace of Convention: Abuse, Beauty, and What Happened When I Left. “This isn’t about an abusive relationship. This is about what happened next.”

We’re a culture, not a costume, about dressing up as various racial stereotypes for Halloween. Good series of posters!

Street fashion photography is f*cking with me! …You’re not the only one!

These creepy old photos of NYC — back before it got all cleaned up — are pretty haunting!

You’ve probably already read this, but Mona Simpson’s eulogy for Steve Jobs is kind of amazing.

These Nike videos will surely motivate you to work out…

This Johnny Depp interview is great, as you might expect!

Will you be participating in Bank Transfer Day?

I love this: 7 high leverage life skills they should teach in grade school.

An un-guide to breaking up for the broken-hearted… Hopefully this doesn’t apply to you, but if it does, Dena has you covered!

Magpie Librarian wrote about literary comfort food, aka books to read when you’re not feeling your best. It’s a FAB selection of books, & I give her bonus points for comparing me to Weetzie Bat! (I am so flattered!)

“You’re not invited to my birthday party” & other girl grievances… Stop the j word, jealousy, from killing girl love! (“We’re Bikini Kill! & we want revolution, girl style, nowwwwww!”)

A sex guide for today’s girls c/o Salon.

Tera Warner asked people to write ten things they love about themselves… Beautiful!

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