The Caged Bird Will Always Sing: The Life and Legacy of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

An accomplished writer, poet and activist, Maya Angelou never stopped fighting for what she knew was right. And what she taught and proclaimed along the way has inspired generations after her. From her acclaimed novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to her work with Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Gloria Steinem and many many more, Maya Angelou’s life will always be one to aspire to, and holds hope for the future.

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Meet Allegra: A Look Inside Growth at Raise

What I do at RaiseExactly one year ago today, I walked into the Raise loft for the first time. Right in the middle of River North, the space was open and conducive to collaboration. Leather couches and a TV were in one corner, with a kitchen in the other, and rows of tables with computers were spaced evenly throughout.

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To Fetch Or Not to Fetch? Pick the Best Dog Toys

Best dog toysWhether it’s a stuffed lobster, an old shirt, a stick or ball of yarn, pets of all ages love to play with their toys. Man’s best friend will make sport out of a ball, a teddy bear, or your old shoe, but did you know that dog toys are a necessity? They provide comfort, influence good behavior, and prevent your pooch from getting bored when left home alone. It’s important to select the safest of playthings for your dog. Find out what toy is best for your pet and make the most out of playtime.

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10 Ways to Save on Your Dream Wedding10 Ways to Save On Your Dream Wedding

Do you imagine hundreds of guests fawning over your dress as you say your vows? Or have you pictured the ceremony in a beautiful, blooming garden filled only with the closest of friends and family as you dance beneath the stars? According to The Knot, big dreams come with a big price tag. In the United States, the average cost of a wedding has climbed to $28,858, and the price fluctuates depending on where you host the ceremony (significantly higher in large urban areas) and how many guests attend. But having your wedding in the countryside is just one way to save on your special day. Use these ten cleverly curated ways to stay within your wedding budget and create the wedding of your dreams.

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