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White Castle is now taking reservations for Valentines

Road Trip: White Castle. (Credit: Deborah Lee Soltesz via Flickr)Author's Note: In college, I joined ten of my fraternity brothers at a White Castle for a nice Valentine's Day dinner. Nothing says brotherly love quite like a candlelight dinner over plastic table covering at a fast food restaurant with laminate flooring. We enjoyed an inordinate amount of White Castles, consumed an absurd quantity of French fries, and washed it all down with gallons of sweet tea. Therefore, it should be noted I am highly biased and still somewhat bloated from this glorious meal.

Valentine's Day, or Singles Awareness Day, is quickly approaching. Expectations are higher than Cupid. Valentine's Day is similar to tax day in that you can try to ignore it, but its presence is pervasive and there is a price that demands to be paid. If you do not pay the love piper then, you will pay dearly.

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The Bridge Builder: the life and faith of David Bowie

Still captured from David Bowie's official music video for 'Valentine's Day'. (Credit: David Bowie via Youtube)David Bowie passed away at the young age of 69 on Sunday. He was two days removed from his birthday, as well as his latest album release entitled Blackstar. Despite the cancer treatments he had undergone for the last eighteen months, Bowie continued to do what he did so well over a forty-year span: build beautiful bridges with his music.

David Bowie was an artist, but beyond that he was a bridge builder. He built bridges to different personas, to different artists, and to different audiences, all the while being accessibly one step ahead of where we were.

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Duck Dynasty family adopting another son

We've had lots of questions about the cute kid popping up in our photos lately (Credit: Korie Robertson via Instagram)Another duck is joining the flock of the Duck Dynasty family. Earlier this week, mother Korie announced via Instagram that the Robertsons are in the process of adopting a 13-year-old boy. For those who been closely watching this reality television show family, this will come less as a surprise and more as an answer.

"We've had lots of questions about the cute kid popping up in our photos lately…He's been with us since May, but we wanted some privacy and time for him and our family to bond before telling the world," she wrote.

Korie, known on Instagram as "bosshogswife," and the boss hog himself, Willie, are already parents to five children. John Luke, Sadie, and Bella are their biological children. Rachel is a foster daughter, first joining the family as an exchange student from Taiwan. And Will, affectionately known as Lil Will, joined the family through adoption when he was 5 weeks old.

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Top 10 movies of 2015 and what they say about us

 Lupita Nyong'o, from left, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, J.J. Abrams, Carrie Fischer, Adam Driver and Harrison Ford pose for photographers upon arrival at the European premiere of the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, London, December 16, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Joel Ryan)Like Santa coming down the chimney and the Cowboys stumbling down the home stretch, December can often be predictable. Mall parking lots are filled and your wallet is not. Amazon links are passed around, usually with a side of eggnog and a dash of hope. And the end of year lists populate the news cycle, much like LinkedIn invitations do your email.

We have become a culture strangely attracted to lists. Whether that is a list that informs you of the twenty-seven reasons why you are a 90s child or ten reasons why Bill Murray should be your best friend, we have a great affinity for the bullet points. And then there is the list of lists, Rolling Stones' Top 50 Lists of 2015.

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Bieber the believer: the faith of Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber arrives for the 2015 MTV European Music Awards in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (Credit: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)In Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, a young Lucio observed that "our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we often might win by fearing to attempt." These doubts, Lucio describes, are often silently underscored by the axiom that appearances are deceiving, what you see is not what you get. So it is necessary to proceed with caution—if at all. However, could doubts be more of a hindrance than a help?

In the October/November issue of Complex Magazine, Justin Bieber was an incubator for doubts when he boldly came out with his faith. One person expressed a common sentiment, writing that it was a "publicity stunt, shameless little twerp." The ladies of The View, a daytime television talk show, expressed hesitation over his overt and bold comments. Fox News commentator Juan Williams even skeptically weighed in, saying: "Do you really believe… that he's studying the Bible; that he cares about the Bible; that he cares about anything but Justin Bieber?"

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