Willie Nelson Wrote ‘On the Road Again’ on an Airplane Barf Bag

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Inspiration knows no altitude limits.

Such is the case for Willie Nelson’s timeless anthem, “On the Road Again,” penned for the 1980 film Honeysuckle Rose which Nelson also starred in as the leading role of Buck Bonham. The familiar-from-the-first-beat song went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1981. Now, if you’ve ever wondered about this catchy tune’s origin, read on.

As posted in a Q&A published in the UK music publication Uncut, a fan named Natalie Amber of Luton, England asked, “Is it true you wrote down ‘On The Road Again’ on an airline sick bag?”

Read the full post on SouthernLiving.com here.

Dave Matthews Band Donates $5 Million to Charlottesville

Remember when we used to sneak our cameras into concerts in soft sunglasses cases and tampon boxes?

Few musical groups take hometown commitment as seriously as Dave Matthews Band. Before Matthews’ was the namesake of one of the most successful touring acts of all time, the singer was a bartender at Miller’s Downtown in Charlottesville, Virginia. Seven consecutive #1 Billboard albums and many shows later, the band continues to contribute to the Charlottesville community in ways both large and small, in bad times and in good.

Read the full story on SouthernLiving.com.

Tulsa Will Pay You $10,000 To Move There Now

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If  you’ve long dreamed of livin’ on Tulsa time, well, now’s your chance. The Tulsa-based George Kaiser Family Foundation has launched Tulsa Remote, which will pay selected individuals $10,000 cash, along with a monthly housing stipend, space in Tulsa’s Top coworking community (along with regular meetings and workshops with fellow members and local entrepreneurs), 36 Degrees North, and more, simply for relocating to the Land of the Golden Hurricane. The idea is to recruit talented, passionate workers to Tulsa and the larger Tulsa county area, which, in turn may inspire larger business initiatives and startup companies to flourish there.

Read the full story on SouthernLiving.com here.

Get Drunk on Vegetables


I’ve never loved any cocktail quite as zealously as I love Bloody Marys. I’ve even inherited my mom’s habit of traveling with airplane bottles of vodka and cans of tomato juice. Part of the appeal, for me, comes from knowing that my alcohol intake is chased with antioxidant-rich tomato juice.

Recently, as I sought out my liquid multivitamin at my local, um, apothecary, The Beach Cafe, my favorite bartender Paul instead presented me with a margarita made with pineapple-turmeric shrub. Sipping it, I felt the happy high you get from chugging coconut water after a grueling cycling class. Surely the healing properties of turmeric root were kicking in.

Read the whole story on Bon Appetit’s healthyish here.

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Walk This Way: 8 Rad Streets Flying Under-the-Radar


The art of wandering is all but lost, as travelers too often use Google Maps’ tangent-averse directions to propel themselves to restaurants and museums found on Yelp or TripAdvisor.

Yet one of the best ways to explore a new place is to walk — to meander up and down a main drag, sleepy street or undiscovered back alley.

This pedestrian strategy is especially effective in the country’s second- (or third-, or ninth-) tier cities, which have miles of untapped charms and lures.

Here, eight of America’s greatest urban thoroughfares you’ve probably never heard of.

Read the whole story via the New York Post.

8 Incredible U.S. Solo Travel Destinations to Book Now


 

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Courtesy of Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn

If pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is at the top of your agenda this year, booking a solo travel experience might be a good place to start. Friends weekends and romantic getaways are great—and, often, very necessary—but there’s something potentially life-changing about testing your own boundaries by exploring new places on your own.

“Solo travel makes you more outgoing, it requires you to engage with people you normally may not need to speak to, and can open your mind to all different types,” says Dr. Magdalena Swierczewski, the founder of ExplorerMD. “You also learn more about yourself, as you have time to observe, reflect and learn who you are and how you react to certain situations. Solo travel makes you feel strong.”

Where to start? Check out the full story on Glamour here.

 

16 Foods to Beat Cramps, Bloating, and More PMS Symptoms


When PMS strikes (not to mention during your period), it’s totally normal to crave plenty of unhealthy indulgences. But rather give into all those double-pepperoni-plus-garlic-knots-please hankerings, try these nutrient-dense, RD-approved foods to stop cramps, fight bloating, boost your mood, and more.

Read the full story on Redbook.

Jana Kramer on ‘Dancing’ Through Painful Past Year


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To say it’s been a year of highs and lows for Jana Kramer would pretty much be the understatement of the year. In January, she welcomed her first child, daughter Jolie Rae. And after just a short time off, she resumed touring as both fan and critical acclaim poured in for songs released from her Thirty One album, including the touching love song, “Circles.” She joined the cast of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and became a fan favorite by the very first episode of the season.

Read the full story on Rolling Stone Country here.

The One Secret Six Different Sex Experts Want You to Know


Sometimes we all need a little expert advice. But if you’ve never made it to a sex therapist’s couch, chances are, you’ve probably wondered what kind of game-changing sexual healing, erm, wisdom is shared behind closed doors. Well, we unveiled the (lace, of course) curtain, to get top sex experts and docs to reveal the one piece of advice they wish everyone knew. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re gonna go flick the lights on (see tip #3!)…

Read the full story on Glamour.

12 Airbnbs That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust for a BFF Getaway


Chocolate, roses, champagne, candlelit dinners pour deux. Pfffftttt. Single or taken, there are some vacations where we just want to banish any hints of romance and trade it for koozies, culture, and craziness with our flock of best friends.

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But why stay at a cookie-cutter hotel when you can rent out one of these swoon-worthy abodes from airbnb? You’ll remember them for years to come and, when you tally up the final budget, you’ll probably save a few bucks along the way. Plus, treehouse living, anyone? All of these choices come loaded with cool extras, and are located in cities and towns around the world packed with fun breweries, live music, amazing park adventures and more. P.S. We’ll still take that chocolate and champagne, though.

Read the full story on Glamour here.