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Your Favorite Country Singers: Who Are They Married To?

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

Via Country Living Magazine

With 125 million albums sold in the US alone, Garth Brooks is probably the most successful solo artist in the United States. After his divorce in 2000 from Sandy Mahl he begun a relationship with a fellow country music singer; Trisha Yearwood.
They got married on December 2005.

Gary LeVox and Tara LeVox

Via Zimbio

The lead singer of the  “Rascal Flatts” Gary LeVox has been married to Tara Vernon since 1999. Gary said that the first time that he saw her, he knew he was going to marry her and he remembers having a extrange sensation at the moment.

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian

Via Hufftington Post

A famous country singer by the age of 13 who has remained famous ever since, LeAnn Rimes married her current husband Eddie Cibrian after having an affair with him and divorcing her previous husband Dean Sheremet in 2010.

Jennifer Nettles and Justin Miller

 

Via Pinterest

The lead singer of Sugarland (a country duo), married her current husband Justin Miller in November 2011, after divorcing her previous husband in 2007. They dated for 2 years after her divorce before getting engaged. She gave birth to a son in December 2012. They named him Magnus Hamilton Miller.

Martina McBride and John McBride

Via Zimbio

 

After crossing over into pop-country style and gaining nationwide appeal (specially outside the country world) Martina McBride has been married since 1988 and they have 3 daughters. Her husband John McBride is an audio engineer.

Amy Grant and Vince Gill

Via CloserWeekly

Amy Grant is a media personality. She’s an author, an actress, a songwriter and of course a singer. She’s not however a country singer but more of a Christian gospel performer. She performed in a country music special on christmas alongside country singer Vince Gill. They became good friends. Both divorced their partners and got married. The ceremony took place on March 2000.

Jamie Lynn Spears and Jamie Watson

Via DailyMail.co.uk

 

The younger sister of Britney Spears (the famous pop star) became known due to her role on Zoey 101 back in 2005. She became notorious after she got pregnant when she was only 16 years old and her career paused as a result. She started singing country music and released a single in 2005. She started dating Jamie Watson, a voice actor in 2012. They dated for 2 years and got married in New Orleans, in March, 2014.

Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr

Via USAToday

The very successful country singer has reached spot number one with his singles eighteen times on the Hot Country Song Chart. He apparently had an affair with Brittany Kerr (an American Idol contestant) whilst still married to Jessica Ussery whom he met in High School. After getting a divorce he dated Kerr for a year and married her in March 2015.

Shania Twain and Frédéric Thiébaud

Via Zimbio

The best selling female artist in the history of country music, Shania Twain, the Queen of Country Pop divorced her husband, producer Robert John Lange, after he had an affair with her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. Shania then married the former husband of her former best friend, Frederic Thiebaud in 2010.

Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black

Via Rolling Stone

 

The renowned country singer had 30 singles reach the top 10 on the US Country Billboard charts. Twenty two of those reached No.1. Clint Black married Lisa Hartman, an actress, and after living in L.A. they moves to Nashville in 2002.

Darius Rucker and Beth Rucker

 

Via Country Fan Cast

Darius Rucker used to be the lead singer and guitar for “Hootie and the Blowfish” and went solo first, as an R&B artist. He transitioned into country music afterwards and signed with Capitol Nashville in 2008. He married in 2001 to Beth Rucker after having a daughter with her in 1995 when she was his girlfriend.

James Otto and Amy Alderson

 

Via Zimbio

A member of the MuzikMafia (a group of country musicians who in their own words “create music without prejudice”) married Amy Alderson in October 2005.

Keifer and Shawna Thompson

Via Zimbio

 

The country duo who’s had two #1 singles charted both on “Hot Country Songs” and “Country Airplay” have been married for more than 15 years.
They’ve never stopped performing together.

Phillip Sweet and Rebecca Sweet

 

Via Zimbio

Phillip Sweet is part of the Country band “Little Big Town” and plays the guitar. He’s also one of the vocals (the members of the band all sing in rotation) and he got married to his now wife Rebecca in March 2007.

Craig Morgan and Karen Morgan

Via Heavy.com

Craig Morgan released his first album in 2000 and seventeen of his singles were on the Billboard Country Charts. Six on the Top Ten. He’s married to Karen Morgan. They lost a son on an accident on the Tennessee River. His body was found 10 days later.

Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins

Via People (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)

Thomas Rhett has had six #1 singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. He married to Lauren Greggory in October 2012 after knowing her since the first grade of school. They had trouble conceiving and decided to adopt a child. During the process they found out Lauren was pregnant. They plan on keeping both.

Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler

Via TheKnotNews

Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler recently got engaged in January 2017. Hunt has shared that much of his music has been inspired by Folwer. For example, his album Montevallo was actually named after the town that Fowler is from. In an interview with E! News Hunt shared: “I had never visited Montevallo, but right before I left to go to Nashville I met a girl from there. A lot of the experiences I had with her and the relationship I had with her, that inspired a lot of the songwriting on the album.”

Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans

Via Billboard

The Country pop star was recently nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist. Kelsea Ballerini got engaged in December 2016 to Moran Evans, an Australian musician whom she met while co-hosting an award show in Australia.

Mo Pitney and Emily Bankester

Via WideOpenCountry

Mo Pitney released his first album in October 2016. It got to #10 on the Top Country Albums Billboard in a week. He met his wife Emily as a teenager and according to him it was love at first sight. They got married in March 2016.

Dean Berner and Rachel Beauregard

Via Pinterest

The former member of “Edens Edge” a country group, is currently engaged to Rachel Beauregard, who’s part of the duo “Native Run” that also plays country music. Dean and Rachel got engaged in April 2016. He shared the news of his engagement on Facebook.

Craig Wayne Boyd and Taylor Borland

Via Zimbio

The former contestant on “The Voice” Craig Wayne Boyd met model Taylor Borland when he was taking part in the aforementioned singing competition. They started dating and got engaged in June 2015. They’re now married and have a daughter.

Nick Hoffman and Natalie Murphy

Via CountryMusicRocks

Nick Hoffman is fiddler and singer for the band “The Farm” whose first album (self titled) featured 2 Top 40 singles on the Country Airplay chart. He got married to Nathalie Murphy, a singer-songwriter. The ceremony took place on May 2016.

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Parachute Dresses and World War II Ingenuity

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World War II was a time of massive change across the known world, and it was also a time of rationing. Whatever usable resources existed, they were generally redirected to the war effort by every country involved. For the folks on the home front, that meant both doing without in terms of regular conveniences as well as being far more creative with what was available. Interestingly enough, military aviation parachutes were just one of those items.

A Unique Design First Made for Aviation Safety

World War II parachutes were designed to be highly durable but also extremely lightweight. That allowed them to be packed and carried easily inside the tight confines of a military plane, which already didn’t have much room to move around in. When things were going badly, and the pilot and crew needed to jump out, the tight confines made it challenging to get from the seat to the exit quickly. Every second counted, so the parachute design had to be compact. That produced a fabric that served dual purposes.

On the home front, however, parachutes were also a convenient material from which to make a wedding dress as well. The material was extremely soft, and it could essentially be crafted, sown and shaped like any other fabric. As a result, the idea of a parachute wedding dress was not only quite common, it was also symbolic. By the mid to late 1940s, the trend had picked up and was regularly used by brides whose soon-to-be husbands had been saved by a parachute or were expected to be protected by one going off to war.

Parchute Weddings Become Vogue

Starting in about 1943, brides started appearing in wedding photos with visible and obvious parachutes for wedding dresses. Lois Frommer appeared in the local papers of St. Paul, MN, being married to Captain Lawrence Graebner. The dress was crafted from his parachute that ended up not being needed during his tour. Bold and visible, the dress was still labeled with its serial number and the letters, “U.S. Army,” right across the broad part of the dress. However, unlike typical military garb, Frommer remembered the dress being extremely soft and luxurious to wear.

Other weddings came along shortly, with profound ones including dresses made from parachutes that actually served their purpose during wartime. Major Claude Hensinger was shot down over Yowata, Japan, when his B-29 caught fire. The Captain was able to parachute out, get to the ground, and survived hidden using the parachute for a blanket and pillow during sleep until he was rescued. Hensinger saved the parachute and then gave it to his bride when he proposed to her for marriage. Ruth Hensinger used the dress at their 1947 wedding and later passed it on to her daughter. The dress is now in the Smithsonian as a historical archive.

Similarly, Evelyn Braet crafted a dress from a less than complete parachute. As it turned out, her husband’s chute not only saved his life but took damage from his plane being shot up while he was flying. Holes and all, the perforated chute turned into her wedding dress to George Braet.

Any Parachute Will Do

Other brides were just as industrious, even if the chute they used was not as heroic. Again, everything was in short supply in the 1940s, so anybody’s parachute would do for a wedding dress. Deany Powers got her own parachute to make a dress out of when her brother gave her a German soldier’s chute that he brought back home after the war. No surprise, the chute did just fine as a dress in 1947 for Deany.

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Volunteering Turns Out to be Great for Mental Health

Sarrah M

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The payback for volunteering turns out to be a lot more than just a tax deduction. Based on quite a bit of research, it turns out that it helps improve our health when we volunteer and help others. Giving may very well be one of the best mental health boosts people can engage in. As it turns out, there is a reciprocity that naturally occurs when volunteering engages in actually helping someone else, regardless of the initial motive.

Researchers everywhere from Yale University to institutions stateside all agree, the happiest people in the world have in common the regular habit of helping other people. And volunteer work doesn’t need to be specific either; any kind of work that helps someone else does the job mentally. Most people know that feeling, a sense of accomplishment that feels fulfilling. And it’s not specific to a given region or a culture. The effect happens just about everywhere.

The reaction that occurs mentally is often similar to what happens with other types of action and reward experiences. Our brains have a chemical interaction when we receive a reward, and that releases additional chemicals that make us feel good. Many try to copy this with drugs, but they are never as permanent, as long-lasting as the real experience that comes from volunteering apparently. And, as expected, the more one volunteers, the more the effect and experience is reinforced.

As for getting started, there’s plenty of volunteering opportunities to go around as well. There’s no shortage of the number of people who need help, including agencies, organizations, help services and more. Even better, there’s no age limit. Kids and teens can help out with animal sanctuaries, and seniors can help out with archaeology projects while everyone else helps out on everything in between and then some. Every year, volunteering recipient programs and groups go without sufficient help, so there’s no shortage of the related demand, ever.

Volunteering also keeps people social and staves off negative mental health conditions such as loneliness and depression. Being alone is generally not good for most people. And most have figured this out all too well over the last year thanks to the COVID pandemic and required social distancing requirements. Not only do people need to connect, volunteering helps folks build new connections, including those across generations, a key factor in new connections as well as learning and passing down knowledge from one older group to the next younger one.

For retirees volunteering is also useful for helping folks feel needing and part of their community. It can be a big shift to suddenly go from a career or a full household to suddenly and empty one and no responsibility to take care of during the day. Volunteering helps fill the gap for seniors and gives them purpose on a daily basis.

So, again, volunteering is good for the mind and soul, as well as everyone it benefits on the recipient end of things. Try it. You may be surprised how good being a volunteer can be for yourself as well.

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Endangered Trout Might Be Returning to Los Angeles in Ambitious Restoration Move

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The Los Angeles River Fish Passage & Habitat Structures Program (LAR FPHS) probably won’t win any awards for its acronym. With that being said, the institution is doing great things to address natural restoration within Los Angeles County. Focused on ways to potentially engineer and redesign channel beds throughout the nearly 5-mile section of Los Angeles River, the LAR FPHS is one of the champions of restoration in the region. Recently, the team has been making headway in their attempts to bring trout back into the river.

Let’s take a closer look at the trout restoration program that has LA locals excited.

Endangered Trout Make Their Return

The Los Angeles River is more akin to a 5-mile tract of concrete than it is any water-filled body. Flooding throughout the 1930s would send city planners reeling as they had to adjust the major canal, adding massive concrete walls along the 49-mile stretch of the former river. As the walls went up, the ecosystem within the river fell apart. By 1948, the last trout to ever get caught in the river was recorded.

With time passing by and the trout of the LA River becoming a memory, criticism from locals finally engineered a potential remedy. With more and more people looking to bring the river back to its old splendor, the LA River Fish Passage & Habitat Structures Program would get erected. Understanding how pivotal the LA river is to the quality of the Arroyo Seco, another tributary of the famous LA River only further emboldened efforts.

One particular area of focus during these restorative efforts has been on the endangered trout. Similar to the salmon, trout will leave the ocean to swim upstream, eventually spawning along the small tributaries that sprawl away from the LA River. With a focus on rehabilitating these tributaries through comprehensively filled passageways, trout will be able to swim to their spawning grounds, avoiding major obstacles along the way.

To help facilitate the efforts of the trout population, a focus has been made to line the riverbed with sand, riverine plants, and pebbles as well as side pools and other safe habitats. With these efforts underway, there is hope that trout will be able to return to the LA River in relatively short order. This will require controls to better be put in place along the tributaries that we’ve been discussing, ensuring their safe return downstream from the sea and up into the river.

When all is said and done, there is potential for wild trout to swim through a concrete river, winding through one of the largest urban areas on the planet. Who says we city planners and government officials can’t have imaginations?

Council for Watershed Health

Leading the way with the LA River Fish Passage & Habitat Structures Program is the Council for Watershed Health, established in 1996. Created with the intention of advancing and emboldening sustainability throughout the region’s watersheds, streams, rivers, and habitats, the CWH has become an integral program to the longevity and vitality of the region.

Ultimately, the Council for Watershed Health is focused on creating a sustainable model for urban and rural watershed management. At its most effective, the Council for Watershed Health plays a pivotal role in improving the water supply and quality found throughout Southern California, a core mission that is integral to environmental health and societal functionality.

The Los Angeles River Fish Passage & Habitat Structures Program (LAR FPHS) probably won’t win any awards for its acronym. With that being said, the institution is doing great things to address natural restoration within Los Angeles County. Focused on ways to potentially engineer and redesign channel beds throughout the nearly 5-mile section of Los Angeles River, the LAR FPHS is one of the champions of restoration in the region. Recently, the team has been making headway in their attempts to bring trout back into the river.

Let’s take a closer look at the trout restoration program that has LA locals excited.

Endangered Trout Make Their Return

The Los Angeles River is more akin to a 5-mile tract of concrete than it is any water-filled body. Flooding throughout the 1930s would send city planners reeling as they had to adjust the major canal, adding massive concrete walls along the 49-mile stretch of the former river. As the walls went up, the ecosystem within the river fell apart. By 1948, the last trout to ever get caught in the river was recorded.

With time passing by and the trout of the LA River becoming a memory, criticism from locals finally engineered a potential remedy. With more and more people looking to bring the river back to its old splendor, the LA River Fish Passage & Habitat Structures Program would get erected. Understanding how pivotal the LA river is to the quality of the Arroyo Seco, another tributary of the famous LA River only further emboldened efforts.

One particular area of focus during these restorative efforts has been on the endangered trout. Similar to the salmon, trout will leave the ocean to swim upstream, eventually spawning along the small tributaries that sprawl away from the LA River. With a focus on rehabilitating these tributaries through comprehensively filled passageways, trout will be able to swim to their spawning grounds, avoiding major obstacles along the way.

To help facilitate the efforts of the trout population, a focus has been made to line the riverbed with sand, riverine plants, and pebbles as well as side pools and other safe habitats. With these efforts underway, there is hope that trout will be able to return to the LA River in relatively short order. This will require controls to better be put in place along the tributaries that we’ve been discussing, ensuring their safe return downstream from the sea and up into the river.

When all is said and done, there is potential for wild trout to swim through a concrete river, winding through one of the largest urban areas on the planet. Who says we city planners and government officials can’t have imaginations?

Council for Watershed Health

Leading the way with the LA River Fish Passage & Habitat Structures Program is the Council for Watershed Health, established in 1996. Created with the intention of advancing and emboldening sustainability throughout the region’s watersheds, streams, rivers, and habitats, the CWH has become an integral program to the longevity and vitality of the region.

Ultimately, the Council for Watershed Health is focused on creating a sustainable model for urban and rural watershed management. At its most effective, the Council for Watershed Health plays a pivotal role in improving the water supply and quality found throughout Southern California, a core mission that is integral to environmental health and societal functionality.

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Nearly $1M Donated To Battle Racism By Elderly Asian Attack Victim

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Nearly one million dollars has been raised by the victim of what is deemed as a racially motivated attack in San Francisco to help combat attacks against Asian-Americans.

The funds have been pouring in from supporters not just in the United States but across the globe.

The attacks on Asians across the United States continue and are drawing the attention of activists, the media, and the government.

While several incidents have occurred over the years, the incidents have spiraled in recent months, sending shockwaves and panic into the Asian communities across the country.

Most notable is the attack on an elderly woman in San Francisco recently, not just because of her age, but the fact that she was able to stave off her attacker.

Even though she was injured, the woman gave her attacker a whooping, and her bravery has encouraged Asians and American victims as a whole to wage war against racism, using the gofundme platform.

Over $900,000 has been collected for a 75-year-old Asian woman who had been attacked viciously and without provocation last week in San Francisco.

Contributions flowed in from across the world to support Xiao Zhen Xie in her recovery. By Wednesday evening, Xie’s GoFundMe page had raised $917,000.

In the latest update to the victim’s crowdfunding website, Xie’s family stated that she plans to donate all of the funds raised to the Asian American society in order to fight racism.

“We must not [submit] to bigotry, she said and must fight to the end if possible. She also claimed numerous times that she would donate all of the funds raised from this GoFundMe to the Asian American community in order to fight racism. “John Chen, her grandson, posted an update on the fundraiser page on Monday. “She is stubborn about making this decision, arguing that the problem is bigger than [her].”

The assault left Xie with two dark eyes and a bruised thumb, as well as mental and emotional scars, according to Chen.

He says his grandma is “afraid to leave her house” and has “PTSD” as a result of the incident.

The woman was stabbed on Market Street in San Francisco on Wednesday and bravely fought off her assailant.

Steven Jenkins, 39, was arrested in San Francisco on suspicion of assaulting Xie and a man, according to police.

In the meantime, other victims have also launched gofundme pages and are planning to join in the fight against racism.

The assault on the elderly woman was also in addition to two previous violent assaults in New York City that were caught on tape. They are the most recent in a string of attacks on Asian Americans around the world. According to a new review of police department data, anti-Asian hate crimes rose dramatically in sixteen cities across the United States last year.

The California State University’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, located in San Bernardino, released some mind-blowing statistics on hate crimes against people of Asian descent recently.

According to the reports, hate crimes against Asian people increased by nearly one hundred and fifty percent in 2020, despite the fact that overall hate crimes decreased by seven percent.

This is one of the clearest indicators yet that sians have been targeted almost twice as much as they’ve ever been in years.

However, while some are afraid to walk the streets out of concerns they may be attacked, others have decided they will fight on behalf of the victims and to prevent the incidents from continuing.

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Meerkat Party at the Zoo

Amanda J

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Meerkats are highly social creatures absolutely tuned into their pack’s nuances and signals. However, no one expected that a pack of meerkats at a zoo would also be extremely influenced by humans watching them from afar when the zoo is open to the public.

Animals in general are extremely attentive to what’s going on around them in their environment, even if they don’t necessarily act panicked. A good amount of communication within species happens with body behavior versus the language factor that humans rely on so much instead. Meerkats, which look like over-sized slim ferrets with long fur-ringed tails and big dark eyes, practically jump as a group when one of them is spooked by something, a skill that keeps them alive in the wild where they sit at a lower rung on the food chain.

However, when COVID arrived, social distancing pretty much shut down big city zoos as they represented a primary gathering point for humans and potential infection. Given the potential impact mentally to many zoo animals, researchers decided the change gave them a good stimulus to study regarding zoo animal behavior changes. When the same zoos opened up again, it also represented another change point that could be isolated and studied, adding to the research. What was found out ended up being published in a peer-reviewed academic periodical, Applied Animal Behaviour Science. The results indicated a clear improvement positive mood change among meerkats in particular.

For zoo animals, human visitors are a clear part of their environment. Most of their cages and containment is limited and the same, so humans end up being one of the few factors that change dramatically each day. Humans show up in different shapes and sizes, make lots of noise, and become part of the pattern of daily life for the animals. So, when lockdowns occurred, the animals immediately sensed something was off. Many of the animals actually exhibited sings of missing their dedicated audience as well as clearly patterns of loneliness. For the less dangerous animals many of the zoo staff in various institutions had to engage with their tenants far more, even taking them for walks to keep them actively motivated.

The meerkats ended up being the most visible to study for researchers, clearly shifting their behavior patterns as conditions in zoos changed back to being visited again. Many returned back to their normal behavior patterns of grooming, playing and eating timely versus what the disruption triggered in their patterns. On the other hand, some animals didn’t give a darn either way, not changing a thing in their daily routine.

The conclusion of the research is likely to be added to the growing collection of studies on what the latest pandemic has changed in society, even among non-human inhabitants. And it provides an element of pandemic impact that was not recorded in previous serious virus outbreaks such as the Spanish flu a century earlier.

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