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    Rarely do I see a commercial that has any redeeming value these days. Those cheap gimmicks are more likely to inspire an eye-roll than my whipping out my wallet. Not so of the new Pantene ad. It's quite honestly one of the most thought-provoking and culturally relevant TV spots ever to hit the tube. It's one every single woman should watch. Why? Because it drives home one simple fact every woman is forced to acknowledge at some point. And that is life is not fair for the so-called fairer sex. Take a look:

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    It’s that time of year again, when the holiday decorations are up, and suddenly it’s all holidays, all the time, in stores and on TV.

    Everywhere you turn, it’s trees, and lights, and gifts, and STRESS. I love the holidays -- I really do. That doesn’t mean they’re not stressful, though. And this year, with Hanukkah earlier than usual, and Thanksgiving falling late in the month, bringing it that much closer to Christmas, it feels like all the holidays are combining into one big stress ball.

    I’m not going to tell you that you need to get up at 5 a.m. every morning to make sure your workout happens during the holidays ... but I am going to suggest trying a few workouts specifically aimed at making you less stressed out this holiday season.

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    Susan Boyle, the phenomenally talented singer who rose to international fame after her turn on Britain's Got Talent, made an announcement today that she has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. She told The Guardian:

    Some articles have said I have brain damage ... It's been something else. I have always known that I have had an unfair label put upon me. I have Asperger's.

    She calls the diagnosis "a relief."

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    Whoa! Just when we thought Amanda Bynes was looking better than ever and on the fast-track to recovery, new reports say the troubled former child star, who was receiving treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, isn't as well as we thought. In fact, According to RadarOnline, Amanda has been advised not to attend fashion design school at FIDM so soon after returning home and to instead seek further intensive treatment.

    The site's source explains, "Amanda was told by her doctors that going to fashion school, so soon after being released from The Canyons [is] an absolutely terrible idea for [her] to do at this time. It’s almost setting her up for failure. There will be pressure on Amanda as far as school work, deadlines, and it’s unlikely she will be able to succeed." Ouch!

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    Amanda Bynes is baaack -- and it sounds like she's doing better than ever! Admist reports that she's planning to go to college to major in fashion design, the first post-rehab photos of the former actress have emerged, and believe it or not, she looks happier, healthier, and more NORMAL than she has in a really long time. Seriously! Gone are the wacky sweatsuits ... nary a jaw-dropping face piercing. No more wacky-ass, offensive tweets or lawn fires.

    Instead, Amanda was spied alongside parents Lynn and Rick while taking a walk with their dogs in Thousand Oaks, California yesterday. In typical laidback Hollywood style, she sported a black leather jacket, white "Gangsta Love" sweatshirt, skinny jeans, sneakers, sunglasses, and a baseball cap. Looking so good!

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    Duck Dynasty is one of my favorite shows on TV, not just because it’s hysterical, or because it shares Christian and family values, but because I love that these self-described rednecks stay true to themselves despite the fame and fortune that’s come their way. Remember when they snuck into the country club to go frogging? Awesome.

    Anyway, it’s apparently been tougher for some of them than others -- Reed Robertson, the teenage son of Jase and Missy, recently admitted that the pressure of being on the hit show got to him, and he even had suicidal thoughts

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    Prominent Virginia politician Creigh Deeds was brutally stabbed Tuesday morning in what appears to be an attempted murder and suicide by his 24-year-old son Gus. Gus died from a gunshot wound at the scene, and the state senator remains in critical but stable condition at the University of Virginia hospital.

    Police don’t have a motive yet, but it’s quite possible the young man wasn’t mentally stable. He was committed to a psychiatric ward the day before the stabbing but was released because there weren’t enough beds to keep him there.

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    It’s rough on military families when a parent is deployed. The remaining parent has to carry the weight for both mom and dad at home, plus the constant worry that your spouse might never make it home.

    It’s tough on the kids that miss mom or dad too, and a new study suggests that it’s particularly difficult for teens. According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, teens “living in households where military family members are deployed overseas multiple times are more likely to think about committing suicide.” They also found that these families had more mental health issues in general.

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    I grew up in a home where you were not encouraged to share or express your feelings. So I got used to keeping them inside and just dealing with them.

    Now if you've ever done this before, which, well, who hasn't at one time or another, you know that it can breed resentment and anger.

    Of course, doing this as a kid is way different than doing this as an adult. Too bad I didn't know back then that speaking up could have saved me so much heartache.

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    Lea Michele recently opened up to Elle magazine about how she's doing in the wake of her love Cory Monteith's death, and while she sounds so strong and as though she's keeping her head up, she admitted just how challenging grieving has been. The actress confesses, "I never thought I would be in this position in my whole life. ... You can choose to rise, and that's what I'm going to try to do." At the same time, though, she shares, "It's very hard, and you have to be very strong to come out of this alive, but I think by doing the best for myself, by showing that you don't have to lose yourself, maybe someone else will feel some sort of strength or comfort."

    Wow ... as amazing as it is that she wants to set an example for others, I have to wonder if that's really what's best for her?

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