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Hayley Rose Horzepa
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Hayley Rose Horzepa is a writer. In addition to The Huffington Post, her work has appeared in All Things Healing, Gender Across Borders: A Global Feminist Blog, and several other publications. She recently published her first book, I Know Why They Call a Shell a Shell. The book is about domestic violence, a topic that Hayley is very vocal about, and chronicles her journey away from tumultuous love affairs by weaving stories of her past with stories from literature, music, and visual art of both modern and classical significance.

Hayley blogs daily on her site Hayley's Comments, and is currently working on her next book. Hayley holds a BFA in Creative Writing.

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The Royal Baby Blues

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 2:17 PM

I have the royal baby blues. Yesterday, my mother and I tearfully watched the appearance of this new born royal on the public stage. Why am I crying? I wondered. An easy question to answer. In my brain, I was calculating that Kate dated William for six years before they...

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Why I Am Abstinent

(160) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Over the last year and a half, I have dated over 100 different guys. I'm not into dating, though. In fact, I hate it. I didn't start off looking to date. Like a lot of women, I was looking for someone to begin a serious relationship with. However, that never...

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The Appeal of the Bad Boy and How Women Get Sucked In

(29) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 6:00 PM

In 2011, I remember coming across this headline: "Why Did Kat Von D Tattoo Jesse James' Face on Her Body?" Wow, good question! Von D swore she'd never laser that baby off, but as of December 2012, she has started the removal process. It is not that simple....

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Internet Courage

(3) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 5:08 PM

Internet Courage [in-ter-net kur-ij]


1. (see liquid courage) Bravery leading to a form of brazen expression, often offensive, enacted over the world wide web;

2. Typically much more intoxicating and ballsier than liquid courage;

3. Shielded by a computer screen and readily accessible forms of anonymity, it leads...

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'The View' Needs a New Perspective

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 1:40 PM

This September, I happened to catch the segment of "The View" that featured Barbara Walters awkwardly asking Kim Kardashian the "tough questions" about Kardashian's relationship with Kayne West.

"What about marriage?" she probed, "Do you want his child? Where are we?"

Kim then tried to deflect these touchy questions only...

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November Is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month

(9) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 11:43 AM

November is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. The term NaNoWriMo is something that most aspiring authors are familiar with and something that most of them have attempted at least once.

Since 1999, the NaNoWriMo contest has grown exponentially...

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If You Want to Save a Tata, Vote for Barack Obama

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 2:42 PM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over the last few years, merchandisers have created a variety of crude ad campaigns to raise money to combat breast cancer. For example, who could forget the "I Love Boobies" bracelets? And this morning on Facebook, I was greeted by a poster that had...

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The Self-Proclaimed '53 Percent'

(5) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 2:48 PM

While Romney very accurately expresses the core values of what the Republican Party has become, there is a subgroup within the 47 Percent that openly agrees with these principles. This group, refers to themselves as "the 53 Percent" and post 99% meme-esque photos (in which they take a picture of...

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The Face of the 47 Percent

(5) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 4:49 PM

I graduated college in the Fall of 2008, right after the big stock market crash in October. Lucky me. When I came home from school, I was fortunate enough to work per diem at my pre-college job for $9 an hour with no benefits and no union.

They had avoided...

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Only Chuck Norris Can Destroy... Chuck Norris

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 4:35 PM

Great news! Today, Amazon's Deal of the Day is 50 percent off Walker, Texas Ranger the COMPLETE series! In a recent public service announcement, Chuck warned us of the impending doom we may face should President Barack Obama be re-elected in November. Warning first of socialism, Chuck repeated the most common anti-Obama talking points and demonstrated that even more than a decade after Walker's season finale, he apparently take the fictional title of "Texas Ranger" too seriously. Mrs. Chuck soon took Chuck's sentiments a step further and put the fear of God in viewers when she quoted a bone-chilling verse reminiscent of an end times pamphlet Jehovah's Witnesses left on my doorstep last weekend.

"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness."

Six years ago, I loved reading the hundreds of humorous Chuck Norris "facts" that were swirling around the Internet. If you haven't heard of them before, the premise of these jokes are that Chuck Norris is very tough. The facts claimed that Chuck Norris is so tough that only Chuck Norris could destroy Chuck Norris or as he provided in his recent PSA, only Chuck Norris could cause Chuck Norris to lose whatever shred of dignity he had left after publicly supporting the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policies.

The truth is I like Chuck. Instead of seeing him as a fearful anti-gay survivalist, I'd prefer to remember Chuck the way I used to think of him: that guy on the infomercials who looks damn good for 70 years old! Because who could dislike a man who says things like "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men (and women) do nothing" (in reference to our President), and actually means it?

My late Polish grandmother used to love watching Walker, Texas Ranger. I didn't exactly understand why she liked the show as there was no correlation with Walker and the other genres of television she enjoyed (she also liked to watch The Jerry Springer Show, General Hospital and Supermarket Sweep). With that point made, I will have to describe her taste in television as eclectic. Yes, we'll go with eclectic. And I will never forget the day I came home after high school and my grandmother, who was 80-something at the time asked me,"Hayley, what is a ho?"

"What did you say?"

"A ho. What is a ho?" I was stunned by her response. Apparently I heard her right the first time.

"Babchi, where did you hear that word?"

"On Jerry Springer."

Shortly before my grandmother died, I printed out a stack of Chuck Norris "Facts." I would read them to her while she sat in her rocking chair. I'm not sure she quite got them, but she looked amused all the same. So below I've posted some funny Chuck Norris "Facts" in honor of my late grandmother who's actually died six years ago today and Chuck Norris as I'd like to remember him (even if it is just an ignorant persona created by my imagination).

Here are some very amusing "Chuck Norris Facts."

Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.

Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.

Chuck Norris ordered a Big Mac at Burger King and got one.

Chuck Norris sleeps with a night-light. Not because Chuck Norris is afraid of the dark, but the dark is afraid of Chuck Norris.

If you can see Chuck Norris, he can see you. If you can't see Chuck Norris you may be only seconds away from death.

When the boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris sold his soul to the devil for his rugged good looks and unparalleled martial arts ability. Shortly after the transaction was finalized, Chuck roundhouse kicked the devil in the face and took his soul back. The devil, who appreciates irony, couldn't stay mad and admitted he should have seen it coming. They now play poker every second Wednesday of the month.

Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that's why there are no signs of life there.

Chuck Norris doesn't worry about changing his clock twice a year for Daylight Savings Time. The sun rises and sets when Chuck tells it to.

Chuck Norris owns the greatest poker face of all-time. It helped him win the 1983 World Series of Poker despite him holding just a joker, 2 of clubs, 7 of spades, green number 4 from Uno and a Monopoly "Get Out of Jail Free" card.

Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee. Except Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris is the reason why Waldo is hiding.

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What Makes a Good Leader?

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 6:08 PM

Former President Bill Clinton really hit his speech out of the park Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention. So many parts of his speech resonated with me and probably a lot of Americans. Though I am a registered Democrat, I am also a writer and try to remain impartial...

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Is the GOP Trying to "Censor" American Women?

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 12:24 PM

Mixed reactions are pouring in with regards to HYURO, a Spanish artist's, recent public mural in Atlanta, Georgia. Frame-by-frame, the mural depicts a nude woman dressing, then disrobing. Certain frames of the painting portray the woman as completely nude and a lot of the Atlanta citizens are outraged....

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Todd Akin's Irresponsibility Outweighs His Arrogance

(2) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 2:49 PM

Yesterday, I participated in a discussion on "BBC WHYS" called "WHYS 60: Survivors of rape have their say." The discussion included five other rape survivors and the input from a group of survivors was extremely thought provoking.

Though many of us were from different countries, we shared...

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The War on Women Rages on

(14) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 3:31 PM

Recently Representative Todd Akin made some outstanding remarks. When asked if abortion should be permitted in cases of pregnancies resulting from rape, Akin replied, "From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that...

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Split: Is Scientology to Blame?

(3) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 12:58 PM

After five years of marriage, Katie Holmes plans to divorce Tom Cruise, and she's seeking sole custody of their daughter Suri, 5. Columnists speculate that Holmes', 33, motivation for leaving Cruise, 49, revolves around Cruise's involvement in The Church of Scientology and the Church's influence on their 5-year-old...

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My Interview With Artist Young Sam Kim

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 11:57 AM

I recently interviewed artist Young Sam Kim on his new series "A World in the City." For the series, the artist used "hyper-collage," a technique in which various pieces of digital photography are layered and superimposed upon one another. Through the use of this technique, Kim seemingly created...

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Relationships After Sexual Assault

(1) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 5:19 PM

Or should I say the "lack of relationships" after sexual assault... Trust is a difficult thing, especially when you've fallen victim to a rape. After becoming a victim myself and eventually seeking therapy, I couldn't trust anyone, not even myself. Can you imagine the feeling of not being able to...

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The Car Graveyard: A Photo Series

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 3:37 PM

In the woods near my house are foundations of stone and mortar buildings that are more than 200 years old. One sits directly across the street from me. I pass by it every day, but it is not the only one. There are at least 20 or 30 of these...

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The Importance of Choice

(7) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 4:11 PM

After being raped by two men when I was just fifteen years old, I understand the value of choice. Maybe that's because I never had one. The trauma I experienced reminds me of the abortion ban Mississippi law makers are pushing through their state legislature. Had I become pregnant as...

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LGBT Community Makes Strides in Argentina, Loses Ground in US

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 2:06 PM

This week was a big week for the global LGBT community. Yesterday, Argentina made it easier for transgendered individuals to obtain hormone therapies and sex-change operations. A few days before that, the U.S. state of North Carolina banned gay marriage and civil unions. Is it just me or does something...

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