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‘United We Fall’ Canceled After 1 Season on ABC

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After just one season that aired over summer, ABC has canceled the sitcom “United We Fall,” the network announced Tuesday.

The show, which starred Will Sasso, Christina Vidal Mitchell, Ella Grace Helton, Guillermo Díaz, and Jane Curtin, launched its 8-episode season in July. On its debut July 15 was the highest-rated and most-watched show of the evening with 4.2 million viewers, though it did see a dip to 3.6 million viewers for the second episode that aired immediately after. It finished its only season Aug. 26 with its final episode pulling in 3.1 million viewers.

Described during development as a profoundly realistic family sitcom, the series centers on Jo (Mitchell) and Bill (Sasso) , parents of two young kids, as they try to make it day to day as a functioning family. Bill’s very judgmental live-in mother (Curtain) and Jo’s large Latinx Catholic family will never hesitate to let our couple know they’re seemingly screwing up, but Bill and Jo will always have each other’s backs, united against everyone – other parents, teachers, doctors, specialists, coaches, co-workers and especially their kids.

Created by Julius Sharpe, who co-executive produced it with Julia Gunn and Seth Gordon, “United We Fall” was produced by Julius Sharpe International Petroleum & Writing, Exhibit A, ABC Signature and Sony Pictures Television Studios and distributed by Disney-ABC Television and Sony Pictures Television.

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Warsaw-Based Artist Spray-Paints A Beautiful Lace Mural On The Side Of A French Lace Museum

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Calais is a city in northern France famous for its lace-making tradition. Turns out, back in the late 19th century, many textile artists and engineers from England immigrated to Calais to escape economic and social difficulties, turning the city into an industrial hub for lace manufacturing. Back then, around 40,000 of the residents were working in the local lace factories.

The French Museum of Fashion and Lace, Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode, was opened in a restored 19th-century factory building to honor the lace-making tradition in the city of Calais. Recently, one of the walls of the museum was graced by the hands of the Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon, who spray-painted it with an intricate lace design.

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The museum is located in the city of Calais, which is well known for its lace-making tradition

Image credits: NeSpoon

The artist describes all her works as being “somewhere in between street art, pottery, painting, sculpture, and jewellery.” Most of NeSpoon’s works consist of prints of traditional laces made in clay or painted on walls.

It’s housed in a restored 19th-century factory building

Image credits: NeSpoon

“Why laces? Because in laces there is an aesthetic code, which is deeply embedded in every culture. In every lace we find symmetry, some kind of order and harmony, isn’t that what we all seek for instinctively?” reads the artist’s Behance profile.

Most of NeSpoon’s works consist of prints of traditional lace

Image credits: NeSpoon

“Calais in northern France is famous for its lace-making tradition. In the past, local factories employed 40,000 people in the lace-making industry,” reads the description of the project. “Today in the city exists a unique lace museum. It is housed in a recently restored 19th-century factory building. In addition to the great collection of lace, it holds 200-year-old, still working lace-making machines. Learning how to control this machine at the master level took up to 12 years. The weaving master controlled 11,000 threads at the same time.”

For this project, the artist chose a machine lace pattern designed in 1894 that she found in the museum archive

Image credits: NeSpoon

For this particular project, the artist chose to spray-paint a machine lace pattern that was designed in 1894. She happened across this pattern in one of the catalogs available in the museum archive.

Here’s a little video from the artist’s Instagram profile, capturing the process of spray-painting

“Why laces? Because in laces there is an aesthetic code, which is deeply embedded in every culture”

Image credits: NeSpoon

Here’s what people think about this intricate mural

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How to Relax Your Pelvic Floor Muscles

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If you suffer from frequent back spasms or urination or, on the flip-side, have difficulty urinating, there’s a chance you might have a tight or overactive pelvic floor. Most people are unaware that their pelvic floor is the problem, which is actually not an uncommon issue. Yet, understanding how to relax your pelvic floor muscles is essential to maintaining a healthy bladder, rectum, and reproductive organs, Diane Thomas, MD, an urogynecology specialist in California, told POPSUGAR.

The good news is, learning how to relax your pelvic floor isn’t rocket science, but it will take patience, dedication, and time.

Why do my pelvic floor muscles feel tight?

The pelvic floor is a collection of muscles and ligaments that support the organs of the lower abdomen and helps them function, and proper pelvic floor control it crucial for the bladder, bowels, rectum, uterus, vagina, and prostate. This is why a dysfunctioning pelvic floor is so important to address.

The origin behind the tightness in your pelvic floor usually falls into one of two categories: physical or psychological trauma, Alexcis Ford, MD, a board-certified ob-gyn and fellowship-trained urogynecologist in Georgia, told POPSUGAR. Recent surgery, childbirth, pain from an infection in the bladder, or even a painful sexual encounter, can all contribute to pelvic floor muscle spasm, or high-tone pelvic floor dysfunction. Furthermore, psychological trauma can prevent the pelvic floor from relaxing, too. “Just like we may develop pain from tense muscles in our neck or back when we are stressed or struggling with painful emotions, we can also develop these tight muscles in the pelvic floor,” she said.

Similarly, overactivity or lack of activity in the form of weak muscles can result in a tight pelvic floor, according to Lori Atkins, MD, a board-certified ob-gyn who specializes in pelvic surgeries and is an associate professor at Texas Christian University and University of North Texas’ School of Medicine. She added that if there is structural asymmetry or sacroiliac joint dysfunction to the lower back, this can create spasm of pelvic floor as well.

How do I relax my pelvic floor muscles?

There are several methods and routes you can take in aiding pelvic floor relaxation; however, Dr. Thomas believes having a strong team who specializes in pelvic floor disorders is crucial. This could include a urogynecologist or other pelvic floor specialist, a pelvic floor physical therapist, and a colorectal surgeon, she explained. Oral medications, suppositories, topical creams, and ointments are all potential options for localizing pain management. In more serious cases, trigger point injections or surgical options can be discussed with your provider.

Non-pharmaceutical options such as breathing techniques, internal pelvic floor massage, and biofeedback can help with relaxing the muscles, and managing stress can also be a strong component. “Pelvic floor muscle spasms are highly treatable and taking care of our mental health is vital to having a healthy pelvic floor,” said Dr. Ford. She suggests seeking out close friends, family, and support groups for assistance.

Lastly, at-home exercises that specifically target the spasming muscle can help relieve pain, Dr. Atkins told POPSUGAR. “If you can gain voluntary control of the muscle, you should be able to create voluntary relaxation. Stimulating a muscle contraction is one way to fatigue the muscle so that it may relax,” she explained. A pilates ball and yoga positions such as warrior, triangle, double pigeon, and frog can help. Dr. Atkins stresses that stimulating proper contraction is important in order to gain length and flexibility so, before creating your own regimen, it’s important to speak to a specialized pelvic floor physical therapist to avoid any further injuries.

Why is relaxing my pelvic floor muscles important?

Relaxation of the pelvic floor is essential for routine bodily functions as well as having comfortable penetrative intercourse. If left untreated, pain can increase and spread to other areas like the back or legs and overtime, disrupt simple everyday activities like walking, sitting, or standing, said Dr. Thomas.

If you’re experiencing pain in or around your pelvic floor, Dr. Ford highly recommends scheduling an exam with a urogynecologist as soon as possible to avoid any future possible ramifications.

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Mark your calendars because Derek Hough will perform on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Derek Hough is lacing up his dancing shoes again: The former pro and new “Dancing with the Stars” judge will perform on the Oct. 19 episode, ABC announced Wednesday during its “VirtuFALL” virtual panel for the show.

The six-time champ will perform a routine with his girlfriend and former “Dancing” troupe member Hayley Erbert. It’ll be his first performance on the show since he placed sixth with Marilu Henner on the 23rd season in 2016. Hough departed after that for NBC’s “World of Dance,” but he returned to his old stomping grounds as a judge this season to replace Len Goodman, who was unable to travel to Los Angeles due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Last week, the two-time Emmy winner teased his future performance with reporters, sharing that they were still trying to “figure it out.” “Obviously, there are limitations [due to COVID], but I enjoy limitations,” he said. “They force you to be creative. It’ll be further along [into the season] when there’s time.”

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Because of the pandemic, “Dancing” has shelved the band and extra performances this season. Thus far, only the contestants have performed. If there are no surprise eliminations (or non-eliminations), the Oct. 19 episode will feature the top 11 couples.

Hough and Ebert previously performed together on ABC’s two “Disney Family Singalong” specials in the spring.

“Dancing” airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

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