Gina Ryder
Gina is a blog editor at The Huffington Post. She is fascinated by stories, hope, faith, health and psychology. Her writing has appeared in various websites and magazines including and Psychology Today.

Entries by Gina Ryder

E se tratássemos os sem-teto como amigos em potencial?

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 8:56 PM

Nos últimos seis meses, passei mais tempo com um ex-sem-teto de 61 anos que com muitos dos meus amigos e familiares. O nome dele é Carlos Daniels, e ele passou 20 anos morando em estações de metrô de Nova York. Conforme nossa amizade foi se desenvolvendo, me perguntei o que...

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PORTRAIT. Sans­-abris: Carlos, 61 ans, 30 ans dans les rues de New York, a réussi à se débarrasser de son addiction au crack

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 6:23 AM

ETATS-UNIS - Ces six derniers mois, j’ai passé plus de temps avec un ancien sans-­abri de 61 ans qu’avec ma famille ou mes amis. Il s’appelle Carlos Daniels et il a vécu près de vingt ans dans les stations du métro new-­yorkais. Alors qu’une amitié commençait à naître entre nous,...

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What If We Treated Homeless People Like Potential Friends?

(20) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 5:44 PM

In the past six months I've spent more time with a 61-year-old formerly homeless man than I've spent with many of my friends and family. His name is Carlos Daniels, and he spent over 20 years living in New York City subway stations. As our friendship developed, I wondered what...

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9 Ways Random Acts of Kindness Can Heal a Lonely Heart

(10) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 4:16 PM

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When I think about the Monday nights in the summer of 2014, my insides soar. Each Monday was spent doing a different random act of kindness around New York City. On two of the evenings, a group from my church and I gave...

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What One Encounter at the Laundromat Taught Me About Life

(7) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 11:18 AM

It was almost closing time when I met Tom. Closing time in my world is at the laundromat where the last wash is at 10 p.m. and the doors close at midnight.

I made the few blocks trek from my apartment to transfer my clothes to the...

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How Zumba Empowered Me to Keep Moving Forward No Matter What

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 3:38 PM

You find yourself in Zumba class. You've always liked to dance, and you need a workout. Plus, the guy you thought you really wanted to be with isn't interested in a relationship with you. You assume he can't love you because you're overweight. You need to change that. Fast.

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How I Healed From Acne

(18) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 11:59 AM

I remember carrying foundation in my purse every day in high school. Did Cosmopolitan say it was better to put concealer on before or after the rest of my face makeup? This was important information, because I was obsessed with makeup, since it helped me hide the clusters of painful...

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The Truth About Having Fun and Drinking

(5) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 3:49 PM

On a recent Friday night, I attended a Galentine's party. I stopped to pick up heart-shaped cookies from a local bakery along the way. I had baked some of my own the night before, but they came out of the oven not edible in the slightest, so I had to...

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The Single Habit That Helps Me Eat Healthy and Save Money

(46) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 10:39 AM

For me, the secret to consistent healthy eating comes down to one routine I've built into my life. Every Sunday, I spend a few hours preparing fresh, healthy meals for the week ahead. This habit saves me time and money overall. If all of my lunches are made in one...

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This Is What Inspires Girls In STEM

(5) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 8:21 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

“What inspires you?”

A question like that brings to mind clichés more fitting...

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Can A Community Of Faith Decrease Recidivism?

(27) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:39 PM

Does anyone love me? Is there a point to all this? We all tend to ask ourselves these questions time and time again. For a person coming out of jail, these questions seem to have even more weight. Does anyone love me after what I've done? Where is my life...

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What I Learned On My 26th Birthday

(12) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 3:55 PM

I recently celebrated my 26th birthday. It started with an 8a.m. phone call in tears with Mom. I was crying because I was feeling kind of lonely. The night before, I had a tough conversation on a city park bench with a close friend who going in a new direction.

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HuffPost Community Comes Together Over Boston

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 12:57 AM

Outrage. Pain. Speculation. These were the sentiments shared by many online communities last week during the bombings at the Boston Marathon and subsequent manhunt. But while other online communities battled and knit-picked over the validity of under-sourced details, we saw kindness, a spirit of generosity and a ton...

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Spiritual Support At The Hospital Is The Soul Of The Healthcare System

(140) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 9:32 PM

I didn't realize how important spirituality in the world of modern medicine is to me until someone asked if I wanted spiritual support during my hospital stay for an upcoming knee surgery. As the community editor of HuffPost Religion, I wondered how our commenters felt about spiritual support so I...

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What Poem Changed Your Life?

(63) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 3:03 AM

I recently asked followers of HuffPost Books on Twitter and Facebook what poem changed their life. The question was inspired after my life was changed by a poet.

The poet who changed my life is Miss Quote, a Jamaican-born poet who got her start...

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Suchitra Vijayan On Redefining Identity Along The Afghan-Pakistan Border

(11) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 6:18 PM

Dislocation is something photographer Suchitra Vijayan is no stranger to. She grew up in India but hasn’t lived there in 11 years, yet she’s often referred to as an Indian photographer. She hates that. We all can get a little disrupted when location defines our identity, especially for...

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Photographer Ian Spanier Captures Unsung Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 7:35 PM

When Ian Spanier was six years old, back in his hometown of Hastings, New York, his parents handed him his first camera. Since then, he’s taken his lens out for sports stars, supermodels and celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Steven Taylor. Coming from a modest locale like...

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A Lunchtime Lesson About Perseverance

(2) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 4:27 PM

I recently sent a catch up text to an old coworker. We worked together in a pretty unfulfilling environment last year. My text went unanswered for a while. In the shared frustration of our former work environment, she used to tell me how hard she worked for Masters degree in...

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How Photography Makes Rock And Roll History Come Alive

(6) Comments | Posted September 16, 2012 | 4:09 PM

Before Lady Gaga was on the cover of Rolling Stone, she was just a girl named Stefani performing in a downtown bar. Captured on the Lower East Side by a New York nightlife photographer, we see her pre-rockstar pout in this week’s Moving Image photo essay in Huffington....

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Diego Ravier: Albinos In Africa Show Us Human Dignity

(3) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 1:39 PM

If you are intensely misunderstood, you want Diego Ravier to be your photographer.

He doesn't just identity subjects to photograph. He helps his subjects find identity. That was the case with persons affected by albinism, the subject of a recent Huffington magazine photo essay by Ravier, a...

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