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Gina Ryder
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Gina is a writer living in New York City. She often writes about faith and health. She believes in stories and thinks that a single story can save a day. Gina is a teacher at heart and loves encouraging people to express themselves through writing personal essays. She is fascinated by hope, art, love stories (tell her how you met your match!) and narrative therapy. She has a B.A. in journalism from Temple University. She currently works as a blog editor at The Huffington Post. Her work has appeared in various magazines and websites including Psychology Today.

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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 8am 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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Photographing Sikhs With Fiona Aboud

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2012 | 5:11 PM

For the past five years photographer Fiona Aboud has been traveling around the U.S. taking pictures of Sikh Americans. Part of her series, Sikhs: An American Portrait was recently featured in Huffington as the general public was gathering more information about Sikhs after the

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Capturing A Lost Tribe: How A Photographer Ends Up In The Egyptian Desert

(3) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 1:11 AM

When photojournalist Ana Nance arrived in Egypt for The United Nations World Tourism organization conference, she knew camel rides and presentations on the Arab Spring’s affect on tourism was the plan. The other journalists might have been content with that, but not Nance. Known for her globetrotting sociological instinct, she...

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Faith Inspires: Muslim American Society Community Center

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 1:13 PM

Editor's note: Every week, HuffPost Religion shines a spotlight on religious people doing good work in their communities. If you would like to recommend a faith-inspired organization, initiative or person in your community, send an email to religion@huffingtonpost.com or tweet to @huffpostrelig using the hashtag #faithinspires.

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Fitness Lessons From Jackie Warner

(4) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 8:15 PM

Even though I was lying in the sand on a Saturday morning, my experience was far from relaxing. Lying quickly turned to leg dropping. I was working out with celebrity trainer Jackie Warner. The sand was our gym. Our bodies? The weights.

An advocate for...

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Faith and Fatherhood: How Does Spirituality Affect Your Parenting?

(140) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 2:29 PM

It’s common for sons and daughters to express their love and gratitude to their dads on Father’s Day. Yet here at HuffPost Religion, we wanted to put the spotlight on dads themselves.

Starting on Twitter, we asked, “How does your faith influence your life as a dad?”...

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How A Blind Priest Taught Me To Speak

(93) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 7:09 AM

I wasn't expecting a priest to equip me for life but he did. It started on the first day of theology class in catholic high school in Pennsylvania.

My theology teacher was a blind priest. In our discussion-based religion course, he identified students by the sound of...

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We Tried It: Hoopnotica

(12) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 9:16 AM

When it comes to picking a go-to workout, we all know we're not going to stick with something we hate to do. Whether it's yoga, or dance class or running, many of us have given up on what we once swore was going to be the fix for our "But...

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