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Lisa Kirchner
Lisa L. Kirchner is the author of the critically-acclaimed HELLO AMERICAN LADY CREATURE: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar. NPR says, “it’s like Eat, Pray, Love, only funny.” You can check out the book trailer here. She’s also appeared on NBC, CBS radio, BBC Radio and HuffPoTV.

Lisa's work has also appeared in book anthologies, magazines, and newspapers, including The Washington Post, Budget Travel, and Celebrity interviews include: Amy Sedaris, Xavier Dolan and John Sayles.

She’s the creator of the popular workshop, “Yoga for Getting Over It,” which has toured throughout the U.S. and been featured on FOX News, BBC Radio, and DNAinfo, and Yahoo!Shine.

Entries by Lisa Kirchner

It's Not Me, It's You

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 4:37 PM

When I heard about Donald Trump's hate speech, I was shocked by the stupidity. But when I read it in the New York Times, it was much easier to see it for what it was. Here's the quote that clarified things for me.

Saying that "hatred" among many Muslims for...
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Another Reason to Meditate: Anti-Aging

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 5:42 PM

I recently came across an article touting the benefits of meditation as an anti-aging therapy. Since the piece was in the Fashion Times, I thought I'd do some digging. The story referenced a recent study by Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, a psychiatrist and researcher out of Harvard who studies...

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Yoga: Using the Wall Effectively

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 3:29 PM


For years now it feels like in every class I'm encouraging my students away from the wall. After all, you can't take the wall with you without creating some serious new blockage. However, this past winter I injured my hand (tore ligaments flying...

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매우 건강한 사람들의 7가지 습관

(3) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 12:36 PM

*이 글은 허핑턴포스트US 블로거이자 작가 리사 키르히너의 을 번역, 편집한 것입니다.


어떤 사람들은 꾸준한 운동으로 건강한 몸을 유지한다. 반면 어떤 사람들은 끊임없이 체중 증감을 반복하며 고민에 빠진다. 나는 헬스장 주인의 딸로서 수많은 운동방법이 유행한 것을 목격했다. 또한 지금은

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7 Habits of Highly Fit People

(13) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 12:46 PM


Have you ever noticed how some people can train and stay fit, while others get stuck in an endless loop of weight loss and weight gain? As the daughter of gym owners, I've seen fitness fads come and go. As a

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Calling All Authors: Amazon Isn't the Worst Offender

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:21 PM

The Publishing War Gets Personal

Money has never been my sole consideration when it comes my career. My degree is in journalism, and writing has never been considered exactly lucrative. This is not the same as thinking I should pay you for my work. Yet apparently, this is exactly what...

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Today's Meditation Findings: Electric Shock or Stress Relief?

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 8:30 AM

Two studies were recently released, one from Carnegie Mellon University and the other from the University of Virginia. While the first shows the benefits of meditation in stress reduction (really? haven't we proved that already?), the second came with headlines like, "Most would rather receive an electric shock than meditate."

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How to End Rape: A Handy Three-Point Summary of the Washington Post Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 3:18 AM

I didn't think the Washington Post could be any crazier than George Will claiming rape is all the rage these days, which is why all the ladies are doing it. Or having it done. Or pretending? Then came today. Today the paper provided us with a handy list...

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John Oliver Nails FIFA and Qatar

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Thanks to outrage over FIFA's 2022 host country decision, Qatar is in the spotlight. And they're not doing well. But as a typical American with very little interest in soccer, or football for that matter, I've been amazed at how the FIFA World Cup may be doing for human rights...

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Qatar Blows It Again: Cover Up Campaign Says No to All Women

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 7:39 PM


Just as #YesAllWomen is getting a full head of steam for bringing attention to unwanted sexual attention, the Qatar Woman's Association (QWA) is re-launching its efforts to get visitors to cover more of their body parts. Their campaign is called "Reflect Your Respect."...

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Human Wrongs: An Open Letter to Qatar's Sheikhas

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 3:25 PM

It was one of the biggest upsets in sporting history when Qatar was awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Fans first protested the horrendous desert climate for hosting these outdoor games. An announcement that the games might be moved to the winter to accommodate the weather did little to appease...

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What We Learned From Women's History Month and Katy Perry

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:35 PM

In the wake of this past Women's History Month, I'm reminded of that ridiculous old Virginia Slims ad showing that modern woman can smoke and exercise. Because if the recent flap over Katy Perry's declaration for feminism or the #banbossy campaign are any indication, we still seem to have only...

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Summer to Do: Vintage Carnival Rides Weekends at Governor's Island

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 5:56 PM


Francois and Fabienne Marchal began collecting vintage carousels and carnival rides back in the 1970s, before anyone thought of these pieces as art. In fact, much of what they found was rescued from rotting in abandoned warehouses and backyards.

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Compared: Girls, Don't Trust the B-, and Brooklyn 11223

(13) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 10:51 AM


In TV land, spring 2012 is lady season. Three shows just launched -- HBO's Girls, Oxygen's Brooklyn 11223 (pictured above) and ABC's Don't Trust the B- in Apartment 23 -- offering up what could arguably be called the...

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Review: Rampart and Thin Ice

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 8:46 PM

When two of this year's most-anticipated films feature complete cretins in the protaganist's role, it's safe to say that winter 2012 marks the season of the anti-hero. And though the settings could not be more different -- Los Angeles in the summer and Wisconsin in the winter -- both films...

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Xavier Dolan: The New Woody Allen, Only Younger, Cuter and Gay

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 11:34 AM

Xavier Dolan probably wouldn't like being contrasted with Woody Allen with regards to his sexual preference, not because he's in the closet but because he's of the new post-gay generation--orientation makes no difference. Yet there's no denying the comparison.

Like Allen, Dolan writes, acts and stars in his films. He's...

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Tears Turn Men Off But Fail to Make Them Care

(7) Comments | Posted January 15, 2011 | 12:37 PM

Last week's gushingly reported study, "Researchers Show Women's Tears Turn Men Off!" felt like another nail in the coffin of civilization. Offered up like a cautionary tale in headlines around the world--from The New York Times, "In Women's Tears, a Chemical That Says, 'Not Tonight, Dear'" to Business...

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Oprah Still Has to Deny the Gay Thing?

(6) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 11:06 AM

ABC News is flogging its upcoming Barbara Walters special (airing tonight at 9pm) by showing Oprah Winfrey, the subject of the 2-hour special, in tears. I love what Oprah has to say about her best friend Gayle King and feel lucky to have such friends in my life. The first...

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First Aussie Saint Canonized in Lingerie Spread

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 1:49 PM

In a piece titled "Saint Mary Mac and Her Holy Rack," Australian magazine ZOO Weekly paid tribute this week to the country's first canonized saint. The six-photo spread depicts a model in black lingerie capped off with nun's headgear. Naturally, the magazine is being attacked by the Catholic church.


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Lady Gaga and the Death of Sex

(67) Comments | Posted September 16, 2010 | 12:28 PM

Lady Gaga is the death of sex? I bow to the Gaga machine, but the headline from this week's Sunday Times (excerpted here) gives her too much credit. The piece itself reads more like Camille Paglia -- despite her preference for women -- doesn't find pop's hottest diva...

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