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Ann Brenoff


7 Ways Vacations Get Better As Your Kids Get Older

Ann Brenoff | September 1, 2014 | Fifty
Teenagers, with the fastest texting thumbs in the world, were able to flag flight delays before the airline announced them, book an airport hotel room on the spot, and have Siri tell them which pizza place delivered to the middle of nowhere. Toddlers? You still must entertain them for hours and their stuff weighs more.
Norman Lear


Can You Wear a Tan Suit and Still Love Your Country?

Norman Lear | August 31, 2014 | Politics
Those stout-hearted Americans who were so upset that their president discussed serious matters in a tan suit last week, had good and patriotic reason for their outbursts. But perhaps they didn't notice what would certainly have relieved them of their concern.

What Happens When an Earthquake Strikes the Place Where You Grew Up?

Ravishly | August 30, 2014 | Impact
Perhaps not surprisingly, people have been quick to snicker about the Napa earthquake, downplaying its severity. To some extent, this makes sense -- the area was lucky. But while it's easy to cast judgment from afar and say, it's important to remember that these buildings meant something to their inhabitants.
Mary Orlin


#NapaQuake: How You Can Help Keep #NapaStrong

Mary Orlin | August 30, 2014 | Food
Bottle shock.  Crushed.  Shaken, not stirred.  Whatever word you choose to describe it, the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Napa Valley early Sunday morning has left behind more than spilled wine.


WATCH: These Mind-Controlling Parasites Are Freaky, And Apparently There Are A Lot Of Them

TEDTalks | August 29, 2014 | TED Weekends
How do you explain suicidal crickets and zombie caterpillars? One word: parasites. Science writer Ed Yong shows us how these tiny creatures force insects and animals to do their bidding, and asks: Are parasites manipulating humans, too?
John G. Taft


You Only Live Once, So Do It Warren Buffett's Way

John G. Taft | August 28, 2014 | Healthy Living
Buffett used his punch-card analogy in an investment context. It's consistent with his belief that really profitable investment decisions are few and far between. But I think the punch-card analogy applies equally well to life, and to the decisions that define and shape our lives.
Robert D. Stolorow


The War on Grief

Robert D. Stolorow | August 28, 2014 | Healthy Living
The DSM-5, the most recent version of psychiatry's diagnostic bible, makes it possible to classify grieving that endures beyond a rather brief span of time as a mental illness. This pathologizing of grief has ancient roots extending back at least as far as the Stoics, whose stern ascetic morality...
Jim Steyer


The 'Kill Switch': A Win For Privacy Protection and Public Safety

Jim Steyer | August 28, 2014 | Technology
SB 962 will provide especially important protections for our children, who are among the most avid smartphone users and often do not take steps to protect their private information.
Eric Trules


The Dog Beaches of Southern California, Part 1: 'If Dogs Run Free'

Eric Trules | August 28, 2014 | Los Angeles
My main man, Clay, was a beautiful, gray-white husky-shepherd-Akida mutt. He weighed almost 70 pounds, looked like a wolf and ran like the wind.
Cassim Shepard

From Chelsea to Corona: Public Cost and Public Benefit in the New Public Park

Cassim Shepard | August 28, 2014 | New York
Former Mayor Bloomberg presided over an impressive and significant investment in public space, leveraging the frenzied pace of real estate development to subsidize new parks. Yet, somehow, the new open spaces built in the past decade - free and accessible to all - have come to symbolize, for some, just the opposite: elitism and the inequality of opportunity.
Madison T. Shockley II

My Family Has Been Racially Profiled Everywhere from Harvard to Our Own Home

Madison T. Shockley II | August 28, 2014 | World
I fit the description. I was a black man.
Pamela Glasner


Shriekfest: America's Preeminent Celebration of Horror

Pamela Glasner | August 28, 2014 | Entertainment
I have a whole new outlook, a whole new respect for it, and I'm glad, because there is so much that these passionate, talented, incredibly creative, and gloriously twisted artists have to offer!
Michael Wu

Protect California's Energy Security

Michael Wu | August 28, 2014 | Green
Before the end of the legislative session this Friday, California legislators are pondering action worse than just kicking the can down the road -- they're actively considering taking a dive on our energy security.
Adam Levin


4 Reasons Not to Use Your Debit Card at a Bar

Adam Levin | August 28, 2014 | Money
But if you think you're protected from losing cash by using a debit card, perhaps you need to rethink your definition of protection. Debit cards get scammed the same as credit cards, but that's where the similarity ends.
Ann Brenoff


7 Reasons Why I'm Not Celebrating This Labor Day

Ann Brenoff | August 28, 2014 | Fifty
As companies focused more on the bottom line, they began to refer to workers as "assets" and when times got tough, they looked at which "assets" to cut. "Do more with less," "Get rid of the fat," and "leaner and meaner" were the propaganda slogans that sent chills down workers' spines. Older workers quickly read the writing on the wall.
Stephanie Lager


FYF: Is the Indie Music Festival Really Dead?

Stephanie Lager | August 28, 2014 | Los Angeles
We've all talked ad nauseam about how music festivals have changed. We've reminisced (and bragged) about the good old days when FYF was at the L.A. Historic Park and before Coachella ever sold out.
Etan Thomas


Athletes Take a Stand for Mike Brown

Etan Thomas | August 29, 2014 | Sports
These critiques of athletes are not new. They have been articulated for years, in barbershops, bars, social media, various articles and blogs, by the everyday fan to the most celebrated scholars. But many still are misguided and inaccurate.
Mike Montgomery


How the Ferguson Protests Convinced Me We Don't Need Cell Phone Kill Switches

Mike Montgomery | August 27, 2014 | Technology
The government's quick willingness to shut down communications is what got me (and others) thinking about the kill switch. It makes it very easy for police to simply shut down all cell phones using the technology to stifle coverage and communication.


The World's Top 5 Cities for Celebrity Sightings | August 27, 2014 | Travel
"Where are the best places to see celebrities tonight?" That's the question nobody wants to be caught asking the hotel concierge, because that question is predicated on another question that nobody wants to be asking themselves: Why do I want to see celebrities tonight?
Arianna Huffington


33 Days to More Well-Being: A Special Offer for HuffPost Readers

Arianna Huffington | August 27, 2014 | Healthy Living
Wherever I go around the world, I see the same hunger to live our lives with more meaning and purpose and less unnecessary stress and burnout. This is the goal of "33 Days of Awakening Through Loyalty to Your Soul," a new online course being offered by the University of Santa Monica, which I'm delighted we have arranged to offer free for HuffPost readers. The class is designed so that on each day of the course, the intention for the day is supported with meditations, videos, podcasts and other resources that help us go deeper. Each day's email has a theme: clarifying our intentions, accepting what we cannot change, putting our thoughts in writing to help us forgive ourselves and others, writing out a gratitude list, dropping grudges and -- my favorite -- realizing that the way we deal with the issue is the issue. When we make these habits part of our daily practice, we can view ourselves and the world with more awareness and more gratitude.
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