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The One Item From Home I'd Take With Me To Mars

Mohammed Sallam | Posted 09.22.2016 | Science
Mohammed Sallam

I became a promising classical violinist by the age of 10. Two years later I joined the orchestra, and then I became leader of the orchestra. Glamorous, neat, classy, we toured everywhere playing classical music in opera houses. I loved it, but with every concert my "little dream" of becoming an astronaut was fading away without me even realizing.

Why Go To Mars? How My Near-Death Experience Taught Me To Live Fearlessly

Sue Ann Pien | Posted 09.04.2016 | Science
Sue Ann Pien

I was an atheist who died and discovered I was wrong. A "straight-A" kid willing to worship only the preachings of scientific method, finding all religion and spiritual mumbo jumbo to be a crock o' shit. That is, until I stopped breathing.

Is Becoming American Really Such A Big Deal?

Ido Bendet-Taicher | Posted 06.05.2016 | Queer Voices
Ido Bendet-Taicher

When my daughter tells me that she is more American than I am because she was born here and I wasn't, I respond that I actually think the opposite is true - that because I made the choice to become American, I am more American then she is. I made the choice to leave my past behind and asked to become a U.S. citizen, while she was given citizenship at birth. I never planned to leave my past behind and I didn't have a childhood dream to become American, but yet, I did end up doing this, so, how did I get here?

Why Getting Married Is So Gay

Eli Bendet-Taicher | Posted 06.03.2016 | Queer Voices
Eli Bendet-Taicher

I remember the late '90s. I was fresh out of the closet, a teenage, single, gay guy who was going out clubbing every weekend. 90% of my friends were single, gay guys and I was frequently on the dating market. That's how I saw most young gays living their lives back in those days. It was not yet legal for two men to get married, and usually same-sex families were out of public sight. Fast-forward 10 years later. I was married to my husband, Ido, we were pregnant with our first daughter, and 90% of our friends were married, straight couples. Our date nights involved staying at home, watching a movie on a 40-inch television screen in our own living room. How did we end up there?? I always wondered when this transition to the good ol' typical American family started.

How to Break Your Own Heart

Derek Gaines | Posted 06.03.2016 | Comedy
Derek Gaines

Over the course of the weekend, I start feeling - not great. I'll just put it out there. I get constipated. I'm feeling weird, like you know how your stomach gets tight, you're walking around full because all that food is on your lungs? Then I decide l can't take it anymore and what does my dumb 22-year-old self do? I give myself an enema.

Why I Decided To Propose To My Boyfriend

Rosie Noesi | Posted 05.26.2016 | Divorce
Rosie Noesi

I did it! I popped the question to my boyfriend. Why, you may ask? I had a really intimate conversation with Tashera Simmons, DMX's ex-wife. Who!? DMX, the rapper. Yes, the rapper.

The Birds And The Bees, Version 2.0

Ido Bendet-Taicher | Posted 05.22.2016 | Queer Voices
Ido Bendet-Taicher

There is a saying: It takes a village. Well, for our family it is literally a true statement. My husband, Eli, and I have two beautiful daughters. Milo is five years old and Demi is 19 months old. To have them, we needed to go through two surrogacy journeys with the help and support of a wonderful egg donor, two amazing gestational carriers, doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, attorneys and our close family, of course. Both Milo and Demi share the same egg donor and have a different biological dad; one girl is biologically Eli's and one is biologically mine.

Why In My Family, I'm Both The Mom And Dad

Eli Bendet-Taicher | Posted 05.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Eli Bendet-Taicher

My husband and I knew we wanted to be parents even before we got married. One problem: we are two men.

Keeping That Sizzle Long After First Sight

Rosie Noesi | Posted 05.13.2016 | Weddings
Rosie Noesi

We all have different ways we need to be loved. A note on your lover's car before they go to work can go a long way. In the book "The 5 Love Languages," the author tell us about how to show your partner love by speaking their love language. There are five: quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, touch, and acts of service.

How My Birth Plan Ended Up Being Thrown Out The Window

Nina Ferrer | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Nina Ferrer

There were two things I was sure of when I got pregnant: I did not want to know the sex of the baby until delivery and I did not want an epidural. I wanted to go natural. Once I hit hour 24 of contractions, I had different feelings about going natural.

Our American Dream. Or, Why The Hell Did We Move To The United States?

Eli Bendet-Taicher | Posted 05.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Eli Bendet-Taicher

In the early summer of 2007, I got a call from my husband, Ido, about a New York City relocation opportunity at his company. I don't know why, but I i...

How Not To Act When A Man Gives You A Ring

Rosie Noesi | Posted 05.01.2016 | Divorce
Rosie Noesi

If a person goes into their backyard and sees a huge bear three feet away from them, a few things may happen. Either they will be frozen in fear or run back into the house, or they will attempt to fight off the ferocious animal. This traumatizing event now becomes a part of the person's life and stays with them for years to come.

Living With The In-Laws And Tearing Down Walls

Nina Ferrer | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Nina Ferrer

It has been said that living through construction can break a relationship apart. Why my husband Stefano and I thought it to be a great idea to start a gut renovation, move in with his family and plan a baby shower while six months pregnant just shows the type of go getters we are. We are never afraid of a challenge therefore we always find ourselves in challenging situations.

Welcome To The Working Parents Club

Ido Bendet-Taicher | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Ido Bendet-Taicher

As most couples do, my husband Eli and I have come up with our own way of sharing responsibilities and defining roles. Part of it was naturally developed throughout the years, whereas for the rest of it, well, we simply sat down and split the load based on preferences, strengths, and for the undesired chores such as laundry... we just flipped a coin.

My Secret To Practicing Happiness Post-Divorce

Rosie Noesi | Posted 06.22.2015 | Divorce
Rosie Noesi

I remember being at the radio station doing my morning show when my cohost asked me about my divorce. On air. I wanted to kill him because he knew that it was a touchy subject for me and I was still holding onto the embarrassment, the failure that comes with it. I answered his questions apprehensively while my armpits began to sweat profusely!

Religion & Sex - Or How To Instantly Alienate Nearly Everyone

Jonathan Bricklin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Bricklin

Recently, when my relationship ended (and not before, as it may appear) I embarked on an expedition, of sorts, to discover what a tailor fitted romance might look like on me. Deconstructing a traditional relationship by eliminating rules felt like a good place to start. I've never had established rules of conduct with any of my friends or family, just trust that we would behave and interact respectfully, which should be a prerequisite for any relationship.

Father Shares How His Family Came Together After Gutting Loss

Eli Bendet-Taicher | Posted 06.20.2015 | Entertainment
Eli Bendet-Taicher

When we opened the real-life memory box sent by the hospital team who took care of Isli during the last days of her short life, Ido and I finally had the chance to grieve together. Even though we knew what would be in there, and the box lived in a closet that we opened daily, we still couldn't go through with opening it for more than a year.

The Death of Fake Reality Television, The Birth of 'Connected'

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Oshry | Posted 04.01.2015 | Entertainment

To celebrate the premiere of "Connected," a new docu-series premiering this week on AOL, some of the biggest reality television stars from the last de...

Going Inside Call of Duty's Advanced Warfare

iJustine | Posted 09.29.2014 | Technology
iJustine

After learning what the game is all about, I got to put on my own motion capture suit and got to act in the game.

Never Lose Your Luggage (& Other Travel Gadgets to Keep You Sane)

iJustine | Posted 09.01.2014 | Technology
iJustine

n this week's episode of Hardwired 2.0 I got to test out some travel tech gadgets on my trip to NYC.

#AOLBUILD Series Spotlights Tiffany Shlain

AOL BUILD | Posted 08.06.2014 | Technology
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards and host of AOL On original series "The Future Starts Here," stopped...