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Lion of the Senate: When Ted Kennedy Rallied the Democrats in a GOP Congress

David Nexon | Posted 12.17.2015 | Books
David Nexon

Kennedy's voice was an instrument of extraordinary range, stretching in volume from a whisper or a low murmur audible only to the ear at which it is aimed to a full-volume bassoon that can fill a convention hall without a microphone, and in tone, from hortatory, urging the audience on, to rowdy, as if on a roll with a joke, or, on occasion, angry.

Beatles' Rubber Soul Dazzled Boomers and Critics Fifty Years Ago

Candy Leonard | Posted 12.04.2015 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

Excerpt from Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World. Recalling the first time she heard the Beatles' Rubber Soul, at age te...

The Key To Being Creative Isn't What You Think It Is | Pam Masin | Posted 11.09.2015 | OWN

You do not need anybody's permission to live a creative life. Maybe you didn't receive this kind of message when you were growing up. Maybe your pare...

When You Know for Certain

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 10.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Sheila Hamilton

One of the most startling things to deal with in the aftermath of trauma is how quickly the rest of the world moves on.

A Potluck for the Only Street in Paris

Elaine Sciolino | Posted 10.26.2015 | Arts
Elaine Sciolino

The rue des Martyrs is all about sharing, and I bonded with its merchants, artisans, and residents. Paris finally felt like home. And thanks to this street of magic, anyone can feel at home here.

I Escaped the Darkness of Depression Thanks to a Unique Prescription With No Side Effects: Poetry

Rachel Kelly | Posted 10.05.2015 | Books
Rachel Kelly

In the space of just a few days my life had completely unraveled. A trapdoor had opened beneath me. I no longer struggled to get up. I stopped getting dressed.

The Inner Work of Leaders -- With Daniel Goleman and Bill George

Daniel Goleman | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Daniel Goleman

Bill George says that you have to do a certain kind of inner work to find your true north, to be an authentic leader. I asked him, What is that inner work, and where does it lead?

How I've Learned To Love The Distance Between Me And My Son

Quiet Revolution | Priscilla Gilman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Healthy Living

Priscilla Gilman, a teacher of romantic poetry who embraced Wordsworth’s vision of childhood’s spontaneous wonder, eagerly anticipated the birth o...

Damnatio Memoriae: Returning Mediterranean's Lost Migration History to Center Stage

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
Jeff Biggers

Today's global migration shift is not a new story in the Mediterranean. The controversy over unconditional birthrights dates back thousands of years.

Hasidic Mother: Sneaking Out to See My Lesbian Lover

Leah Lax | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Leah Lax

I won't let myself imagine the betrayal that will linger in my children's eyes for years. Soon, I will tell myself that I do this as a matter of survival, pikuach nefesh, that like Levi scrubbing his hands even on the Sabbath when he had cancer, the Law stipulates that survival supersedes the Law.

One Woman's Experience With 'Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion

What do you do when the faith you grew up in just doesn't make sense anymore?  This is the dilemma Reba Riley, a 33-year-old from Cincinnati, fac...

The 16 Gronkiest Passages From 'It's Good To Be Gronk,' Presented Without Comment

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.05.2015 | Sports

As the title of his new book suggests, it's good to be Rob Gronkowski. The 26-year-old New England Patriots tight end twerks around Bill Be...

Simone de Beauvoir and Loving Authentically

Skye Cleary | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Skye Cleary

Romantic loving is, for Simone de Beauvoir, existentially dangerous. Romantic relationships can be such intoxicating experiences that lovers get lost in euphoria. Authentic loving, according to Beauvoir, needs to overcome such traps.

Read The First Chapter Of Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman'

The Guardian | Jade Walker | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts

  Since Atlanta, she had looked out the dining-car window with a delight almost physical. Over her breakfast coffee, she watched the last of Geo...

Abandoned by Wolves, Raised by Republicans

Stephanie Miller | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Stephanie Miller

In 1964, my father, Congressman William E. Miller of New York, was chosen as the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States by Senator Barry Goldwater. Mostly, Dad's job was to start nearly every speech by saying, "What Barry meant to say was..."

Wisdom From Abraham's Tent That We Can Apply in the 21st Century

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

Thousands of years ago, between the rivers Euphrates and Tigris, in a vast and fertile stretch of land called "Mesopotamia," there lived a flourishing society in a city-state called "Babel." The city was bustling with life and action. It was the trade center of what we now call, "the cradle of civilization."

Lost in the Grips of Narcissism - An Excerpt From The Egotist

Jesse Bogner | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Jesse Bogner

Back in New York, I had never felt so alone. I was angry at the world, a world that had failed to recognize my greatness. My inability to cope with discomfort led me to self-medicate to the point of assured self-destruction.

'A New Chapter': The New Epilogue To Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices' (Exclusive)

Hillary Clinton | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Hillary Clinton

Becoming a grandmother has made me think deeply about the responsibility we all share as stewards of the world we inherit and will one day pass on. Rather than make me want to slow down, it has spurred me to speed up.

All Decked Out: Lessons of a Novice Carpenter

Nina MacLaughlin | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Nina MacLaughlin

It was like standing front row at a parade of things I took for granted. Stairs, for example. Useful for moving between floors, for reaching your front door, for heading underground to catch a train to another part of the city. Codes regulate height and depth

Conflict On The Surface: An Excerpt from 'The Orbital Perspective'

Ron Garan | Posted 04.20.2015 | Science
Ron Garan

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth, only crewmates, and we all have a responsibility to mind the ship and take care of our crew-mates. In fact, when we pull back temporally and look at long-term effects, it becomes apparent that we must collaborate, for the survival of life on Earth.

The Hunger of the Wolf

Stephen Marche | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books
Stephen Marche

The Hunger of the Wolf is a novel about the new class of billionaires that are emerging, and about their glorious and tortured lives which are shaped almost entirely by the forces of money.

The Orbital Perspective

Ron Garan | Posted 04.05.2015 | Science
Ron Garan

If we adopt the same collaborative mind-set and practices that got us to the moon and back, and that built the International Space Station, we can alleviate poverty -- and do much more.

6 Little-Known Beauty Tips For Looking And Feeling Your Best

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 01.08.2015 | Style

New year, same resolutions. Right? It seems as though our yearly goals haven't changed very much from last year. But a new beauty book landed on o...

The Story Of A Surgeon Who Enlisted At Age 61 Following His Son's Death In Iraq

Howard Schultz | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Howard Schultz

According to Bill Krissoff, shuttering his lucrative medical practice, joining the Navy, and deploying to the western Iraqi desert was about "turning that loss into something positive."

My Grandma Saw 'Deep Throat'

Kristin Battista-Frazee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
Kristin Battista-Frazee

It was a few days before Christmas of 1985. I was 15 years old. Grandma Maria and I were sitting alone at the kitchen table eating pizzelles and honey cookies, and our conversations had turned, once again, to our family's Deep Throat past.