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The Guide to Appropriate Commenting

Heather Kasdan | Posted 12.18.2014 | Comedy
Heather Kasdan

They make me laugh, they make me cry, they make me wish that I knew a world before I thought to read the comments section and then when I realize that I can never go back to that world, they make me cry again.

Paralyzed Man Walks: A Commentary

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

I don't know what people with spinal cord injuries are being told today. I know that this research opens up people's minds and hearts and make give them hope.

Let's Trash Books

Renee Fisher | Posted 11.26.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Like finally being asked out by the cute boy at school and then finding out he has really bad breath and no personality, Life in the Boomer Lane has lately been disappointed by a couple best-selling books.

Are Tabloids to Blame for Celebrity Nude Photo Hack?

Elisabeth Dale | Posted 11.10.2014 | Women
Elisabeth Dale

Photos of women's unclothed body parts drive traffic and readership. It doesn't matter whether it's an ex-girlfriend's bare boobs on a revenge porn site or an Emmy award-winning actress caught off guard on the Red Carpet. Every woman is fair game.

The Powerful Message About Aging I Learned From Joan Rivers

Renee Fisher | Posted 11.05.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Joan Rivers sat at life's table. She demanded the finest linens, china, and utensils. She always had fresh flowers. She was always served food that was seasoned perfectly. But when the food called for it, she ate with her hands. When she dropped her napkin, she wiped her face with the corner of the tablecloth. If she belched, she didn't apologize.

The Devil in The Disagreement: Lynching in Lieu of Listening

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Differing opinions about eating well seem a very strange reason to form lynch mobs, but something very much like that goes on all the time.

I-Z, We-Z, Uzi

Renee Fisher | Posted 11.02.2014 | Comedy
Renee Fisher

In the new editions, Little Red Riding Hood has an Uzi and blows the head off the wolf. Snow White aims her Uzi at the dwarves and gives them 30 minutes to vacate the premises. Goldilocks offs the three bears and then goes back to sleep.

The One Minute Blog - Tsunami's Gift

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.10.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

One girl miraculously found her way out of that statistic, but it took 10 years of her life, and some would argue, the grace of God.

The One Minute Blog. Nixon Tweets.

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.09.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Nixon is immortal. Or so it seems.

This Is The Only Real Constant In Life

Renee Fisher | Posted 10.05.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Children may grow up and leave. Husbands, jobs, finances may come and go. Residences, hair color, and bra size may change. Sometimes it seems that, for many of us, the only constant in our lives is the desire to lose weight.

What We Can Learn From Lawrence of Arabia

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Not for the last time in the Middle East would disaster come from the blundering ignorance and blinding arrogance of foreign intruders convinced by magical thinking of their own omnipotence and righteousness. How soon we forget. How often we repeat.

What If We Changed the Way Content Is Shared?

Matt Murrie | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Matt Murrie

In her conversation from the What If... ? Conference last March, Content Community Creator, Audrey Bellis starts out sharing her belief that comment s...

Casting Off Stereotypes: I Am More Than a Label

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason P. Stadtlander

Because of all this conditioning that society and our social groups put upon us to be labeled, we begin to come up with our own labels for who we are and what we believe. Do you feel it's right for people to label one another, and are we really the sum of our labels?

Watch: Wall Street's Secret Weapon: Congress

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Why haven't any big bankers been prosecuted for their role in the housing crisis that led to the Great Recession?

How To Make The Next 20 Years Better Than The Last

Renee Fisher | Posted 08.07.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

I am not delusional about the effects of aging, but I am also aware that strength and vitality can come from places other than a healthy body and a young mind. I am aware that as I age, my two greatest assets become perspective and creativity. And I am aware that as I have aged, those assets have, if anything, become noticeably stronger.

How to Answer Your Critics

Cara Paiuk | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Cara Paiuk

I have observed, with alarming regularity, how the comments sections of online articles become war zones. No one knows each other personally, and the facelessness gives people courage to speak their mind freely without worrying about the consequences.

If Hobby Lobby Wants to Deny Insurance Coverage of Birth Control It Should Stop Selling Knitting Needles, Too

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

While Hobby Lobby opposes offering contraceptive coverage, it does sell three types of knitting needles. This is worth noting because, in the not-so-distant past, women who became pregnant and didn't have access to legal abortion used a variety of objects, including knitting needles.

The Oscar Takeaway... The Power of Positive Thinking!

David Kanegis | Posted 05.04.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

If you watched the Oscars, you could not help but notice and be moved by the spirit of optimism and positivity that was pervasive throughout the ceremony.

Watch: An Antidote to Big Brother's Chill

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Like Orwell's telescreens -- through which Big Brother broadcasts propaganda and spies on citizens -- our lives are dominated by cellphones, tablets and laptops that are our real-life two-way mirrors.

Watch: When Congressmen Deny Climate Change and Evolution

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers takes on radical-right Republicans for denying the science behind evolution and climate change, showing a video clip of Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), who says evolution is a lie "straight from the pit of hell" and climate change, a hoax.

Watch: Gunfighter Nation

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Cultural historian and scholar Richard Slotkin has spent his adult life studying the violence that has swirled through American history and taken root deep in our culture.

This Is My 500th Blog Post

Renee Fisher | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

If I were to look over the 500 posts I've written, I'd probably want to rewrite about 480 of them. I'd seriously regret having written another 10 of them. The last 10 would make me smile and reaffirm to me that I'm not half-bad as a writer.

When Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Collide

Renee Fisher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Renee Fisher

For Jews in the U.S., this presents the need for a serious reordering of brain cells. Hanukkah (literal translation: The Holiday We Get, Because Everyone Else gets Christmas) has, for thousands of years (a really long time, to be exact) made sure it occurred as close to Christmas as possible.

An Open Letter to Kanye West

Renee Fisher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Renee Fisher

Last week, I was sucked into your interview with Ryan Seacrest, in which you blamed "classicism" for your not being able to achieve all of your goals in life. I'm not sure what "classicism" is but if it means "lack of class" I'm on board with your statement.

How Divergent's Version of Chicago Is Similar to Our Own

Zara Husaini | Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago
Zara Husaini

I won't specify which neighborhood fits each description in Chicago -- because frankly there may be more than one answer to each option -- but these are the five archetypical parts of a major city, and each of these genres is represented here in Chicago.