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In Praise Of Ditching Thanksgiving Dinner And Traveling Instead

Travel + Leisure | Posted 11.25.2015 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

The merits of spending Thanksgiving with friends as opposed to family are obvious. No arguing about politics with belligerent uncles, no depressing conversations with senile grandparents, no having to eat the fat-free desserts your perpetually dieting cousin always brings...

I Hope My Mother Doesn't Read This

Greg Scarnici | Posted 10.20.2015 | Comedy
Greg Scarnici

Back in 2008, I started writing a collection of humorous essays about growing up gay in NYC and working in the entertainment industry called I Hope My Mother Doesn't Read This. Two years later, it was finished.

You Are Not Your Dress Size

Lizzie Benson | Posted 10.13.2015 | Women
Lizzie Benson

You are not your dress size. Let me make this perfectly clear, because we live in a world where girls are treated as a set of numbers, as something to box up in a pretty package and sit on a shelf to collect dust with the other shiny, tragic things.

Book Review: Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges By Jen Mann

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 09.23.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Fans of the Throat Punch queen will relish in the new installment of funny and irreverent essays that feature stories of Mann's childhood from her White Trash Doll House to her epic fashion debut in all neon.

On Photography By Susan Sontag: A Must-Read For Every Serious Photographer

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 09.22.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

Susan Sontag's 1973 book, On Photography, is a true classic and should be read by all photographers. Not only is the book a great intellectual stimula...

Book Review: Just A FEW People I Want to Punch in the Throat By Jen Mann

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Fans will enjoy this slim edition that can be read in under an hour.

The Art in Dreams - Memories of My Mother

Paola K Amaras | Posted 09.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep -- William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 4 lines 156-158. Some...

Disarming the Selective College Arms Race: 6 Strategies for Parents

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 08.26.2015 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

So how can we, the parents, help our kids navigate this crazy arms race of elite college admissions without feeding the beast? While we may be powerless to change the system, what steps can we take to make the best of a difficult situation, for our kids, our families, and our communities?

Why I No Longer Need to Be a 'Beautiful Boy'

Shawn Binder | Posted 08.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Shawn Binder

There is nothing left for me anymore in the touch of a stranger and there is nothing left in the words that I used to desperately crave to hear. Now when people tell me I'm pretty it feels like a stab to the man I want to be.

The Problem With Dogfish

Amy Hubbard | Posted 08.10.2015 | Green
Amy Hubbard

What we're actually doing when we import all of our fish in and ship what we catch oversees based on popular demand (like dogfish to England) is to strengthen the disconnect between fisherman and the lay eater.

Summer Reads

Poetry Foundation | Posted 08.07.2015 | Books
Poetry Foundation

As much of the country remains in the clutches of a heat wave, we find ourselves daydreaming of languorous, leisurely activities. For us, that always includes reading.

What I Never Would Have Learned About Life if I Hadn't Almost Died

Amy Hubbard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Hubbard

Post-script: I'm doing quite well. I have no money but feel quite rich in my life, no lover but am entirely satisfied, and no wine but am drunk in my ...

Forever's Not So Long on the Internet

Amy Hubbard | Posted 07.14.2015 | Women
Amy Hubbard

The premise of a digital past is simple, but its consequences for a generation aren't. That's how you end up in decades long relationships--which, by the way, is longer than plenty of marriages--with no rules, no exit strategy.

The Personal Narrative: Click & Bash

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 07.14.2015 | Media
Beth Cone Kramer

If you're tempted to let a blogger know her struggles with an alcoholic husband in prison for his third DUI just isn't as bad as your cousin with some late stage illness, why not bypass personal blog essays or posts about the Kardashians or the latest celebrity divorce to spend a few hours reading Proust or Kafka?

Bestselling Indie Author Rachel Thompson Talks About Writing to Heal

Loren Kleinman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Rachel Thompson is the author of newly released Broken Places (2015 Honorable Mention Winner, San Francisco Book Festival) and the multi award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed.

Living Like Worms

Loren Kleinman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

I kept my heart in my gut and squeezed out all the dead cells of my skin, cleansed myself in the potpourri of the flowers, the bees rode on me and harnessed my power.

Small Yet BIG: The Basic Income Guarantee

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

If we want to live in a world that is free from poverty and where the poor are able to become wealth creators, then by definition, everyone needs to have at least some money.

Review: 'I am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son' by Kent Russell

Bart Motes | Posted 05.24.2015 | Books
Bart Motes

Kent Russell is a hell of a good writer. His first book, I am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son (Knopf, $24.95), a collection of essays published earlier this month, is the most compelling and engaging book you'll read this year.

The 30 Things I've Learned About Journalism

Ashley McDonald | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Ashley McDonald

I've devised a comprehensive list of everything I've learned about this field in my years at Central Michigan University. Important stuff -- the stuff I plan to take with me after I'm gone. And as it turns out, I've learned a sh*t load. Ready?

Not Such A Grumpy Old Man After All: A Review of Donald Hall's Essays After Eighty

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 04.04.2015 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

I loved the essays. And I got a bit more understanding of what it feels like to live with accumulating losses and to have more of a past than a future.

The Real Life 'Fault In Our Stars'

Tonya Hurley | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Tonya Hurley

It has been an honor to be involved in such a life-affirming project. To witness in print the bravery and honesty of these teens. They've taught me so much about life, love and what it is to fight, to win and sometimes to lose, but always to learn.

Listening for Yellow

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger One of the most beautiful sights of this month and this season are the gorgeous greens, flowers,...

10 Steps to a Better College Application Essay for the Procrastinator

Dori Jones Yang | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Dori Jones Yang

The reality is this: For many high school students, writing a college application essay is intimidating. The stakes are high. At the very least, it will influence where they will spend the next four years of their lives.

Women, Ranching and Wild Mercy in Nevada, Oregon and Australia

Melanie Bishop | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I devoured these three books in the space of a week -- all about strong women doing outrageously difficult things against harsh and stunning landscapes.

Whatever Happened to Carpe Diem?

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger From coast to coast, the following is happening in homes across the country: Parents are walking...