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In Debate Over Gay Rights and Religious Freedom, Who Decides What Is 'Christian'?

Hollis Phelps | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Hollis Phelps

The fact of the matter is: the cultural and theological tide has already shifted in many quarters in favor of full equality for LGBT individuals -- and it will continue to shift in that direction. And that's a good thing.

A Better Model For Taking the Stress Out of the Competitive College Admissions Race

Julie Halpert | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Julie Halpert

As college acceptances and rejections hit the emails of students this week, the plethora of articles on the increasingly competitive process -- one that takes an emotional toll on parents and students alike -- roll out with predictable regularity as well.

Ivy League Announces Plan to Sucker Punch Rejected Applicants

Prabha Kannan | Posted 03.23.2015 | Comedy
Prabha Kannan

Preparing to release admission decisions at the end of this month, the Ivy League universities announced plans today to replace the traditional rejection letter with a punch directly to the gut of declined applicants.

Softer Care For Harder Cases, Of Ebola And Everything Else

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for Ebola containment, holistic thinking is clearly essential. Control of an outbreak is not limited to treating the sick, but managing the social network of every index case.

Ferguson

Martin Marty | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Nationally, church leaders wrote eloquently about the need for local churches of all sorts to step up to the awesome challenges of racial prejudice, and to note that 86.3% of local churches in America failed to have at least 20% "diversity" in their membership.

Are Diet Pills an Aggressively Marketed Scam?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Silly and optimistic as I am, I'm hoping for an end to health claims on foods and supplements. Health claims were introduced in 1994, have been so miserably abused and have become so utterly misleading that it's just time to say goodbye. The other more realistic scenario is that consumers will start rejecting the hype and express their skepticism with their wallets.

The Third Plate Makes Farming as Exciting as Four-star Dining

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 07.20.2014 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

I thought Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma was pretty much the last word about the food we eat, why we eat it, its cost to our health and the planet's health, and how we can do better. I wasn't alone in that view. But the gold standard is now Dan Barber's The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.

The 'Sore Winners' Fallacy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Those who call gay people intolerant for defending ourselves are twisting the concept beyond recognition. Civility is a virtue; but tolerance does not require us to treat a relentless assault against our rights as citizens like a disagreement at the dinner table.

Take the Time to Know Your Students, Even If You're Famous

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Lev Raphael

When you teach, isn't it better to assume less and try to enjoy more? Otherwise, you're turning the classroom into an echo chamber.

Service With A Snarl

George Heymont | Posted 05.10.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Each year, as I attend performances at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, I spot a series of attractions that share an unintentional common bond. 2013's theme was unmistakable.

A Tale So Bizarre It Can Only Happen To Courtney Love

Posted 11.21.2013 | Celebrity

To anyone who has ever ridden a cab in New York City, lost an iPhone somewhere and anyone familiar with the unconventional life of Courtney Love -- th...

Crimes and Punishment

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

What we don't need time to learn is that enforcement of laws in the hands of the wrong people produce results as bad as the results authorities hope to prevent.

Celebrating Equality in Song and Prayer: A Personal Reflection on the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decisions

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard M. Weinberg

This was a day that I could never have imagined as an adolescent, when I struggled to reconcile my sexuality with religious teachings. This was a day to pause and appreciate how blessed I am now to be part of a church that affirms my full participation.

Authors Can Be Trapped by TMI

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.14.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Some authors, begging for attention, even go overboard and live too much of their lives in social media, recording every twitch of consciousness as if the fate of publishing depended on it. Their neediness -- however disguised -- is epic and sometimes pathetic.

What if Frank Bruni Has a Point?

Stacey Gill | Posted 06.09.2013 | Parents
Stacey Gill

All parents, understandably, love and hope to be loved by their children. But that shouldn't be the goal to the exclusion of all others. And Bruni isn't far from the mark when he claims parents often half-expect children to be able to raise themselves without any set rules or boundaries.

Lisa Belkin

Frank Bruni On Parenting: Was He Clear-Eyed Or Clueless?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.06.2013 | Parents

Before I had children I had rules about raising those children. Snacking, for instance. I would roll my eyes and tsk to myself whenever a parent p...

Zero Dark Thirty: The Politics of Art or Why All the Critics Are Wrong

Lennard Davis | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Lennard Davis

Given that the torture scenes are so repulsive, but shown nonetheless, it is clearly Bigelow's goal to make us never forget the horror and demeaning nature of torture both for the victim and for the torturers.

An Outrageous Request: Please Boycott Zero Dark Thirty

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 02.18.2013 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

I've come here to urge you not to see Zero Dark Thirty, the new film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. My reason is simple: The film glorifies torture.

Labor's Love Lost

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

"Look for the union label." That was one of the catch phrases for the union movement in happier times. What is the status of labor unions as we approach Labor Day 2012?

Some Are Too Quick to Criticize the Disabled

David Vognar | Posted 09.25.2012 | Media
David Vognar

That both the liberal Ebert and the conservative Brooks muddle the facts shows that media's image of those with mental disabilities is just about the same, regardless of political affiliation. Clearly we are a long way from treating the disabled as equal citizens.

Bristol Palin And The Blind Man Healed By Jesus

Michael Pettinger | Posted 07.18.2012 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

Sin is not about breaking rules. Rather, it is resistance to the creative power of God. Those who thought that they were on the side of God are revealed to be profoundly wrong. We might even call them hypocrites.

Waging War on Higher Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.01.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

Math and science students deserve our support. But does that mean that we should abandon the study of philosophy, the history of art, or the analysis of society and culture? Is public higher education a place for skill acquisition or is it space for teaching young people how to think?

Are You My Motherhood?

Annabelle Gurwitch | Posted 06.17.2012 | Parents
Annabelle Gurwitch

We Village Parents don't have a book out; we're too harried to write one. We don't have a catch phrase unless you count our endless mutterings of "I'm exhausted."

The Sad Life Of Iconic Restaurant Critic Craig Claiborne

New York Times | FRANK BRUNI | Posted 04.10.2012 | Home

Long before chefs were made of iron and "barefoot" brought to mind "contessa" and a cultured 9-year-old could tell farfalle from fusilli at 10 feet, a...

Let's Talk About Sex

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 06.03.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Women today are raised on empowering messages. From the time we're little, we're told girls can do anything boys can do. This doesn't mean we should do things the way they do.