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Honoring Our Past and Inspiring Our Future

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.15.2016 | Education
Randi Weingarten

The American Federation of Teachers reached a significant milestone this week: the centennial of our founding. As I've pored over historical documents from our archives, it's clear that, from generation to generation, our union has been a vehicle to fight for positive change both in public schools and in society.

Jesus the Good Chieftain: The Historically Contingent Nature of Religious Language

Sarah E. Rollens | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Sarah E. Rollens

In a certain medieval Christian document, we find an account of Jesus' life. His birth, we are told, coincided with a "decree from Ft. Rome." The decr...

It's Time to Restore a Sense of Mission to Mental Health

Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. | Posted 05.23.2016 | Impact
Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.

It seems as though every month another tragic incident or crime emerges to suggest that the customary behavioral health frames that we bring to our work may not be sufficient to address what's going on in our country and our culture.

A Nation Without Qualities

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 05.12.2016 | Books
Joseph A. Domino

In this sharply witty and insightful novel, Morris Berman depicts a version of choosing the "monastic" option, introduced in The Twilight of American Culture. Put the iPhones down, log out of Facebook. Take a couple of hours and have a coffee, listen to some classical music and read the New York Times.

Is the Most Hated Bull Market in History Ready to Crumble?

Sol Palha | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Sol Palha

"A young man is a theory; an old man is a fact." -Edgar Watson Howe The first response that comes to one's mind is yes, as this economic recovery has...

He's the Official Historian for the U.S. Marshals Service: Yes, Virginia...Cool Jobs for History Buffs Do Exist

Whitny Braun | Posted 05.11.2016 | Good News
Whitny Braun

The older I get the more the conversations I have with friends over dinner revolve around how much they hate their jobs. My childhood pal said to me recently, "With each passing day I relate more and more to the Peter Gibbons character in Office Space. Is there anyone out there, except for Oprah or Jimmy Fallon, who has actually found a job that they like?"

Mechanics of Metabolism Maintenance: Cars, Keys, and Karelia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The cottage industry in revisionist dietary history -- and make no mistake, it is an industry -- would have us believe that absurd misapplications of advice can be blamed on the advice itself. The dots, and decades, connecting Keys to Karelia, however, paint a very different picture.

Ignorant Experts: The Wikipedia Effect

Eric Douglas | Posted 05.11.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Eric Douglas

We've all got that one friend. You know, the one who's quick to correct your knowledge of, well, just about everything. History. Pop culture. Bands. Celebrities. You name it, they know it, and it's annoying. This knowledge, however, is not an exhaustive internalization of facts and figures; rather, it's a 'Coles Notes' style executive summary, with zero sourcing.

The Easter Rising 100 years on: how the Irish revolution fired up American politics

The Conversation US | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

David Brundage, University of California, Santa Cruz On July 27, 1919, Marcus Garvey, the African-American nationalist then nearing the height of his...

Billy the Kid: The Five Million Dollar Croquet-Playing Man

Whitny Braun | Posted 05.11.2016 | Weird News
Whitny Braun

Imagine you found an old photograph in a junk bin in an antique store, paid sixty-eight cents for it, and then upon closer inspection realized it was ...

A Night's Ascension Into Enchantment

Ali Z. Hussain | Posted 05.09.2016 | Religion
Ali Z. Hussain

The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization, and, above all, by the 'disenchantment of the world.' Precisely the...

Historical Photographer Reveals His Most Poignant Assignments

Quora | Posted 05.09.2016 | Media

Of all the historical events you've been privy to, which has stuck with you the most and why? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing net...

THE NARROW VIEW: The Architecture of Intolerance

Ted Gup | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Ted Gup

History is replete with instances of believers convinced they can identify God's blunders, separating the human wheat from the chaff.

On My Doorstep: A Florentine Market and a Girls ChoirOn My Doorstep: A Florentine Market and a Girls Choir

Rick Steves | Posted 05.05.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

You can just bumble through Europe and have fun. But if you make a point to know what's going on and where, you'll bring home more memories.

Compassion, Technology and World Peace

Andre Averbug | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Andre Averbug

Technology brings people together in many ways - from the invention of the telephone and air transportation to today's social media. However, it also ...

When It Comes to Genetic Genealogy, Women Need Not Apply

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.04.2016 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

Not long ago, I observed that genealogy is now officially a TV genre. One of the reasons I felt confident in making this claim is the frequency with w...

The Impact of the Pilsner

Stefan Anderson | Posted 05.03.2016 | Taste
Stefan Anderson

Beer is the most popular and widely drunk beverage in the history of the world; it's probably the oldest alcoholic beverage, too. It is offensive to all the different cultures of brewing throughout the world to assume that beer is defined by the pilsner and its imitators.

How to Be Confident About Living the Life You Want

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 04.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Gleb Tsipursky

This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by prov...

Spain and Portugal (with a Philadelphia Bonus)

David Code | Posted 04.29.2016 | Travel
David Code

The Spanish understand something we don't, and it's a big part of what makes life fulfilling. It's called "ambiente." We might be tempted to trans...

27 Fantastic Things to Do in Northern Virginia

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 05.29.2016 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

You'll experience hipster and history, reds, whites, and, blues in these two Northern Virginia counties that showcase the most tragic, uplifting, and ...

Change for a Twenty: Honoring the Legacy of Harriet Tubman

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 04.28.2016 | Black Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Without question, we still have much work before as a nation and as a society to bring about equitable opportunities for all citizens to realize their full potential. But this week, Tubman's words echoed in my head as I sat in that Boston park, erected to honor her legacy of courage and steadfastness

7 Truths About Visiting Washington D.C.

Liz Cleland | Posted 04.26.2016 | Travel
Liz Cleland

My son is learning about the presidents in his first-grade class. We came up with a genius idea to take him to Washington D.C. for an extended vacation to have him enrich his learning firsthand.

Dante's Hell, ADD, Fridges and Other Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.26.2016 | Media
Tom Alderman

There are benefits to those among us with adult ADHD. Among them: an advantage for stage and screen directors who are able to take it all in simultaneously: visual, auditory, movement, pacing and rhythms. The talent comes from being able to see the connections between all of them.

The Margarita Was Invented By Accident, It Turns Out

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 04.26.2016 | Taste

Like chocolate chip cookies, LSD and potato chips, the margarita was invented by total accident. It started with a Daisy -- a cocktail made with a sho...

Oral History As A Way Of Learning

Jane Jun | Posted 04.26.2016 | College
Jane Jun

I wonder what sorts of discoveries we, as students, can also gain from examining our own family histories, and the kinds of thought-provoking and extraordinary tales we can unearth about how we came to be where we are today.