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Sara Bondioli

Here's Who You Can Thank For Not Having To Work This Christmas | Sara Bondioli | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics

If you're not in the office on Christmas Day, thank your company. But government policy may have played a role in that as well, even if you aren't...

A Reflection on Veterans Day

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Originally known as "Armistice Day," November 11 was chosen to annually memorialize the cessation of hostilities between the Allied powers and Germany ending World War I, which was then regarded as "the war to end all wars."

9 Quotes That Capture The Meaning Of Memorial Day

Next Avenue | Posted 05.26.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue Memorial Day has come to represent the kick-off of summer, a season of barbecue, beaches and vacations. But the original i...

The Forgotten Religious Background Of The Labor Movement

Religion News Service | Adon Taft | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Of the 10 holidays recognized by the federal government, the future status of two – Labor Day and Christmas – may be short-lived. And, perha...


Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite national holiday because gratitude is so easy to understand. But the day after Thanksgiving celebrated with frenetic shopping, now, that I've never understood.

The Department of Reinvention: Communication, Compassion and Future Visions

Russell C. Smith | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Russell C. Smith

It's time to stop pretending the same dead-end solutions will solve problems in the digital age.

Principal Bans Halloween Costumes, Says Holiday Is 'Problematic'

Posted 12.14.2011 | Education

A Massachusetts elementary school principal has lashed out against traditional American holidays, banning costumes in school for Halloween and telling...

PHOTOS: A Look At Independence Day Celebrations Around The World

Posted 09.02.2011 | World

Americans may be gearing up to mark July 4 with backyard barbecues and festive firework displays, but the U.S. is just one of many nations which comme...

What I Want for Father's Day

Stanley Bing | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanley Bing

For Father's Day I want a Maybach. It's a huge, ridiculous car that has curtains on the windows and costs more than $200,000. Times being what they are, I could never afford one myself.

Holiday Cheer: Not Always So Cheerful

David Finkle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Finkle

Denying wide-spread downbeat feelings as the year's festivities loom can be problematic, as sufferers will only feel more removed from the general jubilation.