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12 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed At School

Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents

Parents want their children to succeed in life. And for 94 percent of parents polled by the Pew Research Center, prosperity includes going to college....

Amazing Levitating Lambs

Roeselien Raimond | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Roeselien Raimond

I swear, lambs are totally nuts! One day, I biked along a meadow, when I suddenly witnessed some strange white movements from the corner of my eye. Some lambs were jumping around like crazy, and for a moment I wondered if they might be suffering Mad Sheep Disease.

How A Sense Of Humor Can Save Your Marriage

Meg Dennison | Posted 03.25.2015 | Fifty
Meg Dennison

Play is more a state of mind than an activity. Play creates options; it is the opposite of the highly planned, organized and goal-oriented existence we had built for ourselves. For us, play has become a way to learn to hold even our most entrenched opinions lightly and create awareness of new options.

Are You Being Played?

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Because some things are outside of our control, we may feel like victims of circumstance. Victims of fate. I don't accept that. What would life be like if we just accepted the hand of cards we were dealt and lived the rest of our lives in homeostasis?

Why We Play: The Eros of Sport

The Good Men Project | Posted 03.24.2015 | Sports
The Good Men Project

No matter how you dissect it, one could argue that sport is not simply the "opiate of the masses" that many might lead us to believe. There's something far more interesting "at play" here -- as it were -- and what's very clear is that the nature of play is inherent to our humanness.

Are Youth Sports A Societal Panacea?

Luis Fernando Llosa | Posted 03.13.2015 | Sports
Luis Fernando Llosa

Our intentions are good, but the end result can be surprisingly toxic.

Digging the Sandbox

David Kleeman | Posted 03.12.2015 | Education
David Kleeman

The Sandbox Summit at MIT has long been a favorite event for me, in large part because it's always been a gathering point for academics and industry leaders to meet and exchange expertise.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' -- From the Personal to the Political

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2015 | Women
Jane Simon, M.D.

To turn to the real world, it is not uncommon to find households in which one parent dominates another. The power play in turn impacts the children.

Sean E. Zilke: An Interview

Tony Bartolone | Posted 03.10.2015 | Arts
Tony Bartolone

Urban Theatre Movement's latest production, M's Pamphlet, is a dark comedy that confronts difficult questions about humanity, death and family that are too seldom explored.

Long Live Helen Mirren

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

In an episode of Prime Suspect, the gripping 1991 TV crime series, the remarkable Helen Mirren, playing DCI Jane Tennison, snaps at a detective who ad...

Bring Back Recess -- No, I Am Not Kidding

Carson Tate | Posted 02.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Carson Tate

The true measure of play is how it feels. Play is joy. Play is a sense of being fully present in the moment and not looking to produce or gain anything as a result of effort.

How to Get More Done in Less Time

Susanne Menge | Posted 02.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanne Menge

Start by sitting still. No agenda allowed. This gift is time to sit and relax until that little voice inside moves you. Let yourself do whatever you actually desire.

How to Get in the Best Shape of Your Life

Susanne Menge | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanne Menge

photo credit Susanne Menge Life is simple. We make it complicated. We go running past our own answers attempting to escape the truths we know insid...

Reality, Risk & Reward: Is US Kids TV Ripe for Authenticity and Autonomy?

David Kleeman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Education
David Kleeman

If we're going to wring our hands over whether today's kids are losing creativity, though, it only takes seeing the smiles and obvious pride on "MasterChef Junior" participants' faces to suggest that it's worth the attempt.

Vocation vs. Vacation

Zach Dean | Posted 02.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Zach Dean

I thought about what it would be like to go to work because it was my vocation. I wondered what would it be like to wake up every day and feel a strong feeling of suitability for my occupation? How would it change the way I experienced the world if instead of seeing work as a necessity.

Is 96 the New 22? Seven Secrets of Vitality From Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

Millions across the globe have been inspired by 96-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch -- World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress, film producer, wine connoisseur, competitive ballroom dancer and yoga master.

Dominance and Disability: Control, The Cripple and Learning to Let Go

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 02.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Control has become such an important part of my sexual identity, it even factors into the type of sex that I'll have. This is my moment to feel whole as a man; it is a split second in time that is not regulated by bookings, bed times and schedules. I get to actually have someone there with me out of want -- not necessity.

Inside Out Of Silence, The Abortion Play Vying to Be the Next Vagina Monologues

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 03.29.2015 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

I caught up with Reticker-Flynn to discuss what's next for the production, how art is a powerful medium for social change--and why it's especially important to be pushing for a shift here and now.

This Is a Test -- Let's Play

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Once I decided to leave the gym I desperately tried to figure out what would replace it... the class or the boot camp or the activity that would be the right fit now.

Talking Rapture, Blister, Burn With the Goodman's Kimberly Senior

Mark Bazer | Posted 03.14.2015 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Rapture, Blister, Burn, Gina Gionfriddo's play about the choices women have to make -- as well as the choices they're not given a chance to make -- is at Chicago's Goodman Theatre Jan. 17 to Feb. 22.

What Playful Animals Can Teach Us About The Biology Of Fun

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.12.2015 | Science

Play and fun, though seemingly purposeless, are fundamental aspects of the human experience. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that we're wired for ...

Buckle Down Or Mess Around? You Decide

Jonathan K. DeYoe | Posted 02.21.2015 | Money
Jonathan K. DeYoe

There are goods and services many of us decide to pay for, because we value the help of someone who knows what they're doing -- especially when we don't. Financial services are no different.

Give The Gift Of Play This Holiday Season

Melissa Bernstein | Posted 02.16.2015 | Parents
Melissa Bernstein

How many times has a mom or dad told a kid who stops to play with a new toy to "put it down because there are more presents to open?" Or the minute gifts are opened, swept wrapping paper into garbage bags and asked the kids to get their presents up to their rooms before family comes?

Letters to Hadley: Boy Friends

Liz Olson | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

My first best friend was a boy. His name was Nicholas, and I met him in Kindergarten. He was very good at the monkey bars and so was I, and so we became friends.

'Sticks and Bones': War Rages on

Danny Groner | Posted 01.31.2015 | New York
Danny Groner

From the first minutes of David Rabe's Vietnam-era play, you get the impression that this ordinary family isn't as ordinary as they may seem. Tension, turmoil, and disruption soon take hold of the family's quaint home and don't let up for hours.