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10 Secret Spots In America's Top National Parks

SmarterTravel | Posted 07.02.2015 | Travel
SmarterTravel

Short of visiting in winter and hiking deep into the backcountry, the parks' popularity can make it tricky to find your own slice of solitude. Tricky, but not impossible. Here are 10 scenic spots you can have all to yourself.

In Chad, refugees from Darfur find hope in education

Christian Fuchs | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

In Djabal refugee camp, just outside the town of Goz Beida in eastern Chad, Jesuit Refugee Service is expanding a partnership with Jesuit Commons High...

Disability Housing: 'How Sweet It Is' to Have Choices

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

How many choices do you make in a day? We choose how and with whom we spend our time. We make choices about when to wake up, what to wear, how to decorate our living space, and what to have for dinner.

On World Refugee Day, let's push forward

Christian Fuchs | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

(Washington, D.C.) -- In the late 1970s, Jesuit Fr. Pedro Arrupe, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, was so moved by the dangerous ocean j...

Global Fashion Capitals: The Rise of Kiev

Stephan Rabimov | Posted 06.11.2015 | Style
Stephan Rabimov

Cities like London, Paris, New York and Milan have sustained their status as leading world fashion capitals for more than half a century.

Adventures at Infrasound Music Festival 2015

Morena Duwe | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Even the rain could not stop our need to worship live music. While Mendi's Beach stage had sand, and therefore the driest dance floor, the Bend and Meadow stages did not. Donning plastic rain-ponchos in a vivid array of colors, people danced beneath the falling water as the mud became deeper and goopier.

Scientists Say Your Eye Color Reveals Information About Your Personality. Mine Was So True!

LittleThings.com | Posted 06.04.2015 | Science
LittleThings.com

By Todd Briscoe, editor at LittleThings.com We have all heard the clichéd expression that "eyes are the window to the soul," but now it appears that...

7 Days of Guilt-Free Drinking

Kerri Allen | Posted 06.03.2015 | Taste
Kerri Allen

Instead of tying myself in knots over a few indulgences, I'll tie a few on.

Bringing Pleasure Beach Back to Bridgeport

Bill Finch | Posted 05.22.2015 | New York
Bill Finch

Last year, we welcomed more than 25,000 people to a spectacular beach which, to me, has the feel of a little piece of Nantucket right here in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This summer, we expect even more kids and families to create great, new memories on sunny days.

10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Infertility

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Melissa Miles McCarter

Women like me face Mother's Day with shades of shame, despair and silence. So, I would like to take this opportunity to speak up and share with those who know someone who has infertility or are experiencing it themselves. Here is what I wish someone had told me about about the disease.

Not One More: Protect and Empower Trans Youth

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 06.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Cade Hughes

While trans visibility is increasing, and we're seeing more positive representations in the media, our youth remain vulnerable and mostly unheard.

On Contemporary Art and the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Chika Okeke-Agulu | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
Chika Okeke-Agulu

While visiting Titus Kaphar's exhibition Asphalt and Chalk at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea, New York in early February, I was struck by the power, simplicity and deceptive ordinariness of two small panels, a diptych, near the entrance.

Will Cuba Survive the Americanization of Havana?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.03.2015 | Travel
Blake Fleetwood

The architecture of Old Havana has lasted hundreds of years, but will it survive the onslaught of tourists and rampart commercialism that so despoils other Latin American capitals?

Let Us Not Celebrate a Fifth Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict

Christian Fuchs | Posted 05.31.2015 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

We prayed and dreamed that this would be the beginning of the end of the horror; that 2015 would put the past four years behind us and bring the long-awaited end to the blood on our hands - the lost fathers, the grieving mothers, the broken children, the destroyed cities and the squandered aspirations.

Controversial Gay Jesus Attacked and Labeled as Blasphemy

Kittredge Cherry | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Kittredge Cherry

Jesus arrives as a gay man of today in a modern city with "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," a controversial series of paintings. The paintings and the new book that I wrote about them have been attacked as blasphemy by conservative Christians. But we refuse to concede Jesus to those who act like they own the copyright on Christ, then use him as a weapon to dominate others.

Rising Stars of Rap: G-Eazy & A$AP Ferg slideshow

Steve Harmon | Posted 05.10.2015 | Entertainment
Steve Harmon

Fans form two lines 4 hours ahead of the box office opening. The venue box office shows cows and reads "let's get mooving." Fans would have been happy if that was the case. It took 4 hours for many just to get in.

How To Make Shibuya Honey Toast

Jill Donenfeld | Posted 05.10.2015 | Taste
Jill Donenfeld

Ornament your masterpiece and watch as your neighbors ogle this enviable fortress of your sweetest dreams.

Celebrating Iranian-American Women On International Women's Day

Yasamin Beitollahi | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Yasamin Beitollahi

Celebrated globally on March 8th, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women while calling for greater equality. It is in this spirit that I would like to highlight the acts of courage by these seven extraordinary women.

Chinese Mistranslations of US Movie Titles Show Why Translation Matters

Ryan McMunn | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment
Ryan McMunn

These movie titles were massacred and illustrate why even organizations with money to burn need to be careful with how they interpret and translate in foreign countries.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

Coke-Snorting Oscar Statue Kicked Off Hollywood Blvd.

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Los Angeles
John Wellington Ennis

A giant Oscars statuette snorting lines of cocaine was booted from Hollywood Blvd. today, in close proximity to the Dolby Theatre, site of Sunday's Academy Awards.

Recap: RuPaul's Drag Race Battle of the Seasons Tour

Michael Podell | Posted 04.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Podell

I was lucky enough to catch the LA performance of this year's RuPaul's Drag Race Battle of the Seasons Condragulations show, the third stop on a tour that is hitting cities from Des Moines to Reykjavik.

Hipmunk's 2015 Travel Tips and Predictions

Hipmunk | Posted 04.04.2015 | Travel
Hipmunk

The groundhogs have made conflicting predictions as to whether we'll see a longer winter or early spring. But either way, Hipmunk's own furry mascot, the Hipmunk, has made its own 2015 travel tips and predictions to get you through this year's travels.

Windy City Happening: Jennifer Hudson and Turn It Up for Change (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 03.23.2015 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Hudson was thrilled to meet her impersonators and happily took selfies with attendees all the while enjoying the dance party that wrapped up the evening.

20 New Classics Every Child Should Own

Jordan B. Nielsen | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Jordan B. Nielsen

In the interest of widening the spotlight of our adulates, allow me to submit 20 new pictures books which in 20 years time may find themselves as dog-eared and long-loved as those on Time's list of venerable selections.