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From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: Cooking Without a Tattoo

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 01.27.2015 | Taste
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

The earrings I've been wearing in both ears for over two decades did not stifle the opportunities presented to me.

The Smoke Culture of China's Yunnan Region

Mimo Khair | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Mimo Khair

The province of Yunnan, stretching over 394,000 square kilometers in the far southwest of the Republic of China, is rich in color, tradition and history. More than 30% of its population of 45 million is made up of over 25 ethnic minorities like the Yi, Bai, Hani, Zhuang, Miao, Mozuo and Dai people. Most of the ethnic minorities live in compact communities with rich customs and traditions that live on despite the recent economic change that takes over the Chinese mainland.

How Birth Year Legacies Can Better Our Country

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

These legacies can take the form of significant self-renewing, nonprofit, civic institutions either at the national or regional level. No hidden agendas, no obscure profit motives, no self-aggrandizement; just extending the torch of wisdom, foresight, and imagining brighter futures

Why My 60s Are The Best Decade Of My Life

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.27.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

According to a recent TODAY survey of 1,500 adults, the 60s can be a positive time of life. Of the participants in the study in their 60s, 72 percent said they felt younger than their age. A majority of the respondents said their journey so far was better than they expected. The key factors to happiness after 60 include personal health and adequate finances.

Did the Shepherds Laugh?

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.26.2014 | Good News
Elaine Ambrose

As the family gathered to feast and celebrate this Christmas, my 7-year-old granddaughter carefully moved every animal and character until she was satisfied with the scene. Then she asked a serious question."Did the shepherds laugh?"

How "Silent Night" Became the World's Most Popular Christmas Carol

Markus Giesler | Posted 12.23.2014 | Entertainment
Markus Giesler

Why did only "Silent Night" become a century-spanning Christmas hit while Franz Gruber's other tunes, "Joyful Christmas" and "Holiest Night," land in the dustbin of history?

A Christmas Tradition

Leah Vidal | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Leah Vidal

This is our yearly tradition with our children, and all of us have come to look forward to it more than any other aspect of our holiday season. The story is just one of the versions I've imagined in my heart throughout the years.

What Is the Origin of Santa Claus?

Quora | Posted 12.23.2014 | Weird News

Many stories are told of his kindness, such as the one of the poor man and his three daughters. To save the daughters from being sold into prostitution for want of dowries, St. Nicholas dropped a bag full of gold down the man's chimney.

Baking It Forward

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 12.19.2014 | Taste
Lindsay Pyfer

Our cookie fest has evolved over the years to include more children and more adults, but some traditions remain unchanged.

Holiday Out-of-Office Message

Rana Florida | Posted 12.19.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

We all need a digital detox from time to time and my time is now. When I return to work and plug in again after the new year, I will be recharged and more productive; hopefully, I'll be full of great ideas. But right now, I'm stepping back.

Potato Pancakes, Family Tradition and Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Our traditions act as a compass for all of our human relationships and personal interactions, the qualitative experiences of our family life, and ultimately, the development of civilized societies themselves. As we honor all traditions, so we learn to honor ourselves, and in the final analysis, each other.

DIFRET: An Intimate Film of Profound Political Consequence

Martin Luz | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Martin Luz

DIFRET is only the fourth feature film to be made in Ethiopia and is this year's Ethiopian submission for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. It tells the story of a young girl of 14, abducted for marriage, in a tradition that goes back centuries.

5 Awesome Holiday Traditions to Start Now

Shayla R. Price | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Shayla R. Price

Family holiday traditions bring us together to share a common bond. From caroling on the weekends to baking gingerbread cookies with grandma, it's a...

A Holiday Craft Project That Will Bring The Whole Family Together

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.11.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

Mix three wonderful items -- kids, Christmas, and candy -- and create some fun and lasting memories by making candy trains. They are magic because they disappear before New Year's Eve.

When They Say They Don't Care, They Actually Do

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Cornelia Seigneur

For now, I strive to keep up the traditions around holidays and birthdays and other celebrations, knowing that, deep down, my kids do care. And that traditions do matter.

Why We Need to Maintain Family Tradition

Daffnee Cohen | Posted 12.05.2014 | HuffPost Home
Daffnee Cohen

Tradition is one of the most beautiful ideologies we have created and experience as living and loving humans. There is no cookie cutter outline for what your tradition should look like, who you should share it with or how it should grow over time.

Not Just for Export: Ethiopia's Coffee Culture

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
Yuliya Neyman

My first trip to a coffee-producing country was in 2008. I was traveling to Costa Rica, and right up there with surfing in Tamarindo and seeing the Volcan Arenal was what I considered a culinary must: sampling some fabled Costa Rican roast.

Holiday Traditions -- Let It Snow!

Ronda Lee | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Ronda Lee

My dad and grandparents are no longer with us. Now, more than ever, I try to keep holiday traditions going. My granny would bake and you could smell i...

What's Dear To You In The Month Of December?

The Huffington Post | Patricia Doma | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living

With Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to step out of that pumpkin carriage, brush off the fall leaves and slowly let December guide us into winter wo...

Holiday Traditions - Faith, Family, Love

Ronda Lee | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Ronda Lee

I hate cold weather, but Christmas time brings out the warm and fuzzy in me. This time of year, I cheerfully hum a tune, decorate the tree, and anticipate spending time with family. There is an idealist in me that "would like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony."

Recipe for Pecan Pie And Keeping It Real

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.01.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

This Thanksgiving season, I'm grateful that my family came together to share laughter, hugs and good food. We continued important traditions for our children and their children, and we ended the festivities with pecan pie and whipped cream.

How Competition Brought Us Closer This Thanksgiving

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Cristina M. Regalado

As an immigrant, I appreciated the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday as a uniquely American tradition. Our extended family adapted to the fervor that came with preparations for this holiday.

Remembering My Big, Fat, 1970s Thanksgiving

Lori Ferraro | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

It was a different time then -- no handheld devices, telephones brought to the table, no viral turkey videos and no uploading photos of pumpkin pie. Not that there's anything wrong with that last one, I thoroughly enjoy looking at pictures of pie.

Not just LGBT Issues: Why Hundreds of Congregations Made Final Break With Mainline Denominations

David Briggs | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In 2005, two congregations left the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 2006, three churches departed. But the floodgates have lifted since then as decades-old tensions between liberals and conservatives have reached breaking points.

Thanksgiving Traditions with Jordan Tesfay

Reyne Haines | Posted 01.18.2015 | Entertainment
Reyne Haines

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, we look forward to planning our family gatherings. What meals we will cook, which football team to route for, and wage bets on who will be passed out on the couch first.