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A Note to My Unborn Grandchild

Davina Klatsky | Posted 07.15.2016 | Fifty
Davina Klatsky

Last week, your dad sent me some incredible pictures of you when your mom was at the doctor's office. I was so awed upon seeing you that all I did was just look and was unable to speak.

Traditions Gone Wild

Leah Ariniello | Posted 07.09.2016 | Parents
Leah Ariniello

Would it make sense to pack a foil balloon in a suitcase for use two days later? Was there any precious packing room left for it to actually fit without popping?

The Secret of the Hairy Leg

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 07.02.2016 | Women
Elaine Ambrose

I was 12 when my mother sat beside me, nervously cleared her throat, and gave this serious admonishment: I was never to shave my legs. I solemnly nodded but neglected to mention that I secretly had been shaving for more than a year.

On Belief vs. Identity: Letter to a Young North American Muslim

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Remember, your religious beliefs are not you. They are simply part of the medium you were cultured in when you were raised.

When You Have a Chance to Influence the Universe

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.17.2016 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

You are living the stories and taking the pictures that others will talk about and see in the future; you are taking the pictures they will stare at some day. We will be those ghosts in the hallways 100 years from now.

How to Celebrate Flag Day, Through the Years

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Nancy Davis Kho

Invite a couple friends over for a Flag Day barbecue and center the poster on the fireplace mantle. Flag Day may not be a major holiday, but by this point you consider it your own. And you're pretty happy about it.

Paraguay: A Lost Paradise and a Land of Opportunity in the Heart of South America

Lorena Rios | Posted 06.10.2016 | Travel
Lorena Rios

Throughout the event, Paraguay was hardly mentioned until a Financial Innovation session where Sharath Dorbala, Vice-President of Amdocs Management, USA briefly commented about the experience of Mobile Financial Services as a success story in Paraguay.

A Grandmother's Legacyg

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 06.04.2016 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My grandmothers were the quintessential matrons: they grew lush gardens, baked pies, canned peaches and then peacefully passed away in their nineties. My life has been a bit different, and I just hope I don't die tomorrow by getting hit by a wine truck while dancing in the street.

7 Parents' Dinner-Table Rituals That Make The Most Out Of Family Time

Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents

In most homes across America and in nearly every on-screen family, dinner scenes are the same: there’s dysfunction, yelling, spilled milk...or in Ke...

I Do, I Do, I Freaking Do!

Patti Murin | Posted 05.28.2016 | Weddings
Patti Murin

Scene 1: My fiancee and I inside our local Bath, Kitchen & More Crap store, enveloped in a Wedding Wonderland of extremely breakable crystal wine glasses and china, sitting at a desk in front of a smiling Bath, Kitchen & More Crap employee.

Debutaunt Examines Traditional Rites of Passage While Encouraging Young Women to Find Their Voice

Tim Ranney | Posted 05.26.2016 | Arts
Tim Ranney

I'm sitting in an airy warehouse in Red Hook Brooklyn filled with plush white beach-house furniture, rustic chandeliers, and freshly cut dogwood branches.

'Game of Thrones' S05E05: The Struggle Against Tradition

Jio F. Deslate | Posted 05.19.2016 | Entertainment
Jio F. Deslate

The appeal of Game of Thrones rests in its progressive take on a traditional, fictional setting inspired by medieval Western civilization. The show proposes modern concepts such as women's empowerment -- with Daenerys, Brienne, Arya -- and social equality for all -- think of the diverse pool of sworn brothers in the Night's Watch.

How My Birth Plan Ended Up Being Thrown Out The Window

Nina Ferrer | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Nina Ferrer

There were two things I was sure of when I got pregnant: I did not want to know the sex of the baby until delivery and I did not want an epidural. I wanted to go natural. Once I hit hour 24 of contractions, I had different feelings about going natural.

428 Ways I Love My Daughter

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 05.08.2016 | Women
Cristina M. Regalado

We've become interchangeable, my daughter and I: teacher and learner, guide and novice, master and apprentice.

Why Does the Engagement Ring Have More Bling Than the Wedding Ring?

Quora | Posted 06.29.2015 | Weddings
Quora

Before the 20th century, only the wealthiest of the wealthy could afford diamond rings. One of the first recorded examples of a diamond ring was in 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave one to Mary of Burgundy. After that point, diamond engagement rings became a symbol of wealth and prosperity, and accordingly, limited to the furthest arches of the upper class.

I Want My Le Creuset!

Claudia Zelevansky | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Claudia Zelevansky

I have to come clean: this not actually about a pot, even though it kind of is. This is really about being single, childless, and therefore not ever receiving a Le Creuset or a salad spinner or a dream catcher or anything ever as congratulations for having hit one of the marks of adult society.

Start Your Own Easter Parade

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 06.03.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

Parades have various political and cultural significance, but one grand stroll carries solemn religious meaning mixed with ostentatious displays of fashion: The Easter Parade. Wouldn't you love to sashay down 5th Avenue in New York wearing a festive flower garden and a mile of ribbon on your bonnet? I would.

Religious Freedom in Practicing the Platinum Rule

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As a university professor of pre-service teacher education students, I raise the distinction between moral convictions and professional ethics when we discuss issues of controversy within the field of education.

Should You Change Your Name After Marriage -- And Again After Divorce?

Nell Kathleen Gibbon | Posted 05.26.2015 | Divorce
Nell Kathleen Gibbon

Giving up my name felt akin to giving up a room of my own, something Virginia Woolf had taught me not to do. But my sense of tradition and my need to please turned on Virginia Woolf that day. I walked out as Nell Kathleen Gibbon.

10 Traditional Irish Dishes You Should Know

The Daily Meal | Posted 05.11.2015 | Taste
The Daily Meal

You'll find impressive and flavorful dishes that speak to the roots or Ireland far beyond the potato.

Money and Shabbat

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Perhaps money is the best starting point for experiencing Shabbat. Money's impact is so universal in our lives that putting it aside is truly our greatest hope, an inescapable call to mindfulness which leads to independence of external obligation.

Traditions - New Orleans Second Lining

Michael Hill | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Michael Hill

On January 11, 2014 I had the pleasure of participating in a Second Line Parade, back in my home town of New Orleans, Louisiana. Though I'd seen hundreds growing up there, this was the first I've actually ever taken part in. Second Lining is an old tradition in New Orleans and considered a part of our cultural heritage.

From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: Cooking Without a Tattoo

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 03.29.2015 | 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 03.28.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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