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Not Just for Export: Ethiopia's Coffee Culture

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 02.04.2015 | 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 02.01.2015 | 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 01.31.2015 | 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 01.31.2015 | 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 11.04.2015 | 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.

I'll Take Turkey Over Tofu, Thank You

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.17.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

I admire people who can concoct tantalizing new dishes and incorporate different ingredients to create new, delicious recipes. I'll even try some vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-carb, meals, but please don't criticize me when I finish my customary Thanksgiving feast.

What Worries Me About Being Part Of This Tech-Obsessed Generation

Cailin Loesch | Posted 01.14.2015 | Teen
Cailin Loesch

It occurred to me that my dad has experienced life like I will never know it, and that I have experienced life like my children will never know. It's not just technology that's changing, either: it's our way of living.

Finding Thanks in Thanksgiving

Richard Greenberg | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

Gratitude is a key element in defining a person that "other people like to be around," and November is a wonderful month for laying of that gratitude groundwork. In two weeks most of us will get to look around a table and give thanks for the miracle that got us all here.

Coming Out to Your Family -- About Your Holiday Anxiety!

Jill Dahl | Posted 01.07.2015 | Women
Jill Dahl

Thanksgiving and Christmas are supposed to be times of joy and laughter, when we embrace the rituals that our families have honored throughout the years. Each family has a unique perspective on what constitutes a real Thanksgiving or Christmas.

The Importance of Holiday Traditions

Ronda Lee | Posted 01.05.2015 | Women
Ronda Lee

The holidays are when tradition is passed down, when the past meets the present to inform the future. In my family, old folks' music plays first (juke joint blues and jazz), followed by the sounds of Motown and the funk of the 1970s.

An Undying Bicycle Tradition

Mimo Khair | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Mimo Khair

Post by Mimo Khair Photography. Shanghai, a charming and unique city of contrasts, continues to develop and grow as it evolves into a modern...

A Shiksa's Guide to Understanding Yom Kippur

Sarah Sweeney | Posted 12.02.2014 | Comedy
Sarah Sweeney

So you're feeling a little in the dark as to what your Jewish friends are up to this weekend. You're wondering what exactly is Yom Kippur. Well, my marriage to a nice Jewish boy has taught me a thing or two about the traditions.

A Shiksa's Guide to Understanding Rosh Hashanah

Sarah Sweeney | Posted 11.25.2014 | Comedy
Sarah Sweeney

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, when you can trade in your English Happy New Year for the Hebrew L'shana tovah meaning "for a good year". The party begins promptly at sundown, so the common joke among revelers scrambling to leave their nine-to-five is to call it "Rush-a Home-a" (insert laugh track).

A Journey From Unlovable to Beloved: An ex-Jehovah's Witness Reclaims Her Spiritual Heritage

V.K. Harber | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
V.K. Harber

Yes, it's true. No, I'm not going through an early mid-life crisis. Yes, I've really thought about it. No, my values have not changed. Yes, I'm sure. This is how my end of the conversation goes when I tell my friends that I'm in the process of becoming Catholic.

Celebrating New Year in the Fall

Donna Henes | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Donna Henes

May this autumn usher in an entirely New Era for the whole of humankind, wherein each and every person might have enough to eat each day. May we harvest together the offerings of our mutual Mother Earth and feast together as a family in the spirit of cooperation, communion, and commemoration.

The People of Shanghai's Old Alleys

Mimo Khair | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Mimo Khair

Behind the glitz of modern Shanghai, is an old alley life soaked with tradition and color. There, in those narrow lanes, below masses of tangled elect...

If These Dishes Could Talk

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 11.19.2014 | Women
Rachel Levy Lesser

My mother was a terrible cook, but she set a beautiful table. Every year at least a week before the Jewish holidays -- which, as she used to say, fell either too early or too late, but were never on time -- she'd get out her most favorite dishes.

Not Every Traditional Art Is Just a Handicraft!

Ihitashri Shandilya | Posted 10.10.2014 | Arts
Ihitashri Shandilya

Through my lenses for traditional art, I have been researching how regional art forms have emerged over centuries and how undiscovered talents in remote villages do extraordinary creativity in their native art form.

With a Conscience: "The Educational White Elephant"

Claudia King | Posted 10.25.2014 | Education
Claudia King

My job as a teacher, her experiences in school, and of course, parenting. I've never been a parent. But I know what good parenting is and I'm fairly sure it's a combination of the following elements.

How Do We Succeed and Manage Fresh Opportunities?

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Olayiwola A. Alara

The late Steve Jobs, Apple founder, lost the company he built to investors only for him to buy it back a few years later because he had learned from his own initial shortcomings. A vital component to managing fresh opportunities is not fearing to take risk.

How to Stop 'Saving' the English Major

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 09.29.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

I sometimes lie awake at night cursing the heavens, wishing that God had never forged a love of the written word from the steel of my very soul and instead forged something that would have allowed me to invent Candy Crush.