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10 No-Fail Dinner Party Conversation Starters

Carla McDonald | Posted 07.23.2014 | Style
Carla McDonald

Today, we're getting tipsy with the no-fail questions these 10 expert hosts ask to kick-start a conversation at a cocktail or dinner party.

You Had Me at Hello: 10 Ways to Start a Conversation

Mark Karten | Posted 07.21.2014 | Small Business
Mark Karten

Don't get caught up thinking you're not a good conversationalist. Be prepared and comfortable with different conversation starters, so you're never stumped or faced with an awkward silence.

Why It's Important To Celebrate Music

Posted 01.24.2014 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: Grammy Awards 2014 Story to read: Grammies Nominations Li...

What's Wrong With The Water In West Virginia?

Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: West Virginia Chemical Spill And Water Prohibition Story ...

What Kids Should Know About The Polar Vortex

Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: The Polar Vortex Story to read: U.S. Cold Weather Shatter...

How Family Dinners Are Becoming An American Tradition

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: Why families sit down and eat together Story to read: Mos...

What Kids Can Learn From Nelson Mandela

Posted 12.06.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: The passing of Nelson Mandela Story to read: Former South...

Cereal Is Going Out Of Style ... Is That A Bad Thing?

Posted 11.15.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: The demise of breakfast cereal. Story to read: Cereal's F...

TABLE TALK: Explaining Trans Fats To Kids

Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving to ban tran...

TABLE TALK: Banksy's Awesome New York City Experiment

Posted 11.01.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: An anonymous artist who goes by the name "Banksy" has just finished...

Table Talk: The Student Who Discovered A Dinosaur Fossil

Posted 10.25.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Can you imagine finding a dinosaur fossil during a class field trip...

Table Talk: What Exactly Are GMOs?

Posted 10.18.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: It's likely you consume foods containing genetically modified organ...

The Power of a First Sentence

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.16.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I'm often struck by the opening sentence of a novel or short story. It can draw me in and set expectations for what's to come. This isn't always true, of course, but a story's first line is the author's opening salvo.

Talking To Kids About The Shutdown

Posted 10.11.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Last week, our country's government entered a partial shutdown for ...

What If You Could Print Out Your Dinner?

Posted 09.27.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: It's already possible to print everything from homework to newspape...

Should Children's Beauty Pageants Be Banned?

Posted 09.20.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Beauty pageants for little girls have long been controversial -- an...

TABLE TALK: Solar Panels At The White House

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.30.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: The White House is getting greener: the installation of solar panel...

How Screen Time Affects Kids' Sleep Schedules

Posted 07.26.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Computers can help us do homework and keep in touch with our friend...

The Royal Baby Is Almost Here!

Posted 07.19.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: In case you haven't heard -- although that would be hard to believe...

How to Change a Conversation With One Simple Word

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Bonni Brodnick

As we celebrate the glorious summer season, don't forget to smell the roses. Take an extra moment to enjoy the long days with a walk in the park, a row on the lake, and picnics galore.

Would You Visit The 'Anti-Ice Cream Truck'?

Posted 07.12.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: What's better than an ice cream store on wheels? In many neighborho...

How We Can Fight Climate Change Together

Posted 06.28.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: This week, President Obama called the country to action in the figh...

The Zoo That Might Not Look Like This In The Future

Posted 06.21.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: When you think of a zoo, you probably picture different kinds of an...

The Woman Who Fought For Father's Day

Posted 06.14.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: This coming Sunday is Father’s Day. The holiday was born 103 year...

9-Year-Old's Campaign To Help Us Eat Better

Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: You definitely don’t have to be a grown-up to take a stand for wh...