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Jeffersonian Dinners Create Transformative Connections

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 03.22.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

As a result of the dinners, vibrant networks and passionate partners have been created for these causes. Here are a few ground rules that help these dinners succeed.

Taking Stock of a Loved One's Health Over the Holidays

Sean Kell | Posted 02.17.2013 | Fifty
Sean Kell

While this is a time for reconnecting and sharing special moments, it's also a time when issues related to aging and health come to the forefront as family members recognize a change in the wellness and safety of their loved ones.

Topics That Are Off-Limits With Family (WATCH)

Posted 12.07.2012 | MarloThomas

I am always overjoyed when my family is able to get together, but as in every family, there are some topics that are off limits in conversation with c...

Avoid Awkward Silences With These Conversation Starters

Amy Shearn | Posted 11.30.2012 | OWN

By Amy Shearn Cocktail parties invariably lead to awkward encounters with strangers, but you don't have to talk about the weather. Here's how to ge...

Talk to the Women!

Robin Lakoff | Posted 01.08.2013 | Women
Robin Lakoff

Occasionally, candidates for electoral office seem even less aware than the rest of the populace about what "democracy" means or ought to mean. Once in a while -- not often enough -- they pay a price at the polls for their obtuseness. This election was one such time.

Quintessential New Yorker and Social Commentator, Fran Lebowitz, Comes to Chicago

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.28.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Were it not for Fran Lebowitz, celebrated author, humorist and social commentator, the art of pontification might be lost. Lebowitz hails from the by-gone era when people sat around in cafes all day, observing life around them and going on about it.

Running Schools Like a Business Is a Crazy Idea

Glen Lineberry | Posted 11.14.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

We teach the kids of people we know, and those kids then work in the local businesses and, if you stay in the game long enough, you teach their kids down the road.

How God Makes Us Civil People

John Backman | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
John Backman

For every Grand Inquisitor, there is a St. Francis of Assisi. For every Osama bin Laden, there is a Mother Teresa. Anything in the universe that humans touch will be ever thus: strands of good, evil and everything in between.

The Dial-in Conversation: When Auto-Responders Meet

Nancy Colier | Posted 11.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

At a certain age, does everyone feel like they have had every conversation they are ever going to have -- that every conversation (other than those with intimates) is pre-packaged, as if chosen from a sampler menu on an airplane playlist?

Do You Know Your Family Health History? Find Out on Labor Day Weekend

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 10.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Most of us don't realize that our family tree plays a pretty important role in determining our own health. Beyond Dad's freckles, Mom's blue eyes and Grandma's math gene, what else has been passed down for generations? Health issues are inherited and knowing your history is critical.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Anne Émond on Nuit #1

Dan Persons | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Nuit #1 begins with its main characters, Clara (Catherine de Léan) and Nikolai (Dimitri Storoge), engaged in a superficial but strenuous bout of sex, having just met each other at a rave and retreated to Nikolai's sparsely appointed apartment.

40 Things You Should Never Say On A First Date

Thought Catalog | Posted 08.02.2012 | Women

1. "Who are you texting?" 2. "Oh, I just assumed you'd pay." 3. "I don't think women are funny. Especially lesbians." 4. "My Dad is my best f...

10 Things To Talk About With Your Spouse While The Kids Are Away

Monique Honaman | Posted 10.01.2012 | Weddings
Monique Honaman

I spoke with a few other women who were somewhat panicked that their kids were going to be gone. It wasn't worry for the kids. Rather, it was worry for themselves. What were they going to do alone with just each other for two weeks?

Letting Go And New Beginnings

Jim Selman | Posted 09.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

The reason letting go can be difficult is that we actually believe that our story is true in the sense that it accurately describes what happened or what caused the present to be the way it is.

On Resignation

Jim Selman | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

Resignation leaves us in a kind of unthinking stupor living day-to-day as if not much matters -- totally unconscious of the fact our point of view and conversations are "closed" and creating a predictable and circumstantially determined future.

The Limits Of Unlimited Communication

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

Strictly speaking, technological advancements should improve our ability to communicate with each other. While they do in many instances, I sense interpersonal communication has deteriorated.

Watch Out for the 'I'm Right; You're Wrong' Conversation

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

A person with "oppositional conversational style" is a person who, in conversation, disagrees with and corrects whatever you say. Maybe in a friendly way, maybe in a belligerent way, but their remarks are framed in opposition to whatever you say.

How Do Nice People Get Any Work Done?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Business
Maureen Anderson

One of the bartenders in the restaurant where I worked as a cocktail waitress was amused by my inability to talk for the sake of talking. He thought i...

The Post-50 Dinner Party

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 08.11.2012 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

As I've grown older, I've come to prefer, more often than not, an evening at home -- mine or someone else's -- to dinner in a restaurant.

One (Simple) Way To Connect With Others

Nancy Colier | Posted 08.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Have we become so distracted and disconnected that we now have to thank each other for basic kindness, as if remembering what another is living is somehow an extra service and not an integral part of relationship?

Is it Risky to Be Honest?

Felice Shapiro | Posted 07.30.2012 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

More often than not, we know how we are supposed to act. There is a difference between thinking something and saying what's on our minds. But sometimes, it pays to tell the truth.

How to Meet Your Mother

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 06.27.2012 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Celebrate Mother's Day by sharing your experiences with your children and encouraging them to share with you. Sit down with your own mother and chat about her life's journey.

Education Unplugged: Learning Through Conversation

Michael Roth | Posted 06.23.2012 | College
Michael Roth

One of the wonderful things about teaching through conversation is that we get to help our students unplug from the inputs they have customized to reinforce their own tastes, expectations and identities.

Ask Questions

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Being a good listener brings many benefits: gathering useful information, making others feel like they matter to you, sustaining a sense of connection with people, and stepping out of your own familiar frame of reference.

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WATCH: From Pom-Poms To Primates: Mireya Mayor Talks Womanhood And Science

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 02.10.2012 | Science

2012-02-09-Screenshot20120209at5.00.32PM.jpgI first met Mireya Mayor a few weeks ago when she was the keynote speaker at this incredible science convention. We really hit it off, so I invited her to come chat with me over coffee.