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10 Books That Changed the Way I See the World

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.18.2013 | Books
Maria Rodale

Of all of Pollan's books, this is my favorite. This "plant's-eye-view of the world" enables you to see nature from the perspective of plants and animals, imagining that perhaps they use us just as much as we use them.

How Would America's Founding Fathers React to Syria?

Craig Considine | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Arguably, by intervening in Syria's civil war, President Obama is ignoring Washington's advice and repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration in aggressively invading foreign countries that pose little threat to the direct security of American citizens.

Founding Teenagers: How Old Were They on July 4, 1776?

Todd Andrlik | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Todd Andrlik

It's a simple question -- perhaps so basic that it's been overlooked. How old were the key participants of the American Revolution?

Meet the Patriot Brothers

Jerry and Joe Long | Posted 10.06.2013 | Comedy
Jerry and Joe Long

John and Adams Patriot are aspiring musicians who who live by what they claim to be true conservative principles. They believe they represent everything that's right with America. If you consider misogyny, racism and a near total lack of knowledge "right," maybe you'll agree.

Talking About a Little Illinois Revolution This Independence Day

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.03.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Those demonstrations in Egypt and Brazil, and the Arab Spring uprisings that came before them, remind me once again that our government can be better if we're willing, together, to put in some effort. To speak up. To demand change. To attend a meeting now and then.

The Founding Fathers Fouled Up

Martha Burk | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

On this 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the daughters of 2013 still don't have equal constitutional rights with men, though many Americans think otherwise. Nope.

An Open Letter to the Founding Fathers and Mothers

Janus Adams | Posted 09.01.2013 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

Founding Fathers, you got it together by making a few compromises. How's it working for you now? The bargaining chips you played then -- slaves, women, Native Americans -- are still being played today.

Prelude to Independence

William E. White | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
William E. White

Can we -- Americans of the twenty-first century -- secure those Enlightenment ideals of self-government for ourselves? It is fitting that we pause now, during this "Prelude to Independence," and rededicate ourselves to this nation's humanities heritage.

Trash-Talking America

William E. White | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
William E. White

If we ever hope to sponsor a productive debate in this country, we will have to spend as much time listening as we do talking. Grandstanding, posturing, and trash-talking the country is not helping.

San Francisco Ballet's Guide to Strange and Wonderful Places (PHOTOS)

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

2013-03-13-ballet_escoda.jpgSan Francisco Ballet's contribution to the centennial celebration of Stravinsky and Nijinsky's controversial masterpiece may well prove to be a beacon in the storm.

Presidents Day and Purim

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Presidents Day rarely falls in the same week as Purim, and it won't again for almost 40 years (in 2051 -- take my word for it). But these two seemingly disparate holidays have much in common.

The Best Presidential Love Letters

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

Did you know that many of our most iconic commanders-in-chief were also hopeless romantics? In the presidential archives, love letters abound. From...

Robin Wilkey

WATCH: San Francisco Symphony Wins Grammy Award!

HuffingtonPost.com | Robin Wilkey | Posted 02.11.2013 | San Francisco

The San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas won the Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance on Sunday for a live recordin...

Street Artists Get A Break At The Ballet

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 03.31.2013 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

The dance of high and low art lifts 40 feet into the air as Faile unveils their repertoire of ironic pop imagery at the New York City Ballet this week...

Is It Time to Make a Bold Move?

Don McNay | Posted 02.22.2013 | Business
Don McNay

Although I am the son of a professional gambler and a lifetime, self-employed entrepreneur, I preach a gospel of being risk-averse when it comes to money. I want people to be secure and have a safety net before they roll the dice on an investment.

Common Grounds and Common Sense

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We do not need a Church of America: what the founding fathers knew in 1776 holds true in 2011. In spite of right-wing Christian rhetoric to the contrary, that we are a secular nation cannot be denied.

America's Baldest Presidents

Posted 11.06.2012 | College

Hello everyone! The presidential election is Tuesday, which means it's time for HuffPost College's original series "President's Korner." In this editi...

The World We Never Knew

Steve Garcia | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Steve Garcia

Alexander Hamilton warned about the dangers of "unreasonable religion." Conservatives are attempting to recreate a world that never existed. They insist that the United States is a Christian nation with no room for secular thought or other religions.

My Visit to Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.01.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Imagine if the opportunity for creativity and self-expression were open to all. Imagine if every young person could learn to channel their energy through the discipline of an art form.

Did the Founding Fathers Really Want Two Parties?

Willard Sterne Randall | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Willard Sterne Randall

One of the enduring American myths we cherish is the two-party system. We must have two parties! To have three parties or more is impossible; to have only one, unthinkable.

Truthiness: Politics Favorite Bloodsport

Steve Young | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
Steve Young

How many degrees of separation must there be between a quote and its context before it becomes a lie?

The Will of the People

William E. White | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
William E. White

Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.

Reality Bites: Why Are So Many Readers Obsessed With 'Realism'?

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.23.2012 | Books
Peter Mandel

Give us escape-craving readers a break, I say. Since when did fiction -- whether on a screen or in a ream of pages -- hinge on the quality of its imitation?

Nixon Gets a Facelift

George Heymont | Posted 09.17.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Although I attended the 1987 world premiere of Nixon in China (and saw subsequent performances in 1988 and 1990), last month marked the first time I had seen Nixon in China in 22 years. A lot has happened in the interim.

Their Final Fourth: An Inspiring Story of Brotherly Love

Jason Earle | Posted 07.04.2012 | Home
Jason Earle

The 4th of July is a "feel good" holiday. Most of us are going to find ourselves beach-bound or at picnics with friends and loved ones. On a deeper level, it carries powerful meaning because of the freedoms that were delivered from our Founding Fathers.