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Udoka Okafor

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The 25 Greatest Taylor Swift Songs of All Time

Udoka Okafor | December 20, 2014 | Entertainment
Since, she turned 25 years old this year (Happy birthday, girl), we decided to compile a list of her top 25 greatest songs of all time. This was no easy task because all of her songs are so amazing. But we eventually came up with a list.
Lisa R. Petty

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6 Frugal and Fabulous Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Lisa R. Petty | December 20, 2014 | Style
I'm already done with my holiday shopping, but I understand that some of you out there can't read a calendar and always need to do things at the last minute. So for you, I made a list of my favorite last minute gifts.
Jacqueline Burt Cote

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5 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for the TV Fanatics in Your Life

Jacqueline Burt Cote | December 20, 2014 | Entertainment
Here are 6 TV-themed gifts guaranteed to get better ratings with the tube-obsessed types in your life than the most highly anticipated series premiere (if you can bear to give them away).
Rebecca Joseph

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Accepted, Rejected, Deferred: Holiday Recommendations for High School Seniors

Rebecca Joseph | December 20, 2014 | College
During this last week, emotions ran high for high school seniors. Many couldn't focus on critically important final exams or projects, because they were awaiting college admissions decisions as dozens of colleges across America released early decision or early action notifications.
Cliff Hsia

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Why We Travel: Anticipation and Arrival

Cliff Hsia | December 20, 2014 | Travel
International travel has been an love affair I've had for over the last dozen years or so, ever since my first international trip to Japan for my study abroad year in Tokyo in 2001-02. I had never stepped off of American soil until the age of 20 and I was ready to burst my bubble.
Katerina Stai

Christmas Turkey With a Greek Flavor

Katerina Stai | December 20, 2014 | Taste
This is a recipe for a different kind of stuffing for turkey that is rich in flavor and fragrance.
KidSpirit

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One Last Letter for You, Santa

KidSpirit | December 20, 2014 | Teen
I love you, Santa. Have a very, very Merry Christmas! Good luck making all those presents, dear friend. My little sister's counting on you.
Ronda Lee

Holiday Traditions: Friendships

Ronda Lee | December 20, 2014 | Impact
This holiday I celebrate my faith and I give thanks for the gift of friendship. I was never blessed with a silver spoon. Instead, I received friends who never cease to amaze me with their love and unfailing support. 
William Petrocelli

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Sadly, Rachel Maddow Just Insulted Every Independent Bookseller in America

William Petrocelli | December 20, 2014 | Books
Will the truth ever be told about the courage exhibited by independent booksellers during that period? We can only hope so. In the meantime, Rachel Maddow and her producers owe a lot of booksellers -- and Salman Rushdie -- an apology.
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

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Holiday Blessing for Couples in Love

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | December 20, 2014 | Weddings
As you prepare for your upcoming wedding, or settle into married life, here is a special holiday blessing for couples in love.
Susan P. Joyce

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Why Are You Still Unemployed?

Susan P. Joyce | December 20, 2014 | Business
It is both unfair and inaccurate to place all of the blame for unemployment solely on job seekers. Employers are less than perfect, too. In the current job market, technology has changed many of the "standard" practices. So it's a new ball game for both employers and job seekers.
Edwin Black

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Robert Wolfe -- History's Gain and Loss

Edwin Black | December 20, 2014 | World
Who was Robert Wolfe? Wolfe was the irreplaceable chief archivist for captured Nazi documents at their main repository, the National Archives and Record Administration in Washington, D.C. He died just before dawn this December 10, 2014, at the age of 93. With his death, a legacy also dies.
Jason Marczak

Obama's New Cuba Policy Corrects a Five-Decade Failure

Jason Marczak | December 20, 2014 | Politics
The policy changes are not a reward for the Castros. They are a recognition that involvement, not estrangement, will foster a productive relationship better able to reach our goals of an inclusive, democratic hemisphere.
James Scarborough

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'Post Mortem Presents: A Very Victorian Christmas,' Post Mortem Movement Theatre, Long Beach, Calif.

James Scarborough | December 20, 2014 | Arts
Conceived, directed and choreographed by Andrea Luna and Angela Lopez, it's a riot of song, a rhapsody of dance and movement. In short, it's a scream. It recovers and re-enacts the delightfully sinister Victorian winter solstice tradition.
Food Fanatic

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Christmas Morning Casserole Everyone Will Love

Food Fanatic | December 20, 2014 | Taste
Christmas morning is obviously the peak of all the holiday excitement, and in our family it is always spent hovered over hot coffee and breakfast casseroles, while we refuse to wear anything but pajamas and laze on the sofa.
Marc Hershon

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Podcast Reviews: No Pressure To Be Funny AND You Made It Weird

Marc Hershon | December 20, 2014 | Entertainment
Each month the show's creators, Alistair Barrie and Nick Revell, stir a pot of lively discussions featuring journalists and comedians. This month it's Hal Cruttenden, Michael Deacon, Jo Jo Smith and first-timer James O'Brien (who normally serves as the host for the show.)
Tim Giago

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Remembering the Massacre at Wounded Knee

Tim Giago | December 20, 2014 | Media
Fifty-one years before the Japanese carrier strike force dropped their deadly bombs on Pearl Harbor, another "Day of Infamy" that will live forever in the minds of the Lakota (Sioux) people, occurred.
Mary Anne Erickson

Route 66, Ride for the Relay, Day 11

Mary Anne Erickson | December 20, 2014 | Travel
We all gathered for our second-to-the-last morning meeting and discovered that today was going to be an easy ride with only 70 miles to San Bernadino. This would be our last stop before making the final leap to the Santa Monica Pier.
Elyse Gorman

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15 Damaging Myths About Life We Should All Stop Believing

Elyse Gorman | December 20, 2014 | Healthy Living
When you're grappling with a problem or lacking clarity, learn to lean into your soul and trust the wisdom it provides to you -- often in the form of a gut feeling, serendipitous sign or a spontaneous "aha!" moment.
Dr. Michael J. Breus

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How to Keep Snoring From Hurting Your Relationship

Dr. Michael J. Breus | December 20, 2014 | Healthy Living
There are many good reasons to treat snoring, including restoring sleep quality, guarding against risks to health, and improving daytime functioning. Protecting the health and intimacy of your relationship is another important reason to treat a snoring problem.