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Healthy Swaps to Save Calories to Splurge Later

EatingWell | Posted December 23, 2011 | Healthy Living

By Nicci Micco, M.S., editor-at-large for EatingWell Magazine

We can talk till we're blue in the face about making good choices at holiday parties -- but sometimes you want to throw calorie-caution to the wind and simply celebrate the season. (Not at that point? Then read about which...

Marni Wasserman


Holiday Baking at its Best!

Marni Wasserman | Posted December 23, 2011 | Canada Living

These cold, dark evenings at this time of year seem to coax out everyone's sweet tooth. There is just something about the winter months makes us want to load up on sweet foods, but that doesn't mean we need to load up on empty calories!

With Christmas, New Year's Eve,...

J.D. Bell


Your Weekend Random-Ass Roundup: A Christmas Wish

J.D. Bell | Posted December 26, 2011 | Black Voices

All I want for Christmas is to never hear about Michelle Obama's ass again. Unless it's at my barbershop.

Now come, ye faithful readers. Gather round. Let's read together by the kinara:

1. The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has Seoul and Washington

Russell Bishop


Give Yourself the Gift of Peace

Russell Bishop | Posted December 26, 2011 | Healthy Living

Clearly, the world could use a bit more peace these days. How about you, personally? What are you doing to produce peace, yourself? Are you approaching your life in a state of peace, or are you agitating for peace?

The various Occupy movements remind me of my days in the...

Fritz Strobl, M.D.


10 Ways To Combat Holiday Stress

Fritz Strobl, M.D. | Posted December 24, 2011 | Healthy Living

What's new or different in combating holiday stress? Holiday stresses are well-known to all. The problems are many. We have high expectations for a holiday time where everyone is together, happy and getting along. But that is often countered by battling crowds while gift shopping, preparing or indulging in rich...

David Stark


NRDC Gala: What Are You a Part of?

David Stark | Posted December 29, 2011 | Green


A couple of weeks ago we had the pleasure of re-inventing the NRDC's annual Forces For Nature Gala at the Museum of Natural History, and it could not have been a more fitting location to raise awareness and funds for the incredible work that...

Charlie Carillo


Silent Night, Deductible Night

Charlie Carillo | Posted December 23, 2011 | New York

It was Christmas Eve, and to mark the anniversary of this sacred night before our savior's birth I was upstairs with my father, helping him do a touch-up paint job on the bedroom walls.

My mother was at church, doing penance for her sins. My father and I were...

Ned Lamont


Returning Home From Iraq: Lessons Learned.

Ned Lamont | Posted December 23, 2011 | World

As the last of our troops return home from Iraq, the greatest tragedy of this misguided war is if we learn nothing. The Republican frontrunner, Newt Romney, has taken home the wrong lessons, while the historians and press imply that it is too early to make judgments: 'an uncertain legacy'...

Dr David Whitehouse


Witness the Star of Bethlehem for Yourself

Dr David Whitehouse | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK

"In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage."...

Charlotte Skeoch


2011 in Kristen Stewart's Frowns

Charlotte Skeoch | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK Entertainment

In the name of all things Grinchy, December is a God-awful month. You can't kiss anyone without inadvertently slathering their face with your winter waterfall of snot. You can't leave the house without half of Topshop's knitwear collection stacked around you like a big, knitted Michelin man. You're stuck with...

Alice E. Vincent


Maybe I Don't Want My Christmas to Be a Pissed-mas

Alice E. Vincent | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you believe that Baby Jesus popped out of a virgin or not, everybody has their own little religions on 25 December. A strict order of when dinner is served, what gets opened when, what, if any, role the Queen's Speech plays. Christmas Eve and Boxing Day tend to stick...

Josh Barrie


The Round Robin: Annual Middle Class Brag Fest

Josh Barrie | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK Lifestyle

As the fifth round robin drops through my letter box, I wonder if I can go on. The tirade of middle class exposition never seems to cease, and while half of us pick up the post in the build-up to Christmas, forcing ourselves to wade through a month-by-month let-it-be-known waffling...

Julian Dobson


Can Your Council Be Trusted With Your High Street?

Julian Dobson | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK Politics

It's enough to make you gag on your value mince pies. Barely a week after Mary 'Queen of Shops' Portas presented her menu of recommendations to save the high street, we learned that there are enough supermarkets in the planning pipeline to swallow every Tesco store...

Jody Thompson


Why Being Born on Christmas Day Sucks

Jody Thompson | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK

It's a truth universally acknowledged that birthdays tend to become increasingly rubbish as you get older. But for some of us rather particular Capricorns, they've been pretty pants since we were first propelled, yelling and complaining, out into the world.

Yes, I am one of those unfortunate few along with...

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt


Hanukkah: In Those Days In Our Times

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK

As 2011 draws to a close, the streets and the store windows are decorated as the Christian world celebrates Christmas. In many places one will also find the symbols of the Hanukkah festival adorning our squares and storefronts, a sign of respect and appreciation of the Jewish minority in these...

Paul McKeever


UK Riots Reflection - While Shepherds Watched...

Paul McKeever | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK

The heat of the summer riots has well and truly subsided and as winter has settled in it has allowed for some time of cool reflection from various quarters. This week alone we've had two important reviews of the policing response both from the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) and...

Alex Ford


What It's Like to Spend Christmas in Afghanistan

Alex Ford | Posted December 25, 2011 | UK

For some, it's the best time of the year. For some it's the worst. You see, for some they will be spending Christmas at home with their families - and some will be away from home.

Away, serving their country overseas. Whether that is in the Falkand Islands, one...

John Miles


How Can the UK Beat the Congestion Conundrum?

John Miles | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK

This Christmas, it's not just the turkey that's stuffed to capacity. The roads, trains and buses will be jam-packed with travellers. The causes of congestion are numerous: bad weather, accidents, last-minute shoppers or tourists, but the underlying reality is that the UK's infrastructure is struggling to cope with demand. It's...

Mark Cooper BBC


Top of the Pops on Christmas Day - It's Pure Magic

Mark Cooper BBC | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK Entertainment

I guess Father Christmas must feel this way when he puts on the red coat and climbs into his sleigh. I am talking about the warm glow that returns seasonally once a year when BBCMusic Entertainment get out the glitter cannons and the reindeer hats and send for the neon...

Nora Younkin



Nora Younkin | Posted December 23, 2011 | Chicago

There exists a small handful of cultural Christmas relics which are greeted each season with nostalgic warmth. They are as much a part of Christmas as the pine tree and the baby Jesus. There are the families that read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" each Christmas Eve in front of...

The Stir


How To Infuse Alcohol For Cheap & Amazing Holiday Gifts

The Stir | Posted December 23, 2011 | Food

Whether you're in need of an amazing hostess gift or shopping for the liquor connoisseur on your list, it's that time of year to indulge. Sure you could shell out for a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black and wow your hostess with your expensive taste. Or you could turn a...

Carl Pope


Cleaning Up Hamilton's Mess -- and Madison's

Carl Pope | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

During the Constitutional Convention, Hamilton and Madison couldn't agree on what kind of president they wanted -- or how to choose one. So they turned it over to the states, giving the legislatures free rein to decide how to allot their electoral votes. After many twists and turns, we ended...

The Stir


5 Snacks To Leave Out For Santa That Aren't Cookies

The Stir | Posted December 23, 2011 | Food

Santa and I just had a little pow-wow, and there's something he'd like you to know: He's getting a little sick of the cookies. Oh I know, yours are THE BEST and your kids decorated them with ultimate frosting cuteness. But the Jolly One can only eat so many cookies...

Adam Wolfberg, M.D.


Birth Classes: More Than Just a Bonding Experience

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted January 3, 2012 | Parents

Whenever I'm on-call on a weekend, I'm always charmed by the birth class. A dozen couples are led on a tour of Labor and Delivery, the postpartum floor, and the nursery. I often see the couples in the cafeteria after the class is over, enjoying lunch and each other, sharing...

Brent Budowsky


Republican Payroll Tax Disaster

Brent Budowsky | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

As President Obama and Democrats battle during this holiday season to enact a tax cut for the 99 percent of Americans who constitute the heart of the nation, House Republicans are making a seismic political blunder reminiscent of the self-destructive overreaching of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) that rejuvenated the Clinton...

Lindsay Pyfer


Homemade Fruitcake: Old School And Worth The Effort

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted December 23, 2011 | KitchenDaily

Some people consider fruitcake the worst gift ever. That's because they only know the store-bought version. The kind that hardens in a couple of weeks, then crumbles and disintegrates -- except for the red and green cherries, which have a half life instead of a shelf life.


John W. Whitehead


"God Bless All of You on the Earth"

John W. Whitehead | Posted December 23, 2011 | Impact

It had been a tumultuous year. The North Vietnamese launched the Tet offensive, attacking garrisons and invading the U.S. Embassy in Saigon; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated; and a rebellious decade reached its climax in 1968, as disenchanted citizens from Paris to Chicago took to...

Salman Shaikh


Rethinking Russia's Role in Syria

Salman Shaikh | Posted December 23, 2011 | World

Russia's surprise tabling of a draft UN Security Council resolution last week has been interpreted by some as the first sign that it is beginning to move away from the Assad regime. For others, it was a pre-emptive tactic that sought to head off more effective international action...
Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross


2012 Reputation Checklist

Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross | Posted December 23, 2011 | Business

The new year presents many challenges and opportunities for reputation-observers. If a fortune cookie that could actually tell the future were handed to me this coming New Year's Eve, I'd expect it to reveal the following:

1. Reputation's inflection point is here. Reputation will always continue to matter but...

Rosie DeQuattro


Coffee Corretto

Rosie DeQuattro | Posted December 23, 2011 | Fifty

A sense-memory of Christmas as a kid hit me full-on this morning. It's Christmas morning and I'm an 11-year old, hanging around the catastrophe of discarded Christmas paper in the living room and taking it all in: something herbal and licorice; the grown-up aroma of black coffee; the sounds of...

Fred O'Regan


Within the Animal Welfare Movement, Reasons for Hope

Fred O'Regan | Posted December 23, 2011 | Green

As with many people, I find the end of the year a time of reflection. It's a good time to look back over the year, remember the goals and vision that give the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) a sense of purpose and see what progress we...

Carol Pierson Holding


Roasting by an Open Fire: Eco-Friendly or Health Threat?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted December 23, 2011 | Green

A Tacoma-Pierce County WA Task Force just sent its recommendations to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency about how to reduce soot in the air to meet EPA standards. The soot is created partly by diesel vehicles and industry, but the most (53%) is from wood burning stoves...

Terry O'Neill


Obama Administration Failing Women on Birth Control

Terry O'Neill | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

As the president of NOW, I hear from a lot of women (and men). Many of them are outraged right now, and they're asking the same question: Can this be real -- is the White House actually caving in to the radical right on birth control?

At this moment, the...

Leighton Woodhouse


VIDEO: Homeless For The Holidays To Save A Dog's Life

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted December 29, 2011 | Impact

Peter "Ivory" Bowling has a home. He is a tenant in an apartment building in downtown Los Angeles. He pays his rent on time and in full.

But for the last two weeks, Ivory has been sleeping on the streets. He has slept in parks, under bridges, and on public...

Irvin G. Schorsch III


Choosing a Retirement Community Is No Easy Job

Irvin G. Schorsch III | Posted December 23, 2011 | Fifty

Retirement communities have become the answer for an increasing number of seniors looking to get out from under the burdens of home ownership, focus more on hobbies and health and increase their social and recreational opportunities. But with so many types of communities and ranges of services available, navigating the...

Debs Wild


A Christmas Isn't Just for Christmas

Debs Wild | Posted December 30, 2011 | UK Lifestyle

Christmas is for kids so they tell me. Some adults - aka big kids - get just as excited about how many more sleeps it is until Santa comes. I like Christmas, don't get me wrong, I get well into the festive spirit(s), but I don't place any pressure on...

Adrianna Quintero


A Long Awaited Victory for Children, Families, and Our Future

Adrianna Quintero | Posted December 24, 2011 | Green

This week, the EPA announced the adoption of historic safeguards against mercury and other toxic air pollution which will help to protect our children from increased risk of brain damage, cerebral palsy and other neuro-developmental problems. The Mercury and Air Toxics standard, or MATR is a major new...

Ron Ashkenas


Can a Consultant Become a Manager, or a President?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted December 23, 2011 | Business

Here in the United States, the presidential election cycle gives us the opportunity to publicly discuss the characteristics of good leaders. Running a country calls for a sophisticated array of leadership skills -- from shaping strategy to building a team to managing day-to-day operations. Choosing a candidate therefore requires thoughtfulness...

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein


Enjoying Hanukkah YouTube Videos

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

The Festival of Lights is being transformed this year into the Festival of YouTube Videos. Since YouTube first appeared, our people have developed a new obsession with making holiday videos. But nothing can come close to competing with Hanukkah. From Israel to California, the People of the Book are breaking...

Richard (RJ) Eskow


Occupy Christmas!

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted December 24, 2011 | Politics


Jesus and the disciples in an Occupy drum circle. Concept by the author, content and execution by Sudeep Johnson.[1]

It doesn't matter whether or not you believe in God or which faith you follow if you do. Here's a question worth asking this...

Tom Hayden


Hawks Pushing for U.S. Troops in Iraq

Tom Hayden | Posted December 23, 2011 | World

American hawks are blaming President Obama for a premature withdrawal from Iraq, as if a few thousand American troops could prevent the country's current sectarian convulsion. The peace movement needs to unite against the framing of this blame game in which Obama "is likely to draw new criticism...

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.


The Gift of Love

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted December 25, 2011 | Religion

I was a child with a vivid imagination. I believed in everything. Lions and tigers and bears and tin woodmen who could sing, and flying monkeys who could talk. Little girls who could click their heels and find their way home. A poor young woman whose fairy godmother could change...

Nancy Chuda


To Invent Fire

Nancy Chuda | Posted December 24, 2011 | Healthy Living

As 2011 comes to an end, I feel a somberness lying heavy on the world. Christmas and the lights of all religions, seem to have finally dimmed for me under those timeless shadows of greed, separateness and man's inhumanity to man.

I am a child of the sixties. I reveled...

Betsy Brown Braun


Over-Gifting? Welcome To the Age of Competitive Grandparenting

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted December 23, 2011 | Parents

At one of my parenting groups recently, I asked people to share a memory of their grandparents from when they were growing up. Among the responses were: baking cookies, working in the garage, sleeping at Grandma's house, and going to London. How telling that not one, not one person shared...

Gina Bianchini


The Plan

Gina Bianchini | Posted December 23, 2011 | Technology

New Year's Resolutions. Those things you write up and vow are going to be different this year. Lose weight. Make more time for friends. Get a makeover. Get a new job. Find a partner. Dedicate more time and effort to learning newfangled technology. Even with the best laid plans, life...

Michael Giltz


DVD GIFT GUIDE: The Best DVDs of 2011 For That Last Minute Gift

Michael Giltz | Posted December 23, 2011 | Entertainment

Maybe you need to grab a last-minute gift at the mall. Maybe you're going to ship a gift and send a link on Christmas morning to the DVD you purchased for them. (Hey, nobody's perfect.) Maybe you're going to get a gift certificate and want some ideas of what to...

Lance Bass


Why We Shouldn't Use the Word 'Tranny'

Lance Bass | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

Let me start this off with two very important words that I truly mean from the bottom of my heart: I'm sorry. I'm sorry to anyone who was offended or hurt by my use of the word "trannies" while appearing earlier this week on Access Hollywood Live.

Let me share...

Nancy Alvarez


Alone For Christmas

Nancy Alvarez | Posted December 23, 2011 | Divorce

When I was first divorced, spending Christmas with my daughters was extremely important to me. Neither my ex-husband nor I had any idea how to work out holiday time. He didn't much care about Christmas or Thanksgiving since he didn't cook.

But once he started dating, that changed. He...

The Splendid Table


A Vegan Salad For Your Holiday Buffet

The Splendid Table | Posted December 23, 2011 | KitchenDaily

The Splendid Table®'s How To Eat Supper by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Dear Lynne,

Have you a side for a vegan buffet that doesn't have to be kept hot? Thanks for any thoughts.


Dear Gerry,

Broccoli is my fall back because when cooked crisp or...

Jason Stanford


Santa's War on Christmas

Jason Stanford | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

This column might offend you if you subscribe to the ubiquitous evangelical complaint that secular America wants to take the Christ out of Christmas, and for that I am sorry. But if you don't mind, let me tell you a story.

Despite what Rick Perry claimed in his infamous "War...

Robert Naiman


If Ron Paul Wins Iowa, Antiwar Democrats and Independents Likely to Provide Margin of Victory

Robert Naiman | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

Nate Silver's forecast now gives Ron Paul a 40% chance of winning the Iowa caucus -- the same chance the forecast gives Romney. A key fact about this development -- largely missed by most media -- is the extent to which it is driven by Democratic and independent...

Edward A. Turzanski


Transforming Russians From Subjects to Citizens

Edward A. Turzanski | Posted December 23, 2011 | World

Russians have long lived with the insult of meaningless elections. During the seven-plus decades of the Soviet era, regularly held elections were the norm and state officials proudly boasted to the world that the communist exemplar had the highest participation rates in the world. While the decadent West could barely...

Margie Alt


At Last!

Margie Alt | Posted December 23, 2011 | Green

It is a monumental day for the health of our families and the planet.

For the first time in American history, the president and his EPA have committed to protecting our families from harmful mercury pollution from power plants -- even in the face of intense lobbying...

Raghida Dergham


Moscow's Position: A Message to the Regime and Opposition in Syria

Raghida Dergham | Posted December 23, 2011 | World

New York - Fear of Internationalization is a Syrian complex par excellence that led the regime in Damascus to sign the Arab League's Protocol allowing Arab monitors into Syria to protect civilians. This move was made by the regime to avert UN Security Council (UNSC) measures, culminating in international sanctions...

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson


Occupy Queer Rights Around the Globe!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

Mic check! Mic check!

Spread the word! Occupy queer rights around the globe!

Spread the word! Occupy queer rights around the globe!

Global human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are finally gaining recognition. The first-ever United Nations report on our lives revealed...

Noah Baron


The Madness of Ron Paul

Noah Baron | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

Over the course of the past year I've often heard murmurings of support for Ron Paul during discussions of the 2012 elections, even among my more liberal friends. Some have said that they want him to win because "at least he's the better than the other candidates," or that "at...

Spencer Green


A Holiday Song: All I Want for Christmas Is a Job (2011 Edition)

Spencer Green | Posted December 23, 2011 | Comedy

In 2009, I wrote a song entitled "All I Want for Christmas Is a Job" with the brilliant musician/composer/singer Gary Stockdale, with whom I wrote the musical BUKOWSICAL! Well, it's 2011 and, unfortunately, things have not changed appreciably since then so we decided to do a new version of the...

Cynthia P. Schneider


Hard Power Trumps Soft In U.S. Policy Towards Egypt

Cynthia P. Schneider | Posted December 30, 2011 | World

"But as the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt made clear, the enduring cooperation we seek will be difficult to sustain without democratic legitimacy and public consent. We cannot have one set of policies to advance security in the here-and-now and another to promote democracy in a long run that...

Eugene Cho


Christmas Consumerism vs. Downward Mobility: A Lifestyle of Enough

Eugene Cho | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

Christmas is an amazing festive season. How can it not be when we're celebrating the birth of Jesus -- God incarnate!?!

Certainly, there are other reasons that make the Christmas seasons so special: parties, family gatherings, carols, traditions, the Christmas tree, food, re-runs of It's a Wonderful Life, more...

Domenick Scudera


Attack of the Christmas Zombies

Domenick Scudera | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

A few weeks ago, a Brokeback coat-clad Rick Perry proclaimed that our president was waging a war on religion (and by that, he meant Christianity), and that schoolchildren cannot celebrate Christmas openly. Being the homosexual heathen that I am, I normally dismiss just about everything that comes out of this...

Tony Newman


Jury Nullification: An Important Tool Against Drug War Injustices?

Tony Newman | Posted December 23, 2011 | Crime

Should juries vote "not guilty" on low-level marijuana charges to send a message about our country's insane marijuana arrest policy? Paul Butler, former federal prosecutor and law professor at George Washington University made a powerful argument for jury nullification in an op-ed in yesterday's New York Times....

Ben Silberman


Have No Fear, My Generation Is Here

Ben Silberman | Posted December 23, 2011 | Culture

The English poet Wilfred Owens went to WWI to find what had happened to his generation. Jack Kerouac went on the road to see his America. I went to New York City to see my generation and listen to their voices. I spent days and nights in what was...

Mary Anne Mercer


The Zen of Christmas

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

As someone who has spent a lot of time in other countries, I often wonder: how is Christmas different from the holidays (and holy days) of other cultures? In my professional life I am exposed to the celebrations of other lands, which are mostly religious ones. When I lived in...

Kurt J. Werthmuller


On State Violence, the Cost of Escalation, and Egypt's Descent Into Chaos

Kurt J. Werthmuller | Posted December 23, 2011 | World

The violence in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square that began on December 16th between military police and an increasingly belligerent core of protestors, has been particularly ugly. In fact, the circumstances surrounding this violence represent clear evidence that the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has...

Randi Reitan


A Christmas Letter to My Gay Son

Randi Reitan | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

My dear Jacob,

As I was going through a box of keepsakes, I came across a Christmas list you had written when you were a young boy. On the list were things we could easily find in stores, and I always enjoyed finding them for you, wrapping them up and...

Daniel Cluchey


Unsolicited New Year's Resolutions

Daniel Cluchey | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

There has long been a pall over the coming year, a sense among the pessimists that 2012 has been divinely, socially, or scientifically ordained to hasten the end of our days on Earth. The threats are many, and range from an ancient civilization's prophesies of doomsday to an...

Kirsten West Savali


The Reason for the Season -- and It's Not Jesus

Kirsten West Savali | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

Growing up in an African Methodist Episcopal household as a child (A.M.E. shout out to Richard Allen!), the annual Christmas program was a huge deal. From the flowing red gowns of the female choir members to the gold candles illuminating the sanctuary in a warm glow, the soaring...

Saad Khan


The Plot Thickens in Pakistan

Saad Khan | Posted December 23, 2011 | World

President Asif Ali Zardari is back from Dubai, where he went to seek medical treatment. His departure from the national scene set off a number of rumors. The most popular being that he will not return and will possibly resign. In response, the president went to the extent of

Bruce Reyes-Chow


For Those Who Struggle During Christmas, You Are Not Alone

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

Like many people celebrating Christmas, whether as a spiritual discipline or social experience, there is no calm before the storm for me. In fact, it seems like Christmas Eve might even be the storm before the calm. Every year...

Kelly Cogswell


Our Spinster Aunts and Uncles

Kelly Cogswell | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

Bing might still be dreaming of a white Christmas, but I'm longing for a nice, bright Bastille Day in July. The weather is better, and you get to celebrate the rise of the people and the end of kings, not their birth. And families have no role at all.

Michele Simon


2012: The Year to Stop Playing Nice

Michele Simon | Posted December 23, 2011 | Food

Instead of a potentially depressing year-in-review post, I decided to look ahead. (But do see Andy Bellatti's amusing compilation of 2011 food news.) Given all the defeats and set-backs this year due to powerful food industry lobbying, the good food movement should by now be collectively shouting: I am...

Stacia L. Brown


Five Great Black TV Christmases

Stacia L. Brown | Posted December 23, 2011 | Black Voices

It's hard for a sitcom to produce a Very Special Christmas Episode, without it seeming overwarmed, cliched, or just plain ol' corny. But every once in a while, a show can pull of a yuletide episode that makes the season that much merrier. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order:

1. The Bernie Mac Show, "Road to Tradition"

Disheartened by the kids' materialism after they find their gifts and unwrap them early, Bernie cancels Christmas. He takes all the decorations down and leaves the kids alone in the house with their gifts, taking his wife Wanda on a riding tour of the neighborhood Christmas lights.

Halfway through the ride, they begin missing kids. Upon returning home, they find the house re-decorated and the gifts re-wrapped.

Best moments: As Bernie takes down the nativity scene, he mutters to each piece in the set. "Move your ass, donkey," he grumbles at one point. Also great: the side-eye Wanda gives Baby Girl's "homemade" egg nog after sniffing it.

2. Everybody Hates Chris, "Everybody Hates Christmas"

As usual, times are tight for Julius and Rochelle. So they decide that it's time for Chris, the oldest, to go without a Christmas gift.

Initially, he's crestfallen -- he wanted a Walkman -- but on Christmas Day, when he gets a calendar, he puts on a brave face. Tonya and Drew offer to share their gifts with him.

Best moments: Chris's best friend, Greg, gives him a George Clinton cassette: "I figure when you do get your walkman, at least you'll have a tape." Also great: Rochelle overcompensates for not getting Chris a gift by letting have the big piece of chicken, total control of the TV, and exemption from punishment.

3. Everybody Hates Chris, "Everybody Hates Kris"

Next Christmas, Chris gets a job as a store elf so he can pay off the gifts he has on layaway, then he catches pneumonia.

Best moment: Julius, upon finding out about the layaway, pays off the balance.

4. A Different World, "For Whom the Jingle Bell Tolls"

A Different World had a Christmas ep almost every year of its run. The only reason this one, a retread of the grossly overused A Christmas Carol trope, beats the others is because of its adapted "12 Days of Christmas" carol: "Two butts a bumpin'--and a MC Hammer CD!"

Best moment: Dwayne and Freddie, having married in the future, have a redhead girl and a boy who wears little flip-up glasses.

5. Martin, "Go Tell It on the Martin"

I love, love, love this episode of Martin, where "Brother Claus" takes holds Martin's TV Christmas special hostage until Martin reconciles him with his estranged wife (What's Happening's Shirley Hemphill).

Best moments: where to begin?! A terrified Bebe and Cece Winan's, "Find mah baby, clown!" "Yeah, find his baby, clown!", Mrs. Claus' appearance, the toy dynamite and the live grenade, the dynamite stick in Pam's weave; the awesome little people dance performance that begins with "Christmastime is Here" and ends with "Rapper's Delight." I mean, take your pick!

Hopefully, you've been able to catch a few of these, as they've reaired this week on TV One and/or BET. In the meantime, post a comment and tell us which Black sitcom holiday specials are your...

David Frum


Santa vs. Jesus

David Frum | Posted December 25, 2011 | Canada

We hear a lot about the war on Christmas. But the true seasonal struggle is the war within Christmas, a single holiday shared by two deeply antagonistic religions.

Religion one is the religion of Jesus Christ, the figure whose birth the holiday commemorates.

This religion emphasizes universal grace and forgiveness.

Gloria Moss


Men and Women Prefer Their Own Gender's Christmas Card Designs

Gloria Moss | Posted December 26, 2011 | UK

By now, you will have bought your Christmas cards and will be settling down to enjoy the cards around you. Have you ever thought about why you select the cards that you do? And why other people choose theirs?

I have just completed a study with Dr Gabor Horvath of...

Mike Ghouse


A Muslim's Christmas

Mike Ghouse | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

One of the most frequently used words during Christmas season is peace. Indeed, it is a reflection of the innermost desire within each one of us, whether we are Christians or not. Christmas is an annual milestone that intensifies the desire to have peace for oneself and for the world....

Laverne Cox


Acting While Trans: A Look Back at 2011 for Transgender Actors in the Media

Laverne Cox | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

I started off 2011 by attending the Sundance Film Festival for the first time. I was only there for a few days but got to see the films Becoming Chaz and Gun Hill Road. I left the film festival feeling infinitely inspired as an actress, artist, and trans woman. I...

Jenna Hogan Piuze


Santa, Can You Hear Me?

Jenna Hogan Piuze | Posted December 23, 2011 | TV

It's that time of year. The time for magic and Christmas miracles -- and TV wish lists! Here are the top 8 TV wishes on my Christmas list! What's on yours?

1. Party of Five Seasons 4-6 on DVD. First off, why on Earth, who on Earth, would green-light the...

Scott Mendelson


Review: War Horse Is Pure, Unapologetic Old-School Melodrama

Scott Mendelson | Posted December 23, 2011 | Entertainment

It would almost be lazy to say that War Horse is "the kind of movie they just don't make anymore," but it would also be explicitly accurate.  It is...

Anastasia Rubis


'Tis the Season, for Student Plagiarizing

Anastasia Rubis | Posted December 23, 2011 | College

Plagiarism during final exam period is rampant and sometimes funny: at a university which shall remain nameless, a student turned in her essay electronically to her professor with the receipt still attached -- she had purchased it from a cheating site.

Google "essay" and you will find a slew...

Dr. Bertrand Babinet, Ph.D., LAc.


Adaptogen Herbs: The Key to Longevity and Optimal Health

Dr. Bertrand Babinet, Ph.D., LAc. | Posted December 23, 2011 | Healthy Living

Aging is a part of life that we can't avoid. To age more gracefully, we need a better understanding of the mechanisms of aging and what they entail.

Through my clinical observation I recognize three types of aging:

  • Normal aging in people with healthy genetics who are active,...
Radley Balko


Generations Against the Death Penalty

Radley Balko | Posted December 24, 2011 | Culture

"I just don't like killin'," John Hiatt says. "I mean, if somebody's about to harm your family, sure. You do you what you have to do. But to plan out the killing a guy who could just as easily be locked up, I just don't get it. We might as...

Jonathan Miller


How Adam Sandler's 'Chanukah Song' Helped Save the Jews

Jonathan Miller | Posted December 24, 2011 | Religion

The Last American Jew.

It was an alarming image for a Jewish adolescent.

Yet, in the 1980s, it was a common theme of our temple youth group gatherings.

Jewish teens in Generation X were admonished regularly about demographic trends and intermarriage rates that suggested our community could soon splinter into...

Dorian de Wind


As We Leave Iraq, a Special Christmas Wish for our Troops

Dorian de Wind | Posted December 23, 2011 | Impact

Two Christmases ago, in a "Christmas wish for our troops serving in harm's way," I expressed my empathy and admiration for the tens of thousands of our brave men and women who were serving in hostile...

Ann Liguori


Looking Back on 2011's Top Golf Stories

Ann Liguori | Posted December 25, 2011 | Sports

Looking back on the year in sports, golf again provided thrilling moments and heart-warming stories.

It is a true pleasure to cover golf and to be on location at the Majors and other tournaments throughout the year to share with listeners and readers, the updates, the drama and information...

Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S.


Do the Osteoporosis Medicine Fosamax and Dental Work Mix?

Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S. | Posted December 23, 2011 | Healthy Living

Today's topic is a bit on the "dire" side... Not that I like alarming anyone, but if I come across something that I deem important, I want to share it. So for this post, I would like to discuss Fosamax (aka alendronate) and dentistry, because there is a definitive risk...

Will Durst


Will Dur$t'$ 2011 Xma$ Gift Wi$h Li$st

Will Durst | Posted December 23, 2011 | Comedy

Bah humbug everybody. And I imagine that sentiment is being echoed by more than a few of you overly familiar with the soft dark underbelly of this "happiest time of the year." Those of us who have been washed prone by the gushing holiday faucet of red and green greed...

Miles Mogulescu


How the "Smartest" Guys in the Room Screwed Up the World... and Why the 99% Movement Will K eep Challenging Them in 2012

Miles Mogulescu | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

They're considered the "Smartest Guys in the Room" (yeah, they're mostly guys).

They're the financial "wizards" like Robert Rubin, Hank Paulson, Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon -- They invented what Warren Buffet called "financial weapons of mass destruction" which earned them each hundreds of millions while wrecking the global economy....

Jane Chafin


Happy Holidays!

Jane Chafin | Posted December 23, 2011 | Arts

I'll be taking a couple of weeks off from blogging to enjoy the holiday (and to clean out the garage which is starting to look like an episode of Hoarders). I want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading, clicking and responding to my various musings on art...

Brenda Peterson


Sing, Make a Joyful Sound: How Singing Helps Us

Brenda Peterson | Posted December 23, 2011 | Healthy Living

Every holiday season, our Metropolitan Singers perform concerts in retirement centers as part of our Seattle Glee Clubs' community service. It's musical light during these darkest days of the year, live music to accompany those elders who often can't get out and about for other concerts. So we...

Paul Abrams


PaulitiFact's Top 10 Lies of 2011

Paul Abrams | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

"A lie is halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes."
--Mark Twain

Like all years, 2011 was chock-full of political lies providing an embarrassment of riches for professional lie-ratings groups on the one hand, but also the terrible burden of choosing the top...

Kate Fridkis


My First Christmas With My New Husband's Family

Kate Fridkis | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

This will be my first Christmas with my new family. My husband and I have been married for a year, but up until now, we've always visited his family for Thanksgiving. This year, we're going to be with them for about a week surrounding Christmas, which also happens to be...

Alexander Howard


What You Need to Know About the Stop Online Piracy Act in 2012

Alexander Howard | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

A colleague asked me today for a crash course on the "Stop Online Privacy Act" (SOPA). I sent him my feature at the O'Reilly Radar, where I wrote about how Congress is considering anti-piracy bills that could cripple Internet industries and harm digital innovation. The thing is, that...

Risa Garon


How To Handle The Holidays Post-Split

Risa Garon | Posted December 23, 2011 | Divorce

One of the most painful tasks for parents who are in the middle of a divorce or family transition is facing the upcoming holidays. From how to spend the holiday, how to communicate with the child's other parent, to making decisions about finances and being stressed about time, holidays post-divorce...

Allison Pescosolido, M.A. and Andra Brosh, Ph.D


From In-laws To Outlaws

Allison Pescosolido, M.A. and Andra Brosh, Ph.D | Posted December 23, 2011 | Divorce

When your marriage ends, your spouse becomes your Ex and in-laws become outlaws --regardless of how you feel about them. Whether they were the parents you always wished you'd had, or the parents you wouldn't wish on anybody, managing your outlaws through the divorce transition and beyond can add a...

Joshua Gleis


Happy Holidays: Time to Increase Our Operational Security

Joshua Gleis | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

As anyone in the security field will tell you, with holiday cheer comes a higher risk of terrorist attack. Holidays in general are always a cause for concern for law enforcement and government agencies, as alert levels are raised, and calls for the public to remain vigilant are...

Zara Rabinowicz


Handling Cancer HairLoss- What Are The Best Practical Options?

Zara Rabinowicz | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK Lifestyle


Cancer is devastating in many ways, and having all your hair fall out just compounds your level of misery. When you're constantly going to the hospital and having needles stuck into you, vanity isn't your biggest priority, but when so much of your...

Scottie Thomaston


Reflections on the Trial of Lawrence King's Murderer

Scottie Thomaston | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

Brandon McInerney was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the execution-style murder of Lawrence King in a junior high school classroom in Oxnard, Calif. in 2008. The jury had deadlocked, but because McInerney is so young -- 17 now, 14 when he murdered King -- a plea deal was...

Kashif N. Chaudhry


Lowe's: 'Let's Build a Prejudiced America?'

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

The world's second largest hardware chain, Lowe's, is ranked among the Top 50 corporations in America. Its website proudly displays the slogan "Let's Build Something Together."

However, the company's recent actions suggest that this togetherness might not include Muslim-Americans. The company recently pulled its ads from a reality television program,...

Danielle Nierenberg


One Billion Holiday Wishes

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted December 23, 2011 | Impact

The holidays are a time for putting others before yourself. And with the recent announcement that the world's population has surpassed seven billion, there are a lot more "others" to consider this year. Nearly one billion people in the world are hungry, for example, while almost the same number are...

Sophia A. McClennen


Merry Christmas From Colbert: Satire's Special Gift

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted December 23, 2011 | TV

As Stephen Colbert signed off for the holiday season on December 15 his fans, no doubt, felt the let-down of upcoming reruns. With the Republican primary in full swing, The Colbert Report has been one of the premier sources of insight into the primary race and Colbert's spin...

Lloyd Chapman


Obama to Approve a Series of Anti-Small Business Policies That Will Cheat the Middle Class out of Billions

Lloyd Chapman | Posted December 23, 2011 | Business

The Obama administration has quietly adopted a series of anti-small business policies that will cost small businesses and minority-owned small businesses billions of dollars a month.

In the midst of the worst economic downturn in U.S. history, President Obama is abolishing the nation's oldest and most successful...

Mary Anne Hitt


We Did It! Americans Cheer EPA for First-Ever Protections Against Toxic Mercury

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted December 23, 2011 | Green

Are you one of the over 800,000 people who submitted a comment to the Environmental Protection Agency supporting proposed mercury pollution protections? Are you one of the hundreds who attended a public hearing in Chicago, Atlanta or Philadelphia to support the draft standards? Are you one of the...

Robert Orlando


Paul and the Ghost of Christian Past

Robert Orlando | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

As the Christmas holiday descends upon us and the streets fill with festive symbols and music, we are reminded of the stories of old, those with divine encounters in the form of visions, angels or even ghosts.

We only need consider the ghosts of "A Christmas Carol," or Clarence the...

S.Z. Berg


The Politics, Stigma and Experience of Brain Disorders: A Blog Series

S.Z. Berg | Posted December 23, 2011 | Healthy Living

The holiday season is a good time to talk about brain disorders. The kind I'm talking about are more commonly referred to as mental illness, but I think that term detracts from the fact that depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia and other such conditions arise in the brain....

Teresa Huizar


Taking Action To Protect America's Children

Teresa Huizar | Posted December 23, 2011 | Impact

On December 13, I had the honor of participating in an important moment for the child advocacy field. As one of six panelists to testify in front of the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP), Subcommittee on Children and Families, I joined my fellow...

Lisa Derrick


Xmas Eve Special: Jesus, Whatsername And Green Day

Lisa Derrick | Posted December 23, 2011 | Entertainment


Avant-garde filmmaker John Roecker offers an underground alternative to It's a Wonderful Life this Christmas Eve, when he debuts his latest short film Jesus of Suburbia Loves Whatsername. The 30-minute short featuring the music of Green Day launches the director's Vimeo channel on...

Carrie Tolles


Ugly Sweater, Cute Kid

Carrie Tolles | Posted December 23, 2011 | Women

As a publicist, I am constantly scouring the Internet for new and unique sites that might be interested in covering my clients. A couple of weeks ago that search brought me to HuffPost Women, where I expected to find stories about relationships, careers, self-perception, etc. As you see, all of...

Steven Petrow


Queeries: When 'Merry Christmas' Means 'Bless Your Heart'

Steven Petrow | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

Question: "Since you write so often about the fact that 'language matters,' I'm curious whether it's OK to wish friends and colleagues a 'merry Christmas.' When some people say it, I sometimes feel that there's a subliminal message of evangelical...

Jane D. Wurwand


The Gift of Connecting

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted January 3, 2012 | Impact

'Tis the season to give to others. Worldwide, the holidays are known as the giving season. People's happiness during this time of year is measured not by the gifts received, but by the gifts given. Giving gifts, in some sense, is our attempt to connect with each other and express...

George Mitrovich


The Grace of Saying Thank You

George Mitrovich | Posted December 23, 2011 | Los Angeles

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." ~ Meister Eckhardt
The coming of Christmas, whether accepted in either a spiritual or secular context, is a time when many Americans pause to reflect on the paradigm of...

Shawna Dolansky


The Truth(s) About Hanukkah

Shawna Dolansky | Posted December 25, 2011 | Religion

I was asked to give a history lecture as part of our JCC's Hanukkah fair, so I thought I'd title it something provocative like "The Real Story of Hanukkah." But it turned out that was already the title of an ongoing JCC lecture series, so, without much thought, I agreed...

Ariston Anderson


Emir Kusturica on City Building and a New Renaissance

Ariston Anderson | Posted December 23, 2011 | Entertainment

Photo Courtesy of FIFM

Fresh off an Ecuadorian tour with his No Smoking Orchestra, the twice-awarded Palme d'Or director Emir Kusturica flew to Morocco for the closest thing he can get to downtime. As president of the Jury of the 11th annual

Marnie Nir


Dating Advice: The Real Reason You're Single

Marnie Nir | Posted December 23, 2011 | Women

If you are still single and wish you were done with the BS of dating, madly in love already or mercy killed, I've got good news and bad news for you. Okay, truth is it's just bad news, but the realizing of it might just wake you up,...

Gail McGovern


A Record Year of Disaster and Recovery

Gail McGovern | Posted December 23, 2011 | Impact

2011 will be remembered as a year of relentless disasters that cost thousands of lives and destroyed whole communities from as far away as Japan to as close to home as Joplin, Missouri, the heartland of America. The human toll was tragic. The Japan earthquake and tsunami alone claimed more...



A Holiday Story with Real Family Values

Amelia | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

I'm one of those people who will talk to almost anybody. It's a habit that will embarrass the living hell out of my kids as they get older. So, when I met Gil, I started up a conversation.

"Tell me your life story," I said with a laugh.

"Oh, no....

Shannon Echlin


How to Take Holiday Family Photos Like the Pros

Shannon Echlin | Posted December 23, 2011 | Canada Living

Getting great family photos can be a bit of a challenge, but it's not impossible. I have been working as a professional child and baby photographer for about four years and I'm going to share a few pointers with you that will help you get some beautiful photos of your...

Matthew Dowd


Beware 'Story Lock'

Matthew Dowd | Posted December 23, 2011 | Mindful Living

Many times we get caught up in stories and we keep repeating them, even though they no longer apply to the current reality. We ignore facts along the way that provide opposing evidence because it just seems easier and more comfortable to keep repeating a story or narrative that we...

Endless Simmer


The Top 10 New Foods Of 2011

Endless Simmer | Posted December 23, 2011 | Food

Another year gone by, another chance to look back fondly at the thousands of things we stuffed our faces with in 2011. After much internal debate, we've narrowed it down to just 10 -- the very best new things we shoved in our mouths in 2011.

Tater Tot Poutine
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Montreal's greasiest, gravy-iest contribution to the food world, poutine officially became a trend back in 2010. It got even more amazing this year when chef Kyle Bailey of D.C.'s ChurchKey had the ingenious idea to replace the french fries with tater tots.
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Daniel Burrus


The Real Concern About North Korea

Daniel Burrus | Posted December 23, 2011 | World

Over the past week, many people have expressed concern over the passing of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-il. In reality, it's not his death that should raise concern; rather, it's who is taking his place as the country's ruler.

Kim Jong-il's successor is his youngest son, Kim Jong-un -- someone...

Kathy Stevens


Disclaimer: I Am Not in Favor of Horse Slaughter, But...

Kathy Stevens | Posted December 23, 2011 | Impact

As many as 300,000 horses each year were once slaughtered in the United States, a practice that ended in 2007 when Congress repealed USDA funding for horse meat inspections and the last of America's slaughterhouses closed. But let's be clear about this: the practice of killing America's horses...

Jackie K. Cooper


The Greatest Champion That Never Was Proves Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction (Video)

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted December 23, 2011 | Books

Jaclyn Weldon White is a writer who can make the truth read like fiction. She has proven this in the past with true crime stories such as Whisper to the Black Candle and The Empty Nursery. Now she turns her attention to telling the story of boxing legend W. L...

Marten Weber


It's Christmas, Honey!

Marten Weber | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

My hubby has just reminded me that it will be Christmas soon. My hubby says I ought to write something heart-warming for the festive season. All right!

My man and I have been together for 12 years. In all this time, we've had only two fights that almost broke us...

Stacy Adimando


Classic Cookies Paired With Modern Classics (PHOTOS)

Stacy Adimando | Posted December 23, 2011 | Books

To me, good books and holiday baking will always be intertwined. When I was a kid, the last of our family's long string of Christmas Eve rituals was to set out a plate of cookies for Santa then hop into Mom and Dad's bed with my siblings for a reading...

Rabbi Jason Miller


The December Dilemma and Decorative Hanukkah Lights

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

Each winter the "December Dilemma" becomes a hot topic. This month, it seems like it's hotter than ever with every rabbi, Jewish educator, social worker, intermarried parent, grandparent of interfaith grandchildren, and children of intermarried parents writing about the subject. Perhaps the topic isn't any more popular this year than...

Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin


Dog Ears Music: What We Really Want For ChristmasChanukahKwanzaa

Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted December 23, 2011 | Entertainment


Christopher Holshek


Happy Xmas (But War Is Not Over)

Christopher Holshek | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

The war in Iraq is now finally over -- at least for Americans. The beginning of that end was actually on the 31st of August 2010, when President Obama declared the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, with much less fanfare than as his predecessor declared "mission accomplished" --...

Levi Ben-Shmuel


Scrooge, Vision and You: Cultivating Spirituality in the Workplace

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted December 28, 2011 | Religion

Proverbs 29:18 states, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." There is wisdom in this statement. Having vision implies having hope that things can be different and better. There is also the hint in the verse that having vision energizes the will to turn a vision into reality. No...

Salman Khan


Best of TEDTalks 2011, #2: Let's Use Video to Reinvent Education

Salman Khan | Posted January 7, 2012 | Technology

Carolyn Scott


Holiday Weekend Bake-Off

Carolyn Scott | Posted December 25, 2011 | Food


This time of year there is just not enough time to bake and cook all the things you would like. But the best way to be able to indulge in and enjoy all the holiday treats is to share recipes with friends,...
Randy Taran


Holiday Happiness -- Be Here Now

Randy Taran | Posted December 23, 2011 | Healthy Living

So many people grumble and gripe about the holidays -- too much family, too much food, too many obligations. But what if you approached it all with another perspective -- as though this might be your last time to be together. Would you overlook some of the annoyances? Would you...

Carolyn Ossorio


Dinosaur Kale

Carolyn Ossorio | Posted December 23, 2011 | Impact

"Are you looking for a garden?" A Marco Polo style cry echoed across the school field.
"Are you looking for a writer with four kids?" I hollered back in kind.

The woman walking toward me was...

Dustin Fitzharris


Jane Leeves Talks About Hot in Cleveland and Reveals Much More

Dustin Fitzharris | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

2011-12-20-JanePR2.jpgFor 11 seasons Jane Leeves portrayed the quirky and loveable Daphne Moon on Frasier. These days she's showing a different side as Joy Scroggs, the bitter, former "Eyebrow Queen of Beverly Hills" in Hot in Cleveland.

Now in its third season, Hot in...

Rob Sachs


Making Our Holiday Card List, Checking It Twice...

Rob Sachs | Posted December 23, 2011 | Parents

This year my wife and I got out ahead of the game and took our "holiday card picture" back in November. This was extremely helpful since it eliminated last year's stress of scrambling through a year's worth of photos to find a decent one. (The winning pic required some clever...

Kelly McGonigal


11 Books To Help You Turn Over A New Leaf

Kelly McGonigal | Posted December 31, 2011 | Books

The self-help shelves are full of guides on weight loss, health, happiness, and self-improvement. But sometimes the most life-changing ideas and advice are found in the science section.

As a health psychologist, it's my job to help people make difficult changes. I learned early on that it was easier...

Mary Kincaid


Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing Finds (PHOTOS)

Mary Kincaid | Posted December 23, 2011 | Stylelist

No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my weekly eBay roundup of top vintage clothing finds.

This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye because of its uniqueness, contemporary feel and highly collectible nature.


Dan Mirvish


Bridesmaids Revisited: Top 11 Reasons It Was Strangely Disappointing

Dan Mirvish | Posted January 9, 2012 | Entertainment

As the awards season brings a renewed -- and mostly well-deserved -- attention to the film Bridesmaids, I feel it might be worth revisiting. To be clear, I found the movie to be genuinely entertaining and I'm happy it's getting awards consideration this season. That said, I saw...

Patricia Crisafulli


Recreating Christmas

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted December 23, 2011 | Fifty

It's just before Christmas. Sugar plums, not emails and deadlines, should be dancing through my head. But of course, before heading out for their respective holidays, two publishers dumped client manuscripts on me for one last review with the ubiquitous "Happy Holidays" sign-off. One of them wants corrections back by...

Peter Gardett


Shadow Banks Go Long Energy Projects

Peter Gardett | Posted December 23, 2011 | Business

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been committed to solar and wind projects in recent weeks, and while the end of the year often brings with it a spate of deals to avoid upcoming changes in tax policy, that money is coming from a new and different source.

Alvin McEwen


Chuck Norris: The 'Action Hero' Who Won't Stand Up to Real Injustice

Alvin McEwen | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

Chuck Norris is an action movie star -- and a bad one. But he should stay that way. His forays into politics reveal his basic ignorance.

He has penned a piece for the American Family Association whining about how the Obama administration has declared war on religion. Personally I don't...

Damon Dahlen

Levitation Photography Tutorial (PHOTOS)

Damon Dahlen | Posted December 23, 2011 | Arts

So you want to do a levitation photo but you don't know where to start?

There are several things you will need. A tripod, a ladder or stool for person to rest on (anything will work really) and a willing and able subject as the hardest part of...

Robert Creamer


Why GOP Collapse on the Payroll Tax Could Be a Turning Point Moment

Robert Creamer | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

In recent American politics, every major shift in political momentum has resulted from an iconic battle.

In 1995 the tide of the 1994 "Republican Revolution" was reversed when Speaker Newt Gingrich and his new Republican House majority shut down the government in a battle over their attempts to cut...

Ann Brenoff


STDs Rising Among Boomers

Ann Brenoff | Posted December 23, 2011 | Fifty

A boomer friend who recently re-entered the dating scene found herself sharing the bed of a younger man. Her report from the front-line: It was a meet-up of the generation who had never had sex with a condom and the generation who had never had sex without one. She was...

Janice Taylor


21 Tips: How to Make It a Happy Holiday

Janice Taylor | Posted December 23, 2011 | Healthy Living

I understand that we think "'Tis the season to over-indulge, stuff ourselves silly and stress ourselves out," but it really doesn't have to be.

Our Lady of Weight Loss to the rescue! Here are 21 tips to making...

Curtis Roosevelt


What I Want From Candidate Obama: Action, Not Promises

Curtis Roosevelt | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

Should we make a deal with Barack Obama, as Robert Reich suggested in a recent column? Reich set out some of the steps the president would have to promise to take in his second term so that we, the legion of disenchanted voters, can wholeheartedly support his re-election....

Wayne Besen


The Top 10 Ex-Gay Stories of 2011

Wayne Besen | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

In June I penned a column, "The Fall of the Ex-Gay Myth," which predicted that so-called "ex-gay" programs would crumble from internal rot. "It's time for the discredited 'ex-gay' myth to simply go away and be rightfully viewed as an experiment that was tried and failed," I wrote at the...

Dr. Jim Taylor


Is Skiing the Best Sport?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted December 23, 2011 | Sports

Read More: Family, Skiing, Sports

I'm up at Sugar Bowl (in Northern California) with my wife and two daughters for our pre-Christmas vacation and our week has been both incredibly enjoyable and challenging in some ways. Perhaps because of the indescribable joy I experience skiing with my family, plus it being the holiday season and...

Elizabeth Engel


2011 NFL Season: Week 16 Picks

Elizabeth Engel | Posted December 23, 2011 | Sports

This week, the Eagles travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys at home on Christmas Eve. In their last meeting this season, you may recall that the Eagles whupped up on the Cowboys to the tune of 34-7 at the Linc (one of the few home games the Eagles...

Laxmi Hariharan


Of Smirking Bollywood stars & Bombay metrosexuals

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted December 30, 2011 | UK Lifestyle

"Madam you want to enroll in Shoppers' Stop loyalty program?" asks the boy at the cashier.

"Uh!.... no." I say.

Then glancing at my BA Amex Card he exclaims "Oh! You live abroad Madam...?"

"Uh! Yes" I say feeling uncomfortable as a glimmer comes into his eyes. Before he...

Rog Walker


The Glory of Nuts & Bolts

Rog Walker | Posted December 30, 2011 | Arts

We love finished products, and yet, nothing that is worth coveting is void of intricacies that allow it to function. Charles Eames put it this way, "The details are details. They make the product. The connections, the connections, the connections. It will in the end be these details that give...

Lama Surya Das


Holiday Prayers and Wishes, Winter Solstice 2011

Lama Surya Das | Posted December 23, 2011 | Healthy Living

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not get bent out of shape.
Blessed are the patient, for they shall be waited on and attended to.
Blessed are the generous, for they shall receive abundantly.
Blessed are the grateful, for their life shall always be bountiful.

Carla Seaquist


What Next, Occupy? Revise Gordon Gekko

Carla Seaquist | Posted December 23, 2011 | Business

Quo vadis, Occupy? With the encampments folding or forcibly shut down -- for reasons of public health or winter weather -- and with eulogies already appearing, what next for the earthquake known as Occupy Wall Street?

Rather than go dark 'til spring, inventive activists are pressing on...

Erwin de Leon


Queer and Immigrant for the Holidays

Erwin de Leon | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

The holidays are meant to be a time of merriment and family, but so can it be disappointing, even depressing, for some.

This time of the year can be especially hard for immigrants who are separated from dear ones overseas. Many seek the company of compatriots to recreate festivities...

Liz O'Connell


Coming Up: New York Task Force to Make Recommendations for Race Horse Retirement and Aftercare

Liz O'Connell | Posted December 24, 2011 | Sports

Originally formed in 2005 during the Pataki administration, with a new iteration in 2007, the New York State Task Force on Retired Race Horses has finished its charge of researching and making recommendations to ensure responsible and humane retirement for horses, both Standardbred and Thoroughbred, retiring from racing...

Steve Clemons


Holiday Gift & Giving Ideas that Involve Matt Damon

Steve Clemons | Posted December 23, 2011 | Style

Inspired by The Atlantic's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide in which the publication's food and culture senior editor Corby Kummer curated gift idea offerings from the great and the good, I have some ideas of my own.

Gary North


Bis Who Buy: Bi-Identified Consumers and Saving the Economy

Gary North | Posted December 23, 2011 | Gay Voices

While we've survived the autumn of our Occupied discontent, now we're faced with the bleakness of an unforgiving economic winter -- regardless of our sexualities. Consumers -- bi and otherwise -- vote with their money, wittingly or not: support a pizza chain or hamburger giant whose food you like but...

Christopher Brauchli


The Drone, the Secretary and the Seven Dwarfs

Christopher Brauchli | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

Finder's Keepers, Losers Weepers. ~ A child's saying

I hope Secretary of State Clinton is not too disappointed. If she'd asked me I could have told her how it was going to come out. Indeed, had someone reminded her of Qatar, she wouldn't have even bothered to ask. The Qatar...

David Kiley


It's Time to Wake Up Buick

David Kiley | Posted December 23, 2011 | Detroit

Of all the "Car of the Year" awards coming out, the one that really caught my eye was the Detroit News Car of the Year: the Buick LaCrosse e-Assist.

As I watch Buick's lineup and fortunes improve with each passing month, I can't help but feel a little...

Earl Martin Phalen


Treating Our Children: An ADHD and Medication Q&A with Dr. Robert Needlman

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted December 23, 2011 | Parents

As an educator who's worked with children from birth through high school over my 20-year career, I'm deeply concerned about the recently adopted American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for diagnosing children with ADHD. The new guidelines recommend that pediatricians start evaluating children for ADHD at age 4 and...

Darya Pino, Ph.D


Book Review: Folks, This Ain't Normal

Darya Pino, Ph.D | Posted December 24, 2011 | Books

Joel Salatin is one of the most interesting people I have ever met. Self-described as a "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-farmer," you're probably more familiar with him as the "beyond organic" owner of Polyface Farm featured in Michael Pollan's landmark book The Omnivore's Dilemma and the documentary Food, Inc. (note: if you...

Alanna Anuszewski


BEAUTY HOW-TO: Christmas Tree Nails!

Alanna Anuszewski | Posted December 23, 2011 | High School

Below is a how-to video and a step-by-step slideshow of photos to show you how to do awesome Christmas tree nail art. Enjoy!

Bonnie Fuller


Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner Insults Michelle Obama's 'Big Butt'!

Bonnie Fuller | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

We know we're in a nasty political climate but partisanship has gone way, way too far when a Republican Congressman attacks the First Lady for having a 'large posterior.'

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner you are a rude dude. You recently were heard complaining loudly at the Delta...


What To Drink With Your Holiday Sweets | Posted December 23, 2011 | KitchenDaily

From Christmas cookies and fruitcake to Chanukah doughnuts and chocolate gelt, it's the season for indulging in decadent desserts, no matter what holiday you celebrate.

We're sure you have plenty of baked-goods you're going to enjoy this year, but you still need to think about what kind of spirited beverages...

Rhiana Maidenberg


Traveling with Toddlers

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted December 23, 2011 | Parents

My husband is a very frequent flier. In fact, he travels so much that he uses the super-secret United security entrance and is more likely than not upgraded on every flight. While I often enjoy these perks, along with free checked baggage and access to the airline lounge, they can...

John Wellington Ennis


Mr. Brainwash Goes Big (PHOTOS)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted December 23, 2011 | Los Angeles

When you're Thierry Guetta, your biggest challenge may be how to top yourself. After an extravagant debut art show that drew thousands in 2008, and starring in the Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, there may be little else but to live the life of an artist whose work...

Lisa Belkin


Parents Whose Advice I'd Like To Hear

Lisa Belkin | Posted December 24, 2011 | Parents

Read More: Slidepollajax

Nadya Suleman, who you probably know as the Octomom, is now getting paid to teach you how to be a good parent. That sums up so much of what is backwards in the world, doesn't it?

Why are all the WRONG people stepping up with advice?...

Nathalie Rothschild


From the Gift of Dung to Hygiene Kits, "Ethical" Christmas Presents are Stinking Insults

Nathalie Rothschild | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK World

So-called "ethical Christmas gifts" have become a familiar feature of the holiday season. Every year, charities like Oxfam, Christian Aid and World Vision encourage us to give up presents in favour of certificates for things like goats, dung, condoms and hygiene instruction for people in the developing world.

It is...

Bob Burnett


A Christmas Carol for 2011

Bob Burnett | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

It's been 168 years since Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol to illustrate the horrific living conditions of the English poor and promote the true nature of Christmas. If Dickens were still alive, he'd be compelled to update his tale.

On Christmas Eve, Bob Cratchit comes home from work and...

Anna Lenzer


"Team Fiji" Co-opts the 99%

Anna Lenzer | Posted December 23, 2011 | World

The Huffington Post ran a celebratory item last week announcing the Occupy movement's most exotic and far-flung victory yet. In a piece titled and tweeted by HuffPost as "A Win for the 99 Percent," the head of Fiji's military junta and self-appointed Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, wrote...

Corbin Hiar


How Would a Romney Administration Regulate Air Pollution?

Corbin Hiar | Posted December 23, 2011 | Green

With Mitt Romney at or near the top of the polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the Center for Public Integrity's iWatch News wanted to find out how his administration might regulate toxic air pollutants. Although James L. Connaughton insists that he doesn't speak on behalf of...

Emma Gray


"Dragon Tattoo" Movie: Women, Forget The Marketing, See The Film

Emma Gray | Posted December 23, 2011 | Women

Lisbeth Salander is not a hero. She's not a woman we should all aspire to be, and she doesn't have superpowers -- but she is a strong character, and one worth the 158 minutes you'll spend with her if you see the highly anticipated film "The Girl with the Dragon...

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.


Release Your Stress and Refocus in the New Year!

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted December 23, 2011 | Healthy Living

In this past year I've become acutely aware of the mounting stress that has been rising in our work culture. More than ever we've become a round-the-clock operation. Now, in a slumping economy, we are hounded with external pressures, overwhelmed with information overload, asked to deliver more with less, work...

Maria Rodale


5 Tips for Surviving Winter

Maria Rodale | Posted December 23, 2011 | Mindful Living

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure.

I've always been one of those "ugh, winter" people, but last year didn't seem so terrible--in spite frigid temperatures and snow and slush--because I finally figured out how to make it work for me. Look, it's...

Marlo Thomas


Christmas Round-Up: What's Your Favorite Christmas Tradition?

Marlo Thomas | Posted December 23, 2011 | Women

Last week, I got into the holiday spirit and posted some of my favorite Christmas memories, as well as a shot of Phil and me on my Facebook page, decorating this year's tree. I guess it's true that Christmas brings out the best in all of...

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.


Your Misery Has Company -- Not Realizing it Is Hurting You Even More

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted December 23, 2011 | Healthy Living

The holidays can be really, really hard. We struggle to find the right gifts, and to find the money in our budgets to pay for them. All the preparation -- decorating, shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning -- takes time and effort, and it's not as if you can put the rest...

Devon Corneal


All I Need for Christmas...

Devon Corneal | Posted December 23, 2011 | Parents

I have a love/hate relationship with Christmas.

I love Christmas for the rampant good cheer, the food, the family, the presents and the evergreen wreaths. I decorate the house the day after Thanksgiving and don't take anything down until New Year's Day. I adhere to this schedule even in...

Marc B. Levin


Does Your Mind Impact Your Health?

Marc B. Levin | Posted December 23, 2011 | Healthy Living

Do you believe your mind impacts your health and wellness?

In a discussion of health, wellness and well-being, an important concept is the relationship between the mind and the body. There are two primary ways of looking at the mind-body relationship. Monism views the mind and body not as distinct...

Danny Licht


Jews for Christmas, or How to Make the Holidays Less Blue

Danny Licht | Posted December 23, 2011 | High School

Read More: Christmas, Hanukkah, Holidays

For such a creative people, we Jews did a crummy job with our Christmas competitor. Sure, the origination of Hanukkah -- or however you choose to transliterate it -- predates that of Christmas. But even though we technically got the worm, we need to ask ourselves this: who has a...

Kerry Weber


What Caravaggio's Unusual Nativity Scene Teaches About Christmas

Kerry Weber | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

Caravaggio's painting of the nativity is, in many ways, a familiar scene. Mary and Joseph sit beside the child Jesus, while an angel hovers above them. A shepherd leans on his staff, and an ox surveys the scene. But in an interesting twist, the artist also depicts two figures who...

Arnold M. Eisen


Tim Tebow and the Lessons of Hanukkah

Arnold M. Eisen | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

Jews tell two very different stories at Hanukkah -- three, if you count the tale about the oil that was not sufficient for even one day of lighting the Temple lamps, but miraculously lasted for eight. The relationship between the two stories may well be the key to the holiday's...

Hattie Edmonds


Portobello Puff - Week 12

Hattie Edmonds | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK Entertainment

'Want to hear an interesting fish fact?' I say.

'Of course,' says Wilson.

We are sitting together at Khalid's fish stall on Golborne road, swaddled in winter coats and scarves, eating calamari and chips. It's two o'clock in the afternoon and two days before Christmas.

'The blue whale...' I pause,...

Tiziana Dearing


In a Time of Faith, Restoring Faith in Our Adults and Institutions

Tiziana Dearing | Posted December 23, 2011 | Religion

"You better watch out, you better not cry... "

"Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings... "

"Mom, how does Santa get around the fire without getting burned?"

"[Bleep] Santa. He never brings us anything... "

Try to imagine these quotes coming at you over...

Anne Day


Give Less, Donate More

Anne Day | Posted December 23, 2011 | Canada Living

Growing up, Christmas was such a special time in our household. For a start, I was an only child living with both my parents and grandparents and so I got showered with gifts. The rule was that you couldn't go into the room where the tree and gifts were until...



Where To Take Your Holiday Hookup (PHOTOS)

Oyster | Posted December 23, 2011 | Travel

Hangin' 'round the mistletoe may have been a fine pastime in holiday seasons of yore, but these days, a dark bar with dark corners or a trendy nightspot makes a much more exciting locale for a stolen kiss.

Celebrities have been spotted canoodling at hot hotels all over the country,...

Paul Szep


The Daily Szep -- Merry Christmas

Paul Szep | Posted December 23, 2011 | Comedy


Eric Yaverbaum


Preaching to the Choir

Eric Yaverbaum | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

Preaching To The Choir
How Americans Are Tired Of The Song And Dance

So let's take a trip back to third grade history class. We learned that there are three branches of government in this country -- two of them are the Executive and the Legislative. The Legislative Branch...

Joseph Weissman


Why Do Bell Pottinger lobbyists Work With Syria & Belarus Not Zimbabwe or Uzbekistan?

Joseph Weissman | Posted December 30, 2011 | UK Politics

David Cameron has predicted that the controversial lobbying industry may well cause the next scandal to affect Britain on a large scale.

The Independent discovered recently that staff from the lobby group Bell Pottinger were hoping to cut deals with the dictatorship in Uzbekistan.

Days later,...

Paul Brady


Can A Tour Of Prisons Be Called A 'Travel Film?' (VIDEO)

Paul Brady | Posted December 23, 2011 | Travel

In a well-produced, documentary short film, writer and academic Pete Brook takes an odd trip around the United States: He travels what he calls a "hidden" network of American prisons, speaking with inmates and narrating his thoughts along the way.

Far from what we've come to expect from typical travel...

David Frum


Hanukkah: Some Miracle

David Frum | Posted December 23, 2011 | Canada

Who doesn't love Hanukkah? Presents and fried potatoes, all conveniently timed to mitigate for Jewish children the pain that Santa does not love them.

And yet have you considered what a weird holiday it is?

Eight days of festivities because ancient Jews discovered a cruse of unusually long-lasting oil?...

Travel & Leisure


World's Strangest Toys (PHOTOS)

Travel & Leisure | Posted December 23, 2011 | Travel

A plush chunk of talking bacon may not be exactly what your kids hope to find under the Christmas tree. But consider this: Instead of jousting to snag the latest video game or Barbie -- and furnishing your children with the same stuff as their friends -- you can give...

Jordan Whelan


No Peace for the Catholic Church

Jordan Whelan | Posted December 26, 2011 | Canada

The brisk arrival of the holiday season and its coincidence with one of the most profound economic downturns in decades has seemingly influenced Pope Benedict's message for the World Day of Peace 2012.

The Catholic leader is calling for "mechanisms for the redistribution of wealth," a message...

Linda Rosenkrantz


Baby Names Inspired By Christmas Movies

Linda Rosenkrantz | Posted December 23, 2011 | Parents

Looking for Christmas names for your holiday-season babe? Well, you can forget about those old chestnut choices like Noel/Noelle, Holly, Natalie, Eve, Merry, Carol and Claus. A much more original idea might be to look at some of the classic and current Christmas movies for interesting character names...

Dr Keith M. Johnston


The Great Ealing Film Challenge 31: Lease of Life (1954)

Dr Keith M. Johnston | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK Entertainment

I've been excited about watching this film for months now, even before I started this 95-film challenge: it's one of Ealing's 13 colour films (an area of the studio's production strategy I find endlessly fascinating), it's photographed by Douglas Slocombe (one of British cinema's finest cinematographers), it's Robert Donat's only...

Margie Goldsmith


Wandering Through The Peruvian Hinterlands

Margie Goldsmith | Posted December 23, 2011 | Travel

This year's 100th anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu is going to make the Citadel, Sacred Valley and Cusco extremely crowded, so if you're planning a trip to Peru and you dislike crowds, avoid those destinations.

Instead, explore the Peru where there are far fewer tourists. Walk through...

Colin Pattinson


The Secret Views Of the Death of Kim Jong Il

Colin Pattinson | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK

Hysteria, sadness, wailing, tears, anger. All can be seen in the video. To many viewers it would appear that the death of Kim Jong-Il has rocked the North Korean nation to its very core and that they have lost a man they adored with every ounce of their being....

John Fleming


How to Write Someone's Biography or Your Own Autobiography

John Fleming | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK Culture

Earlier this month, I wrote in the Huffington Post about being on a Storywarp panel which discussed the techniques and nature of storytelling, of telling "Other People's Stories". I have been listening to the tape and, unusually, I managed to be lucid on a couple of occasions.

Monique Frausto


Jumping on the "Latino Bandwagon"

Monique Frausto | Posted December 26, 2011 | Latino Voices

We've known it for years. In fact, most of us have been claiming this would happen and were just waiting. Then the 2010 Census only confirmed what we already knew. There are 50.5 million residents of the United States that are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and more than half...

Simon Bajkowski


University Can Teach You Many Things, but the Most Important Point You Can Learn is About Sleep

Simon Bajkowski | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK Universities & Education

Starting a blog on university life at Christmas time does feel slightly jarring, writing outside of my natural habitat. Nevertheless, the holidays seem as good a place as any to discuss the full-time nature of the course.

I had a dream today that one day I will do nothing...

Mark Seddon


What's Next for North Korea?

Mark Seddon | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK World

I have reported from inside North Korea on several occasions, travelling widely and was the first reporter to report live from the capital, Pyongyang for al Jazeera English TV. I have also travelled and reported from South Korea. None of this gives any special insight, but since so few have...

Nicki Le Masurier


The Thought That Counts? A Cautionary Tale on Christmas Present Buying

Nicki Le Masurier | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK

When I was five I asked for a Care Bear for Christmas. Not just any Care Bear, I wanted the one with the brooding rain cloud on its belly and slightly scornful face. The one with the mildly misanthropic stare. The one they called Grumpy Bear, but whom I felt...

Voto Latino


Occupy ICE: Growing Beyond Occupied Tents

Voto Latino | Posted December 23, 2011 | Latino Voices

By Refugio Mata

So what does immigration have to do with Occupy Wall Street? Well, for starters, it's all about corporate greed. As a blogger for Project Economic Refugee, I've been yelling at the top of my lungs...

Heinrich van den Berg


Photo Tip: How to Freeze a Wing

Heinrich van den Berg | Posted December 23, 2011 | Green


When you photograph action, think about speed. With the naked eye it is impossible to clearly see the spread wing of a bird in all its glory. The movement is simply too fast. Therefore, we need a fast shutter speed. You can achieve a...

Michael Giltz


DVDs: Apes Rule in "Rise," "Tokyo Drifter" And A Smurfing Lot Of Other Titles On Tap

Michael Giltz | Posted December 23, 2011 | Entertainment

Read More: TV Shows, Animation, Dvds, Movies

Okay, the year is galloping to a close. Here's a rundown of LOTS of titles from the past three weeks. Keep scrolling!


RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES ($39.99 BluRay Combo or $29.98; FOX) -- I did NOT spend the entire movie thinking,...

Jane Hoskyn


How NOT To Employ a Wedding Photographer

Jane Hoskyn | Posted December 23, 2011 | Weddings

Speak to many pro photographers and they say they "don't shoot weddings any more." You may be surprised by this, given that the average fee seems rather lucrative for a day's work. But leaving aside the fact that it's not a day's work (it's a high-pressure 15-hour shoot followed by...

Bernadette Coveney Smith


Why I Love The Holidays With My In-Laws

Bernadette Coveney Smith | Posted December 23, 2011 | Weddings

In my business, the business of gay weddings, I meet lots of couples who don't have their parents as guests at their wedding, lots of couples who have created a "chosen family" because their real family doesn't accept them, lots of couples who aren't invited to Christmas dinner.

My parents...

Sasha Souza


5 Tips For Guest Experience

Sasha Souza | Posted December 23, 2011 | Weddings

Weddings are all about the details, but unfortunately sometimes the most important of detail of all is overlooked.

When planning a wedding, it's not uncommon for couples to take great strides to make sure the font is exactly perfect on all the printed pieces, the flowers...

Joel Faulkner Rogers


Change in Pakistan: Politicians Join the Polls to Support Imran Khan

Joel Faulkner Rogers | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK World

By all accounts, 30 October, 2011, marked a potential turning point in the build-up to Pakistan's next general election. Imran Khan drew crowds of over 250,000 to a speech in Minar-e-Pakistan, Lahore, as leader of his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), surprising rivals and supporters alike with one of the largest...

Kerry Lyons


Holiday Travel With (Lots of) Kids

Kerry Lyons | Posted December 23, 2011 | Parents

Kerry Lyons has five very young children (the youngest are triplets) and a full-time out-of-the-house job, and a remarkably calm view of life given the circumstances. Earlier this year she took the whole brood to Ireland, and promised to write about how it went when she got back....

Ruth Conniff


Walker Recall Activists Aim For A Million Signatures

Ruth Conniff | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

Now that they have gathered more than half a million signatures on petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker, recall organizers have upped the ante.

On Dec. 15, the same day Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate made the dramatic announcement that volunteers had gathered 507,533 signatures in just one month, state...

Art Brodsky


Yes, Virginia, Consumers Won a Couple in Washington

Art Brodsky | Posted December 23, 2011 | Technology

Treasure this past week in Washington. It's not often -- no, it never happens -- that that consumers get a multitude of good tidings from Washington. Is it too much to hope that this is the start of a trend? Of course. The FCC then approved AT&T's purchase...

Mike Ragogna


A Pomegranate & Billy Jack: Conversations with Once's Marketa Irglova and honeyhoney

Mike Ragogna | Posted December 23, 2011 | Entertainment


A Conversation with Marketa Irglova

Mike Ragogna: Marketa, what's the story behind your new album, Anar?

Marketa Irglova: It's funny because the album is sort of a reflection as a result of where I was and where I have been during the writing process...

Ruth Conniff


Tommy Thompson's Secret Talks With Scott Walker Show Conservative Drift of Walker's Wisconsin

Ruth Conniff | Posted December 23, 2011 | Politics

As the political crisis was brewing in Wisconsin last winter, Governor Scott Walker rebuffed former governor Tommy Thompson's advice to reach a compromise with public employee unions, according to a state senator as well as a friend of Thompson's who was involved in the political drama at the time.


Ellee Seymour


Government Reforms Ignore Trans-Racial Adoption

Ellee Seymour | Posted December 23, 2011 | UK Politics

It's the best Christmas news for any child languishing in care and waiting to be placed with loving, adoptive parents - the announcement yesterday that the government is replacing its crippling bureaucratic process with a new system. Proposals include forming an expert panel to develop a new system and...

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