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Stephenie Zamora

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I Wasn't Supported for Years and Here's Why

Stephenie Zamora | September 17, 2014 | Women
I believed that no one wanted to take care of me, that I had to do it all myself, and that being so independent was a positive personality trait. I became so independent because I held a false belief and interacted with others and the world in a way that prompted them to reinforce that belief.
Yohuru Williams

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Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | September 17, 2014 | Education
Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.
Noah Tsika

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The Elder Gays of Love Is Strange

Noah Tsika | September 17, 2014 | Gay Voices
As a director, Sachs evokes the masterly Robert Altman, as in an extraordinary sequence that takes us from George and Ben's quietly majestic wedding back to the Manhattan apartment that they share, and where their loved ones gather to marvel at the strength of their bond.
Julie Netherland

E-Cigarettes and Maintenance Therapy: A Smart Public Health Approach

Julie Netherland | September 17, 2014 | Politics
E-cigarettes illustrate how harm reduction approaches to drug policy, particularly maintenance or substitution therapies, are at once both filled with promise and deeply misunderstood.
Nicole Wilde

Aggressive Dog? No Problem!

Nicole Wilde | September 17, 2014 | Green
Humane, scientifically sound methods for handling dog aggression are not flashy. They don't come with wild promises, bells or whistles. Proper behavior modification can take time and patience. What it doesn't do is scare the dog, break the trust between dog and owner, or make the problem worse.
Mark Morford

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An All-American Ass-Whoopin'

Mark Morford | September 17, 2014 | Parents
America! You know what you need? Besides better bourbon, less Jesus and fewer conservatives? That's right: A good whoopin'. A serious spanking. Maybe even one of those terrifying, NFL-grade spankings so vicious it raises welts and yelps and not a little blood, all administered with a belt, or a tree...
Noah St. John

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Why Goal Setting Isn't Enough to Reach Your Goals

Noah St. John | September 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
We all have desires -- whether it's the desire for money, fame, or a new car; to lose weight, be healthy, or have better relationships; to find the love of your life; or simply the desire to be happy.
Amy D. Cohen

When Your Adult Daughter Moves Home After a Breakup

Amy D. Cohen | September 17, 2014 | Women
Walking away from a relationship that isn't fulfilling you anymore is a huge right of passage for our daughters. And if they trust us enough to come to us for help during this journey, how lucky are we?
Michael F. Jacobson

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Nutrition Policies Can Address Inequalities

Michael F. Jacobson | September 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
The analysis of Americans' diets shows just how important the campaign against trans fat has been to the public's health -- especially that of low-income Americans -- and why FDA needs to bring it home.
Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D.

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The Violence Spills Off the Field

Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D. | September 17, 2014 | Sports
The NFL has not even begun to systematically examine holistically whether the on-field behaviors they champion translate into off-field recklessness. If NFL leadership fails to make that connection and render changes to the sport's culture of violence, then the banner of flag football may get the call to save the league even sooner than I once predicted.
Robyn Passante

I Hate You. (Stay Right Here.)

Robyn Passante | September 17, 2014 | Parents
First they learn words: "Dada!" "Nana!" "Milk!" Then they learn how to use them: "I do it?" "Mine!" Then they learn how to use them against you: "Go away!" "I don't love you anymore." "I hate you."
Gina Rivera

VMAs and Emmys: Hair Styles We Didn't See

Gina Rivera | September 17, 2014 | Style
Big at the VMAs, but not so much at the Emmys, was the ponytail. Ariana Grande had a beautiful, high ponytail in creamy mocha, reminiscent of the late 60s and 70s, for her appearance on the red carpet and performance at the VMAs.
Quora

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How, When, and Why Were Time Zones Created?

Quora | September 17, 2014 | World
By having an exact time standard humans added a very real and meaningful layer of stress to our lives that still impacts all of us today. The lack of an exact time standard allowed for far more flexibility in just about ever aspect of everyone's life.
Dr. Susan Albers

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5 Ways to Be the Most Mindful Version of You

Dr. Susan Albers | September 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
The word "best" can apply some internal pressure and adds an element of judgment. Mindful, by contrast, encourages action and a way of being. Here are five important aspects that can help you to be the most mindful version of yourself!
Robbie Gennet

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Underrated Albums of the '90s -- Part 5

Robbie Gennet | September 17, 2014 | Arts
I started this series to shine a light on some stellar records from the '90s that may have been overlooked. Now that a few decades have passed, we can get some perspective and see how they've held up over the years.
Kevin Belmonte

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Milestones: Marking Way Stations on the Journey

Kevin Belmonte | September 17, 2014 | Religion
I never met Mr. Seeger, but in my journey as a writer, I've been privileged to meet and befriend other artists. Two of them, Malcolm Guite and Steve Bell, are national treasures in their native England and Canada respectively. Both are musicians and poets -- and both are marking milestones just now.
Rabbi Levi Welton

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Happy Rosh Hashana!

Rabbi Levi Welton | September 17, 2014 | Religion
Over the years, Rosh Hashana has become associated with many recognizable objects and foods which you might see depicted on Rosh Hashana greeting cards or synagogue pamphlets.
Mark Carpowich

The Voice: Million-Dollar Coaches, Dime-a-Dozen Contestants

Mark Carpowich | September 17, 2014 | Entertainment
The contestants will probably once again take a back seat, awkwardly watching the continuation of the Adam-Blake bromance while awaiting meaningful feedback (which may or may not even come) that could help steer them toward a career as a famous singer. Which, don't forget, is supposed to be the premise of this whole thing.
Dr. Jason Johnson

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What if the United States Lost Texas?

Dr. Jason Johnson | September 17, 2014 | Politics
How would Americans fare under losing Texas compared to the British losing the Scots? The idea of a Texas secession may seem less likely than the Scots leaving the U.K., but the vote might be a lot closer than anyone in the U.S. would like.
Carol Pierson Holding

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Gloom and Doom Not a Good Strategy for Climate Change Advocates

Carol Pierson Holding | September 17, 2014 | Green
The idea of branding climate change could seem like another exercise in navel-gazing unless you consider the effectiveness of the opposition. They've got branding down, relentlessly repeating the mantra, "science is inconclusive and solutions are exorbitant and unproven."