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Dutch 'Zwarte Piet': Innocent Holiday Tradition or Inadvertent Racism?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

When I was a little kid ("little" being ages 10 through 17), I lived in the Netherlands Antilles and in the Netherlands. That was back in the '50s. I remember Zwarte Piet, or "Black Pete," well.

How to Rescue Your Religion

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

How often have we heard this? "Religion is violent." "Religion is sexist." "Religion is wrecking the planet." Actually, more often than not, religion gone wrong has been hijacked. Stolen. Bought, sold, made off with.

Creative Entertaining: Game, Set, Match! (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 06.25.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Whether you're cheering for last year's reigning British champ or this year's French Open winner, what better time to don your tennis whites and host a viewing party for friends and family?

Rites and Rituals

Sonya Hamlin | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Sonya Hamlin

Ends of seasons signal transitions, and the one from the long winter through the questionable spring before the hopeful leap into summer also engender...

Generation Camp

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

I wanted my son to have many of the same experiences I did back in my day. Camp, for me, was more than just playing sports during the day and sleeping in a cabin in the woods at night. Camp was a place where I grew into myself and in many ways, discovered who I was.

Transhumanist Art Will Help Guide People to Becoming Masterpieces

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.05.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

When most people think of transhumanist art, they think of science fiction movies and novels. Of course, these forms of art have done much to promote transhumanism and the inevitable tech-dominated future.

Dispensing Advice (and Cake) at the Kitchen Table

Carol Bysiek | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol Bysiek

The pressures to achieve material and outward success will come at you from everywhere, and the world will not be generous in leaving you the time to connect with family and friends, to serve others, to fulfill your life in the most important ways. Setting those boundaries and creating that space comes down to you.

Post Mother's Day Blues

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Ann V. Klotz

Some days, I am astonished that I am the mother to three children. After all that loss, such wonder. And, how grateful I was to have children who love me, who loved me with hugs and understanding when my own mother died.

Breaking Tradition Can Be the Best Tradition

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 05.13.2014 | Weddings
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

There is a fine line between holding onto items for sentimental reason and because you deserve a spot on the season premiere of Hoarders. Similarly, between real tradition and yet another excuse for excess.

What Do You Call Your Mother in Law?

Denise Oliveira | Posted 07.09.2014 | Weddings
Denise Oliveira

Knowing what to call your mother-in-law may be easier in families and communities that still have a strong naming tradition.

Things I Learned (and Wish I Had Learned) From Mom

Lori Ferraro | Posted 07.05.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

Like many little girls, I grew up in awe of my mom. I thought she was the prettiest, hippest, kindest woman on the planet.

The Hybrid Humanities in an Age of Public Scholarship

Christine Henseler | Posted 06.25.2014 | College
Christine Henseler

The opportunities and challenges afforded by technologies demand that both scholars and publics rethink and rearticulate who they are and how they relate to each other. For starters, academics working in the humanities must break down the divisionary descriptors between the traditional humanities scholar and those who identify as public scholars.

Macaroon Epiphany

EllynAnne Geisel | Posted 06.18.2014 | Denver
EllynAnne Geisel

For forever, the only Passover-approved cookie available at the grocery was an almond macaroon. Like a beloved family tradition, those icky sweet orbs have been passed off from one generation to the next as the holiday's go-to sweet. Falling into the ancestral way, I've been serving almond nuggets for over 30 years, until this year, when I experienced a macaroon epiphany.

An Atheist Jew and a Good Christian

Leslie Handler | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Leslie Handler

Too many times, I listened to the evening news to hear someone say that it was "by the grace of God" that their home was still standing or that their loved ones were still alive. I began to wonder: Did God not grace their neighbor, the one who lost their home and their loved ones?

Is a Touch of Reverence Too Much to Ask?

Richard French | Posted 06.09.2014 | Sports
Richard French

What happened to baseball over the last 30 years? Every current pro stands on the shoulders of previous generations of players and owes them -- and the game -- their respect and gratitude.

The Big Question: Is He/She Good Enough for Marriage?

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 06.08.2014 | Weddings
Rym Tina Ghazal

Lying, sometimes even to oneself, being selfish, fearing being alone and stringing somebody along just to feel good about oneself is not acceptable. It is immature.

What Really Happens When We Are Around the Table?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 05.27.2014 | Food
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Because food can exclude or include people, it is also a way in which new people and cultures can be incorporated in our celebrations.

The Flavor of Love: A Survivor's Son's Love Affair With Food

Linda S. Haase | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Linda S. Haase

Throughout our own, sometimes-tumultuous relationship as adults, I still baked him butter rum cakes and hazelnut sacher brownies. Because I wanted him, always, to taste the love.

How to Get on Russia's Sh*t List

Off Track Planet | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

If a stampede of angry drunk Russians is your idea of adventure, get on the Soviet sh*t list and unleash the beast. Photo by: Kyle Taylor If there ...

Ahhhh, Weddings

Zoe Strimpel | Posted 05.21.2014 | Weddings
Zoe Strimpel

Ok, so here are some things I'd do differently. Joan and Peter [names have been changed]: you were divine. Looked tip-top, were generous to have me, and threw a fabulously foodie party. It could have been anyone's wedding that prompted these thoughts.

The Holiday Trap

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

I have bought into the mommy holiday madness. For the past few years, here is what goes on at our house every St. Patrick's Day...

What We Mean When We Speak of Tradition in the Church

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Tradition is of great significance to Catholics. But what is meant by "Tradition" in a Church that is now 2000-years-old? When we speak of Tradition, we must speak of historical process.

Are You A Food Mixologist?

Kimlai Yingling | Posted 04.16.2014 | Taste
Kimlai Yingling

Food has become super cool! We're a curious generation and we'll mix and match different ingredients to see what new concoctions we can come up with. Now whether it's acceptable to our palate is another story, but we are willing to try.

The Beloved Family Tradition I'm Recreating For My Kids

Lori Ferraro | Posted 04.09.2014 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

I love that they have this little weekly tradition to look forward to. I love that my friends love to come over and share our tradition with us. I love that this is a slice (see what I did there?) of my childhood that is now a part of theirs.

Tradition, Bicultural Identity and Chinese New Year

Emily Chen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Emily Chen

This time last year I traveled to Taiwan from California to celebrate Chinese New Year with my 90-year-old grandmother. Born and raised in the United States, it was the first time in my 30-plus years that I'd experienced the holiday in Asia.