Alissa Marquess

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Carnival Cruise Flood Video Is Viewed 1.3 Million Times on Facebook. The Company's Response Is Brilliant

Passenger Marla Haase's video looked a little too much like a scene from Titanic.<p>When a malfunction caused flooding on a Carnival Cruise ship during a Caribbean voyage, a passenger's video went viral on Facebook. The company's response was a fantastic lesson in how to respond to a social media …

Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is admirably sensitive. The lines it makes can be fat or thin, screams or …

Jersey City

'Community' Creator Dan Harmon's Apology For Sexually Harassing Writer Megan Ganz Might Be The First Decent One

Last week, TV comedy writer Megan Ganz called out <i>Community</i> creator Dan Harmon, who's her former boss, for alleged sexual harassment in a Twitter …

Celine Dion's Response to Unruly Fan Rushing the Stage Is a Powerful Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

This situation could have quickly turned ugly, if not for Dion's skillful reaction.<p>How would you react if a drunk stranger suddenly rushed you at work? Would you run? Fight? Freak out?<p>That's the apparent situation famous singer Celine Dion had to deal with during a recent performance at Caesar's …

Sofia Bonati's amazing ladies – in pictures

For the past couple of years, Sofia Bonati has been drawing intricate portraits of women against a backdrop of mazes and floral patterns. A self-taught artist from Argentina, now based in the UK, Bonati uses pencils, watercolours, inks, gouache and markers to portray “the intricacy of the female …

Gustav Klimt

12 Books Every Harry Potter Fan Should Read In 2018

With January on the horizon, it's time to get excited about 2018 reading. (Cue fireworks.) And if you're a Harry Potter fan, I'm sure you're itching …

Mom's Time Lapse Video Of Her Entire Day Is Relatable AF

Her partner asked what she does all day — she showed him<p>As a work-at-home mom, I often feel as though I’ve cycled through an entire 24 hours before 9 …

Athletes From Around The World Strip Off For Charity Calendar, And The Photos Will Make Your Heart Beat Faster

London-based photographer and former biathlete Dominika Cuda has gathered cross-fit champions, ballerinas, horse riders and other sportsmen and women …

CrossFit

7 helpful things parents can say when their child comes out of the closet

Coming out can be the best day of an LGBTQ person's life. Though it's freeing, it isn't always easy. In fact, coming out is actually one of the hardest things a person can do in a society that harms, marginalizes, and perpetuates violence against them. Despite the success stories and progress, …

The Cost of Devaluing Women

My first job out of college in the late 1980s was at Salomon Brothers, a trading house of cigar-smoking, expletive-spewing strivers. One day, I leaned over a colleague’s desk to work on a spreadsheet, and heard loud laughter from behind me; one of the guys was pretending to perform a sex act on me. …

Gaslighting: How A Flicker Of Self-Doubt Warps Our Response To Sexual Harassment

When I was 16, I was sitting with my best friend in a park by the Connecticut River on a tumble of rocks. We hadn't seen anyone in the hour we'd been there. We were midconversation when my friend whispered, "There's a naked man over there." Sure enough, there was. A man, maybe in his 40s or 50s, …

Three Poems to Introduce Mindfulness to Children

How can you help a child reap the benefits of mindfulness, especially if they’re not old enough to read or sit still for very long?<p><i>Breathe and Be: A</i> …

Mindfulness

In 'Our Syria' Cookbook, Women Share Stories, Safeguard A Scattered Cuisine

As millions of people have fled Syria, they haven't been able to take much with them on their journey. Families often had to abandon the things that reminded them of home. So the recipes that bring them back to the places they left behind are precious.<p>Dina Mousawi and Itab Azzam are the authors of …

People for sale: Where lives are auctioned for $400

<b>Tripoli, Libya (CNN)</b> -- "Eight hundred," says the auctioneer. "900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100 ..." Sold. For 1,200 Libyan dinars -- the equivalent of $800.<p>Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture. Not "merchandise" at all, but two human beings.<p>One of the unidentified men being sold in the …

Africa

Louis C.K. says he misused his power and 'brought pain'

NEW YORK (AP) — With his career imploding over allegations of sexual misconduct, comedian Louis C.K. confessed Friday to masturbating in front of women and expressed remorse for wielding his influence "irresponsibly."<p>The comedian said in a statement that the harassment claims by five women detailed …

What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew

The mentor-mentee relationship is a tango between a more senior person and a junior one. Just as in dance, coordination and orchestration between parties is necessary for grace and success. And while we and others have written about what makes the ideal mentor, comparatively less attention has been …

I didn't understand how widespread rape was. Then the penny dropped | David Graeber

I’m a lefty academic versed in feminist theory. Still, I rebelled against the idea that rich and powerful men regularly rape or attempt to rape women<p>This is a very difficult column for me to write because it’s about my mother.<p>A week or two after the then IMF director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was …

Feminism

11 barriers that prevent kids from playing outside

<b>The Wild Network compiled the following list in hopes that we can overcome these barriers and put kids back where they belong -- playing in …

This Educator’s Unique ‘Reading Log’ Is Something Teachers, Parents, And Kids Can Get On Board With

I have a love-hate relationship with reading charts. And by that, I mean that I love the reading part. I hate the chart part.<p>In my experience, …

This Third-Grade Math Homework Question Has People Stumped

"I don't think that's a fair third-grade question."<p>Homework is sometimes the bane of parents’ existence ... especially when even they can’t figure it out.<p>A problem from one third-grader’s math homework stumped Reddit users this week. On Tuesday, a mom named Dusty Sappington posted a photo showing a …

It's Worse Than We Thought: 3 New Revelations in Sleep Health

Not getting enough sleep is tied to everything from lack of productivity to Alzheimer's and type 2 diabetes.<p>You undoubtedly realize that sleep is important, if for no other reason than you’ve experienced the grogginess and detrimental productivity effects firsthand after a night of little to no …

Sleep

Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons

• Criticizing your partner’s character (“You’re so stupid” vs “That thing you did was stupid”)<br>• Defensiveness (or basically, blame shifting, “I wouldn’t have done that if you weren’t late all the time”)<br>• Contempt (putting down your partner and making them feel inferior)<br>• Stonewalling (withdrawing from an …

Self-improvement

Why isn't there a Grindr for straight people?

Tinder is not the straight Grindr and never will be – so why are there not more venues for straight people to arrange casual sex? <b>Moira Weigel</b> investigates<p>My friend – call him Henry – thinks that we should start at the Equinox gym. But I don’t have a membership and another friend is insisting that …

9 Things You Must Do With Your Sister At Least Once

“Lord help the mister that comes between me and my sister, and Lord help the sister that comes between me and my man!” The classic <i>White Christmas</i> …

How children grow up to be narcissists

How does someone "get" a narcissistic personality disorder?<p>Narcissistic personality disorders are a byproduct of certain childhood family environments. All children want their parents' approval and attention.<p>Children adapt to their homes, and often the most productive and reasonable adaptation to …

Narcissism

One of the Greatest Threats to Our Lifespans Is Loneliness

What would society be like if health insurers and public bodies invested as much in encouraging social encounters as exercise and good diet?<p>In her inaugural speech as the head of the Royal College of General Practitioners recently, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard chose to focus her remarks on …

Public Health

The Best Board Games for Kids, According to Hyperenthusiastic Amazon Reviewers

<i>Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try</i> …

Board Games

17 Things You Should Know About Your Vagina

40 Hard Things You Need to Hear

I’m sitting here on the tenth anniversary of a dear friend’s passing, thinking about the last conversation I had with her. With a soft, weak voice …

Sitting

Master of mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn: ‘People are losing their minds. That is what we need to wake up to’

By taking the Buddhism out of the practice, Kabat-Zinn pioneered a meditative approach used all over the world to treat pain and depression. He talks about Trump, ‘McMindfulness’ and how a 10-second vision in 1979 led to a change in the world’s consciousness<p>The police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, …

Mindfulness