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Dad Had Diarrhea in Public Restroom With His 4-Year-Old – And Her Response Is Giving Us So Much Glee

Thanks to my newly potty trained toddler, I am perhaps the prime demographic for a story like this one, but I imagine that everyone — if you can get past the visual of someone having diarrhea in a public restroom — will wholeheartedly enjoy this dad's tale of the ultimate parent-child role reversal.<p>…

Parenting

After 25 years of being homeless, I learned there’s one simple thing you can do to help | Gregory P Smith

There are as many pathways to homelessness as there are homeless people in the world. For some, it’s a sudden freefall triggered by a lost job, a broken home life or some other seismic personal upheaval. For others the road to sleeping rough winds down a slow, steady and depressing gradient until …

Homelessness

A Physician in South Texas on an Unnerving Encounter with an Eight-Year-Old Boy in Immigration Detention

Alicia Hart has worked as an emergency physician in South Texas for ten years, and has seen a stream of migrant children from Guatemala and Honduras come to the U.S. fleeing gang violence. In the past, most of the kids in her care were teen-agers who had crossed the border unaccompanied and ended …

Immigration

14 techniques for more thorough proofreading

PR pros put great effort into crafting press releases, building a targeted media list and developing relationships with journalists. Yet even a minor …

How Did The Rainbow Become A Symbol Of Gay Pride?

I'll never forget the day my 60-something-year-old grandmother grabbed a rainbow belt from the shelf at Spencer's, wrapped it around her waist, and …

How to Take Care of Others Without Burning Out

In our over-stressed world, many health care providers, social workers and caregivers are suffering from slow yet painful burnout. Many of the rest …

Mindfulness

The Best Books on Writing, According to Novelists, Poets, and Writing Professors

An introduction to the writer’s library.<p><i>Welcome to</i> <i>Reading Lists</i><i>, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at</i> …

Books

The 50 most commonly assigned works of literature at top US colleges

US students are starting their summer vacation, which means a brief respite from stacks of required reading. For college kids, that’s three months without any Sophocles, Milton, or Woolf.<p>The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) is an online database with 1 million university curricula collected by scraping …

Literature

Warren Buffett Says if You Hire Somebody Without This Trait, 'You Really Want Them to Be Dumb and Lazy'

No, it's not intelligence. But it should be a non-negotiable in building strong teams and companies.<p>Billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett has been dazzling us with wisdom for nearly half a century.<p>As one of the most successful value investors in the world, the Oracle of Omaha …

Self-improvement

Brain Scans of Transgender Youth Could Put an End to Gender Dysphoria

Brain imaging could change everything for transgender youth.<p>Approximately 1.4 million Americans are transgender. Despite scientific evidence to the …

LGBTQI

I Was the Mean Girl in Middle School, and This Is What My Mom Did to Change That

Before the time of the internet when being a bully meant being nasty to another girl's face, I was the most horrible little monster you would ever meet. I was an old-fashioned bully; the type that would terrorize little girls through mocking, name-calling, and excluding them from activities. And I …

Parenting

Want to sound smarter? Master these 7 grammar tips

As the executive editor of Avenue Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in New York City, I see the importance of proper grammar every day. …

'It’s like ‘Mean Girls,’ but everyone is 80': How nursing homes deal with bullies

SAN FRANCISCO – The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty.<p>It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising was that the perpetrators and victims alike were all …

San Francisco

This Is the Safest Pool Accessory For Kids Learning to Swim, According to the US Coast Guard

Knowing the ins and out of pool safety when you have little kids splashing about can be a lifesaver in the most literal sense. And believe it or not, the floatation devices your children use can have an enormous impact on their safety. Thankfully, we asked a water safety expert about the best …

Kids

How World War I Changed Literature

World War I, the war that was originally expected to be “over by Christmas,” dragged on for four years with a grim brutality brought on by the dawn …

Literature

Over 1,000 migrant children are missing in the U.S.

Almost 1,500 migrant children are unaccounted for after being placed with sponsors by the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a top …

Choosing the wrong college can have a surprisingly big impact on a student's mental health

• <b>Though stressful at times, college should be a place where students can learn and grow.</b>• <b><br>However, if a student ends up at a college with weaker academics then their high school, his or her mental health and well-being could be negatively impacted.</b>• <b><br>One study found that about 50% of students chose to a</b> …

When Beauty Is a Troll

The peppy mixed messaging of I Feel Pretty is only the latest reminder: American culture doesn’t fully know what it’s talking about when it talks about attractiveness.<p>Every once in a while I’ll rewatch an old episode of <i>Friends</i>, because it’s familiar and soothing and there. The other day, Netflix …

Less Toys, More Joy: How to Avoid Having Too Many Toys

Toys have a way of taking over.<p>It starts innocently enough. You love your kids. You want to make them happy. But before you know it, you find …

Kids

The way you see colour depends on what language you speak

The human eye can physically perceive millions of colours. But we don’t all recognise these colours in the same way.<p>Some people can’t see differences …

Seven reasons people no longer want to be teachers

The programs are long and intense, the creativity and relationships aspect of the vocation has been eroded, there is pervasive negativity in the …

An Incomplete List of Things Black People Should Avoid Doing so They Won’t Be Killed by Police

On Sunday, March 18, police in Sacramento, Calif., fired 20 shots at Stephon Clark, killing him. Clark was unarmed and in his own backyard, leading …

To write better, edit out these filler phrases

The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes …

Despite Terrorizing Black People, the Serial-Killing Suicide Bomber Was Not a Terrorist Because, Well ... He’s White

The words are back.<p>You know which words I’m talking about. The politically correct nouns, verbs and adjectives used to shield their sayers and …

Austin Bombings

Up in smoke: should an author's dying wishes be obeyed?

Harper Lee never wanted Go Set a Watchman brought out, Sylvia Plath’s diary was burned by Ted Hughes – the controversial world of literary legacies<p>When a writer is born into a family, the Polish poet Czesław Miłosz said, that family is finished. Yes, but when a writer dies that family’s troubles …

Literature

Millennials' eating habits are wildly different from their parents' — and the food industry has to face urgent consequences

Millennials, the largest living generation, are poised this year to have more spending power than baby boomers, according to analysts at Bernstein.<p>And so, it's important to understand what they're buying, and how they're different from their parents.<p>"What was once an academic exercise (how will …

May I have a word... about nouns posing as verbs? | Jonathan Bouquet

A regular look at the pleasures – and pains – of the English language<p>This country has long, and rightly, welcomed immigrants. And not just people. Our language has been enriched in diverse ways by incomers. We would be a poorer place without a leavening of French, Spanish and Italian interlopers. …

Language

What Shakespeare’s English Sounded Like, and How We Know It

A common joke has Americans overawed by people with British accents. It’s funny because it’s partly true; Yanks can grant undue authority to people …

Language

Why wealthy people may be less successful in love

A study found rich people are less likely than poorer people to exhibit flexibility and empathy in relationships.<p>Money trouble is commonly cited as one of the major reasons people break up; a study by LearnVest found that nearly on in four (24 percent) of Americans have split with a partner because …

Psychology

France was the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unused food — and the world is taking notice

France is a culinary leader — both at the table and, more recently, in the trash can.<p>In February 2016, France became the first country in the world to prohibit supermarkets from throwing away unused food through unanimously passed legislation.<p>Now, supermarkets of a certain size must donate unused …