Marita Smith

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Every centimetre planted with the right flowers counts when helping pollinators<p>The loss of flower-rich habitat since the 1930s has taken its toll on our pollinators, but thoughtful planting of a plot even the area of the page that you are reading can make a world of difference to a bee. That may …

Gardening

Artist Carves Everyday Foods into Exquisitely Patterned Masterpieces

Artist Daniele Barresi is an award-winning design carver. Rather than chipping away at expected materials like wood or marble, he lends his talents to something much tastier. Using food as an unconventional canvas, he creates awe-inspiring sculptures out of fruits, vegetables, and cheese. Despite …

What Happens to Your Brain When You Stop Believing in God

It's like going off a drug.<p>My belief in God didn't spontaneously combust—it faded. I lost my virginity at 16. I stopped going to church. I snuck out past curfew. As punishment, my mom made me memorize Bible verses, and I recited them like recipes.<p>I wasn't the only kid who stopped believing. A …

Is There a Christian Double Standard on Religious Violence?

Nearly 80 percent of Christians don’t think a terrorist acting in the name of Christianity is Christian. But more than half say terrorists acting in …

Religion

5 Communication Mistakes You Didn't Know You Were Making in Your Relationship

You don’t have to be a relationship expert to know that communication is an important component of a romantic relationship (or any relationship, for …

Emotional Intelligence

Ladies, check your privilege

It isn't always fun to be a man these days. (Especially a straight, white one.) You get blamed for everything. Manshaming is practically obligatory, especially among the educated young, where the vicious nature of men is blamed for everything from mass shootings and rape culture to mansplaining. To …

These Powerful Bonding Exercises Will Transform Your Relationship

<i>This article originally appeared on YourTango, By Kyle Benson</i><p><b>Powerful exercises bond you emotionally with your partner.</b><p>Love is a dance of connection and disconnection. There are times when you feel compelled by your lover and other times when you feel the need for alone time.<p>Some of us need more …

15 Romantic Novels You Should Read Instead Of Watching Their Movie Counterparts

There's nothing more stirring to the soul than a good old bout of love. The emotion's notorious reputation is to create mayhem, but we all have …

15 Slow Cooker Meals to Get You Through the Work Week

November 26, 2017<p>Copy By: Cassandra Monroe<br>• Feature Image By: One Lovely Life<p>Ease, comfort, and little preparation required- these are a few reasons …

Americans — not just liberals — have a religious literacy problem

The idea that liberals and cultural elites suffer from religious illiteracy is now widely accepted, by both the accusers and the accused.New York Timesexecutive editor Dean Baquet confessed to NPR’s Terry Gross that “media powerhouses don't quite get religion.” Former Obama White House staffer and …

Animal photos of the year 2016

Hillary Clinton is the only presidential candidate to say 'sorry' - here's how women can stop apologising

Over-apologising has come to be seen as a female trait. There are workshops dedicated to helping women stop saying sorry, adverts that want us to stop apologising and even tool to remove the word from your emails.<p>Now Hillary Clinton, the only woman to get close to becoming President of the United …

Human Rights

Social Media Experiment Proves Rape Culture's Point

I decided to run an informal social experiment last Friday. I wrote a post about locker room talk and excusing rape culture on my blog as a way to discuss the difference between sex talk and assault talk and how we as a society are contributing to the prevalence of rape culture when we don't …

Women Will Be the Ones to Save America from Trump

Thanks to decades of feminist groundwork, women across the country are poised not just to elect the country's first female president, but to reject misogynistic policies that have denied them benefits.<p>If Hillary Clinton wins the election on Tuesday and saves America from the perils of a Donald …

Labia escape censorship, body image doco MA15+ rating overturned - Hack - triple j

It’s hoped the overturning of an MA15+ rating on a doco about body image (and labiaplasty) could signal the end of airbrushed vulvas in Australian …

How to Be Daring in the Bedroom

'Future Sex' author Emily Witt opens up about learning to embrace her sexuality—and how you can, too.<p>For her first book, writer Emily Witt landed on a topic few are comfortable discussing outside the confines of close relationships: sex. Following several failed relationships, Witt spent five years …

Relationships

This Is How To Unlock Meaning In Life: 4 Proven Secrets

There’s no shortage of tips about what brings happiness, but what gives your life <i>meaning</i>?“Meaning in life” is one of those things everybody insists …

Atheism: Disproved by Science?

I, like you, was born in the Kali Yuga, the Dark Age of Hindu mythology, when all the great faiths of the world are on the wane. The secular faith in …

Dark Matter

This sleek, customizable truck camper reinvents a classic

Lightweight builds ready for any adventure<p>Truck campers aren’t usually the prettiest adventure vehicles. Bulky, heavy, and often built with a reliance on cheap wood paneling, the camper shell has long been the forgotten stepchild of mobile living. But BAHN Camper Works out of Hood River, Oregon, …

RVs

Sex and the single Christian: Why celibacy isn’t the only option

It isn’t fair that some folks remain single when they’d rather be partnered. Loneliness and longing can be meaningful, but usually that transformation from suffering to beauty can happen only if we attempt to live into this one wild life we’ve been given, to look for possibility, to open ourselves …

Adam, Eve, and the Amazing Clarity of C. S. Lewis

"I, as a pastor of an evangelical and Anabaptist church, think it vitally important that we <i>not</i> put forth the historicity of Adam as a matter that is essential to Christian faith.""The fact is, dogmatism on this point would have tragically barred C.S. Lewis, myself, and a multitude of others from …

Top 10 Questions About Religious Liberty, Jesus And LGBT People

As the longest election cycle in the history of voting heads into the home stretch, it seemed like a good time to offer this refresher course on what the Bible actually says and doesn't say about LGBT people -- along with a reminder about what religious liberty is and isn't.<p><b>1. Is being gay a …

Porn Viewing A Death Knell For Happy Marriage

August 22, 2016<p>119<p>125<p>Married and love to watch some steamy porn together to rekindle the action between the sheets? Be warned as frequent pornography …

Olympics coverage and commentary managed to offend, annoy, and alienate almost everyone

Rio 2016 didn’t create racism, sexism, and homophobia — it just gave them a two-week platform.<p>The games of the XXXI Olympiad are just about over. The two-week event featured amazing athletic feats, spectacular shows of teamwork, touching personal narratives, and inspiring examples of hard work …

American women are dominating the Games, and it didn't happen by accident

A girl wanders into a Houston gym on a school field trip, a worker loves her spark, and a dozen years later she wins four Olympic gold medals.<p>A girl jumps into a suburban Washington, D.C., swimming pool to make friends, a coach notices her stroke, and a dozen years later she wins four Olympic gold …

Six Things I Wish Christians Would Stop Doing

August 16, 2016 by Stephen Mattson<p>As a parent, there are many things I love about Christianity and want my children to fully embrace as they get …

How I Learned To Have Mind-Blowing, Intimate Sex Every Time

Sting was sitting on Oprah's couch talking about sex. It was 2003 and I was 30 years old. He waxed poetic about his hourslong lovemaking sessions. …

Muslim Woman Devotes Her Life to Helping Christians Displaced by ISIS

Many are familiar with "The Vicar of Baghdad," Canon Andrew White, the head of one of the most prominent relief charities helping thousands of Christians displaced by ISIS, but many don't know that much of the work White gets credit for is actually carried out by a Muslim woman.<p>Meet Dr. Sarah …

How the practice of sex-testing targets female Olympic athletes | The Star

Sometime in 2011 or 2012, four elite female athletes travelled from their homes to a clinic in France.<p>They were all tall, flat-chested and muscular. …

Women's Sports