Melody Cardinelli

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Why Would A Teenage Girl Encourage Her Boyfriend to Kill Himself?

Would you have to be a psychopath to tell someone else to take their own life?<p>In July 2014, 17-year-old Michelle Carter sent her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, a series of texts urging him to commit suicide. Late last month, standing in a Massachusetts courtroom over a year after his death, …

24 Dump Dinners You Can Make In A Crock-Pot

Step one: Dump everything into a slow cooker. Step two: Let dinner make itself.

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I got cheated on—here's what I learned

I’m a grad student who joins too many organizations and clubs. I love watching video game play commentary videos on YouTube, drinking coffee, sitting …

Teens Trapped by Coercive Control

Sometimes teen romance can be downright dangerous. Early relationships can be traps for young people, spoiling months or years of their lives and setting the pattern for future coupling.<p>A crush can turn soul-crushing if it includes sexual assault, domestic violence, or <b>coercive contro</b>l. Maybe you're …

10 Pieces Of Tough Love Advice From Marriage Therapists

A marriage therapist's job is to listen to couples' frustrations and try to help each spouse work through his or her issues. Sometimes, that requires doling out some tough love, hard-to-hear advice.<p>Below, 10 marriage therapists share the most blunt -- but constructive! -- piece of advice they've …

Lie Detection

8 Signs You're Stuck In A Toxic Marriage

<i>By Michela for DivorcedMoms.com</i><p>The first time I heard the phrase "toxic marriage," I felt a little sick. That couldn't be me, could it? If you're reading this now, you've got that little nagging intuition that tells you something in your relationship is off. Is it? See if any of these eight signs …

Divorce

There's a super-simple way to determine if you are getting enough sleep

Now Monday morning, I'm totally regretting it. So how many hours of sleep should you get?<p>Here's one speedy trick to figure out if you're getting enough sleep from Dr. Andrew Wellman, a sleep specialist at Harvard and Brigham and Women's.<p>The very first question Wellman asks new patients is <b>"Do your</b> …

Sleep

5 Phrases The Happiest Couples Use To Stay Crazy In Love

<i>By Coach Todd Reed</i><p>Who knew that just a few little words could make all the difference in a relationship?<p>In my work with couples, I've found that repeating certain phrases is key to staying close and connected to the one you love most. Here are five magic phrases that help keep happy couples feeling …

Relationships

14 Women Get Real About Sex On The First Date

"I think putting a number on the dates-to-sex ratio can be stifling."<p>As people stay in the dating pool longer than ever before, women are continuously inundated with advice on whether or not to sleep with someone on the first date.<p>Making that decision often involves canceling out a lot of …

Relationships

Recipe: Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Teenage Girls, Mothers, and Aunties

<i>I am the single mom of three girls and am having a hard time with my fifteen-year-old. We have always been very close, but this past year, when she's upset, she turns to her Facebook friends instead of me. What can I do to make sure she's not getting steered wrong when she's stopped opening up to</i> …

The Surprising Reason Many Men Cheat

It seems every few months the media reports about a well-known man whose sexual forays have led to destroying his career and his marriage. My usual response is "How could he do it? Didn't he know people would eventually find out?"<p>While these questions can also be asked of the millions of people who …

The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

Language

Is the world running out of space?

In an increasingly crowded world, will we still be able to find respite from one another?<p>Sometimes it’s difficult to fathom that the world could actually become even more crowded than it is today – especially when elbowing through a teeming Delhi market, hustling across a frenetic Tokyo street …

Geography

How to Be Happier Without Really Trying

You are already a happiness expert. Seriously. You’re just a bit inconsistent.<p>You already do a lot of things that researchers recommend for increased …

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

By Sara Shipley Hiles<p>Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an …

Public Health