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Racial Terror by the Rules

One of the most egregious but canonically crucial colonial acts was to make God and Jesus white men. Jesus, in this imagination, is not a …

Friedrich Nietzsche

Shashi Tharoor: All the reasons I’m proud—and not—to be Hindu

In many ways, the fundamental conflict of our times is the clash between, no, not civilisation, but doctrines—religious and ethnic fundamentalism on the one hand, secular consumerist capitalism on the other. The clash is taking place amidst a paradox.<p>Thanks to globalisation, the world has been …

Hinduism

Six steps to younger looking skin with simple facial yoga workout

Fancy lifting, firming and smoothing your skin for zero cost? A simple facial yoga workout has been shown to turn back time the natural way.<p>Imagine …

Skin Care

What to consider when working from home

The home office motto is work wherever, wear whatever, and play whenever. The motto is catchy and clever, but I have found that working at home, at …

Loneliness

Why Even the Best Marriages Are Hard Sometimes

Everyone who just got married is psyched about it. It’s a new adventure they’re embarking on with their best friend forever. Everyone who has been …

Disarm

20 Positive Affirmations to Say to Yourself Every Day

Positive affirmations aren’t just woo-woo nonsense. They really can change your brain and your life in powerful ways. Here is how.<p>First of all, let’s …

Happiness

The idea that everything from spoons to stones are conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

Want your kids to talk to you? Try this...

If you want your kids to talk to you, don’t ask them questions.<p>Kids and husbands have a lot in common—both hate questions. Husbands don’t have the nerve to tell their wives how much they detest the <i>why</i> word. Kids? Boys will grunt a nonsensical response, girls will flash a dramatic eye-roll, and both …

Parenting

How America Is Transforming Islam

Being young and Muslim in the U.S. means navigating multiple identities. Nothing shows that more than falling in love.<p>Taz Ahmed is 38, single, Muslim, and Bengali. She describes herself as spiritual, but not particularly religious. When she was growing up, her immigrant parents hoped she would …

Religion

How Models Like Emily Ratajkowski Sell Sex, Feminism, and Themselves

Model Emily Ratajkowski was criticized after saying that covering herself in pasta was 'empowering.' The line between titillation and self-expression …

A letter to … my sister, who has conquered her depression

The letter you always wanted to write<p>Family stuff happened and those wounds in you festered and festered. No one knew at the beginning. You hid it well under your sleeves and at the back of your eyes.<p>Before it all happened, I sometimes looked at you and thought that this would happen to you. It is …

Scientists spent 75 years studying happiness and this is what they learned

It's the longest running study on happiness, ever.<p>It's hard to measure happiness – it means different things to different people and it can't be …

A body double, CGI skull, and secret filming sessions: Inside the yearlong process to bring this beloved character to the 'Blade Runner' sequel

With a total of 1,200 visual effects shots in "Blade Runner 2049" — that comes out to 1:45 of the movie's total running time of 2:43 — Oscar-winning VFX supervisor John Nelson and his team logged in major hours to go a step beyond the 1982 original movie's legendary sci-fi look.<p>But there was a …

Science Fiction

10 Secrets Only Professional Closet Organizers Know

1 of 10<p>Hybrid Zones Are Trouble<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 10<p>Shelves Are Flexible<p>3 of 10<p>Items Should Be Stored by Frequency of Use<p>Advertisement<p>4 of …

It's About Respect: 15 Signs He Treats You The Way You Truly Deserve

The trick to a happy relationship is seeing each other as complete equals.<p>Now, before you all go on about how you treat all people as equals, …

Photographer Reveals How To Take Stunning Portraits With Christmas Lights In Ordinary Bedroom, And Results Will Amaze You

Photographer Irene Rudnyk decided to get into the holiday spirit with a photoshoot using the warm ambiance of Christmas lights.<p>In a short video …

The skills kids have at age 5 determine how successful they'll be — and it has nothing to do with reading or writing

It's hard to believe that what your child knows at age five could influence his future chances of success. But that's exactly what a 2015 study published in the "American Journal of Public Health" found.<p>But researchers discovered that the skills that predict future success had nothing to do with …

Emotional Intelligence

The Bloody History of Bible Translators

LET ME BEGIN with my own heresy. I recently published a book called <i>Poets of the Bible: From Solomon’s Song of Songs to John’s Revelation</i>. There are …

The forgotten art of squatting is a revelation for bodies ruined by sitting

Sentences that start with the phrase “A guru once told me…” are, more often than not, eye-roll-inducing. But recently, while resting in <i>malasana</i>, or a deep squat, in an East London yoga class, I was struck by the second half of the instructor’s sentence: “A guru once told me that the problem with …

Ergonomics

Gladys Kalibbala Reminds Us That One Person Can Make a Difference

“Compassion fatigue.” It’s a term that gets used when (mostly) Westerners declare that they just can’t spare one more ounce of compassion for those who are suffering. Given the self-inflicted wound that many American voters thrust on this nation, and the consequent series of nearly daily bad news …

Ronald Reagan

The Hysterical Differences Between Your First and Second Child

With children comes experience, so it's no surprise that many parents do things slightly different the second time around. And despite best …

I’m A Therapist, And Sometimes I Get Deeply Lonely – Here’s How I Deal

Last Sunday I schlepped myself home from a friend’s place at 5:41am. My “I’m going to have one drink!” night turned into a runaway — an outcome I rationalized as necessary coping following hands-down the most traumatic dating experience I’ve had in this city. My usual go-to of Jivamukti and …

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, …

The Meaning of Allahu Akbar

Five years ago, I stood at the foot of a parched mountain with my father a few hours before dawn, in Muzdalifah, Saudi Arabia.We were performing …

Allahu Akbar

How to Parent Without Punishing ... and Still Have Well-Behaved Kids

Purchasing the Time-Out Chair and talking about how many times you’ve had to ground your tween/teen almost seem like rites of passage. While it's …

Parenting

Three surprising ways the Protestant Reformation shaped our world

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're a Protestant, the anniversary of the revolution Martin Luther set in motion 500 years ago this Tuesday is a big deal. But even if you're not, it should be. The Reformation was one of the decisive events that made the world we live in, for better or worse.<p>Luther and his followers …

CNN

The Myth of Women’s ‘Empowerment’

For only $100, you can empower a woman in India. This manageable amount, according to the website of the organization India Partners, will provide a woman with her own sewing machine, allowing her to take the very first step on the march to empowerment.<p>Or you can send a chicken. Poultry farming, …

Media Elite Who Got Rich on Sexual Deviancy Turn on Another One of Their Own

If you wonder why Hollywood stayed so quiet so long about casting couch abuse behind closed doors, just look at how the entertainment industry …

The Megyn Kelly Problem

You know that part in “Jurassic Park” when Dr. Grant and the kids are about to get chomped by velociraptors, but the Tyrannosaurus rex shows up and demolishes the raptors with her superior jaws? And you kind of forgive the T. rex for the first half of the movie when she was insatiably hungry for …

12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

Yoga