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My Pagan Youth Within The Walls Of Christianity

I think it's safe to say that most of us have heard someone say the phrase, "I'm not exactly religious. I'm more, kind of, you know, like... spiritual." I've muttered it myself upon more than one occasion -- until it became obvious that I was mimicking others like an inebriated parrot. The phrase …

5 Benefits Of Being A Curious Person

Curiosity killed the cat? Not exactly. Evidence continues to emerge about the benefits of being an inquisitive, interested person. Not only does staying wide-eyed about the world make life more fun, it also has a number of surprising benefits.<p>Here are five reasons why curiosity is great.<p><b>It can</b> …

When Being Beautiful Might Count Against You

<i>By Bettina Chang</i><p>Beautiful people, as a rule, have it pretty good. They tend to have more self-confidence, higher income and better financial well-being than plain-faced or downright ugly people. They're also rated as more socially and intellectually competent. But one way attractive women, in …

Mind-Body Therapies to Ease Insomnia

Insomnia can be a frustrating cycle of sleeplessness to break. For many people, insomnia leads not only to daytime fatigue, sleepiness, and irritability, but also to anxiety about sleep itself. Feeling stress about one's ability to sleep can make falling asleep even more difficult. This kind of …

9 Things Powerful People Never Say

Powerful people talk in a healthy way, combining the right blend of confidence and humility. They share authentically with their hearts and inspire others to action. Check out these things powerful people never say so you can become even more powerful.<p><b>1. "Because we've always done it that way."</b><p>You …

My Lesbian Mom Died Terrified of Going to Hell

I once punched a girl in the face for saying, "You're dirty like your lesbian moms," all because a boy she liked was interested in me. I didn't think about it; I just swung. Then I dared her to say it again. She didn't. She knew better.<p>I was raised in a gay relationship in the '70s and '80s, long …

The Measure of a Man

Earlier this week, Tom Cruise, secured by little more than a harness to the outside of a military plane flying 5,000 feet above the UK, successfully completed one of the most dangerous stunts in filmmaking history. In case you missed the headlines, the death-defying act was captured for the latest …

10 Crazy-Good Holiday Cocktail Party Recipes

<b>1. Cocktail Meatballs</b><p>Throw away those old kitschy cocktail meatball recipes that call for grape jelly and frozen meatballs -- these are easy-to-make and so much better. You'll love that the meatballs are baked, not fried, and the sweet and tangy sauce is ready in under 15 minutes. Just be sure to …

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Girl's Princess Wand Is Actually Beyond Scary Demonic Toy

What the hell?<p>A Dayton, Ohio, mom was horrified when the toy she thought was a princess wand turned out to have an image of a demonic-looking girl slitting her wrists, WHIO reports.<p><b>Story continues below scary toy ...</b><p>Nicole Allen told the station her two-year-old daughter peeled back a piece of foil …

Current And Incoming Republican Senators Set Out Pro-Corporate Agenda For 114th Congress

WASHINGTON -- Republicans senators, including those already in office and incoming new members, discussed across morning television shows on Sunday what they would like to see done in the 114th Congress.<p>The suite of issues senators want addressed include a grab-bag of policies sought by the …

Hockey's Got Nothin' On Figure Skaters' Bloody Collision

Your browser does not support iframes.<p>An ice skating competition turned brutal and bloody -- even before it began.<p>Two figure skaters collided during warmups at the Lexus Cup of China in Shanghai on Saturday, falling dazed to the ice.<p>Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Han Yan of China did not see the other …