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9 Ways to Decorate With Flowers Beyond the Vase

Get creative with your blooms. Denise Porcaro, founder and owner of Flower Girl NYC, shares new ideas for floral decor.<p><b>1. In a Wreath</b>Nothing beats fresh flowers in a wreath. It is a luxury to make a wreath out of blooms rather than with greenery. Stay seasonal and focus on big blooms, and it will …

Why All Leaders Should Read Lord of the Flies

William Golding's novel deftly illustrates the one true test of a leader.<p>All entrepreneurs have moments when they feel like young Ralph in William Golding’s classic novel <i>Lord of the Flies</i>.<p>Ralph is left deserted on a tropical island with a group of his peers. He is appointed leader, yet he finds it …

The Happiest Country in the World

So far, I’ve been to about ten countries that each claim to be the happiest country on Earth.<p>In Iceland, in Denmark, in Holland, even in India once, someone pulled me aside to claim that their country is the happiest. I never disagree; I just simply ask, “How do you know?”<p>I’ve taken enough Stats …

Powerful Portraits of Secluded Cultures on the Brink of Extinction

Before They Pass Away is a powerful documentary series by photographer Jimmy Nelson featuring dozens of cultures around the world whose people live in seclusion and are at risk of fading away. Traveling across five continents, the English photographer manages to embrace the various cultures he has …

June 2013

Spice Up Your Soiree with these Fall Cider Recipes

Cheers to all the delectable delights of Autumn — kettle corn, pumpkin pie, and apple cider, to name but a few! <b>When seasonal temperatures start to drop, nothing chases off the chills better than a toasty beverage.</b><p>Next time you pass a roadside farm stand, why not pick up a gallon of locally made …

10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

Artist Paints The Human Body In Ways You Cannot Imagine

This is the talented Alexa Meade, a painter who creates extraordinary paintings by using the human body as her primary canvas.<p>Her work is almost …

What I'd Say to the Martians

• <b>Author:</b> Jack Handey<p>Jack Handey is one of America's favorite humorists, from his New Yorker pieces to his Deep Thoughts books and Saturday Night Live sketches. Now, in What I'd Say to the Martians, Handey regales readers with his incredible wit and wacky musings.

Putting women at the center: Why family planning must address social barriers

Within a few days, thousands of members of the global family planning community will come together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to talk about ways to …

Writers brainstorm on role of women in literature

Are all women writers essentially feminist, and is women’s writing a separate entity? These were two questions thrown up by the keynote speaker and …

No end to 'war on women' attacks

Hardly a commercial break went by in October in which Virginia voters weren’t reminded of Ken Cuccinelli’s far-right views on abortion and other social issues.<p>How much of a difference the deluge ultimately made after Cuccinelli’s surprisingly narrow loss to Democrat Terry McAuliffe is open for …

Artist responds to mixed reactions over Disney-fied feminist icons

What would some of the world’s most famous female icons look like if they received the Disney treatment? Would Hillary Clinton have wide eyes and an impossible hourglass figure? Might Ruth Bader Ginsberg sit on the bench in sparkly black robes? And would it change the way we think of Belle and …

A letter to Lululemon, on behalf of women whose thighs touch

Lululemon yoga pants cost up to $130 a pair. <i>One pair of pants.</i><p>And women love them. The brand has a devoted following that has turned the company into …

#endFGM: "It's because of my education that I have not been circumcised."

Fighting gender-based violence in Sierra Leone

The ongoing trial of Sierra Leone’s former Deputy Education Minister Mahmoud Tarawally on rape charges has made headlines and highlighted the …

My Abortion

<b>Kassi, 29</b> <i><br>Vermont, 2004</i><br>My boyfriend and I went to the doctor for an IUD and were told to use condoms until we were together longer. A month later, …