Mel Q

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When is a crime a hate crime and when is it terrorism?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A car mows down a group of counterprotesters at rally of white nationalists. The accused suspect reportedly has "extreme" views. In the aftermath of this comes a familiar question: Is it an act of terror? Is it a hate crime? Why are some violent acts labeled hate crimes or terrorism and …

Extremism

Donald Trump Is a King Lear in Need of a Truth-Telling Fool

If most people behave like people, Trump behaves like some sort of rudimentary silhouette cut from the cloth of literature or myth. He’s strikingly …

Soft Granite Blanket

Okay, so you need a blanket, but you’ve only got one weekend to make it. Or, maybe you’ve got plenty of time, but you are new at crochet. Or, it’s …

Joyce Mitchell, Who Helped New York Inmates Escape, Denied Parole

The former prison seamstress locked up for helping two New York inmates escape was denied parole Monday by a panel that called her release "incompatible with the welfare of society" and questioned her plan to pursue a career in criminal justice.<p>Joyce Mitchell, 52, is serving up to seven years for …

Can a Gun Victim and a Gun Advocate Change Each Other’s Minds?

Headline<p>Click here to see the documentary <i>Guns & Empathy</i><i>.</i> And below, watch five of the participants tell their stories, in their own words.<p>On his …

Room In Here feat. The Game & Sonyae Elise

How to Rebuild Your Finances After Draining Your Emergency Fund

Years ago, I switched careers and moved to a new city. Financially, I felt safe, because I had a small emergency fund. If times got tough, that was …

Top 10 Smart Ways to Save Money on Clothes

The average household spends about 2% of their budget—around $1,600 every year—on clothes. While it's not the biggest thing we spend our money on, …

This Infographic Tells You How Often To Clean Household Items

Some household items should be cleaned more frequently than others. If you have trouble keeping up with how often to clean stuff around your house, …

If You Won't Use It Regularly, Don't Buy It

We all have different criteria for what we think deserves our money. If your goal is to save any money at all, however, one rule can always help: if …

Emotional Intelligence: The Social Skills You Weren't Taught in School

You’re taught about history, science, and math when you’re growing up. Most of us, however, aren’t taught how to identify or deal with our own …

Emotional Intelligence

44 Genius New Uses For Household Items

Hacks out of what's around your house.<p>Use these hacks to make the most out of what's around your house. This piece originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com.

A Call to Order: Maximizing Your Closet Space

Hard-to-reach areas are a closet's no-man's-land. A spring-loaded pull-down rack, which you can install yourself, solves the problem. A light tug on a handle positioned in the center of the rod brings clothes to you. The racks are sold on the web and through some closet and organizing stores.

Closets

The Golden Rules of Cleaning: What You Should Be Cleaning When

The easiest habits to keep are the ones that are automatic, which is why we're big fans of the cleaning checklist. Never waste time contemplating where to start or be caught off guard by a task that should have been done months ago. Our printable checklists will tell you what you should be doing …

Declutter by Knowing What Tax Paperwork to Keep

The amount of paperwork and receipts involved in preparing taxes can get overwhelming. By knowing what to keep, and for how long, you can eliminate …

Here’s How To Organize Literally Everything With Command Hooks

Hook it. Hook it real good.

8 Secrets of Personal Organizers

Learn from the pros; their ingenious ideas for ditching clutter will save you time, money, and stress.<p>There's no right way to organize your home. Whatever strategy you choose just has to work with your lifestyle, habits and tastes. But there are a few tried-and-true strategies that can enhance the …

Top 10 Lazy Yet Smart Ways to Spring Clean Your Home

It’s spring cleaning time. Even if you have the urge to clean your home from top to bottom, perhaps your natural laziness is keeping you from getting …

No, I'm Not Pregnant. I'm Just Gaining Weight from the Pills

HEY.<p>Listen.<p>I am trying really hard down here.<p>I am back on the pills. I am taking the damn pills.<p>Image: Michael Chen via Flickr<p>I am reengaging in my …

Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties...

Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength. - Corrie Ten Boom

The Green Beads: Edward Gorey and the “Disturbed Person”

Mid-century illustrator extraordinaire Edward Gorey has a wealth of gems under his belt — his legendary grim alphabet, exquisite letters, illustrations for H. G. Wells’s <i>The War of the Worlds</i>, fairy tale adaptations, naughty adult entertainment, and then some. But hardly do any of Gorey’s …

Save Time with Regular "System" Maintenance

Cut Out Hate: Why Do We Throw Hate Around So Much?

My son says he hates something and I cringe. Granted, he is five and is still learning how to express his feelings.<p>"I hate my food. I hate this day. …

Social Media

Unhappy Mother's Day: My Mom Was Abusive

At a time of year when most of my writer friends are lamenting over beautiful memories with their mom, I sit here with a heavy heart.My own mother …

Elephants

Organizing Your Organizational Culture

Similar to social media influencers, corporate managers influence employees in ways that affect behavior and motivate change. But a social media influencer cannot effect change without the right cultural environment, and managers cannot influence others without the proper organizational culture …

Make your old iPhone run like new

My friend is convinced that the slowing of his iPhone 4S is part of a vast Apple conspiracy. I'm not completely persuaded.<p>I mean, sure Apple has sent out updates to iOS that are arguably a step in the wrong direction, like that whole Apple Maps fiasco. But I believe the main culprit for decreasing …

Mastering Passbook On Your iPhone [Feature]

Apple’s new Passbook app and system is really a nascent technology, but it’s here on your iPhone, so why not figure out how to use it, right? Below are five tips and tricks to help you get the most out of this futuristic, if not-yet-mature technology from our favorite technology company.<p>Get Apps …