Jignasa Gusani Patel

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MSNBC's Chuck Todd grills Hillary Clinton over brutal State Department report

The report "seemed to contradict many of the things you've said about the emails," Todd said, before asking Clinton if she accepts everything the report said as fact.<p>Clinton argued that the report made clear that personal email use was allowed under State Department rules, though she acknowledged …

Government

Embracing Life as a Mother of an Only Child

I'm a mother of an only child (MOC). Being such, I know that a lot of women like me are plagued with guilt, just as I am. Guilt for not having more children. Guilt for not being able to bear more children, given my fertility issues. And most of all, guilt for being okay with it.<p>To be honest, the …

Parenting

The Ashram Within, During Pregnancy and Beyond

<i>By Corinne Andrews</i><p><i>A version of this post previously appeared on Recovering Yogi.</i><p>When I was 20, I discovered the practice and study of yoga. I surrounded myself with its teachings and eventually became certified as a yoga teacher. I read yoga books and listened to yoga music and wore yoga clothes …

If You Don't Support Women's Rights in Birth, Don't Call Yourself a Feminist

I recently read a post (and a slew of supporting comments) on a popular parenting blog about birth plans and why you shouldn't have one. Yes, you read that right -- why you <i>shouldn't.</i> I get where the author is coming from. Can birth be unpredictable? Sure. Can having a vision of your ideal birth set …

Your Developing Baby, Week by Week

Your baby begins as a tiny cluster of cells, but during the nine-month process of pregnancy she becomes an amazing baby with facial features, a beating heart and kicking legs. Find out what's happening with baby's development week by week.<p>Baby? What baby? This concept may be a little hard to wrap …

Babies

9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes

Creativity is developed, not a birthright.<p>Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so <i>talented</i>," but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.<p>Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any …

Creativity

9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." "These habits …

Self-improvement

The Riches of Reading to Babies

"The Reading Mother" is an old poem, and I'm not sure when I first heard it. But my favorite line comes to mind whenever I see a mom reading to her child: "Richer than I you will never be -- I had a mother who read to me." Certainly, by that measure, I'm a wealthy person, as are my children.<p>Reading …

Brazil

Baby Food: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for Wholesome Beginnings

One of the best things a parent can do for a child is to give them a healthy start in life.<p>Consuming wholesome food while you’re pregnant and …