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'Who Told You That You Were Naked?'

Inspiration comes in strange ways. Two weeks ago at Mass, I arrived to find our great big sanctuary packed with people of all ages, including the school kids from next door -- it turns out they were doing the readings for Mass.<p>All the kids were well prepared, but the first little girl (who could …

Diabetes and My Experience Obtaining Health Insurance Through Obamacare: Part 2

This is the second installment of a short series of posts about obtaining health care coverage with a pre-existing condition through Obamacare. I would suggest that you read the first installment, (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peg-abernathy/diabetes-and-my-personal-_b_6003608.html) so that you …

20 Things Your Mall Santa Is Thinking

• Is everybody screaming in my ear because I look old or because that's how children talk these days?<br>• I really hope that's just melted chocolate on his pants.<br>• Does this girl have a phone because she wants to take a selfie or because she is ignoring me?<br>• Would anybody notice if I put on the Easter Bunny …

My Seizure Diagnosis: Is There a Pony In This Shitpile?

I was sitting on the couch, working on an article on the morning of Dec. 4th when the first one hit. I was consumed with a surreal sense of Deja Vu, followed by a dreadful sort of panic that insisted, in my mind, that whatever was in front of me at the moment was the source of all of the horrible …

Dr. Laura Says Pit Bulls 'Should All Be Put Down,' Learns Dog Lovers Feel Otherwise

In a recent segment about how to avoid loneliness, sometimes shocking SiriusXM radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger suggested that all pit bulls should be killed -- a diatribe that ended up biting her right in the behind.<p>After suggesting listeners could adopt a pet to curb loneliness, …

This Woman Took The 'Sh*t Her Ex Left Behind' And Turned It Into Art

There's nothing quite as soul-crushing after a split than having to sort through all the stuff your ex left behind.<p>When New York City photographer Statia Grossman's boyfriend of two years left her, she put her own spin on the task, using his stuff as source material for a raw and poignant photo …

A Professional Wake-Up Call: How Gossip Changed Me

When you start doing "the work" to heal yourself and become whole, all sorts of things are bound to come up. Most specifically, all the ways you play small in order to be healed by love and forgiveness, shifting by accepting the truth that you are so much more than you have allowed yourself to …

How to Take a Holiday

You may think that "How to take a holiday" is a silly title for an article. Surely we all know how to do that right? Well, I am not so sure. Both my research and my personal experience tell me that in reality, many people find it really difficult to take real time off each year.<p>What's just as bad, …

An American In Cuba: Part 1

<i>This is part I of a V-part series on my experiences in Cuba. Read Part II, Part III., Part IV & Part V</i><p>"How can you go to Cuba? You're American." I hear this over and over again from friends. From the Cuban Americans I meet in Miami, I hear worse: "Be careful - it's horrible, dangerous." Usually, …

The Torah Is Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

This brief essay is bound to make no one happy. It is not meant to. Nor is it meant to place judgment on anyone's leaning regarding a very volatile political issue in American society. Rather, I'd like to take the effort to launch a serious conversation about abortion rights in America. Rarely does …

How artificial insemination conceived a new era in US-Cuba relations

Panda diplomacy and ping-pong diplomacy became familiar terms during the thaw between the US and China. Now, the rapprochement between the US and Cuba may have spawned another, rather more eyebrow-raising term: semen diplomacy.<p>In one of the more bizarre twists to last week’s diplomatic …

North Korea's internet temporarily blacked out

North Korea experienced sweeping and progressively worse internet outages extending into Monday, with one computer expert saying the country’s online access at one stage went “totally down”.<p>The White House and the Department of State declined to say whether the US government was responsible amid …

Transgender People Face Outsized Barriers to Genital Surgery

People who want genital reconstructions as part of their transition are asked for not one, but two mental-health referrals. Doctors are now questioning whether that requirement is ethical.<p>Not all transgender people want surgery, nor should surgery be held up as the gold standard for someone to …

Mythbusters: Teaching Through Wonder—and Failure

Adam Savage, co-host of the hit Discovery Channel show, talks about why a catastrophic experiment often comes with the most valuable lessons.<p>When I set out to write about unconventional educators, the first person on my wish list was Adam Savage. Savage and his partner Jamie Hyneman make up the …

When Gender Discrimination and Racism Collide

A scuffle between a largely black sorority and a predominantly white fraternity provides an interesting case study on Title IX.<p>At first, the kerfuffle at the University of Connecticut between a largely black sorority and a predominantly white fraternity might seem a lot like the big-kid version of …

Rules for Touching British Royals

Was LeBron James wrong to put his arm around Kate Middleton? A brief guide.<p>In the wake of basketball star LeBron James’s alleged breach of etiquette—putting his arm around Kate Middleton, the duchess of Cambridge, while posing for a photo after the Cleveland Cavaliers’ victory over the Brooklyn …

The Quiet Struggle of College Students With Kids

More than one-quarter of American undergraduates have dependent children, but affordable, on-campus childcare is still hard to find.<p>In 2001, Michelle Marie enrolled at Oregon State University. After two years of community college, and then another two years at home taking care of her baby, Marie …

My Mother, My Disease, and Me - The Atlantic

In my memory, I am 11 years old, lying on a massage table in a dimly lit room. Two women are rubbing herbalized oil into my skin. At first, I’m a little insecure about my bony ribs and chest, but as the women’s hands sweep across my body, I settle into a state of deep relaxation.<p>I’m at an Ayurvedic …

My Brother Was Almost Deported

All it takes is a single misdemeanor to get legal permanent U.S. residents deported, thanks to an incomprehensible and vindictive immigration system.<p>In an address last month, President Obama announced an executive order to redirect government resources away from deporting the millions of …

Enlightenment's Evil Twin

There's a lot that psychologists still don't understand about depersonalization disorder, in which the self doesn't feel real.<p>The first time I can remember feeling like I didn’t exist, I was 15. I was sitting on a train and all of a sudden I felt like I’d been dropped into someone else’s body. My …

A Rural High School with a 21st Century Outlook

A California school prepares its students for success.<p>I visited Winters High School in Winters, California, on a whiplash rainy day in early December. The so-called Pineapple Express, the intense rainstorm that drenched Northern California, was soaking the walnut and almond groves, filling dry …

Woman hilariously haunts Tinder by pretending to be a ghost

Grace Spelman is a girl living in an immaterial world. And she just wants to be loved.<p>The 22-year-old actress and comedian began her journey into the …

18 Signs You're With The One You Should Marry

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, how to know if he's the one.<p><b>1) He always brags about you.</b> If you get a promotion at work or even just win concert tickets, he can't resist telling everyone you hang out with before you even think to mention it. Because he's your biggest fan (arguably next to …

What Cuba's new friendship with US means for everyday life

<b>Plans to normalise diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba mean an American embassy could soon open in Havana. But what does this newfound understanding between the two countries mean for everyday life on the Caribbean island?</b><p>I'm intrigued by the reaction when I tell people I've spent a month …

8 Sex Toys for the Chic Woman

The accessories every woman should have in their underwear drawer or red room.<p>Women of style never settle for purely utilitarian, from their clothes to their bags to their sex toys. Here, the accessories every woman should have in their underwear drawer or red room.