Liz Durbin

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The Best Times to Visit Italy for Good Weather, Deals, and Wine

Deciding where to travel in Italy — and when — all boils down to taste. Beaches or vineyards? Bustling cities, or quiet and secluded rural …

Italy

12 Pilates Exercises That Really Work Your Core

Strengthening your core is one of the best things you can do for your overall fitness. A strong core—which includes your abs, obliques, and lower …

Yoga

15 Great Books That Will Become Movies In 2018

It's always a blessing and a curse to see a great book turned into a movie. Most film adaptations never compare to their book predecessors. Yet there's still the thrill of seeing the same story play out in two wildly different mediums. And, of course, it's nice to know a story before you see a …

Books

I Have Gained A Life-Long Friend Through Signing Up To Gig Buddies

Three and a half years ago Christian and I became Gig Buddies. A bit like a blind date, we were matched as people who lived close together and shared …

Matched

Bill Gates Tacitly Admits His Common Core Experiment Was A Failure

Bill and Melinda Gates run the world’s richest nonprofit, with assets at $40 billion and annual giving around $4 billion. They have helped pioneer a …

Nonprofits

The Beautiful Italian Lakes Americans Don't Visit Enough

Admittedly, I’m a saltwater kind of person, and a good vacation has always required an ocean beach. The appeal of lakes never truly hit me until I …

Finally Fall! 12 Cozy Baking Recipes To Welcome The Season

Pumpkins, apples, warm spices — fall sweets are the best! From spiced pumpkin bread to perfect apple pie, these autumn baking recipes will have you racing to the kitchen.<p>1. Pumpkin Bread<p>My grandmother clipped this recipe from a magazine over 50 years ago, and it’s still as wonderful today as it was …

Think disability is a tragedy? We pity you

You pick your child up at school and see her hanging out with a child with autism. Your reaction is: A) pride, B) confusion, C) concern, D) pity. If …

Empathy

Before You Study, Ask for Help

What’s the best way to study for a test?<p>Many students will plunge into marathon study sessions this fall, rereading textbooks and highlighting their notes late into the night. The more effort the better, right?<p>Not so, new research shows. Students who excel at both classroom and standardized tests …

Pedagogy

The Most Romantic Places in Italy

Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world and is a top romantic vacation destination. Italy's picturesque seaside villages, beautiful …

Italy

15 Most Photogenic Places In the World You Must Visit

Travel photography is such an integral part of our experience – whether you’re an amateur or a pro, memories captured are priceless. Here are some …

A Water Park For People With Special Needs Just Opened In Texas We Need One In India Too

Some of my favourite childhood memories include splashing around in the water park with cousins and friends, never wanting to go back home. The …

Here's 7 Pancakes From Around The World That Will Change The Way You Think About Pancakes

Which one would you eat?

To Understand Betsy DeVos’s Educational Views, View Her Education

HOLLAND, Mich. — The students formed a circle around the Rev. Ray Vanderlaan, who draped himself in a Jewish ceremonial prayer shawl to cap his final lesson to graduating seniors in his discipleship seminar at Holland Christian High School.<p>“We’re sending you out into a broken world, in part because …

Betsy DeVos

Vibrant and Seductive Seville, Easy on the Wallet

I watched the dancer, Yasaray Rodrίguez, seated on stage perfectly upright and immaculately dressed, listening to the accompanying guitar player. A vocalist began to cry out a song of pain or lost love — folk melodies in harsh quarter-tones, like a muezzin issuing a call to prayer at a mosque.<p>The …

European Travel
Special Education

Seeing Outside the Disability Box

Not long ago I had an experience that most authors wish for. Someone recommended my book.<p>A librarian at the Toronto Public Library had included my book on a list, along with five others, in celebration of International Day of Persons With Disabilities. Two of the other authors have autism, one is …

Crucial

Meet the former teacher giving a voice to disabled children

<b>"No matter what, you're always able to do anything. Never give up," says Owen, who has the bone condition arthrogryposis.</b><p>Owen cannot use his arms or legs so he moves around by rolling on the ground.<p>For children like Owen, a Facebook page has given them a chance to share what they want the world to …

Autism

10 Easy Dinner Recipes That Will Become Family Favorites

A recipe that the <i>entire</i> family loves is priceless — mainly because you won’t hear “I’m hungry” five minutes after clearing the table. From Grilled Chicken Fajitas to Turkey Burgers, these easy recipes will become some of you’re most requested. The best part? They’ve all been tested, perfected and …

Best apps for educators

If you’re an educator, you’re familiar with all that you have to keep up with in that field of work. While from afar it may seem that some teachers …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

The Sheet Pan Dinners That Will Make Your Life Infinitely Easier

Dinner has never been so easy.<p>One of the worst things about cooking dinner is all the cleanup. Not only do you have to wash the dishes, but usually there are a few pots and pans that also need scrubbing. This, on top of the work it takes to actually cook the dinner, can be enough to inspire folks …

The Best of Morocco is Found Beyond Marrakech and Here's Proof

Travel

Americans are rejecting the 'homeschool myth' — and experts say the misunderstood education might be better than public or charter schools

During Betsy DeVos' recent three-hour confirmation hearing to become President Donald Trump's education secretary, charter schools came up no fewer than 60 times. Homeschooling was mentioned once.<p>Charter schools have become a significant part of the US public-education system and now educate 2.5 …

Betsy DeVos
Harvard

Why you should visit Europe in winter

Every summer, Europe greets a stampede of sightseers. Instead of jumping into the peak-season pig pile, consider planning a trip for the off-season — generally that means November through March. Here are some things to know when planning a winter trip:<p><b>It's cheaper:</b> Off-season airfares are often …

5 Educational Concepts We Need To Eliminate In 2017

As we come to the end of another year, it is time once again to think about the changes we will make in the next 12 months. The world of education is …

Teaching

If US won't pay its teachers, China's tiger moms will - Business

<b>Company matches underpaid teachers in US with Chinese parents willing to pay</b><p>Cindy Mi leans forward on a couch in her sun-filled Beijing office to …

An 11-Minute Yoga Flow to Ease Holiday Stress and Fight Weight Gain

Between dealing with family drama, preparing excessive amounts of food, and shopping for way too many gifts, there’s no denying the holidays can be …

'B' And 'D' Learning Process Debunks Dyslexia Jumbled-Letters Myth

Many believe dyslexia is about jumbled letters, but experts say that's not quite right. This story explores what's happening in the brain that causes those backward letters.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>We're reporting this week on the most common reading disability. Ask just about anyone what …

The Brain