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How to Make a Relationship Last: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

Love is wonderful, love is joy, love is the greatest thing in the world… Love is also an enormous pain in the ass. Marriage is hard work.<p>(Older …

Relationships

Fare Alert United $388 to $413 from AA hubs DFW/PHX/CLT/PHL to Madrid/Barcelona

United Airlines launched a fare war to Spain from American Airlines hubs at Dallas/Phoenix/Charlotte/Philadelphia with fares as low as $388 to Madrid …

See Croatia's Roman ruins, beautiful beaches and more aboard a small-ship cruise

Explore the Roman ruins, lavender fields and medieval towns of Croatia on an eight-day cruise along the Dalamatian Coast in the 38-passenger Infinity.<p>The excursion, offered by AdventureSmith Explorations, begins with a city tour of Split, known for its Roman architecture. The itinerary includes …

The Strong Women Dominating Game Of Thrones

There was a period not too long ago where <i>Game of Thrones</i> was having a bit of feminist problem. Gratuitous rape was all too common – the episode when the Nights Watch took over Craster’s Keep felt like a full hour of intensely brutal rape, from different angles. It wasn’t the kind of episode to eat …

British Airways $552 LAX to Madrid, $614 SFO to Paris, $560 OAK to Dublin Aug-Mar

The current fare war between American, Delta and United from many California airports creates an opportunity to use the British Airways AARP economy …

Researchers Claim To Discover the Single Most Efficient Exercise Regimen

Scientists in Australia claim to have discovered the exercise technique that burns the maximum amount of fat with the least amount of …

Advice from a woman who's been married sixty-seven years

Five years ago, I was at a wedding rehearsal dinner and I was seated next to Lula Rawls, a quiet, elderly woman who had been married for over sixty years. She was the grandmother of the groom; and in light of all the hopefulness surrounding the young couple’s nuptials, I wondered what wisdom she …

Relationships

Bernie Sanders: Health Care Should Be a Right and Not a Privilege

At the second Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders was fielding a question about the Affordable Care Act. He described it as a step in the right direction, but added that as a nation we must go further.<p>In doing so, he made clear that there's only one candidate on stage with a plan to provide universal …

The 17 Best Marathons for Beginners

Running a marathon is an extraordinary feat—preceded by extraordinary amount of training and followed by an extraordinary amount of pain. But as any …

Panera Wants You to Eat More Plants

Restaurant chain Panera Bread (PNRA) is usually ahead of the pack when it comes to its food policies. The St. Louis-based chain started serving …

What You're Eating May Be Jacking Up Your Face

That late-night chocolate bar or extra glass of Merlot may have some remarkably unpleasant effects, says one expert.<p>Before your reach for that second cookie (a pour another glass of wine), consider this: Your diet may be affecting more than your weight and health, it could be ruining your skin too. …

10 best adventures to have with your teenagers

Imagine: your children protesting as you wake them in the pre-dawn chill and then, just one hour later, their eyes wide open in wonder as your camels crest the last dune to greet the Sahara sunrise. Or their gasps at the hydraulic exhalation of a pod of orcas, whose dorsal fins break the surface …

Should Apple Pay The US Government A Dividend?

Apple recently announced its 4th quarter earnings and they are breathtaking. The company, already by far the most valuable in the world, grew revenues 22% to $51 billion. Profits grew a whopping 30% to $11.1 billion. What’s more, even after massive stock buybacks, the firm still holds more than …

Innovation

The movement exposing the 'soft underbelly of motherhood'

Birthing four large babies left Angie Roder Sonrode with a body that had been stretched beyond anything she could have imagined. That’s her pictured …

Pregnancy

Long-Acting Contraception Makes Teen Pregnancy Rates Plummet. So Why Are Some Women Still Skeptical?

Long-acting reversible contraceptives, known as LARCs, are revolutionizing American birth control. Pilot programs in St. Louis, Missouri, and in …

This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Sugar

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Nutrition

The perfect trip: Dordogne

Steeped in tradition, this rural idyll is a vision of quintessential France, with standout cuisine, castle-strewn riverlands and mesmerising prehistoric cave paintings.<p>Steeped in tradition, this rural idyll is a vision of quintessential France, with standout cuisine, castle-strewn riverlands and …

12 Tips for Seeing Paris with Kids

When my wife Kathy and I set out for a week in Paris with our grand-daughter we wanted to do something really special for her. Who would have thought traveling with a 7-year-old would prove so much fun for us, too?<p>Devon, a true character, charmed Paris. But Kathy, who for decades taught kids in …

Top 18 experiences in France

France is all about world-class art and architecture, Roman temples and Renaissance châteaux, iconic landmarks known the world over, and rising stars few yet know. Stroll the lily-clad gardens Monet painted and savour <i>un café</i> at the Parisian café where Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir met to …

France

5 Reasons I Really Enjoyed My Flight on Norwegian Air

<i>When it first launched US service in 2013, Norwegian Air was best known for its operational issues, including a few days-long delays. Now, with</i> …

Why some of us don’t have one true calling

Did you never have one single answer to “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Are you feeling lost when everyone asks you what’s “your …

TED Talks

The Five-Paragraph Essay: What, Why, and How for Homeschoolers

<i>[This post was sponsored by WriteWell. I received their service for free, and I was compensated for my time to write this post. Please be aware,</i> …

Road Trip: Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Explore the sights and sounds of the Wild Atlantic Way, and meet the people who make it unforgettable.<p>At the western fringe of Europe is a marginal zone where the force of the Atlantic crashes against the jagged rock defenses of Ireland’s western seaboard. The Wild Atlantic Way, a new driving route …

50 places everyone should visit in Europe

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to scuba diving in the clear Mediterranean waters off the coast of Cyprus, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.<p><i>Eliza McKelvey and Megan Willett contributed</i> …

European Travel

Pluto filled with 'spectacular colours' and varying terrain, Nasa's New Horizons mission reveals

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft discovered towering ice mountains and ridges, rolling plains, and icebergs floating in lakes of frozen nitrogen<p>Pluto is a world of "spectacular" colours, dramatic surface features and dynamic geology, the first published results from a fly-by of the dwarf planet have …