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15 Low-Light Houseplants That Are Easy to Maintain and (Nearly) Impossible to Kill

It is important that the home is not just a place where we survive, but where we live. People don’t just like their home to be functional—some really …

38 Interesting Questions To Ask Your Mom Right Now

Being a mother is only one part of her life.<p>A year and a half ago, my mom, my sister and I met up for dinner at a cozy Italian restaurant in New York City with two of my aunts and my aunt’s longtime best friend.<p>Over a couple glasses of wine, my mom, her two older sisters and our family friend ― who …

50 Novels All Men Should Read Before They Die

No excuses, now<p>Forget coming-of-age fiction or impenetrable 'classics' – these are the books all grown men should be ticking off. Why? Because they're as entertaining as they are wise<p>On Beauty – Zadie Smith<p>The Circle – Dave Eggers<p>East of Eden – John Steinbeck<p>The Road – Cormac McCarthy<p>The Blind …

The history of the 'ideal' woman and where that has left us

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hidden in the halls of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York are historic textiles and glamorous garments, many of which hold secrets from years past.<p>Yet no matter how aesthetically unique or historically significant a particular piece of fashion may be, most visitors to the …

Artists

As A Black Woman, I'm Tired Of Having To Prove My Womanhood

"Ain't I a woman?" Some historical evidence suggests Sojourner Truth never asked her most famous question. But as a tall, dark-skinned black woman, it's a question I've grappled with all my life.<p><b>“Male or female?”</b> the stranger asked me.<p>I was 21, standing in a brightly lit 7-11. All I wanted to do …

Feminism

Unpacking White Privilege: Scholars, Writers, and Statistics Explain What It Is

There aren't a lot of opportunities that force white people to be aware of race and the privileges that accompany it. That's where the term white …

Race & Ethnicity

After Eight Years of Injury, Starting to Run at the Very Beginning

Accepting the beginning stages can be the hardest thing you can do as an athlete, and maybe the most courageous.<p>My finger hovered over the “share” button on Strava, and I wondered if I maybe should make my most recent workout private. I had run 1.1 miles in about 12 minutes, 30 second. In fact, I …

A teacher set up a dictatorship to teach her students about 1984. The kids fought back.

And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects.<p>Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of February 18, 2018.<p>Mariana Lin, the woman who …

Mary Shelley

What America is getting wrong about three important words in the Second Amendment

On Wednesday night, CNN hosted a town hall about gun violence with members of the community of Parkland, Florida, which only a week earlier had experienced a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen students and teachers lost their lives.<p>The town hall was remarkable in many …

Fitness: Fit vs. fat — it's time to stop using a scale to measure success

Back in the mid-1990s, when researcher Steven Blair introduced the idea that thinness wasn’t synonymous with fitness, chubby fitness fanatics …

Fitness

The Life Expectancy of Major Household Appliances

It's easier to make a "fix or replace" decision when you know the life expectancy of major appliances. If you've bought a budget-friendly appliance, …

This Is How Reading Changes Your Brain & It's Even More Wild Than You'd Think

I'm in grad school right now, and we've been reading three of Irish writer Samuel Beckett's very challenging novels. TBH, the reading sort of makes …

Here are 9 things Americans just don't understand -- compared to the rest of the world

To hear the far-right ideologues of Fox News and AM talk radio tell it, life in Europe is hell on Earth. Taxes are high, sexual promiscuity prevails, …

Private Sector

42 Amazing Books Written By Black Authors

Go Tell It On The Mountain, The Hate U Give, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Salvage The Bones, and 38 other classics, contemporary must-reads, and memoirs you'll definitely wanna fill your time with!<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share</i> …

Returning to Running After an Injury

Sometimes, being a runner means not running for a while.<p>Injury is the inevitable side-effect of being a lifelong runner, much like death is the …

Running Is Like Romance: You Have to Learn How to Keep the Passion Alive

From the honeymoon stage to a settled maturity, this is one ever-evolving relationship. Here’s how to navigate the shifting dynamics—and all the bumps in the road.<p>When nonrunners ask how long I’ve been running and I say 10 years, I get an expression of amazement, followed by, “You must really love …

Seven magic mental health questions every teacher should know

Listening. It seems like such a simple concept. Yet during a period of unprecedented teacher workload, making the requisite time to be there for your …

Running Slower in the Heat

Summer is the season of overtraining.<p>Every year, when the temperature starts getting higher and the humidity begins to creep up, the coach in me …

Marathons

Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age

James Chambers was watching membership sign-ups on Jan. 4, 2015, like a stock ticker — it was that first Sunday of the year, the day we all decide that this is it, we’re not going to stay fat for one more day. At the time, he was Weight Watchers’ chief executive, and he sat watching, waiting for …

Nutrition Science Isn't Broken, It's Just Wicked Hard

Stop freaking out.<p>My dad is an old-school rancher who uses a flip-phone, refuses to wear a seat belt and swears by the Atkins diet. Like many …

Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire

Even as President Donald Trump faces ever-intensifying investigations into the alleged connections between his top aides and family members and …

5 Foolproof Moves For Sculpting Sexy Shoulders After 40

When it comes to the list of body parts you're concerned about keeping toned, your abs, butt, and thighs likely top the list. Your upper arms might get some consideration, especially as you get older, but do your shoulders get any love? Probably not.<p>But it's time to change that, says Rachel …

Workouts

Why you shouldn't exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies

"I'm going to make you work hard," a blonde and perfectly muscled fitness instructor screamed at me in a recent spinning class, "so you can have that …

First Running Made Me Want to Live, Then It Taught Me How

At the lowest point of my life, when I felt like I had nothing left, running was there for me.<p>In 2008 my then-boyfriend ran the New York City Half Marathon. He’d train after work, running anywhere from three to ten miles along the East River path. I thought he was nuts. I’d been a runner since high …

Fit Shaming is Worse for Women

What do you call a woman who is a size 0?“Bitch.”What do women have an easier time with than men while going through life? Getting free drinks in a …

3 Ways To Tone Your Chest And Shoulders Without Doing A Single Pushup Or Plank

Give your wrists a rest.<p>There's no question that pushups and planks sculpt the chest, shoulders, and core. Most trainers would even consider these moves among their favorites. On the bright side, neither requires pressing weight overhead, which can be an issue for those with shoulder restrictions. …

Workouts

Become A Faster Runner In Your Forties And Beyond

Sometimes running life begins at 40 and, as a result, you should continue to see improvements in running pace and performance. But, even if your …

Marathons

Tone Your Lower Abs, Butt, and Legs All at Once With 1 Exercise

Need a low-impact cardio move that works the abs and legs? We've got you covered with this awesome standing exercise, no equipment required.<p>Here's how to do a knee driver (sometimes called "smashing the coconut"):<p>Begin with your weight on your left foot and your hands together in front of you for …

Workouts

16 Simple Ways to Make Running Feel Easier

Let’s be honest, running isn’t known for being easy. Even professional athletes who run for a living admit that yeah, sometimes it can be really …

Michael Kimmel, one of the world’s foremost experts on masculinity, examines its role in men’s adherence to – and departure from – far-right movements<p>During the Obama years, various commentators made wild predictions about the death of the white male as a politically relevant demographic. Then came …

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