Lauren Fox

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We Merely Fulfilled Our Duty as Humans: A Personal Holocaust Story Gone Global

As a teenager, I would sit and listen to my immigrant father's "war stories" from the dark years of the German occupation of his native Crete. Despite the horrors he experienced when he was only a teenager, I didn't really care to listen much. After all, sitting still for this would result in the …

A Crime Victims' Christmas Angel

Every town and city across America has its unsung heroes who perform exemplary community service. This is the story of one such citizen whose selfless, unwavering dedication and hard work have immeasurably helped thousands of victims of violent crime across the State of Texas.<p>Christmas is an …

Christmas: What Would Jesus Do?

The well-worn admonition to "put Christ back into Christmas" raises some fascinating issues for those of us who study the origins and history of Christianity. Most know that Christmas as celebrated today has evolved over the centuries, drawing from a diverse and rich assortment of customs, none of …

Facebook Autoplay Video Ads Are Coming To Your News Feed

Facebook confirmed Tuesday that users will begin seeing video advertisements play automatically in their News Feeds this week.<p>“Marketers will be able …

How to Block Facebook’s Annoying New Autoplay Video Ads

Before I tell you how to block Facebook‘s new autoplay video ads, a word about autoplay video ads: they’re a bad idea. Not just bad like junk in your …

Read the Short Story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

You can now read “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” the short story by James Thurber that forms the basis of the upcoming Ben Stiller movie, for free …

'Christmas Jammies' Rockets Holderness Family To Viral Video Fame

In the age of Twitter and Facebook, it's easy for the annual Christmas card to feel a bit dated.<p>The Holderness family of Raleigh, NC, appears to have turned convention on its head with their card -- a now hugely viral video called Christmas Jammies, or more appropriately 2013, #XMAS JAMMIES.<p>Set to …

Iraq's battle to save its Christian souls: 'Christians are finished here'

Ten years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Christians have dwindled from more than a million to as little as 200,000. Colin Freeman reports on attempts to stem the exodus from Iraq's churches<p>As the last remaining Christian priest in the Baghdad suburb of Doura, Archdeacon Temathius Esha no longer …

South Sudan's Government Was Nearly Overthrown Last Night

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said today that an overnight coup has been averted, blaming …

South Sudan quashes coup attempt, says President Kiir

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1037000/1037241_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534471662_83bc4fe103a0c3b404e6db5bc37a2193<p><b>South Sudan's President Salva Kiir says an attempted coup by soldiers loyal to his former deputy Riek Machar has been put down.</b><p>Mr Kiir said the …

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Teachers complain Common Core-linked lessons little more than scripts to read

Some of the biggest critics of new lesson plans aligned with the national Common Core standards are the people charged with teaching them.<p>A growing number of teachers say the national standards, adopted by some 45 states, have combined with pressure to "teach to the test" to take all individuality …

How many people heard the Sermon on the Mount? Or the Gettysburg Address?

Have you ever wondered how many people in the audience actually heard the Gettysburg Address? How about the Sermon on the Mount or Moses at Sinai?<p>The answer to those questions, according to two New York University researchers, is more than you think.<p>People gave famous speeches for millennia without …

Can new clues solve mystery of Roanoke's Lost Colony?

It's the coldest case in American history.<p>The settlers who inhabited the 16th century North Carolina colony of Roanoke mysteriously disappeared centuries ago, leaving behind only two clues: the words "Croatoan" and "Cro" carved into a fort's gatepost and a nearby tree.<p>Many conspiracy theories have …

Americans Still Care About Their Public Libraries

It's the age of the Internet and of budget cuts. But the vast majority of respondents in a recent Pew study said that, were their local library to close, it would be sorely missed.<p>The public library in my hometown has been closed and undergoing reconstruction since 2011. This hasn't much affected …

Making Kids' Tablet Time More Meaningful

During busy times like the holiday season, many of us parents turn to our mobile devices to help manage our kids while we manage... everything else. Engaging the services of a digital babysitter is not something to boast about, but it doesn't need to be anything to be ashamed of, either. So, how …

Creative Ways to Teach Kids About Gratitude

Readers share how to teach gratitude.<p>Bounce Some Ideas Around<p>When my 8-year-old starts to spiral down into a negative attitude, we play Gratitude Ping-Pong. One of us says something she's grateful for, then the other takes a turn. We go back and forth until we're both smiling again. The only rule …

Fun Ways to Encourage Kids to Write Thank-You Notes

FamilyFun magazine readers share their best creative solutions for teaching kids to write thank-you notes to loved ones.<p>Mass Produce Art Cards<p>My kids love to paint, so I had them make one big piece of art on the easel and then I cut it into shapes. They wrote thank-you notes on the back of the …

The Good Lord Bird

• <b>Author:</b> James McBride<p><b>Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction <br>Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith<br>A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year</b><p><b>“A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride.” –cover</b> …

My Promised Land

• <b>Author:</b> Ari Shavit<p><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMIST</b><p><b>Winner of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award</b><i><br>An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the</i> …

Looking for Alaska

• <b>Author:</b> John Green<p><b>The award-winning, genre-defining debut from #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars</b><p>Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award<i><br>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize Finalist<i><br>New York Times</i> bestseller<p>Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been …

Sophie's Choice

• <b>Author:</b> William Styron<p><b>This award-winning novel of love, survival, and agonizing regret in post–WWII Brooklyn “belongs on that small shelf reserved for American masterpieces” (The Washington Post Book World).</b><p>Winner of the National Book Award and a modern classic, <i>Sophie’s Choice</i> centers on three …

The Valley of Amazement

• <b>Author:</b> Amy Tan<p>Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement is a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.<p>Spanning more than forty years and two …

The Book Thief

• <b>Author:</b> Markus Zusak<p><b>DON’T MISS BRIDGE OF CLAY, MARKUS ZUSAK’S FIRST NOVEL SINCE THE BOOK THIEF.</b> <b><br>The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.</b> <i><br>When Death has a story to tell, you</i> …

Snow Falling on Cedars

• <b>Author:</b> David Guterson<p>A “finely wrought, flawlessly written” novel (New York Times Book Review), set on a small island in the Puget Sound, that is “at various moments a courtroom drama, an interracial love story, and a war chronicle” (San Francisco Chronicle). “Guterson has fashioned something …

Unbroken

• <b>Author:</b> Laura Hillenbrand<p><b>#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.</b><br>In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, …

An Invisible Thread

• <b>Author:</b> Laura Schroff<p><b>An Invisible Thread tells of the life-long friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.</b><p>When Laura Schroff brushed by a young panhandler on a New York City corner …