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Speed drills teach kids to hate math - Futurity

Timed drills and rote memorization won't make kids better at math, says an education expert. In fact, they can make math more difficult by raising …

Education
Pregnancy

What To Do With All Those Store Credit Cards In Your Wallet

Suze on a financial backup plan that may backfire. Plus, how to test the investment waters.<p>By Suze Orman<p><b>Q: I have three store credit cards because I was tempted by the discounts offered when I applied. But the annual rates range from 24.5 to 26.99 percent, which I fear could get me into trouble.</b> …

Our Failure to Understand Mental Illness Has Debilitated Nearly 60 Million Americans

<b>By Alaina Bernard UCF Forum columnist</b><p>Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway, Robin Williams and Michelangelo are a few examples of brilliantly inspiring individuals who shaped our culture, artistry and society. Looking at this list of names, it is hard to see a connection between these unique …

Why Netanyahu's Use of the Holocaust Is a Vile Form of Propaganda

Some things should remain sacred enough never to be used for political gain or as justification for military operations. Take a look at these photos published in <i>The Atlantic</i> and think of the emotions evoked by such horrifying images. Think of the 33,771 Jews murdered at a ravine named Babi Yar in …

Israel

In the Beginning and in the End: Christians and Climate Change (Genesis 1:1-5)

Creatures "mentioned" in the Book of Genesis that are threatened by climate change.<p>In the beginning, God created the world. In the beginning, God drew order out of chaos. In the beginning, God breathed life into every living creature. In the beginning, God crafted and made the world.<p>In contrast, it …

The 'Big 4' of Weight Control and Optimum Health for 2015

Anticipation is over 2015 is here and once again comes the thoughts of New Year's resolutions! No worries -- here's a solution that if properly thought out can help you with an appropriate plan and success for you.<p>Every year, a large percentage of folks fail at their New Year's resolutions …

Turning My Biggest Parenting Regret Into a New Year's Resolution

Our children are 7 and 10. We blinked, and they went from screaming newborns to full-fledged young men. I've spent the better part of the last year replaying the past 10 years in my mind, wondering where the time went -- and unexpectedly, I'm filled with regret.<p>Let me explain. Our first child was …

Here's Why You Should Buy Only The Ugliest Of Produce

Intermarché - Inglorious fruits and vegetables - The ugly carrot from Marcel on Vimeo.<p>Vegetables are a lot like people. They come in all shapes and sizes, and most of the time they're flawed. And just like us, they're judged on their appearances. We've all been told time and time again that it's …

On Torture

Finally we have the Senate Intelligence Committee report, which says that our government tortured people whom we had captured. Vice President Chaney and various CIA leaders claim that valuable intelligence was gathered using torture; the report says otherwise. It's very hard for those of us without …

12 Beautiful Truths About Life and the World

These beautiful truths make life simpler, deeper and more beautiful.<p><b>1. Your purpose in life is to be you.</b><p>In every way possible. Eat the foods you like, dance to your favorite tunes, read your favorite books, make your jokes, laugh your laugh, smile your smile.<p><b>2. All the answers are within.</b><p>We have …

Positive Thinking

When Racism Intersects With Absurdity

Racism is one of those unique words in our lexicon that embodies a slippery slope of understanding, belying a comprehensive definition.<p>One says it, what do they mean? Another hears it, what did they hear? As a result, charges of racism can sometimes intersect with absurdity.<p>If reports are accurate, …

7 Eating Habits You Should Drop Now

In my one-on-one work with clients, there’s a dual focus: I help them adopt a healthy new eating regimen, but in order for new patterns to stick, we …

Nutrition

Graduates with memory loss could have higher stroke risk

Study finds that people with higher levels of education who have memory lapses are 39 percent more likely to have a stroke than those without lapses<p><b>University graduates</b> with memory problems are at a greater risk of suffering a stroke, a study suggests.<p>Researchers found that highly-educated people …

Are You Striking a Balance With the Loves of Your Life?

Love is one of those indescribable intangibles. It's more than a feeling, but an instinct. A connection with someone outside of yourself that can transcend time and space. A devotion and faith in the idea that your emotions are intrinsically intertwined with someone else's emotions and feelings. …

How To Grow More Beautiful With Age

Lately I find myself reflecting on the Brown sisters. As HuffPo reported last year, documentary photographer Nicholas Nixon has created an image of these four women, side by side, every year since 1975. The fortieth annual photograph recently appeared in the <i>New York Times</i>; the sisters are now …

Rinkins Report: Bill Cosby Reflects on Entertainment and Education

Legendary comedian and philanthropist Bill Cosby premiered the <i>Cosby Show</i> on NBC television network thirty years ago. The iconic show featured Cosby as the lovable Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, head of an upper middle-class African-American family living in New York. The show was a commercial and …

One Rule to Stress Less

Life in the Good home is a mix of dazzle and frazzle. Personal and social commitments are more than plentiful. There are days when my mind is so full, I feel like I am going to explode. The specialists say to take a yoga or exercise class to release stress while others tell us to reduce, reorganize …

How to Raise a Woman Scientist

<i>"Well behaved women rarely make history."</i> -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich<p>Although things have changed considerably for women in the world of science since the brave and bold Marie Curie began paving the way, there are still far too few women pursuing science careers, including my own field of forest …

Who's Really Sexualizing Our Daughters, Anyway?

The fabulous Stephanie Giese of Binkies and Briefcases wrote a viral post about her disbelief at the sizing and coverage in Target's clothing options for young girls. She had been noticing what seemed to be a distinct reluctance to include... y'know... fabric... in items like shorts for girls as …

Chore Ideas for Kids!

This week on YouTube I am answering some follow up questions from another video about kids doing chores. I am sharing how we manage a simple …

Overdiagnosis Could Be Behind Jump In Thyroid Cancer Cases

You go in for a checkup. The doctor feels your throat. Hmm, she says, there's a lump in your thyroid gland. We better check that out.<p>And that might be the start of a painful, costly and unnecessary treatment for thyroid cancer, a study says.<p>The number of people diagnosed with thyroid cancer has …

Why Believe in God but Not Santa Claus?

The more education a person receives, the more likely that person is to become an atheist. Nonbelief also increases with intelligence and income. Residents of more-educated countries see religion as less important in their daily lives.<p>Why are highly educated people more likely to be atheists? There …

Religion

The Lost Children of Alexander the Great: A Journey to the Pagan Kalash People of Pakistan

<i>The New York Times</i> recently published an article that had a fascinating description of the Kalash, an ancient ethnic group living high in the remote mountains of Pakistan's Hindu Kush. For centuries this light-skinned, pagan people have claimed to be the long-lost descendants of Alexander the …

Pakistan