Shama T Hussain

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On Aging as a Couple

My husband comes home from work with his backpack slung over his shoulder, the same way he carried a similar pack during our college years. Back then, the weight of the pack was a few textbooks and a pack of cigarettes, but now it's his fancy laptop and files of responsibilities. He slides the …

Speed drills teach kids to hate math

Timed math drills and rote memorization won’t make kids better at math, says an education expert. Students learn math best when they approach the …

The Theft Of An Infant Son: In Pakistan, A Not-Uncommon Crime

Individual tragedies easily go unnoticed in Pakistan. People are too busy grappling with corruption, militant violence, poverty and an infrastructure so dysfunctional that everyone, everywhere endures daily power outages.<p>Ziaullah Khan and his wife, Shazia, are the victims of one of the cruelest …

Beware Of The Pseudoscience Of Self

When I was a kid, I liked this poem by Jean Little from her collection, <i>Hey World, Here I Am!</i>:<p>Our History teacher says, "Be proud you're Canadians."<br>My father says, "You can be proud you're Jewish."<br>My mother says, "Stand up straight, Kate.<br>Be proud you're tall."So I'm proud.But what I want to know …

University of California

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

Our country was founded on the principles of liberty and justice for all, but our failure to understand mental illness and provide assistance facilities for families and the ill has ripped away the liberty and justice deserved for nearly 60 million Americans.<p><b>By Alaina Bernard UCF Forum …

Mental Disorders

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 …

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

To recap: move your body, eat well, rest well and do your best to manage stress. These aspects of life work independently and synergistically in our lives. Give yourself the advantage of ultimate weight control and set the tone to feel good and thrive.<p>Anticipation is over 2015 is here and once …

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

I woke up about six months ago and realized that in my attempt to get them to those next milestones, I've missed out on the moments in the present. All of the laughter, joy, smiles, and snuggles were overshadowed by worry. All of the magic moments, gone in the blink of an eye.<p>Our children are 7 and …

Parenting

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

Nothings perfect, not even your carrot.<p>Intermarchᅢᄅ - 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 …

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

We have been taught to look outward for the answers to our problems. But the truth is, your soul knows what to do. Trust that you have everything you'll ever need inside of you right in this moment.<p>These beautiful truths make life simpler, deeper and more beautiful.<p><b>1. Your purpose in life is to be</b> …

Jokes

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 …

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?

Perhaps you want to give them what you didn't have. Perhaps you want to keep up with your neighbors or your friends on Facebook. You want to take them to every fair, orchard, museum and petting zoo.<p>Love is one of those indescribable intangibles. It's more than a feeling, but an instinct. A …

Siblings

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?

Children are not sexual. Exposed skin is not sexual. Children with exposed skin are not sexual. Children are children.<p>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 …

Swimwear

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 …

How Tracing The Oil In Your Pop-Tarts May Help Save Rain Forests

If you think a small shareholder can't get the attention of the multibillion-dollar palm oil industry, think again.<p>Lucia von Reusner lives half a world away from the palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia that have become notorious for environmental, labor and human rights abuses.<p>So, how did she …

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 …

Christmas Trees

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

In 2010 I and a friend, Adam Sulkowski, made a journey to the snow-capped Hindu Kush in search of this ancient European pagan people living in an unstable Muslim country. This is our story.<p><i>The New York Times</i> recently published an article that had a fascinating description of the Kalash, an ancient …

Swat Valley