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  • Dad’s Dream Dinner: 13 Recipes For Your Father’s Day Feast Give dad what he really wants this Father’s Day: a feast fit for a king. From Buffalo Chicken Dip to Juicy Steakhouse Burgers, these are the perfect recipes to celebrate dad. 1. Grilled Flank Steak with Garlic & Rosemary Marinated in garlic, rosemary and olive oil, this flank steak is full of flavor and deliciously charred. GET ...
  • How To Plan Your Spectacular Sparkler Farewell (Without Burning Anyone) Everyone wants a dreamy wedding photo like this, right? “100+ intoxicated guests, layers of flammable tulle and fire; what could possibly go wrong?” says Kiera of Kiera Blanden Events + Styling. She has witnessed firsthand what happens when sparkler exits go bad (think: Michael Jackson in that Pepsi commercial – ouch!) So when I approached Kiera for some info ...
  • A Free-Market Failure In The Heartland It was every supply-side economist’s dream: the promise of achieving economic nirvana by slashing taxes for the wealthy and corporations, and shrinking government. Except it became a nightmare for the people of Kansas, and now the Kansas Legislature has taken a big step toward waking up from it. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback turned his state into ...
  • Deadlocked: Being Female In America I don’t know what it’s like to be black. I don’t know what it’s like to be gay. I don’t know what it’s like to be Muslim, Mexican, African, or Jewish. To be terrorized, tyrannized, marginalized, or oppressed. I don’t know what it’s like to be shot in my car, hung from a tree, bombed in my bed, ...
  • Religious Freedom And LGBTQ Rights Move From Battleground To Common Ground   Last weekend’s The Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. offered a vivid reminder of the important role that leaders of faith and moral courage are playing in the continuing fight for full dignity and equality for LGBTQ people. “Queer people of moral courage have always been the front lines for LGBTQ justice and ...
  • The U.S. Department Of Education Must Not Be Allowed To Roll-Back Progress On Tackling Campus Sexual Violence Under Title IX Sexual violence in our nation’s college and university campus communities is a significant challenge. This is no myth or hoax. Numerous scientific studies going back at least thirty years have documented that between one-in-five and one-in-four women will be victimized over their time in college. There has long been a framework under federal law, Title ...
  • Six Toxic Beliefs That Will Ruin Your Career There is nothing wrong with making a mistake. It’s what you say to yourself after you mess up that matters. Your self-talk (the thoughts you have about your feelings) can either magnify the negativity or help you turn that misstep into something productive. Negative self-talk is unrealistic, unnecessary, and self-defeating. It sends you into a downward ...
  • Alabama Executes Inmate First Sentenced To Death 34 Years Earlier function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible);   On May 26, 75-year-old Tommy Arthur died by lethal injection in Alabama’s Holman Correctional Facility, ending a decades-long legal drama that began 34 years earlier. Sentenced to death for the 1982 murder-for-hire shooting of the sleeping husband of the woman with whom he was having an affair, Arthur was scheduled ...
  • A Follow Up To ‘For LGBTQ Survivors, ‘Pride’ Isn’t Always A Source Of Pride’ I’ve been reading through the comments and messages I’ve received about the article I published last week entitled “For LGBTQ Survivors, ‘Pride’ Isn’t Always A Source Of Pride”. As I always do, I examine and reflect on all feedback, and I figured because of my strong feelings on this topic – and those of others ...
  • Anti-LGBT Member Of Congress Shot; His And Other Lives Saved By African American Lesbian Officer It is my hope Congressman Scalise (R-La) and the others who were wounded in the shooting in Alexandria, VA. fully recover. But after praying for their lives, one must think about the brave Capitol Police officer, Crystal Griner, who herself was wounded, and the other officer David Bailey, who saved him and the lives of ...
  • Dad On Earth My children have had two amazing fathers in their little lives. The man who gave them life and loved them deeply. The man who couldn’t wait for them to be born and cried tears of joy when they took their first breath. This same father was deeply saddened to leave for a few weeks shortly ...
  • The Fierce Dads Of Gender Non-Conforming Kids “I have a Harry,” a young dad in Minneapolis-St. Paul told me last month, as I signed a copy of my book for him. I’d heard that before and knew it meant that his five-year-old son liked playing with dolls and wearing mom’s heels. “I’m okay with it,” he said, “but my wife isn’t quite there ...
  • 13 Father’s Day Desserts For Dad Forget tools and ties — what dad really wants is something sweet. From no-churn key lime pie ice cream to coconut cream pie, the dads in your life will flip over these fabulous desserts. Happy Father’s Day! 1. No-Churn Key Lime Pie Ice Cream This key lime pie ice cream has all the bright lime flavor of key ...
  • The Horrific Consequences Of White Supremacist Dehumanization Of Others The other day I was cleaning chicken and stopped cold when I realized there were still feathers on the piece I was handling. It hit me that this piece of flesh had at one time been a live animal. It had been killed – for people to eat, yes, but also to help someone make ...
  • Saving Medicaid — An Urgent SOS This is an urgent SOS. Right now Republican senators are working behind closed doors on their own version of the terrible American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives in early May that would rip away health coverage from 23 million people. They plan to vote on a Senate bill just before ...
  • Weekend Roundup: Islam Through The Eyes Of Western Converts To discover the other within ourselves, for empathy to turn the soul, is a mark of common humanity. Religious converts who take the full journey to another faith offer insights and wisdom from the inside, out beyond what can be gained from the outside looking in. This week, we publish two profiles in the latest of ...
  • Alexandria Shooting Exposes More Republican Hypocricy Within minutes of the lone-nut rampage shooting targeting Republican politicians in Alexandria, Virginia, right-wingers took to the airwaves to smear Democrats, Bernie Sanders, and “the Left” for bearing some responsibility for the violence because of their “hatred” of Republicans. Hearing the news that the alleged shooter had worked for his campaign, Senator Sanders stated categorically ...
  • Value All Care, Value Every Family You seldom see legislators tear up as they argue for a piece of legislation. But that’s what happened recently when Connecticut state senators made the case for a paid family and medical leave bill, leading with stories from their own lives. Sen. Catherine Osten talked about the agony of having been a single mother working ...
  • This Muslim Convert Is Changing The Conversation About Women In Islam With Music And Humor COPENHAGEN, Denmark ― Annette Bellaoui remembers the moment well. She was meeting a leading politician in the Danish People’s Party, known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric. He stared at her, “seriously contemplating” Bellaoui in a way that seemed as though he was asking himself, “‘does this woman have hand grenades in her pockets?’” “There was fear and ...
  • Gardner Promised Obamacare Replacement Wouldn’t Be Drafted ‘Behind Closed Doors’ During a conference call in February, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner assured worried constituents that they would have plenty of opportunities to weigh in on any legislation to replace Obamacare. “It’s important to me that this debate be open and that the American people see what’s happening and taking place,” said Gardner. “So Sandy, I think as ...