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  • My Recent Firsthand Lesson: Understanding Challenges Of People With Disabilities By Rich Sloane UCF Forum columnist I’ve had lots of minor scrapes and bumps in my 73 years, but nothing of consequence in the way of health-related problems, and certainly nothing that needed surgery – excluding having tonsils taken out at the tender age of 5 and a few skin cancer excisions later in life. I was ...
  • Five Questions with Usman Ally, Star of ‘Nobodies’, ‘Veep’ and ‘Series Of Unfortunate Events’ Usman Ally is the quintessential Hollywood “everyman” as he blazes through roles that give him the freedom to exhibit the training he garnered after graduating with honors in Acting from the University of Florida. Before then Ally enjoyed a vibrant upbringing that began with his birth in Swaziland, and expanded to Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Pakistan, ...
  • 8 Habits That Make Millennials Stressed, Anxious And Unproductive A version of this article was originally published on Forbes. Sign up for Caroline’s newsletter to get her writing sent straight to your inbox. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), millennials experience more stress and are less able to manage it than any other generation. More than half of us admit to having lain awake ...
  • SAT Test Preppery You may recall that one of the awesome parts of David Coleman’s shiny new SAT test was going to be how impervious it was to any kind of test prep. Coleman’s singular vision (because in Coleman’s world, he’s the only one with a vision) was a new SAT that would fix inequality in America. Because ...
  • Trump Needs What Henry Ford And Thomas Edison Had: Access To Others’ Minds Henry Ford and Thomas Edison both attributed much of their success to the insights and inspirations generated by those around them. In an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust, they gathered a small group of friends around them and explored issues and problems. The key idea was that ten men could generate perspectives which may escape ...
  • Trump’s Cruel And Deviant Budget For years, conservatives warned that liberals were “defining deviancy downward.” They said that by tolerating bad social behavior, liberals in effect lowered what was deemed acceptable behavior overall – allowing social norms to decline. There was never a lot of evidence for that view, but there’s little question that Donald Trump is actively defining deviancy downward ...
  • Flynn Takes The Fifth: Just How Far Can The Law Be Stretched? General Michael T. Flynn says he won’t give the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee the information they want unless they guarantee him immunity from criminal prosecution. The Committee is investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election. They previously asked him to volunteer the information, but Flynn refused and the Committee upped the ante by issuing ...
  • Why Disaster Prevention Matters By Robert Glasser* Fundamentally, you cannot have a disaster if there are no people involved. It is people who create disaster risk and it is people who suffer the consequences. And often, the people who suffer the consequences are not the same people who created the risk in the first place. Climate change is a good example. ...
  • Franklin Graham Continues To Be The Worst Thing To Happen To God In A While Franklin Graham appears intent on making Christianity more unappealing than a Pauly Shore comeback. I’m not saying Franklin Graham isn’t a Christian, but I don’t find his twisted version of Christianity when I read the Gospels. “What’s he done this time?” you might be wondering. He gave an interview to The Atlantic in which he sang from ...
  • Sneaky Things That Make You Eat More (Even When You’re Not Hungry) By Stephanie Booth Ever find yourself going about your day, not even thinking about food . . . when all of a sudden your appetite kicks in, and you’re at the drive-thru or rummaging through your pantry, looking for whatever it is you crave? That’s because feeling hungry often has little to do with whether your system really ...
  • Here’s What Happens To Your Body Once You Hit 30 By Jessica Migala A lot goes on in your life when you move into your 30s. You become more established in your career, for one, and you may be growing (or thinking about starting) a family. But this pivotal decade is also a time when some unexpected body issues strike that may make you wonder, ‘huh? what’s ...
  • How To Choose The Safest, Healthiest And Most Sustainable Seafood By Kristin Canning Your healthy seafood guide Picking out fish should be a simple enough task, right? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as grabbing a fresh-looking cut or some frozen shrimp and never giving it a second thought. These days we wonder: Does it have mercury? How much? What is its country of origin? Is it being ...
  • Russia-West Relations: A Three-Step Blueprint For Renewed Cooperation Since the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea, Western policymakers have consistently described Russia-West tensions as an intractable conflict fuelled by decades of ideological resentments and competing strategic ambitions. The prevalence of new Cold War rhetoric in the highest echelons of political power, and the propensity of both Western and Russian policymakers to escalate tensions for ...
  • Migrant Rights Are Human Rights By Elizabeth Gibson, Staff Attorney, New York Legal Assistance Group Migrants are more than their immigration status. While politicians are talking about who can legally cross a border, migrants are wondering: Will the boss underpay me again? Is it safe to call 911 if grandma falls? Who will look after my children if I am deported? ...
  • Iran’s Election Marks The Deepening Of Democratic Culture, Says Former Iran President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, came to power in 1980 following the revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini. He spoke to The WorldPost from his home outside Paris, where he lives in exile. In Iran, the main pillars of power are controlled by the unelected supreme leader. And President Hassan Rouhani ...
  • How To Remove Every Single Type Of Summer Stain You’re dining alfresco, enjoying a deliciously fresh Caprese salad (seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper), when plop ― a rogue heirloom tomato spills right into your lap. And you’re wearing white. We’ve got you covered with this handy guide for how to remove every single summer stain. Related: 10 Top-Rated Cleaning Products According to Real ...
  • Out To Lunch: School Lunch Programs Are Stressful And Unhealthy Remember when kids had a lunch hour? I do. Back in the 1980s, my children had enough time to walk home for lunch and go back to school to run around on the playground. Now their kids have 20 minutes for lunch, which includes the time it takes to march them into the lunchroom, get ...
  • Is It Safe To Travel Abroad In The Donald Trump Era? Heather Gorawski says she never lied about her nationality when she visited Nicaragua recently. But she didn’t go out of her way to reveal she was American, either. “When I struck up a conversation with a local, I would use a Canadian reference,” she says. Later, though, the truth would come out: Gorawski is from New ...
  • They’re Talking A Better Game, But Will Democrats Fight Back? In public, leading Democrats blame outside forces like Russia and former FBI Director James Comey for their losses in 2016. But privately, many acknowledge the party needs a new direction. The Democrats’ massive losses at state and congressional levels cannot be blamed on WikiLeaks, Comey or even Trump. Something clearly needs to change, and fast. While Democrats embark ...
  • The Best Beaches In New England For Condé Nast Traveler, by Paul Rubio. Summer is right around the corner, so it’s best to start planning your weekend getaways now. Although New England is better known for its charming small towns and scenic vistas (famously one of the best places to see fall’s foliage), it’s also home to some of the best beaches. ...