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What Happened to Traditional Christmas Cards?

‘Tis the season to sit down and get down to the business of holiday cards if you’re into that kind of thing, which I most assuredly am. Seeing how my friends on social media are dealing with it, though, has me thinking: Have people forgotten the point of these seasonal greetings? I know that we … Continued

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This is Officially the World’s Worst Wedding Trend

I recently asked some friends what they looked forward to at their own weddings—the things they dreamed about and couldn’t wait to experience when they were about to be a bride or groom. I heard answers such as, “For me, it was just the vows. Just so excited to publicly announce/explain my love and to … Continued

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Why ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ Shouldn’t Replace ‘Trick-or-Treat’

I grew up in a small Midwestern town. Not a suburb, a small town surrounded by smaller towns and farms. The kind of town many people probably think doesn’t exist anymore. Still, every Halloween, my parents would get 1,000 trick-or-treaters. Seriously. All of the rural areas would bring their kids into town, and I grew … Continued

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Why Funeral Selfies Must Die

It’s a common complaint of modern life that people are so busy photographing or otherwise documenting their lives online that they forget how to behave in the real world. But when it comes to death, we need to talk. It’s astonishing that anyone needs reminding of this, but this is the world we live in: … Continued

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Why are Kindergarteners Having ‘Gender Reveal’ Parties in School?

Homeschooling in America is growing by leaps and bounds and it isn’t difficult to understand why. In many traditional schools, parents are being treated as bystanders in the education of their own children, and the perception of what is considered acceptable and unacceptable for the classroom is topsy-turvy. In California, the Rocklin Charter School was … Continued

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Kids Are Back to School. Why Don’t More of Them Have a Choice About Where They Go?

Someone is always complaining about schools—the media is full of stories about problems with the curriculum, safety, the mountains of homework, the one-size-fits-all approach to education. Still, those same critics often advocate for a one-size-fits all fix. Instead, educational opportunities should be as varied as the children who need them. This doesn’t just benefit kids; … Continued

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A Dating App for Verified Twitter Users – What Could Go Wrong?

Private. Safe. Exclusive. That’s how tech company Loveflutter is selling their Blue app, which they describe as, “A premium version of Loveflutter exclusive to Twitter’s blue tick verified community. Swipe discreetly and know who you’re matching with is interesting and real.” The blue tick refers to the blue checkmark (or tick) that appears on the … Continued

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