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5 Simple Tricks To Decrease Stress

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Have you been on the magic carpet ride this month? All the hectic Christmas and Hanukah rituals are over for this year, and in the wake of all the festivities I am reminded of what’s really important in my life—my cherished relationships. Sometimes as I race from one activity to the next, I can forget to how to breathe deeply. How about you? Are you so focused on your daily commitments and busy schedules that you forget to breathe out … fully? To let … go? Learn how to decrease stress on Your Tango…

12 Cheesy Inspirational Quotes I Pinned On Pinterest This Year (That Were Actually Good)

2013 was a year of enormous personal upheaval for me. I met my life partner and married him just five months later at City Hall. I lost a friend to suicide. I distanced myself from people who weren’t proving themselves to be interested in the caliber of friendship that I want to invest in. I made huge strides in standing up for myself and not taking other people’s bullshit — a lot of which had to do with the wedding.

Most of the changes that occurred were ultimately good for me. At least, that’s how I choose to look at them. All of the changes, though, required me to get out of my comfort zone  in order to figure out what was right for me. I’ve always been a risktaker, but this year felt especially poignant.  Keep reading »

How To Handle That Moment When You Forget To Get Someone A Present

I Was A Macy's Elf
True Story: I Was A Macy's Christmas Elf And It Sucked
... and it sucked. Read More »
Christmas Jammies Rap (Video)
Christmas Jammies Family Rap Video
This family takes their Christmas PJ's seriously. Read More »
Gifting Flowchart
Flowchart: Should I Buy _______ A Present?
Here's some help figuring out who you need to buy presents. Read More »
7 Christmas Songs We Love
Best Christmas Music
We will never get sick of these 7 Christmas songs. Read More »

How’s this for a nightmare scenario: a friend is over and suddenly thrusts a beautifully-wrapped gift in your face and you had no idea she was expecting to exchange presents. Or your family agreed to just give presents to the children this year, but your showoff-y sister just arrived with handmade DIY presents for everybody. Quick, it’s time to take a peek around the house for last-minute things you can re-gift! Keep reading »

How To Avoid Becoming A Grinch This Holiday Season

7 Christmas Songs We Love
Best Christmas Music
We will never get sick of these 7 Christmas songs. Read More »
Holiday Pie Chart
Anatomy of a passive aggressive mom comment
Anatomy of a passive aggressive comment from your mom. Read More »
Annoying Holiday Questions
17 Totally Acceptable Ways To Respond To Annoying Holiday Questions
And 17 totally acceptable ways to respond to them. Read More »

loooove the holidays. But that doesn’t make the lead-up any less of a bitch. The older I get, the more I find how unforgiving this season can be. When I was a little girl, I never understood why some of the grown-ups in my life seemed to dread it so much.

An English professor once told me that the biggest theme of my life is trying to resist disillusionment even though the world makes no effort to hide what an ugly, unfair place it can be. Call me melodramatic, but is there any better way to describe the typical struggle we face when it comes to getting through the holidays? On the surface, it’s a happy, cheerful time of year. We want to enjoy it, but on the other hand, it’s pretty damn treacherous. Spending time in close quarters with family members that you only see once a year is stressful. So is the pressure to pick out the perfect gifts, to be a great hostess, and to somehow make your bank account survive it all. Keep reading »

Homophobic Parent Gets Served By Advice Columnist

The Gay Agenda
Walk the dog, cook dinner, break up a heterosexual marriage. Read More »
'I'm Gay' Cake
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A girl named Laurel comes out to her parents with an "I'm gay!" cake. Read More »
Gay Teen Victory
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Court rules in favor of gay teen who was kicked out of class. Read More »
Father's Letter To Gay Son
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Grab the kleenex, people. This is a good one. Read More »
Asky Amy Tells Homophobic Parent To Change Their Sexuality

I’ve always liked The Washington Post‘s advice columnist Amy Dickinson, AKA “Dear Amy,” but after reading her recent response to a homophobic parent, I LOVE her. Here’s the letter:

DEAR AMY: I recently discovered that my son, who is 17, is a homosexual. We are part of a church group and I fear that if people in that group find out they will make fun of me for having a gay child. He won’t listen to reason, and he will not stop being gay. I feel as if he is doing this just to get back at me for forgetting his birthday for the past three years — I have a busy work schedule. Please help him make the right choice in life by not being gay. He won’t listen to me, so maybe he will listen to you. — Feeling Betrayed

Ugh, right? But don’t worry, Amy’s response is on point: Keep reading »

How To Find Your Way Out Of A Paper Bag

How To Find Your Way Out Of A Paper Bag

Warning: if you are literally stuck in a paper bag and can’t figure out how to get out, please stop reading right now and call for help. If you are stuck in a paper bag as in you “don’t know your ass from your elbow,” are having an “existential crisis” or are “stuck in a rut” and can’t figure out how to get unstuck, you should probably keep reading.

I heard recently the saying “stuck in a rut” originally came from farmers who would drive their tractors down the same route in dirt every day and after a while, the tractor wheels would build up a significant groove, or rut, that would eventually become too high for the tractor wheels to jump. When a tractor got stuck in this rut, it would require many super strong people to hoist the heavy machinery up and move it in a different direction so that it could forge a new path. In this metaphor YOU are the tractor. But I’m sure you knew that. Keep reading »

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