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Top News: Lifestyle

Op-Ed: How open minded are you?

Open mindedness is the willingness to listen to and consider opposing or contradictory views. People who are open minded are receptive to fresh ideas even if those ideas challenge their strongly held beliefs.

Op-Ed: A terrible case of a few bad apples — Keene Pumpkin Fest '14

Keene - This is the second time, as a parent who has had children in college, that I have woken up to their schools in the headlines for negative reasons. The first time, the incident was clearly caused by non-students.

Op-Ed: A bit of FDR resides in the San Francisco Bay, a living legacy Special

Oakland - This past September Ken Burns dazzled audiences once again with his series on The Roosevelt family, featuring U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Op-Ed: #Gamergate generating pertinent debate about gender, misogyny

#Gamergate is going viral. As a non-gamer, having not played a video game since GTA: Vice City, I was initially confused by the furor popping up everywhere from CNN to TIME to Digg. But it turns out that this nerd war has big ramifications for all.

Video: Researcher has up-close encounter with sleeping whale

Earlier this year a researcher went looking for some whales, and he ended up encountering a humpback whale that was sound asleep.

Op-Ed: Forget the ice bucket challenge — Marijuana treats ALS

A viral Internet sensation, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over a whopping $100 million to fund research into finding a treatment for ALS. Sounds great, except that most of the money is spent elsewhere and marijuana already treats the disease.

This year’s list of America’s great places announced

The Uptown neighborhood of Oakland, Calif., Central Avenue in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Lake Mirror Park in Lakeland, Florida, all ranked among the top of their categories in the 2014 Great Places in America list released earlier this month.

Op-Ed: Vegas bets on same-sex marriage

Las Vegas - It appeared at the weekend that Nevada’s bet on same-sex marriage was a winner after all. Wedding bells had begun ringing in chapels looking for business after a brief halt ordered by one U.S. Supreme Court justice.

The Walrus Talks Resilience touts choice, strength, creativity Special

Toronto - As always, The Walrus magazine's latest event featured a diverse panel of people and perspectives on an important topic, but this time around a young poet stole the show.

Mayim Bialik's book on attachment parenting releases in UK

Actress Mayim Bialik, 38, who plays socially inept neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler and played a role in the 90s sitcom Blossom, is releasing her book, "Beyond the Sling" giving advice on attachment parenting, in the UK.

Gay and straight marriages show similar longevity

A recent study revealed that the break-up rate for gay couples was comparable to the break-up rate for heterosexual couples.

'SmartMat', the yoga mat and teacher all rolled into one

SmartMat, a crowd-funding project launched on Indigogo on September 30 is being touted as a yoga teacher rolled into a mat. Using pressure sensor data, it can convey information to an app on your phone which will correct your postures.

Op-Ed: Micro-home may be wave of the future for home ownership Special

Sebastopol - With the price of the median home in places like California now approaching at or just over $1 million, the concept of a tiny or "micro-home" is growing in appeal. Designer/builder, Alek Lisefski took a few moments to chat with this reporter.

Family gets $140K more for home after including cat in deal

Melbourne - Last weekend a family in Australia auctioned their home off for $2,060,000 Australian dollars, but they ended up selling it for $140K more after including their cat in the deal.

The cheapest days to fly this Thanksgiving holiday

If you haven't already booked your flights for Thanksgiving (and sometimes waiting is the cheaper option), listen up. This year, CheapAir looked into the cost of domestic American flights around the holiday.

Op-Ed: 5 funny boxer dog videos that were uploaded within the last week

Do you like boxer dogs? Need to get your dose of funny videos featuring boxers? Here are five funny videos of boxer dogs doing funny things.

UK cyclists call on government to fund safer cycling

At a breakfast event during Monday’s Conservative party conference, representatives from a coalition of UK biking groups called upon the government to provide better funding for cycling schemes.
 

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