I Left My Kids With a Babysitter to Go to a Job Interview—And Came Home to Find Them Hungry, Naked, and Locked Up


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On a beautiful summer’s day last week, a mother was arrested for letting her daughter play at the park, rather than taking her to McDonald’s.

Debra Harrell’s 9-year-old daughter was tired of waiting around the fast-food restaurant in North Augusta, South Carolina, where her mother worked. The laptop Harrell had purchased to keep her daughter occupied during her shifts had recently been stolen from their home. When Harrell’s daughter asked to be dropped off at a well-populated park instead, Harrell agreed, giving her daughter a cell phone for emergencies. This worked fine for two days, but on the third, a woman asked the girl where her mother was. When the answer was “at work,” the woman called the police. Harrell was jailed and her daughter was put in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

Many people were outraged that a mother would allow her child to go unsupervised…

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The Lifetime Cost of Autism Tops $2 Million Per Person


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U.S. and UK scientists have completed the most comprehensive analysis of the costs associated with supporting a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over a lifetime and found that those whose ASD are linked with intellectual disability can accrue up to $2.4 million while those without intellectual disability require about $1.4 million in medical, non-medical and indirect costs. And that’s on top of the average $241,000 that it takes to raise a child to age 18 in the United States.

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About 79% of that cost is due to services such as medical care, home health care, special education and after-school care—and 9% is due to wages that caregivers give up to tend to an autistic family member. The latter came as a surprise, says the paper’s senior author, David Mandell, director of the center for mental health policy and services research…

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Can A Social Media Campaign Really #BringBackOurGirls?


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It may have taken a few weeks, but the world’s attention has fixated on terrorist abductions in Nigeria, thanks, in large part, to a hashtag.

On April 14, at a school in the Nigerian town of Chibok, 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped while taking their final exams. The girls were taken by the extremist group known as Boko Haram (which roughly translates as “Western education is sinful”), who had disguised themselves as soldiers and forced the girls up into the back of trucks. Yet in the days that followed, appallingly little was done to help. The Nigerian military falsely claimed it had rescued the girls — only to retract the claim the very next day. The story barely registered with the international media.

Then, on April 23, Oby Ezekwesili, vice president of the World Bank for Africa, gave a speech in Nigeria in which she urged the government to intervene and…

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Happy 80th Birthday Gloria Steinem: 8 of Her Funniest Quips


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Gloria Steinem isn’t just the founder of Ms. Magazine and the most recognizable “ face of feminism ” — she’s also hilarious. Herewith, some of her most entertaining nuggets of wisdom.

1) “A woman reading Playboy feels a little like a Jew reading a Nazi manual.” (1970)

Feminist journalist and author Gloria Steinem baring one leg as she relaxes in a luxurious bubble bath at home. Marianne Barcellona—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

2) “A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.”(1972)

Writer Gloria Steinem sitting cross-legged on floor w. sign "We Shall Overcome"

Writer Gloria Steinem sitting cross-legged on floor w. sign “We Shall Overcome” Yale Joel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

3) “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”

A uniformed officer arrests feminist Gloria Steinem during an anti-apartheid protest outside the South African Embassy in Washington, Dec. 19, 1984. AP

4) “On my…

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Lady Gaga’s Vomit Artist Defends Herself Against Demi Lovato’s Bulimia Criticisms


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Singer Demi Lovato is calling out Lady Gaga for glamorizing bulimia, following a performance at SXSW last Thursday where artist Millie Brown vomited green soy milk on Gaga. Both Lovato and Gaga have suffered from eating disorders and have talked about them publicly.

Brown’s vomit art, which she started doing 9 years ago at age 17, certainly seems problematic. She swallows a mixture of soy milk and food dye, then sticks her fingers down her throat to make herself get sick. Often she vomits colors on canvas, but for the SXSW show, Lady Gaga was her medium. To prepare, Brown says…

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My Angel


I wake up in the morning
And I look up to the sky
I wonder why he took you
before I said good-bye 

I look up to the stars at night
And know you’re looking down
I’d like to think you’re proud of me
But I’m just stumbling round

I crawl in bed and close my eyes
And realize that you’re gone
Then comes the fears and then the tears
And life just seems so wrong

I glance up at the heavens
And I know you’re flying by
My Angel’s watching over me
I’m happy as I cry

Hold On, Pain Ends

Our True Heritage


 

 

 

Our True Heritage

 

 
The cosmos is filled with precious gems.
I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning.
Each moment you are alive is a gem,
shining through and containing earth and sky,
water and clouds.
 
It needs you to breathe gently
for the miracles to be displayed.
Suddenly you hear the birds singing,
the pines chanting,
see the flowers blooming,
the blue sky,
the white clouds,
the smile and the marvelous look
of your beloved.
 
You, the richest person on Earth,
who have been going around begging for a living,
stop being the destitute child.
Come back and claim your heritage.
We should enjoy our happiness
and offer it to everyone.
Cherish this very moment.
Let go of the stream of distress
and embrace life fully in your arms.