New Year’s Eve is the last hurrah of the year, the culminating event in a holiday binge of eating, drinking, and celebrating. It’s a time to don glitzy outfits, reflect on the past, and ponder future resolutions. And then there’s the kiss at the stroke of midnight. Whether you ring in the new year by watching the Times Square ball drop on TV or toasting champagne at an upscale nightclub, tradition makes a case for celebrating the new year with people you enjoy. According to English and German folklore, the first person you encounter in a new year — and the nature of your encounter — sets the tone for the rest of the year. A kiss is about strengthening ties you wish to maintain in the future. If a couple celebrating together doesn’t take the time to lock lips, it doesn’t bode well for the relationship.
Journalists love glorifying the new powerful woman. But you still won't see one of us delivering a State of the Union address, Catholic church homily, or late night monologue on a major network. And instead of the NFL, we have the LFL (that's the Lingerie Football League).
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Gender is a funny concept. In our society, we are typically taught as we're growing up that boys act one way and girls another. Boys like trucks and wear blue and all little girls want to be mommies one day. A lot of us don't bother to question it; we just go along with what we're told. But what about the people who decide to raise their children with no preconceived gender whatsoever? Maybe we don't all want to go along with the boys wearing blue and girls are all mommies ideas, but how do we react when someone abandons all gender roles altogether?
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When I could barely conceive the meaning of motherhood, Frank slipped seamlessly into fatherhood, showing me what was possible. I'm talking about being a father from the first moment, without faking anything. While I needed months to figure out the motherhood thing, Frank got it—instantly. At 12:59 one snowy night, he was an expectant father, and when his son was born at 1:01, Frank stepped unhesitatingly into fatherhood. Seventeen years later, Frank is still fathering by instinct, still pretty terrific. He's just plain good at his job, maybe because he doesn't really think of it as a job.
Growing up, I thought I was "too cool" for some of the traditions in my hometown. But my husband, also from my hometown, loves every little bit of it. My job in our marriage was to keep things hip but then we had sons and they became involved in the Memorial Day parade. It found deep meaning for me and the family tradition brought all of us closer than scrapbooks or costume parties ever could.
It's no secret that places like Paris and Rome rank high on the romance scale. Looking for somewhere truly exotic to get away to? Whether you need some serious snuggle time in the sunshine of the southern hemisphere, or the adrenaline rush of a foreign city, look no further. Let the romance potential of these far-flung destinations lull you and your partner back into love.
Even if you don't speak Spanish, you know what Cinco de Mayo means. Margaritas. Enchiladas. And yes, plenty of muchachos y muchachas mingling. The holiday's a staple going out night for singles and couples. Dancing to mariachi music or doing tequila shots may take practice. But sharing these Cinco de Mayo facts is an easy way to impress your date.
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On March 20, the Sun moved into Aries, where it will stay until April 20. This movement marked both the first day of spring and the first day of the astrological year. Out with the old and in with new!
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