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Make a Donation in Someone Else's Name This Holiday Season What do you get the person who has everything or, at least, doesn’t want more things? Consider making a charitable donation in their name. (Alternatively, you can ask someone to give to a charity in your name, as their gift to you.) The following girl- and women-friendly organizations all allow contributors to give in someone else’s name, and most will notify the giftee with a letter or e-card ... Read More
The Parasitic Plant With Viking Roots I’d always figured mistletoe for a benign holiday decoration at best, and at worst, an invitation for office-party antics in movies set in the 1980s. Aside from being a tiny bundle of green leaves and white berries under which creeps occasionally try to mouth-assault you, what exactly is mistletoe and why did people start kissing under it? Mistletoe, or Viscum album, is a parasitic plant. There are several varieties of ... Read More
As many of you BUSTies know, the holiday season is in full swing, and unless you’ve been hiding out under a rock, or hibernating in the depths of your over-heated apartment, that usually means a fair amount of travel. Plane, train, automobile or whatever the method, schlepping your tired limbs and overcrowded luggage across state lines can be understandably exhausting.  Well, fret no more, weary travelers, because a certain cat, or girl if you want to ... Read More
YA? Why Not? This past summer, my plan to read Sarah Dessen novels while dangling my bare feet over a lakeside dock was rudely interrupted by a scowling article in Slate insisting adults should feel embarrassed reading YA novels, because they’re “books for children.” I felt a twinge of shame. After all, I often make a point of doing grown-up things, like drinking bourbon, listening to NPR, and transferring my credit-card balances. But ... Read More
Pack Like a Champ This Holiday Season Travel can be a real pain, but being a skilled packer definitely simplifies things. As a hardcore globe-trekker, I’ve developed a knack for packing on the fly, tucking away essentials into my lightweight, durable suitcase during trips to East Africa, New Zealand, and in-between. Whether you’re hopping a train or stuffing yourself into a plane’s economy class, these tips will maximize your packing options when ... Read More