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In 1870, Julia Ward Howe responded to the horrors of the Civil War by issuing her "Mother's Day Proclamation," calling on women around the world to rise up and oppose war in all its forms.

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In 1870, Julia Ward Howe responded to the horrors of the Civil War by issuing her "Mother's Day Proclamation," calling on women around the world to rise up and oppose war in all its forms. It would be decades before Americans officially began celebrating Mother's Day, and much of the original spirit of the proclamation has since been lost.

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Honoring Columbus Day means honoring a painful history of colonialism, enslavement, discrimination and land grabs that followed the Italian explorer’s 1492 arrival in the Americas. It's time to stop celebrating it and start celebrating the native cultures that his arrival in the Americas began the process of displacing.

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This season, don't look to bells on bobtails to make your spirits bright. Kindle the mood with dreams and songs of Occupation, sung to the tune of "Jingle Bells."

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We exist today in a climate of movie extremes—extreme action, extreme comedy. There are not many mild, agreeable pictures that take place in pleasant surroundings and set people we can identify with to dealing with issues that at sometime or other all of us will have to engage.“The Descendants” is the work of director Alexander Payne, the gentle giant of nice-guy filmmaking (“Sideways,” “About Schmidt”), and, as before, he is not about winding his stories tight and tense.

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Valentine's Day naysayers now have another reason to disdain the day: It's depleting Kenya's water supply. Specifically, the cultivation of roses in the African nation for holiday sales in Europe is taking a toll on the local ecosystem.

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