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Celebrate Friday the 13th With an Anti-Superstition Party

Cure yourself of Friggatriskaidekaphobia, the irrational fear of Friday the 13th.

Screencap from the film, Friday the 13th. Not recommended for those who suffer from Friggatriskaidekaphobia.

Try saying “Friggatriskaidekaphobia” ten times really fast. It’s a real word, and it refers to an irrational fear of Friday the 13th. Most people will either spend this upcoming Friday the 13th like they spend any other day. Some of us will watch horror movies. One group of people in Fullerton, CA will be partying at the Friday the 13th Anti-Supersitition Bash, where revellers will tempt fate with a number of superstition-flouting activities and games. From the Facebook event:

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Letters for LGBT Youth Bring Solace From Strangers

Your Holiday Mom addresses heartwarming messages to LGBT Youth estranged from their families.

For 40 days every holiday season forty open letters about love and acceptance are posted to yourholidaymom.com. A project started in 2012, Your Holiday Mom provides a virtual haven for LGBT youth.

“Thirty years ago I lost my little brother to suicide because he feared he was gay and simply could not live in a world that would not support him if this were true,” explained YHM founder Robin Rice. “Today, I still feel that hole in my heart, and so I do whatever I can to support LGBTQ youth.”

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StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay on His Top 5 Holiday Tales

These stories of heroism and hope are not to be missed.

The recent success of Serial, Sarah Koenig’s epic, true-crime podcast that kept millions riveted to their iPods this past year, has demonstrated a real hunger in our culture for compelling, and often difficult, stories. Whether it was criminal activity in the NSA, as revealed by Laura Pointras in Citizenfour, or the hidden artistry of a reclusive street photographer in Finding Vivian Maier, we can give thanks this holiday season for the poignant, thoughtful and groundbreaking narratives that drove 2014. One important figure helping to further this art form is StoryCorps founder and this year’s TED Prize winner Dave Isay who, in the great American folk tradition of grand storytelling, has spent the last decade collecting some of our nation’s most haunting and heartfelt moments. As Isay mentioned to us after receiving his TEDprize, “Listening is such an important way of letting other people know that their lives matter. In many ways, listening is the ultimate act of generosity to another human being.” In keeping with this spirit, Isay recently filled us in on his top 5 holiday StoryCorps narratives, plucked from the vast collection housed in the Library of Congress, and why he found them so compelling.

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Got a Small Business? It's Not Too Late to Prepare for Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a billion dollar boon for independent shops, but less than half are fully online. Here are four programs to help out.

As small businesses ready themselves for the holiday shopping season—including Small Business Saturday—it's important to note that many are missing out on the gains of an online presence.

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Going to Feed the Homeless This Holiday? They Need Help on Other Days, Too

Promise yourself that you will never use the words bum or loser again, and show up to help the homeless on a day that's not a holiday.

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Remembering Juanita Francisco, Mother, Baker, and Friend

In 2010, Juanita Francisco was murdered in her California bakery. But her children aren't letting her death stop her generous spirit.


When we solicited pictures of the GOOD community's mothers for a Mother's Day-themed photo contest, we expected to receive some great and nostalgic images. We didn't expect to also get a touching story of loss and hope.

Greg Calso III won the contest for this shot of his mom, Juanita Francisco. But when we contacted him to ask him where we should send his prize, a free bouquet for his mother, Calso said he didn't need it, as Juanita had died a year and a half ago. "If the fact that my mother is deceased disqualifies her as a winner in the contest, it's ok with me," he wrote. "I honestly did not expect to win. All I wanted was to keep my mom's memory alive and share that picture that I love so much."

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