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I have strung words together for The New York Times, Vice, and more. I write and shoot people (with a camera, you guys) from my home in upst...

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    Quick! Want to spend Christmas pissed off at your significant other and hating yourself for it? Agree to a no-present Christmas, and you'll be right on track! Never heard of such a thing? Count yourself lucky. It's a trend I'm noticing a lot more this year -- maybe because of the recession, maybe because I'm just paying more attention. Couples talk out the holidays and decide that they are going to buy bupkis for one another. Not a stocking stuffer. Not a trinket. NOTHING. If you are one of those couples, can I offer a word or two? Abort mission! Abort, I say!

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    When we see the reports out of Newtown, Connecticut, we keep seeing the number 26. Twenty-six killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School by Adam Lanza. Twenty-six Christmas trees donated to the town to be decorated in memory of the children and school staff. Twenty-six acts of kindnesses suggested to remember the victims. But whatever happened to number 27? To Nancy Lanza? Adam Lanza's mother was not shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She is not one of the 26 ... there, anyway. But doesn't she count? Some will tell you no. Some ... many ... are angry at Nancy Lanza today, they're happy to blame one of the victims in this tragedy because it gives them comfort, it enables them to make "sense" of a senseless tragedy.

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    What would you do if you thought someone was abusing your child? How about bugging the baby's car seat to catch the abuser in the act? That's what one mom did before sending her 7-month-old to one of his regular visits with Dad. Extreme? Maybe, but it worked. The father is now the subject of a child abuse investigation. Suddenly doesn't sound so crazy, does it?

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    If you can't tell by now, Farrah Abraham of Teen Mom fame is quite the fan of plastic surgery. Between the boob job she underwent in front of the cameras and the facial work she explained in detail in a national magazine, Abraham is not one to shy away from having a little work done. But even Farrah wouldn't be crazy enough to suggest you give the gift of plastic surgery this holiday, would she? She wouldn't actually think that people would WANT their family to give them the gift of saying their body isn't "good enough" to celebrate the holiday, would they? C'mon, you guys, you know the answer to this one! Of course she would!

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    If you have ever questioned the true power of moms who blog, 2012 was the year that should have stopped you in your tracks. From the cover of national magazines to morning talk shows, mom bloggers have been the talk of the nation -- sometimes for good, and sometimes for ... well, moms may never forget the tag line "Are You Mom Enough?" NEVER. Here's a look back at some of the biggest controversies surrounding mom bloggers in 2012.

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    First came the horror stories out of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Then came the incredible stories of kindnesses done on behalf of the people of Newtown, Connecticut. Now, it is our turn to help the people who have survived this unspeakable tragedy. Maybe you have money to donate to one of the funds set up for the families of the victims. Perhaps you have money to give to help support the services for the survivors. Or maybe you just have a little time to sit down and write a letter of condolence. Remember: every little bit helps. Here's where to start.

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    Teenagers tend to end up in the news for doing the sorts of things that make us groan and question the future of the human race. But a teenage boy in North Carolina has put a big fat grin on my face today. At just 13, Wesley Dixon had the courage to run into a burning building to rescue his father. It was the dumbest thing the kid could have done. And also one of the most selfless, incredible things anyone could have done.

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    Every time I turn around, it seems someone else is quitting Facebook. It's supposed to be freeing, I guess, a way to release yourself from the stress of constant updates about Aunt Norma's corns and your neighbor's personal fight to rid her diet of all sugar. I too have an oversharer or two on my Facebook feed who I'd like to bid bye bye. But quitting Facebook? Over my dead body. I have the bookmark right on the toolbar of my browser for easy access. I have the app on my iPad. I have the app on my phone. And when I'm doing nothing more exciting than sitting in the front seat of the car waiting for my husband to come back from paying the cashier for the gas he's just pumped, you can bet I'm probably checking in on my feed. You could call me obsessed with Facebook.

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    It's been what, six days since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School made us all stop what we were doing and focus our every thought on Newtown, Connecticut? And in that time we have heard from Adam Lanza's father, Peter Lanza, just once. The man whose son killed first his ex-wife, Nancy Lanza, then 20 children and six more innocent adults, released a statement on Saturday before going back into hiding. I understand why he's gone underground. What I can't fathom is the backlash against him.

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    I've always held to the thought that pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion, no matter what the anti-choice crowd will tell you. It means giving women the power to make their own choices -- be it abortion or continuing on with a pregnancy. And never has a case so well illustrated that point than that of the woman who went into the operating room expecting to have a hysterectomy and ended up with an abortion she never wanted. That Suzanne Doherty was already the mother of three girls doesn't change anything. She was never told that she doctors had discovered she was 14 weeks pregnant, at least not until it was too late. Doctors had already performed an abortion, along with the hysterectomy she'd requested.

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    Not sure when to start giving your teenager access to birth control, if ever? Parents in France are about to be taken right out of that equation. The country will begin providing free contraception to teenage girls starting at age 15, without parental consent. As a mother, I want to say they're overstepping. I want to. But I can't.

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    A lunch lady fired from her job for "stealing" from the school is back in the cafeteria today, and it's making me feel better about the kinds of people who work with our kids. That's because Dianne Brame's alleged crime wasn't evil. She was just trying to put food in the tummy of one hungry child. Brame was fired earlier this month after school officials found out she'd let a fourth grader rack up a $45 bill -- $35 more than the cut-off. But when the community found out why she'd done it, they started putting pressure on administrators at Hudson Elementary in Webster Groves, Missouri to put her back on the payroll. Turns out they actually like people working at a school who really care about kids.

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    Aww, poor Snooki! The new mom is all excited about spending her first Christmas with little Lorenzo. And now she has to worry about what kind of tricks her best friend JWoww has up her sleeve. Yes, JWoww plans to be one of THOSE aunties. You know, the type who torture their best friends in the name of spoiling their little niece or nephew?

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    In the days and hours since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many of us have been asking ourselves: "How can I help?" Sadly, there are people counting on it. Sick, depraved people who have created donation scams in the names of kids like little Noah Pozner, the 6-year-old laid to rest on Monday in Newtown, Connecticut. It's a black mark on society that there are those among us who would look to benefit off of a tragedy. But even more unsettling than the thought of someone taking advantage of our good hearts is this: what does this do to the families of the victims?

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    So your kids have heard about the Sandy Hook tragedy, and you are wondering: what's next? The answer has come to us in the most surprising place. Natalie Barden, 10-year-old sister of little Daniel Barden, one of the children killed in the shooting last week in Newtown, Connecticut, has written a letter to President Barack Obama. The letter made public by the former chair of the Newtown Board of Education, Lillian Bittman, on Anderson Cooper's show, is impactful in no small part because it's about -- what else -- gun control. But the reason all parents -- no matter their politics -- should be listening to what little Natalie had to say isn't because of guns.

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    Over and over and over again, we have asked ourselves the same question: could the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School been prevented? Was there something that could have kept Adam Lanza from arming himself to the teeth and ripping asunder the lives of the residents in Newtown, Connecticut, from killing 20 innocent children? Almost a week into the aftermath, we have a possibility: news that Adam Lanza once planned to join the Marines. It was a plan that Nancy Lanza's friends say she put the kibosh on, reminding her son that he did not like to be touched by others. On the one hand, I can't help but breathe a sigh of relief that he didn't make it into the military and have access to even MORE weapons. On the other, I wonder -- would the US Marine Corps have been able to straighten Adam Lanza out?

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    It's one of those videos so inspiring that it just keeps coming back. An autistic teen named Jason McElwain finally gets the ball in the last game of the season for the Greece Athena High School basketball team. And suddenly, the special ed student is on fire, shooting basket after basket. It's the kind of viral video you want to watch again and again, with a goofy grin on your face. But even as I'm smiling, a little anger has crept in. Jason McElwain nailed it. He did what any high school basketball star would in a game. So why was he only put in in the last game of the season? Why was he stuck being the team's manager all this time?

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    I can't help it. I have got royal baby fever. Don't tell me you aren't watching Kate Middleton's growing bump too ... if you aren't, why the heck are you reading this? Yup, I got you! And if you're a mom with a little one (or one on the way), you don't have to be embarrassed. Royal baby fever is giving all us Anglophiles the excuse we've always wanted to outfit our babies and their nurseries in the cutest gear inspired by everything England. Yes, you can dress your baby just like the royal baby-to-be, and here at The Stir, we have your road map to make it happen. You don't even have to learn to drive on the other side!

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    I've gotta say, the stars of Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 can always be counted on for some good entertainment throughout the year. And 2012 was no different. Between Amber Portwood going to prison, Jenelle Evans getting arrested, and all that contretemps between Maci Bookout and Kyle King, it has been one crazy year. So you know what? It's time to relive it. Let's look back at 18 of the craziest moments from the past year from our favorite Teen Moms!

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    Post by Jeanne Sager
    We've spent a week mourning the loss of so many lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in our own separate ways. Now it's time for a more organized way of remembering those killed in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday. An official moment of silence has been called for by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy. So how will it actually work?

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