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MeiMei Fox is the published author, co-author, ghostwriter, and freelance editor of numerous non-fiction health, wellness, spirituality, and psychology books, including New York Times bestsellers Bend, Not Break with Ping Fu, and Fortytude with Sarah Brokaw. She blogs about parenting her two toddlers at Adventures With Twins, and contributes regularly to Forbes on the topic of building a career that aligns with your life purpose.

In addition to writing, MeiMei works as a life coach, assisting clients in realizing their most ambitious dreams. Her loftiest goal is to be a Promoter of Joy.

MeiMei graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Stanford University, with a BA and MA in psychology. She also holds an MA in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She sits on the board of HOPE Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the street kids of Calcutta, India. She is blissfully married to the Love of Her Life, Kiran Ramchandran. They live in Honolulu, Hawaii with their twin Joy Boys. Her mantra is: Fear Less, Love More!

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Why Psychotherapists, Coaches, Counselors, and Healers of All Kinds Need Depth

(12) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 6:54 PM

Doctor, nurse, pastoral or spiritual counselor, Jungian analyst, addiction treatment specialist, social worker, shaman, coach... There may be many monikers and sub-categorizations in today's world, but all healers share the same objective: To help their clients overcome stumbling blocks, move through loss, find deeper meaning and interpersonal connection, and function...

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School District Invests in "Erasing the Look & Feel of Poverty," Sees Big Returns

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 8:12 PM


The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. now live in poverty, a mark hit in 2013 for the first time in 50 years. For these students, poverty brings a host of other disadvantages, most beyond the school district's control: broken homes, transient living situations, and a lack of educational support at home. Between 30 and 40 percent of American students enter kindergarten not ready for school.

It may seem like the deck is stacked against schools that predominantly educate low-income populations. Once they start their education, those students have a wider variety of social and emotional needs and receive less educational enrichment outside of school. And when those students struggle to catch up academically, they risk falling even further behind their peers.

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One district facing that very challenge is Middletown City School District, a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. About 70 miles northwest of Manhattan, it's a place that many families move to from New York City, where effects of poverty like drugs and violence are more visible. In Middletown, those effects are more subtle, resulting in, as 6th-grade teacher Brandi Hundley says, "struggling families that are trying to do the best they can -- working hard but [without] the privileges that others have."

More than a decade ago, the district seemed helpless against the educational effects of poverty. About half of its students did not complete high school and all seven of its schools were classified by the state as "in need of improvement."

To turn things around, Middletown decided to go beyond the school district's traditional role in addressing poverty, and tackle it head-on. Its ambitious goal is to "erase the look and feel of poverty" in its schools, as Superintendent Ken Eastwood puts it. Seventy-five percent of its students live in poverty, half are Hispanic, and a quarter are African American.

Middletown works hard to make their students feel welcome by providing opportunities beyond academics, including extracurricular activities, athletics, music, and the building environment. The intent is to let students take part in all that a school offers, which is more than just the academics; it's also the athletics and the extracurriculars. All of these efforts are setting the groundwork toward a concrete goal. Eastwood wants each student to be proficient in math and reading before finishing 5th grade.

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The district is working toward this goal through a wide range of bold initiatives that have been funded by various grants, which include offering two years of kindergarten, ending "social promotion," connecting every student to technology, and putting significant resources into athletic facilities and music programs.

"We want our kids to have the same opportunities as any other student, regardless of their zip code," says Eastwood, who is in his 12th year as superintendent.

The district believes that by making its students feel equal to those in more affluent communities, they will start to see the same outcomes. That even if no one in these students' families attended college, they can be different. Though the rate of low-income students in the district has steadily increased in the last decade, so have graduation rates, to 83 percent in 2014.

The rest of the country is starting to pay attention as well. In 2012, the district was one of 16 U.S. districts to earn a $20 million federal Race to the Top grant. That grant is a large bet that Middletown's progress is real, and that it will not only continue, but become a model for other districts educating low-income students.

The right investments, a commitment to teachers and its students appear to have a long term return in...

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How to Help Syrian Refugees this Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 10:48 AM

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Nour, her husband, and their two children arrived by a dangerous rubber raft on the tiny island of Leros in Greece, just seven miles from the Turkish border, in September. They were traveling with their friend Hamdo and his father (all are pictured...

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How You Can Help the Syrian Refugees: Solar-Powered Lights

(3) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 3:19 PM

Have you been distressed by the photos of dead toddlers washed up on the shores of a Turkish beach as a result of the Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis? Have you heard that we are currently experiencing the largest number of displaced persons since World War...

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Be a Volunteer: An Inspirational Commencement Speech

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 3:22 PM

Alison Thompson is a real-life angel. She has devoted her life to service, volunteering at Ground Zero immediately after the September 11th attacks; in Sri Lanka after the Asian tsunami in 2004; and co-creating the JP/HRO relief camp with Sean Penn in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Soon, she will...

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8 Indispensable Items for Your Baby Registry

(16) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 9:49 AM

At 40+ expecting twins, I wanted to be prepared, so I researched the heck out of my baby registry. Now that my boys are almost 6 months old, I can look back with a bit of perspective and analyze what I did well and what I wish I had known...

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10 Life Lessons I Learned From My Newborn Twins

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 3:25 PM

I was blessed to give birth to two healthy boys in December. Now that I'm emerging from the haze of sleep deprivation, I know that being a mother is the ultimate spiritual practice. Here are some lessons my twins have taught me in their first five months of life --...

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Providing a Powerful Way for People to Show Their Gratitude

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 6:02 PM

How do you show gratitude for the favorite people in your life? A Hallmark card is generic, but it can be challenging to come up with something more original. Saying "I love you" is great, but how often do we really share the reasons why someone matters so much to...

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Why I Keep Falling in Love With Yoga... Again and Again

(3) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 11:47 AM

It may not make me proud, but I'll admit it: I first came to yoga out of a desire to attain that lean, toned, fit "yoga body" that women began parading around in ever increasing numbers back in 2001. A lifelong runner, I'd injured my knee and been told that...

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Remembering the Asian Tsunami Disaster of 2004

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake or Asian Tsunami Disaster, which killed an estimated 230,000 people in 14 countries. It has earned its place as one of the deadliest natural disasters in history, yet it also elicited one of the greatest outpourings...

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Coping With Grief Over the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 9:10 AM

When the death of a loved one leads grief to knock on your door, it can be paralyzing. Fortunately, family and friends are usually there to lend support... at least in the short term. But after some days or months, when they return to their own lives, you can be...

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Give a Holiday Gift of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 4:19 PM

Are you looking for holiday gifts that have meaning and purpose? These days, we are blessed to have many socially and ecologically conscious companies to choose from when doing our shopping. So why not decide to "vote with your dollars" and focus on purchases that are...

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How to Get Emotionally Fit

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Do you have a pretty great life, yet frequently find yourself feeling unfulfilled, stressed out, anxious or depressed?

Most of us believe we should have daily rituals to stay physically healthy: exercise, eat right, and get enough sleep. But when it comes to our emotional health, we often don't...

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Reforming Fashion By Making It More Eco-Conscious

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 6:27 PM

Are you one of those super environmental types who shops at Whole Foods and your local farmer's market, avoids GMOs and does your housekeeping only with eco-friendly soaps and detergents? I know a lot of people who fall into this category. But then when it comes to fashion, suddenly all...

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Apple and Facebook Cover Egg Freezing Costs: Why Is This a Controversy?

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:11 PM

As a 40-year-old happily pregnant woman who froze her eggs at age 37 in a desperate attempt to preserve her fertility, I find myself baffled and bewildered over the current controversy surrounding Apple and Facebook's decisions to cover the costs of the procedure for their employees....

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The Life Out Loud: Fostering a Creative Community

(48) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 10:17 AM

I'm not afraid to say, and I say it with zero ego, but when it comes to the dreams of those who choose a life of creating for film, television and theater, I want to change the world. -- RB, Founder and CEO, Stage 32

It's tough to make a...

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Recovering From Your Expectation Hangover

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 5:20 PM

Have you ever been called Type A? Labeled yourself an over-achiever? Defined yourself according to your accomplishments? And then been disappointed when life didn't go exactly according to plan?

Has life recently thrown you a curveball? Maybe you have dreams and goals, but somehow things aren't working out as...

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The Horror of Honor Killing: In America and Around the World

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 6:29 PM

The Price of Honor, a new documentary about the horror of honor killing, opens with a highly disturbing audio recording of a 911 call: Texas teenager Sarah Said screaming that her father is shooting her and her elder sister Amina. Tragically, both girls were murdered that day, on...

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Why You Should Get Your Kids Outside

(2) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 10:49 AM

"For a new generation, nature is more abstraction than reality." - Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods

What are you doing with your kids this Labor Day weekend? How about taking a family camping trip? Or going to the beach? Or packing a picnic for the...

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Back-to-School Supplies With Heart

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Are you a parent getting ready to send your kids back to school for the year? Or a teacher shopping for classroom supplies? You might want to check out Yoobi, a new company that creates fashionable products with heart. For every Yoobi item sold at Target and online at Yoobi.com,...

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