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The 3 Fears That Keep You From Shining Your Brightest (and How to Overcome Them), Part 2

Wendy Reese | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Reese

This is a part two of a three-part series. Are you getting stuck by one of the three fears keeping people playing small? As discussed in part one, th...

The Hardest Part About Seeing My Sister's Sonogram

Anna Eldridge | Posted 01.12.2015 | Teen
Anna Eldridge

I was adopted from China as a healthy baby, and so the odds are pretty high that my gender led to me being orphaned. It makes me sad to think that in many parts of the world, a family's reaction to a daughter is, "Oh no! Not a girl!'"

Words She Never Said

Christina Romo | Posted 01.11.2015 | Women
Christina Romo

As I looked at the photos, I realized that I found myself unable to relate to any of the adoptees who were searching for answers. They had clues and tidbits of information they could use to help locate their birth parents. If I were to create a poster, it would be empty.

Letting My Heart Break

Elisabeth Corey | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Elisabeth Corey

I have to prepare my heart to feel and to be inevitably broken, not just because there will be loss, but because there will be love. And with true love comes the pain of letting go, of never knowing what happens next.

The 5 Faults With Forgiveness

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

The reality is, in being human we go through pains that are not excusable, justifiable or reconcilable. Yet we are taught if we do not forgive that we are, now, also immoral and doomed to live in some sort of an emotional prison of hatred and resentment.

Marilynne Robinson's "Lila"

Martin Marty | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Being "Spiritual?" "Religious?" They are both easy. Robinson writes explicitly "Christianly," and that is harder. In a time when the "Prosperity Gospel" rules, she excises the word and concept "prosperity."

A Father Of 34 Gives Emotional Apology To The Son He Didn't Raise

OWN | Posted 09.23.2014 | OWN

Jay Williams, a successful video producer living in Atlanta, has been working with life coach Iyanla Vanzant to help sort through the mess he has crea...

The Men in This Collection Are Far From Perfect

Melanie Bishop | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Eliot Treichel knows the interior landscape of a certain American male. With this debut collection, he earns a place next to writers like Rick Bass, Mark Richard, Brady Udall and Sherman Alexie.

11 Good Pieces Of Advice For Anyone Who Has Ever Been Left

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 08.12.2014 | Divorce

As anyone who has ever been broken up with knows, the feeling of abandonment can be crippling -- but it is in those moments that we feel our lowest we...

Do You Get Overly Attached in Relationships? Take This Quiz

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Orloff MD

When you truly love someone you're not interested in possessing the person or keeping him or her in your clutches because you're afraid of losing the relationship. Instead, you respect your partner's autonomy and spirit.

Fatherlessness: The Presence of Dad's Absence

Fiona Teng | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Fiona Teng

Father's Day is particularly moving for me as I celebrate with those who get to brunch with their dads. Personally, the day is a reminder of the deep gratitude I hold for my dad's presence in my life.

Mickey Rooney, Teen Idol Turned Elder Hero: What We Can Learn From Him

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

He showed us how to continue to be productive even as we become older. And then he showed us how vulnerable anyone can be to elder abuse, and how to handle this tragedy.

It Gets Better - No Really It Does

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 03.19.2014 | Divorce
Amelia Shroyer

One of the most cliché things people say when something bad happens is, "you're going to come out of this even stronger." How can something so tru...

Find More Love! Everyday Tips for More Confidence

Tracy Crossley | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Tracy Crossley

Many relationships that never get off the ground or even begin may be from a lack of confidence. We talk about confidence as though it's a gift so...

Finding My Present by Finding My Past

Susan Liang | Posted 12.08.2013 | Impact
Susan Liang

Stress and challenges in many areas of my life had created a void that I was trying to fill with a traditional career, but clearly that wasn't working. It turns out that those challenges were exactly what I needed to push myself to focus on something greater than myself.

WATCH: A Daddyless Daughter's Heartbreaking Story Of Abandonment

OWN | Posted 07.18.2013 | OWN

When Kendall was 8 years old, her father showed up to her private elementary school and said to the teacher, "I'm here to pick up my daughter." As Ken...

Move Over Fantasy Dad: This Father's Day I Celebrate My Real Dad

Terry K Carr | Posted 08.11.2013 | Divorce
Terry K Carr

Many of us from divorce carry around a version of our Dad that doesn't always square with the flesh and blood one.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't

Marie Marley | Posted 08.10.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Sometimes, nursing home placement is the best (or even only) solution for your benefit and the benefit of the person for whom you're caring.

Legalized Infant Abandonment: Alarm in Europe, Barely a Peep in the U.S.

Adam Pertman | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Adam Pertman

The proponents of safe havens and Baby Boxes most effectively answer criticism by saying their approach is worthwhile even if it saves just one baby's life. I have an alternative suggestion: Let's aim higher.

America's Unfinished Story: Iraqi Refugees

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Andrew Lam

It's inevitable that each time he ventures abroad, Uncle Sam leaves an unfinished story, and nowhere is it most unfinished than in Iraq.

Why My Divorce Was Like A Tsunami

Lisa Arends | Posted 08.15.2012 | Divorce
Lisa Arends

My divorce was a tsunami. The wave of precursors was hidden deep beneath the surface of the marital waters and were not visible to the naked eye.

Why I'm Glad May is Over

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.01.2012 | Women
Barbara Greenberg

In small ways, my friend and I had always been nurturing towards each other. I believe that this is something that motherless daughters sense about each other.

National Abandonment

Wendy Strgar | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

Worldwide, the question of how we care for each other, how a society sustains itself, is being examined. But nowhere is this abandonment being more acutely felt than among returning veterans and their families.

Why Blaming Feels Good

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Rather than judge ourselves for blaming -- which most of us do at times -- why not look at what the blaming is covering up and learn to lovingly manage the feelings that we are covering up and avoiding with blaming?

Grieving Those Who Are Still Alive

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 06.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

If you cannot depend upon those you love most deeply "being there" in your greatest time of need, on what may you rely?