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Hope for Future Fathers of Gay Sons

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.

When I read in February about the harsh reaction college football star Michael Sam's father had to his son's coming out, I was reminded of the difficu...

6 Ways To Prove You've Really Accepted Being Middle Aged

Amy Koko | Posted 04.09.2014 | Fifty
Amy Koko

The other day I came face to face with fifty. By that I mean I came to terms with it, accepted it, conceded, and dealt with the fact that I am no longer 'around fifty'. I am 53 and overdue for a bone density test. During Pilates my knees sound like Fourth of July fireworks.

My Top 2 Personal Favorite Life Lessons From Frozen

Kara Gorski, Ph.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | Women
Kara Gorski, Ph.D.

So, during my gazillion plus one time watching Frozen this week, it finally hit me. Elsa and Anna have not only captured the hearts of millions, these miraculous little girls portray the very core of what has taken me 38 years and a battle with breast cancer to discover.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Keep Stillness Inside of You

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 04.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. -- Deepak Chopra Calm and stillness is the sacred space within us. Once we are in ...

Autism Acceptance: The Crucial String

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Disability seeps into all the cracks, the corners, of your life. It becomes the emotional center of the family. Sometimes I felt as if other, typical families were feasting in a great restaurant, while the four of us were standing outside, noses pressed to the glass.

The Transformative Power of Visibility

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 03.27.2014 | Women
Simone N. Sneed

As women's history month draws to a conclusion, I have been reflecting on what it means to expand the work of feminism to better include diverse perspectives and narratives.

I'm Proud To Be A Religious Millennial

Garrett Degraffenreid | Posted 03.27.2014 | Teen
Garrett Degraffenreid

I believe that a religious revolution will occur soon, one that embraces the teaching of love that the Christian faith is built around, but does not always exhibit. This revolution will be lead by God-loving millennials like me.

Divorce: Life Goes On and It Can Be Awesome!

Betsy Chasse | Posted 03.25.2014 | Divorce
Betsy Chasse

Whoa, you mean I don't have to find a husband? I don't have to stay in the career I was in while I was married? I am completely free to reinvent myself any way I want? That's awesome.

World Down Syndrome Day

Kim Stagliano | Posted 03.21.2014 | Parents
Kim Stagliano

On this World Down Syndrome Day, I tip my hat to all families who love a child with DS and say, "thank you" for your work on behalf of children and adults with special needs.

You Are Right Where You Are Supposed To Be

Dr. Karin L. Smithson | Posted 03.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karin L. Smithson

Reach into your soul's pocket and embrace that wisdom that is now yours: This life is about more than this moment, but this moment can change your life and the lives of others.

Disabled Is the New Black

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

It's our imperfections that make us unique, special. Those "flaws" are what make you, you. We ourselves need to stop perpetuating the beauty myth and start by embracing the gift of the human condition in all of it's fragile versions.

Author of 'Far From the Tree' Not Always Close to the Truth

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Books
Neil S. Greenspan

Andrew Solomon is the author of the positively-reviewed, quite popular, and award-winning book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search f...

Why, Oh Why, Can't Everyone Just Play Nicely in the Sandbox??

Nancy Lang | Posted 03.14.2014 | Divorce
Nancy Lang

This week has challenged my faith in the decency of humanity from a personal to an international level. Relating to each other with common courtesy an...

7 Ways to Overcome Loss

Alexandra Harra | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Harra

We naturally want to regain the things or people we've lost. But there's a fine line between doing your part and pushing fate.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Stop the Busyness and Smell the Roses

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Yes, I was still the same seated figure moving through a crowd in a motor-powered vehicle. Yes, all my physical limitations were just as they had been previously. But my mind, my soul, and my feelings became liberated.

I Won't Pretend That Disability Simulation Works

Emily Ladau | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

To me, it feels like the opposite of acceptance to have my entire identity as a person with a physical disability reduced to an isolated simulation experience. We must move away from equating empathy with acceptance

A Yogi Embraces Pope Francis

Sister Jenna | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Sister Jenna

As I approach my upcoming birthday, I am drawn to remember Pope Francis. There are moments that touch our lives and I remember where I was on March...

What Makes This Boy Band's Music Video So Special

Ally Del Monte | Posted 03.04.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Life isn't only about slender beautiful models being the only ones entitled to laugh with joy, dance with abandon, and have fun and love fully. All kinds of people deserve to. And that's just perfect!

The One Thing My Daughter Can Do To Make Me Happy

Jim Walter | Posted 03.03.2014 | Parents
Jim Walter

On your graduation day, if I say to you, "Are you happy, Lily?" and you respond "I happy, daddy," then I'm happy too. And if you can't tell me that, then I will do everything in my power to fix that.

An Open Letter to Lupita Nyong'o

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 03.03.2014 | Black Voices
Ola Ojewumi

There are hundreds of little Lupitas across the globe that now believe they can achieve their dreams because of your presence as an astounding role model. This Oscar win is more than just another accolade; it symbolizes a change that women of color have been waiting for.

Why I No Longer Care About Current Events Or World News

Dori Hartley | Posted 03.02.2014 | Fifty
Dori Hartley

If you mention the countries Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan or Venezuela to me, a soft, numb cloud of blissful and most intentional ignorance folds over my consciousness and within milliseconds, I hear no more. Same goes for the phrases, 'world issues,' 'political strategy,' and 'government turmoil.' But no words instantly anesthetize me like the words, 'war,' 'conflict,' 'death toll,' 'budget,' and 'health care.'

This Is Me. This Is My Motherhood.

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 02.28.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

I'm not saying there isn't room for improvement, but lately, I'm coming around to an idea that's revolutionary for me: This is it. This is me. This is my motherhood.

Can You Be 'Heterosexually Gay'? | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Can you be "heterosexually gay"? Actors Christian Campbell (who shot to gay icon status with his starring role in the 1999 film Trick) and his wife...

When We're Not Happy With the Results

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 02.21.2014 | Women
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

We all have those moments, days or periods in life when we're not happy with what we're experiencing.

Stop Saying the Word 'Should'

Hannah Braime | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Hannah Braime

I've been on a quest to replace my "should" with alternative vocabulary that is healthier and more accepting -- both of myself and of other people. The longer I'm on this quest, the more I realize the damage the word "should" does to our self-relationship and our relationships with others.