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10 Characters You Won't Soon Forget

Kirkus | Posted 01.27.2016 | Books

From a charming and quirky young woman who forms a bond with a squirrel, to a retired, emotionally scarred Quebecois police inspector who can't escape his past even in a remote woodland village, the 10 books on this list lovingly deliver characters you won't be forgetting anytime soon.

It's Time to Connect

Dawn Burnett | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Dawn Burnett

So until we find what makes us whole as an individual -- why we were born, what in life supplies us with unstoppable joy and acceptance for why we were created -- then we can't connect in a loving open way with another person.

'The Bitter Season,' A Conversation With Tami Hoag

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.12.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Tami Hoag is an internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books. Over forty million copies are in print in thirty languages. She is known for crafting intricate and intense psychological thrillers probing the darkest corners of her characters' minds.

'Written in Fire,' A Conversation with Marcus Sakey

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.12.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Written in Fire is the gripping conclusion of The Brilliance Trilogy (following Brilliance and A Better World). In 1986, incredibly gifted people known as brilliants or abnorms were born, and thirty years later, constitute one percent of the U.S. population.

"Who's Your Daddy?"

Kimberly Montgomery | Posted 01.11.2016 | Fifty
Kimberly Montgomery

I'm a Start-Up Survivor. At least that's how I look at it. Being co-founder of a company was hard, ruthless, filled with deceit and bad behavior, s...

5 Things Your Kids Will Always Remember About You

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 01.08.2016 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Every moment is another chance to make a memory, and whether or not we realize it, we're creating good or bad memories every day, while indifferent moments just fade away. We all have regrets. It's never too late to make an unforgettable impact.

How to Make Love in the Boardroom

Gina Soleil | Posted 01.08.2016 | Business
Gina Soleil

In business we don't call it love. Oh no, that wouldn't be politically correct. The word love may not go over well in the boardroom. Heaven forbid we use a word that might make people feel uncomfortable.

All Sins Are Not Equal

Michael W. Austin | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
Michael W. Austin

One regrettable trend in many parts of the contemporary American Christian church is the propagation of "Christian" clichés that are neither Christian nor true. One of these is the idea that no sin is greater than any other sin. From God's perspective, they are all equally bad.

Chemistry Counts in Relationships--But How Much?

Marcia Naomi Berger | Posted 01.05.2016 | Women
Marcia Naomi Berger

When it comes to a potentially romantic relationship, chemistry is a loaded word. Does one of these beliefs pop into your mind when you hear it?

Judgment: What to Look for When Looking for a President

Terry Newell | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

Judgment is not the same thing as intelligence. All presidents are smart, but not all blend that with a deep understanding of history, people, places and politics.

Leaving an Impact Through Your Actions

Sonia Gul Baluch | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
Sonia Gul Baluch

I found myself in two different situations: Once, I was in the car with my friend and she was dropping me off. As she zoomed the car towards the driv...

When Was the Last Time Something Took Your Breath Away?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

The sensation of awe is universal but hard to describe -- "jaw-dropping," "goose bump giving," and "spine tingling" are often used to capture that sense of wonder that awe inspires. Indeed, the experience of awe occurs in the body as much as it does in the mind.

What Whole Living Means and Why It Matters for 2016

Neal Samudre | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Neal Samudre

This is what I call whole living -- when our internal beliefs drive our external behavior. Everything is cohesive and whole. Everything makes sense.

Here's How You Can Tell If Someone Really Has Character

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 12.04.2015 | OWN

It's a complicated question with the possibility of even more complicated answers: What's a good marker for true character? Some might say it's about ...

2 Reasons to Pursue Virtue

Michael W. Austin | Posted 12.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael W. Austin

Can being a person of character really lead to happiness? Many people do not associate virtue and good character with joy and better relationships wi...

Can Atheism Replace Religion?

Michael W. Austin | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Michael W. Austin

We must remember that religion is not merely about making my life better. Religion at its best is about making me better, and a better contributor to the common good.

Choose the Good No Matter What

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 11.11.2015 | Entertainment
Peter A. Georgescu

Bridge of Spies is a first-rate movie, which goes without saying when Spielberg is directing, but it's especially true with this film. It's John Le Ca...

Leadership Lessons From a Badass Leader

Bill Treasurer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Bill Treasurer

Havlik isn't some well-manicured leadership author. He's a rough-and-tumble guy who has actually led... often in do-or-die situations. He's got a bullet hole in his right forearm. Like I said, badass.

The New Peeple App, Really???

Meredith Masony | Posted 10.01.2016 | Entertainment
Meredith Masony

Good news, we can now rate our fellow human beings. Yes, you heard me right. The new app call "peeple" give you the opportunity to rate people just like you would a restaurant or product. WHAT???

Networking Dos and Dont's: A Horror Story

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 09.30.2016 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

The ethics of networking flow both ways. High-character people reach out for help in honorable ways, and those on the receiving end who consider themselves honorable people respond in a gracious and dignified manner.

Turn Off, Tune Out, and Drop In!

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 09.28.2016 | Business
Bruce Weinstein

Timothy Leary popularized the saying, "Turn on, tune in, and drop out," during the 1960s. But as our electronic devices threaten to overwhelm our relationships, our senses, and our peace of mind, I suggest a new one for the foreseeable future

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Dorit Sasson | Posted 09.28.2016 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction whether it's a novel or short story is just as important as finishing it. This is part of the writer's journey!

Apologies and Their Complexities

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To acknowledge imperfections, some of us have to confront our idealized image, a narcissistic view of the self that dictates we must be perfect. In this case, a mistake and the need to apologize, can be experienced as like a blemish that needs to be hidden.

Are You Critical Thinkers... or Just Critical?

Ted Harro | Posted 09.23.2016 | Business
Ted Harro

Fill the room with critical spirits and you can watch the creative oxygen leave the room. At the very least, no one is really listening. After a little while, no one is really talking either.

Hate, American Style

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Bruce Weinstein

There's a strange divide in the United States today. On the one hand, Pope Francis is visiting us for the first time. He urges us to welcome Syrian ...