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Staying Connected As a Prescription for Longevity

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.09.2017 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

On the fateful day when we transition from being an employee to being a retiree, we'd better have the cushion of connectivity to pad our days, or run the risk of getting marginalized and falling out of touch.

In a Divorce, Who Is in Your Circle of Influences?

Stacy D. Phillips | Posted 01.15.2017 | Divorce
Stacy D. Phillips

The meddlers: Listen to these people, but the trick is to not allow them to control you or make your decisions for you. You might smile appreciatively, but keep the steering wheel firmly in your own hands.

A Beautiful Hope: A Story of Human Trafficking and Survival

Lisa Williams | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
Lisa Williams

Five years ago this month, a young girl from Los Angeles called me from state custody and simply asked, "Can you help me?"  Four years earlier, at 13-years-old, her older sister had handed her over to a pimp.

The Force of Soft Power: Pat O'Connor on 'Private Peaceful'

Dan Lybarger | Posted 12.31.2014 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

In promoting his new film adaptation of Private Peaceful, a book by War Horse author Michael Morpugo looks back at a way of life that's long gone with only the slightest hint of sentiment.

Novelist Maeve Binchy Was Childless, Not Heartless

Melanie Notkin | Posted 10.06.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

There are many ways to mother, just as there are ways to find fault with women who are not mothers.

How The Friendship In 'Girls' Mirrors Female Friendship In Nature

The New York Times | Posted 04.24.2012 | Women

When first we meet Hannah, the wondrously mopey mid-20s heroine of HBO's new hit series "Girls," she seems to have more strikes against her than a bow...

Being Left Out Never Gets Easy

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 05.21.2012 | Women
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Should I keep reaching out or just forget it?

What About MY Special Needs Child?

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Mental illness is something that we often overlook as a "special need," but there's a need for more offerings within the Jewish community for kids who suffer from anxiety, depression and OCD.

Dealing with a friend who's a Drama Queen

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Hi Irene, I am in an awkward situation with a friend whom I'll call Carla and don't know how to handle it. She's noticed that I've been pul...

Finish Your Unfinished Business

Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone

The Today Show featured a segment recently about people over 50 getting fired and how it changed their lives for the better. One guest, Lee Kravitz, ...

'Circle Of Friends' Makes High School A Better Place For Special Needs Teens

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For Amelia Jones, an autistic teenager in California, navigating high school can be difficult, especially when it comes to socializing. That's where a...

Motherhood is a Friendship-Killer

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

This Mother's Day, give yourself a little gift that no one else would ever think of. Jot down an appointment on your calendar to have lunch with a friend, or to have a girls night out.