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My Last Boyfriend Was Deaf, Here's What He Taught Me

Robin Cassady | Posted 04.17.2015 | Women
Robin Cassady

I was welcomed into the community and his family, and within a couple of weeks I was given a name-sign by his youngest sister.

Why This Disney Star Is Committed To Giving Back Through Volunteering

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.17.2015 | Impact

It's easy for adults to identify the things in life they are most passionate about, but it's often times even easier for them to find excuses why they...

Deliciously Disabled: Creating a Sexy, Accessible Dialogue to Describe Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Disability should be seen as sexy and fun, instead of sad and frustrating all the time. Being deliciously disabled doesn't mean that there aren't days where the experience of disability is altogether exhausting. Rather, it is a lexicon that accepts disability as is,

4 Ways Mindfulness Can Enhance Your Happiness

Dr. Elise Bialylew | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elise Bialylew

When practiced regularly, it can bring more calm and effectiveness into everyday life, reducing stress and enhancing mental capacity. Here are four ways mindfulness can make you happier.

Opportunity Inequality: The Plight of America's Poor Kids

Frank Islam | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

We are at a critical pivot point in terms of the futures of poor kids in America. What happens over the next decade will determine many of their fates and to a certain extent that of the American dream.

Stronger Together: 6 Ways to Build Community

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

We all want to be happy, peaceful, free and fulfilled. Sometimes we act like this is possible to achieve all on our own. Well, guess what! Everyone else wants the same thing. By working together, collaborating and connecting, we give ourselves and our partners a greater chance of achieving the freedom, peace and joy we are all striving for.

Why a Credit Union Might Be the Smartest Choice You've Ever Made

Rachel Pross | Posted 04.10.2015 | Money
Rachel Pross

Imagine what the U.S. economy would be like without a not-for-profit balance and competitive presence in the financial services marketplace to help keep rates and fees in check.

Can A Bus Help Save 10,000 Lives?

Leila Toplic | Posted 04.09.2015 | Impact
Leila Toplic

Each woman's experience is unique, but meeting Justine gave me a glimpse into the challenges that expecting mothers face in communities that lack basic health care.

8 Ways to Make College More Accessible to Low-Income Students

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 04.08.2015 | College
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Amidst our platitudes and promises of equity and justice, there are some pretty clear-cut reasons why low-income students are dropping out, failing out, or never even starting college.

Urban Edges and How to Define the Spaces Beyond

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Today's urbanist may also see a future gondola station, a walkable destination, or the potential for sustaining natural pockets amid the built environment.  But what compels such vision? I'll take a leap of faith here, in order to put a modern gloss on the human imagination that conceived the edge of the earth in Italy, long ago.

More Local, Less Government

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 04.03.2015 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

It's time that we do a better job recognizing that our veterans return to their neighborhoods, families and friends. We cannot isolate any of their challenges with the mistaken thinking that government solutions are readily available.

Top 6 TED 2015 Talks You Don't Want to Miss

Jack Hidary | Posted 04.06.2015 | Technology
Jack Hidary

This was a great year at TED for all kinds of mind-bending talks -- here are six that raised the roof -- will update when more TED talks become available. Which talks did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

This Musical Swing Set Could Help Communities Learn How To Get Along

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 04.03.2015 | Good News

A French Canadian design group has redefined the classic swing set with a spectacular piece of installation art that encourages people to work togethe...

The Importance of Community

Harper Spero | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Harper Spero

Communities are helpful to join or create because they provide support to the individuals who are impacted by the daily stress, struggles and chaos of modern life. Consider the five questions that I noted as you determine what type of community you are looking to build or join.

The Future of Europe: Proudly Small

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

The biggest predicament facing the European Union (EU) is visibility. Across Europe, populist parties on the right and the left end of the political spectrum point towards the European Union as the source of economic and social problems.

Medicine for the People Delivered Through Music

Jacob Devaney | Posted 04.01.2015 | Good News
Jacob Devaney

Music is transformative, it is a powerful medicine. When I was younger while visiting my Cherokee uncle, Goat Carson, in New Orleans he always talked about how music was a form of prayer, a powerful kind of medicine.

How to Change the Habits of 107,000 People

James Clear | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
James Clear

It was 1995, and Pieter Ernst was battling a serious problem. Ernst was a physician with an interest in community-wide behavior change, and he was cu...

Strengthening the Connections Between African Americans and National Parks

Michael Sainato | Posted 03.27.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Sainato

The arches of Yellowstone National Park at the park entrance displays the Theodore Roosevelt quote, "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." Despite Roosevelt's rhetoric, the national parks' missions have lacked focus towards African Americans for decades.

Mentors: We Need You More Than Ever in the LGBT Movement

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Jonathan D. Lovitz

If togetherness is the key to unlocking the potential of our ever more equal and empowered community, how do we connect? By mentoring one another.

A Community Is More Than a Group of People

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.26.2015 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

I recently met someone from Bolivia through a mutual friend. She was telling me how different it is in Florida, as no one ever is outside or takes walks. I thought that was an odd statement, given that I see plenty of fellow Floridians outside enjoying our beautiful state.

3 Low- or No-Cost Resources to Help Improve Your Mental Health

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 03.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

Many people who struggle with stress, mental illness or sub-optimal mental health lack the time and finances to engage in weekly therapy or ongoing me...

To Your Health

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 03.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

Patient: "Doctor, I don't feel well, and I'm not sure why." Doctor: "I want you to meditate for 20 minutes twice a day, exercise for at least 30 min...

Using Urban Observation to "Ghost-Bust" Cities

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I saw a ghost, of a missing building from a boyhood memory -- something that Amazon might have retrofitted, today, if it were still there for the taking.

Tip #2: When It's OK to Talk About Yourself

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

To all vets, military families and active duty service members, let me tell you with great certainty that the majority of U.S. citizens do not know us.

What to Do When You Lose Hope

Lauren Stahl | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Stahl

We all have different hopes in our lives. For some of us it is to start a family, get our dream job, have children, make enough money to support ourselves, or to win the lottery. This hope propels us forward. It gives us purpose and it makes waking up exciting. But when hope is lost, what can we do? Here are five things...