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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 03.26.2015 | 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...

Podcast Review: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

Marc Hershon | Posted 03.20.2015 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

Since starting his Amazing Colossal Podcast ten months and 42 episodes ago, comedian Gilbert Gottfried has played host to a pretty amazing retinue of show biz folk -- including Danny Aiello, David Steinberg, Barbara Felton, Adam West, Frankie Avalon -- the list is mind-boggling.

International Good Deeds Day 2015

Shari Arison | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Shari Arison

I was honored to meet Pope Francis, just as I am honored to be welcomed in all communities and religions around the world who have taken part in Good Deeds Day, as a symbol of how our world can look all year round.

It Takes A Good Woman To Know One

Christine Carter | Posted 03.19.2015 | Women
Christine Carter

I have had the privilege of knowing countless women throughout my life. Not just in passing while superficially connecting through a fleeting event or...

The Great Transition

Dave Pruett | Posted 03.19.2015 | Green
Dave Pruett

Belonging to Solarize Harrisonburg made our transition to solar both efficient and painless. Making the switch is a natural, sun-powered high. What could be better than simultaneously saving money, helping stabilize the climate, and supporting community?

Creflo Dollar Exploits His College Park, GA Community in an Attempt to Get a Plane

Nancy Laws | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

With all due respect to Pastors Creflo and Taffi, instead of wasting community funds on frivolous expenses like a Gulfstream G650, maybe you should spend more time reaching out to the community in order to understand what they need, and how you can use your ministry to support them!

It Is a Matter of Trust

Christa Dowling | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Christa Dowling

These last years have eroded that feeling of trust. The erosion of the value system has increased the distrust in the sense of direction; trust has imploded. It is like bruising the wings of a butterfly, or the blossom of a flower; it cannot be repaired.

Why We Need to Talk to Strangers

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Minding your own business (or calling the cops) is fine, knocking on a stranger's door or helping someone else's kid off the jungle gym is creepy. What has become of us?

#WeWashing: When "Sharing" Is Renting and "Community" Is a Commodity

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 03.26.2015 | Technology
Lee-Sean Huang

Based on terms like whitewashing and greenwashing, WeWashing is when corporations, brands and other groups use the language of "sharing" and "community" to describe what are essentially capitalist commercial transactions.

Tip #1: Create Your Own Military-Civilian Welcome Wagon

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

Skeptical that this schism exists? Think again. A 2014 Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 55 percent had served in the military felt disconnected from civilian life. That number increased to 64 percent for those who had served in combat.

Stirring the Pot of Skateboarding Mainstream Culture

Tajci Cameron | Posted 03.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

On a gorgeous and unusually warm January day, I arrive at the Jim Warren skatepark in Franklin, TN to shoot an episode with Lew Ross, a social activis...

Yoga at Local Shops Builds Business and Community

Lauren Coles | Posted 03.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Coles

If you are a business looking to offer yoga into your space, go to another shop's yoga event for inspiration. Find a yoga teacher or yoga company that you trust, and collaborate on creating an event to remember. When local shops offer yoga in their space, they welcome new faces and build a strong community.

An Actor's Dilemma

Bobby Steggert | Posted 03.12.2015 | Arts
Bobby Steggert

I ask myself why in the world I choose live performance as a career on, perhaps, a daily basis. It depends on when, as to the vote for or against such a peculiar vocation.

4 Lessons to Effectively Engage Youth

Daniel Horgan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Daniel Horgan

I remember my first summer volunteering at the age of 12 for my local YMCA summer camp. Being the youngest of three and seeing my older siblings head off to work each day as camp counselors, I was determined to get in on the action and not be left at home alone.

Can Growing Parent Demand Fix Charter School Financing?

Reena Abraham | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Reena Abraham

The political debate about charters is not likely to wane anytime soon. But parents can't wait for that to play out. It is past time to end our patchwork system of financing school facilities and make it easier for high-performing charter schools to give more kids a chance to succeed.

4 Non-Profits That Empower Black Girls

Nancy Laws | Posted 03.09.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

There are so many non-profits out there, sometimes it is challenging to find one that you would like to support, and as a mom to 3 extraordinary brown girls, it is important to me that I support organizations that help to build, encourage and empower young black girls within our communities.

The Resilient and Heroic Women of South Sudan

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

When it comes to tackling sexual and gender based violence, as well as gender equality, it's time for leaders in South Sudan and the international community to follow the leadership displayed by Josephine and the inspiring women of South Sudan.

Here's The New Trailer For 'Community' Season 6

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 03.03.2015 | Entertainment

"Community" has finally made it to its fated #sixthseason, albeit with a different home. The first trailer for the show's upcoming stretch of episodes...