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How An Unexpected Encounter Turned Around My Lonely Mother's Day Weekend

Mary Novaria | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

The mariachis played horns and guitars in the midst of a large configuration of tables with pink and white balloons floating above. I tried to discern the occasion. Wedding? Baby shower?

How A Free Product Builds Customer Loyalty

Bruno Leveque | Posted 05.07.2015 | Small Business
Bruno Leveque

The overarching effect of all the efforts I mentioned above is that our users are of equal value to the company, regardless of size. I see our customers as valuable collaborators and sources of inspiration long before I think of them as sources of revenue.

Maureen Ryan

10 Shows That Changed The Way We Look At TV

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 05.07.2015 | Entertainment

In 2005, "The Shield," "Deadwood," "Battlestar Galactica," "Rome" and the first incarnation of "Arrested Development" were all on the air. "Grey's Ana...

Communities Take the Lead on Earthquake Response in Nepal

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

When I woke on April 25 to reports of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, my first thoughts turned to the safety of my Nepali-American son's uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. All fine, I soon learned.

When End of Times Is Actually a New Beginning

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

Making it happen. Getting it done. Those are traits I admire, and this week they are on full display at Live Nation in an announcement made by Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins.

Saying Farewell To Our Family Home After 24 Years

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 05.03.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

I know this place. For 24 years we've lived here. I arrived, not quite 30-years-old with my one-year-old baby girl in my arms. I had fought moving to the suburbs for two years, but my husband was right -- it was a wonderful place to raise a family. So that's what we did. Now we're leaving.

7 Ways to Build a Community Using Data-Driven Narratives

Vala Afshar | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

The bottom line: If you can adopt the mindset of what matters to your customers and how you can empower them, then the rest will follow.

The Passing of a Great Man

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 05.01.2015 | Arts
Ellen Cantarow

His beauty was alight with happiness, kindness, and humor -- sometimes irreverent, bawdy humor. Behind his glasses his eyes were full of welcome and cheerfulness. And that smile! You can see it in videos of his performances, but it was no mere stage smile. It expressed his joy in life.

We Are Capable of More

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

This is not just about policing. Not just about race. It is about the country we are allowing ourselves to become and the affront it is to the country we are meant to be.

Beta-Testing Empathy With TableTribes

Erica Schlaikjer | Posted 04.28.2015 | DC
Erica Schlaikjer

"If an entire city could share a single conversation, what would we talk about?" That's the premise of TableTribes, a mobile app that aims to bring...

My Letter to Baltimore

Quentin Vennie | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Quentin Vennie

I am your child. I am a product of your society. I was born on your soil and raised in your communities. I was educated by your system and taught by your adversities. I've walked your streets and stood on your corners. You are my home.

Robert Putnam - And Why Community Schools Matter

Martin J. Blank | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

In his book, Putnam recognizes the power and potential of community schools to address some of the challenges that our young people, our families, our communities and the entire society face.

It's a Small World After All

Danielle Posa | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Posa

We never know exactly how many people are listening to what we say, watching what we do, or reading what we post... but we'd be crazy to think that it's anything less than a whole lot.

How to Change the World... and Make a Profit

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Calling all aspiring founders of social-impact organizations: You don't have to become a nonprofit in order to lead positive change.

First Ever White House Tech Meetup Connects Community Leaders to Drive Innovation

Brett Greene | Posted 06.20.2015 | Denver
Brett Greene

Speaking at the first ever Tech Meetup at the White House and speaking from the same podium President Obama stands behind wasn't on my bucket list, but now I can add it and check it off.

Alone in the Loneliness

Wendy Reese | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Reese

Shifting from lonely to feeling loved and engaged in healthy relationships does take time. For the lonely, time is an abundance. Each small step into the willingness to be loved has an exponential effect. Lonely and lovable are both chosen. How will you choose?

What are You Playing For? Pitching for a Greater Purpose

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 06.21.2015 | Sports
Jeremy Affeldt

Having a purpose for being a professional athlete will actually help you immensely on the field because you're free from self-absorption. You have a purpose far bigger than yourself, and for me, that purpose is making sure other people have a chance to be successful.

What's Your Story?

Ayelet Baron | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayelet Baron

If you think about it, life is all about stories. The stories we tell others. The stories we tell ourselves. If you never thought of yourself as an author, it's time to challenge your thinking since you are. Each of us weaves stories all the time.

What I Learned When I Dated a Deaf Man

Robin Cassady | Posted 06.17.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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.