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In Conversation With Roger Ballen - One Of The Most Collected Photographers In The World

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Images (c) Roger Ballen I've been a big fan of Roger Ballen for many years. His work is fresh and terrifically rich. Using a cast of characters ...

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

Guide to Mothers Raising Teenage Daughters

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

realistically, she wants to be separate from her mother physically and emotionally most of the time. She's a teenager who wants her own identity. So how do you focus your motherhood to maintain a solid relationship with your growing teenage daughter?

What I Learned From My Mom As We Planned Her Funeral

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

I was honored to know my mom and I'm grateful she let me share in her journey. It was a bittersweet gift filled with life lessons. I was lying on the sofa beside her at her home when she took her final breaths, and though it was of course a time of grief, she made sure we were ready.

Knowing and Being Known Is Worth the Vulnerability and Awkwardness

Kathleen Shumate | Posted 07.30.2015 | Women
Kathleen Shumate

Seeking other-centered conversation frees us to love others. If I am intent on truly knowing the other person, I am not worried about their reception of me. Self-forgetfulness gives me the courage to persevere even when I feel out of place; even if it feels awkward, it's an offering of love. And love can never be a waste.

Krystal M. Harris: A Conversation About Women in Hollywood

Kay Smythe | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Kay Smythe

Strength is a strange and malicious gift in Hollywood. In the few short weeks I have spent here, it has become unnervingly apparent that strength among women is no longer a sought-after personality trait. This dying evolution has been replaced by the harsh competition, brought on by a lack of trust in an already tough community.

Are Your Secrets Sabotaging You?

Lauren Zander | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Zander

Some people are offended when I call them secret-keepers (liars, essentially) and I have to assure them it's a universal problem. Other people claim a right to their secrets under the guise of privacy; it's my life, my thoughts, my feelings -- I should be able to choose who I share them with, right?" Wrong, and I'll explain why.

Joan: Miami, Florida, April 9, 2015

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 07.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robert G. Zuckerman

Because I am now paraplegic and the motorized ramp on my wheelchair van is broken and difficult to open manually, when I pull in to a gas station, many of them have placards on the pumps with phone numbers to call for those with disabilities to get assistance pumping gas.

The Grace Formula: How to Fight Nice

Laurie Gerber | Posted 07.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Laurie Gerber

Often I teach a concept called "love is a verb." My definition of "love" is caring about the other person's experience as deeply as you care about you...

Please Pass the Paranoia: On the Dangers of Being Overheard

Jeanne Martinet | Posted 06.16.2015 | Style
Jeanne Martinet

When having a private conversation in a public place--even a crowded New York City restaurant--you can never be too circumspect.

Conversation With My Daughter About Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

As we take turns pushing her one-year-old brother in his stroller, my daughter asks me why people don't just stay away from bad people, then they won't be trafficked. I tell her that usually the story starts out with hope.

I Wish My Father Was Alive

Tom Morris | Posted 06.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

I wish my father was alive. I lost him decades ago, when he was only about six years older than I am now. As Father's Day approaches later this month,...

The Talk

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.28.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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5 Ways to Be a Better Listener

Emily Reich | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Emily Reich

We check our phones many, many times per day, whether it be to look at the time or a text message. Keep your attention fully on the person you're talking to by resisting the urge to check your phone.

Conversational Courage: It's Putting Your Intelligence Into Action!

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

We all recognize the need for courage to start a business, play competitive sports, incur risks in investments, lead a diverse team in competitive markets, or take on an outback adventure. But do we really need courage to have a conversation?

If You Don't Have Something Nice to Say... Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

When we embrace the challenge of using our relationship as a means of self-development we open the possibility of shifting the trajectory not only of our relationship, but also of our life itself. And that is a big deal!

Out Loud and Off-Screen: The Power of the Spoken Word

Graeme Blackman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Graeme Blackman

As April comes to an end and the city of Baltimore is seared by racial conflict, I have been thinking about one of the great examples of the enormous power of public oratory, which occurred 47 years ago and whose anniversary is rarely noted.

How to Survive a Boring Dinner Partner

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 08.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Imagine yourself at a dinner "stuck" next to someone who is rambling on about something you have no interest in. "How can this person be so boring?" y...

Millennials: It's Time to Start Talking to Strangers

Karen Frankola | Posted 06.20.2015 | Business
Karen Frankola

I think a lot of young people just don't understand that good conversation requires reciprocation. Here are some tips for anyone who wants to improve their art of conversation. My advice focuses on business encounters, but could be helpful for nearly any situation.

Dying, Demented and Alone

Angelo Volandes | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Angelo Volandes

Some hospitals have taken to internal decision-making protocols in which ethics committees collaborate with providers to make decisions. But often these mechanisms are not readily available to make a decision when one is needed.

I Don't Need You To Tell Me That You Don't Agree

Cindy Brandt | Posted 06.14.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

We can celebrate common ground without erecting walls or drawing boundary lines. We can connect without disclaimers, embracing the whole of our conversation partner along with their ideas.

Asking Questions Is Really Hard

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 06.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

So please understand that the next time I ask you a question, it is because I need your help. I don't ask questions about things for which I already have an answer. And if I ask you a question that doesn't make sense to you, please know that I am doing my best to inquire about something that I obviously don't have enough information to even ask the proper questions, so help me out.

An Open Letter to Conversation Stealers

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Greenberg

You will be doing a service to both yourselves and your partners in dialogue if you share the conversation. Your relationships will likely improve in quality and last longer if you tweak your communication skills.

8 Steps to Finishing Unfinished Business

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Becoming more skilled in the process of getting complete is a great way to break the habit of avoidance and one of the best things that you can do for your relationship. There is a learning curve to the process, but it doesn't take a genius to master it. You might as well go for it. You've got nothing to lose but your incompletions!

Checking Intention: How We Can Promote Constructive Online Dialogue

Lauren E. Galvan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Technology
Lauren E. Galvan

This morning, I realized that I live in an era in which silencing others' opinions online means psychologically shutting people up, or making people f...