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Jo'burg by night: A time for dreamers, graffiti artists, lovers and dancers

The Conversation Africa | Posted 10.19.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Beth Vale, University of the Witwatersrand For someone who only frequents Braamfontein in downtown Johannesburg during the day, De Beer Street at nig...

Find New Strength In Awakened Attention

Guy Finley | Posted 08.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Guy Finley

Choose awareness of your thoughts over being absorbed in the sensations they produce as they carry you along to get what they want. The aim here is simple: reclaim your attention in order to be where you are, and then just quietly notice all that you can about yourself.

Turn It Off! Light Round The Clock Speeds Up Aging In Mice

The Huffington Post | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 07.14.2016 | Science

If you are one of the millions of people living in cities so luminous that the night sky never turns dark, you might want to run home, shut the curtai...

One Thing To Remember In Life's Dark Times

Z Zoccolante | Posted 06.30.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Z Zoccolante

Yea, though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me. - Psalm 23:4 KJV When I was in forth grade we p...


Zoha Qamar | Posted 05.27.2016 | Teen
Zoha Qamar

There is a darkness full of colors I've never seen before. It browses the cracks of my mind before spilling into my nose and mouth and ears where I sm...

I Was Bullied in College for Being 'Dark'

Issac Thomas | Posted 05.18.2016 | College
Issac Thomas

You must never, ever bear the insults of people just because they call you your friends. You are unique in your own way. Never let people define you.


Jack Vawdrey | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion
Jack Vawdrey

In the first book of the Book of Mormon, a prophet named Lehi narrates an allegorical vision that has become a hallmark of Mormon religious discourse. In this dream he saw "the tree of life," whose fruit brought joy and peace to anyone who partook of it.

Trans and Gender Non-Conforming: No Longer Afraid of the Light

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

I am not afraid of the dark. Half a century of living in darkness has its way of providing that comfort of familiarity. The thing that is so different, is that I am no longer afraid of the light. The light was unfamiliar, unknown and uncertain.

10 Awesome Products For People Who Are Afraid Of The Dark

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 03.27.2016 | HuffPost Home

We're supposed to overcome our fear of the dark somewhere around the time we get pimples and braces. But some of us never quite got over it. There is ...

Artificial Lights Linked To Higher Rates Of Obesity

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.11.2016 | Healthy Living

By Lisa Rapaport Reuters Health - Obesity rates may surge in places where artificial lights blaze all night compared to communities where people tend ...

'Interior Darkness,' A Conversation with Peter Straub

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.16.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Peter Straub needs no lengthy introduction. As a novelist and poet, he has received many literary honors including the Bram Stoker Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the International Horror Guild Award.

Standing in Solidarity With the Hurting

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 01.27.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

You can find some beautiful things in alleys and dark places. Just ask Elizabeth Gibson. On her typical morning walk she spotted something in a dumpster.

The Fight for the Good is the Fight for Life

Baila Olidort | Posted 12.31.2015 | Good News
Baila Olidort

As I watched the menorah lighting at the foot of the Eiffel Tower via live-stream, the Rebbe's powerfully enduring ideas that continue to mobilize men and women to go where few others will and disrupt the status quo, struck a lively note that took me back to my childhood.

Will You Hear the Bells on Christmas Day?

Tammy Letherer | Posted 12.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tammy Letherer

More than 150 years ago, a former Harvard professor named Henry was awakened from his nap by the sound of screams. His wife Frances' dress had caught ...

Lessons From a Christmas Cactus

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

Don't you think it's odd that Christmas -- the time of the year we celebrate the Christ child, the light of the world -- is also the darkest time of the year? At least here in the Northern Hemisphere, you get up in the morning ... and it's dark.

The Advent of the Kingdom

Pastor Andy Ballentine | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Pastor Andy Ballentine

Where I live, in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA, Northern Hemisphere, the darkness descends early in the evening these days. I sleep for a short while a...

Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerman...

Are We Sleep-Deprived or Just Darkness-Deprived?

The Conversation US | Posted 10.26.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

A crucial aspect of the findings of the new study has not been discussed in either the news stories or the paper itself: People in preindustrial societies spend much more time in darkness than people living in the industrialized world.

Embrace Your Weakness

Reetu Gupta | Posted 10.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Reetu Gupta

We all have those days... The days we question: Why? The days we sit and wonder: Why me? How will I make it work? Why am I this way? Or the days you f...

Brian Schriner, Dean, FIU College of Architecture+The Arts, Miami Beach, April, 2015

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 08.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Robert G. Zuckerman

One thing I really like about this picture of Dean Schriner is that visually and emotionally, it at once radiates both darkness and light. In this cas...

How Norwegians Thrive In This Small Town Where The Sun Doesn't Rise

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.08.2015 | World

In Tromsø, Norway, a town 200 miles north off the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn't rise between November and January. Some who aren't used to such cond...

Power Down to See Things in a Different Light

Mary Buchan | Posted 05.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary Buchan

Often a hectic schedule is invigorating to me. I like the feeling that comes with doing what I've decided to do, pursuing goals, solving problems and overcoming obstacles, one by one. But this particular week hadn't felt productive -- just busy. Was I really going anywhere? Or was I just running in circles?

A Day With Alzheimer's As a Caregiver

Rena McDaniel | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

What does it feel like to live with Alzheimer's every single day? I've thought long and hard about this question. I wondered if I could put into words what I really feel. Then, Mom made a simple comment the other day and it all became clear to me.

Choosing Authenticity

Stephanie Mott | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is not a choice about being male or female. It is a choice about being true to myself or not. It is a choice between living in the sunlight or dying in the shadows. It is mine and mine alone. It is the absolute, uninhibited truth. I choose authenticity.

A Candid Effort to Help

Phu Nguyen | Posted 10.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Phu Nguyen

My happy days don't give me immunity from depression, nor does my very abundant life. Beauty, money, fame, and even hordes of admirers don't keep anyone safe from this mental illness. It can affect anyone, and when it does, we need help.