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We Are Different, and That's a Good Thing

Ellie Newman | Posted 10.05.2016 | Women
Ellie Newman

I got a note from a friend the other day saying she was in the mountains acclimating for a 100 mile race. My first response was, "Wow!" My second was, "Did she really mean 100 miles?" and my third was, "I think it would take me another lifetime to acclimate for a 100 mile race."

Sticking Your Stake in the Ground

Ellie Newman | Posted 08.30.2016 | Women
Ellie Newman

Sometimes we stick our stake in the ground and hold on for dear life. Our dentist is a master collaborator, and all of his co-workers are exceptional. On our last visit, they had just moved into a brand new workspace. It was the first day in their new home, and life was a bit crazy. There were designers, workman and engineers roaming around the space. Lots of machinery wasn't yet operational and finding necessary tools were a bit like a game of hide and seek.

Diversity As An Enriching Experience

Daan Braveman | Posted 07.19.2016 | College
Daan Braveman

We must strengthen our efforts aimed at deliberately developing academic and co-curricular programs that foster an appreciation that difference need not be a threatening experience but indeed can be the source of great enrichment.

Never Say Can't, Rather I'm Having Extreme Difficulties

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 06.22.2016 | Good News
Heather Gillis-Harris

When confronted with negativity from others, I've learned to dig deep and trust myself, to understand who I am as a person. Most importantly I've learned to love myself and not let past experiences or people influence me into thinking I'm not worthy.

The Beauty of 'Difference'

Beth Whitley | Posted 01.25.2017 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Having been catapulted into the world of special needs almost exactly 6 years ago, I have several close friends who have children with DS, and many of them have taken an active and passionate stance against some media's one-sided portrayal of this new test as an unequivocally "good thing."

Why I/We Hate Exercise (And How to Circumnavigate Our Reluctance)

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2017 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

This equation is simple:a few minutes of discipline equals hours of comfort, pleasure, a lengthened lifespan, and less time spent on medical procedures.

Lights Go On: Part LXVI -- Perspective

Thomas Bähler | Posted 06.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Thomas Bähler

How often do I hear "Why does this always happen to me?" or "This idea came to me, I don't know why" or "Why do I do these things?" this word ...

On World Autism Awareness Day, Thoughts On Parenting A Son With Autism

Alex Ellis | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Alex Ellis

Being autistic, like being left handed, says very little about who we arewe still often have an instinctive wariness about difference -- especially when we are in groups and when we are still developing our own identity. Our own insecurities can limit us.

The One Question You Need to Ask Yourself Before You Say Anything

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 04.12.2015 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Conflict is an unavoidable part of our lives, whether we're CEOs, entrepreneurs, parents, spouses, engineers or ditch diggers. In some cases, conflict stimulates us to accomplish great things.

Why We're All The Same Freaks We Were In High School -- And Why That's Okay

Robin Hoffman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Fifty
Robin Hoffman

As a teenager I felt like that solid, red pimple with no give, no whitehead ripe for a satisfying squeeze. The pain on the outside reflecting the tense churning and discomfort underneath. A differentness I knew would keep me permanently locked out of their circle, disconnected from everyone else who seemed so in tune with one another. They had best friends. I never did.

A Russian-American Love Story

Briana Murphy | Posted 05.26.2014 | Arts
Briana Murphy

I've been saying "he," and after learning and performing this sonata, I can quite truthfully say that I am in love with Shostakovich. But in reality, this love story is about loving difference.

Author of 'Far From the Tree' Not Always Close to the Truth

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Home
Neil S. Greenspan

Andrew Solomon is the author of the positively-reviewed, quite popular, and award-winning book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search f...

Adoption, Commodification and Normalcy

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

Adoption is not a normal way to build a family. It is a complicated way, which next to happiness for adoptive parents brings sorrow and sadness for all involved.


Jess Wilson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Jess Wilson

I'm not encouraging my children to ignore difference or to pretend they don't see it. Instead, I'm praying that they will.

The Importance of Sacred Language

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Rabbinic sages often referred to humans as 'creatures that speak.' While language that we find for sacred experience may be inadequate to convey the significance of that experience, it is upon us to search for those words.

Andy Griffith's Fearlessly Joyful Work Ethic

Michael Drew | Posted 09.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Drew

It's rare for anyone in Hollywood to speak about someone's exemplary conduct on the set, an environment that's usually treated as off-limits, since how the sausage is made is best left unexamined. But some 50 years after working with Andy Griffith, Ron Howard's remembering the spirit of that generous work environment shows how lasting an impression such professionalism, joy and kindness can have on a young person.

Be The Fearless Sheriff Of Your Own Mayberry

Ree Varcoe | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Ree Varcoe

At some point in life, most of us have probably thought it would be idyllic to live in a place where people know and support each other, leave their doors unlocked with confidence and are afraid of practically nothing. Once upon a time that kind of living seemed commonplace. These days? Not so much.

From Fearful Victim To Fearless Survivor!

Lindsay Simone Meirowitz | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Simone Meirowitz

This week I will not only be celebrating America, the land of the red, white, and blue. Instead, I will be celebrating myself, my journey, and the fact that, over the past five years, I've gone from fearful victim to fearless survivor!

My Favorite Fearless 'Nora-isms'

Michael Drew | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Drew

Nora Ephron, film director, screenwriter and essayist. Incapable of settling for mediocrity, she was a writer who dared to do more. Nora's writing and...

Is Fear Driving Our 'Busyness'? (VIDEO)

MSNBC | Rose Gordon Sala | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living

Tim Kreider hates to be busy (his words), and he wants us all to consider why we feel oh-so-busy all the time. A New York Times Sunday column by the a...

31 Ways To Live Life On Your Own Terms: A Fourth Of July Manifesto

Tiphani N. Montgomery | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Tiphani N. Montgomery

This is your life. Commit to living it passionately. Don't let the world dictate what that means for you. Show up. Show out. And rise to the occasion every single time.

The Meaning Of Fearlessness (VIDEO)

Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living

In this video, author, spiritual leader and Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg relates her insights about what it really means to be fearless. "What we ...

Fearless Creating: The 'Ephron Effect'

Michael Drew | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Drew

How many writers are known for their writing in so many forms, and whose names evoke a certain expectation of smarts, savvy and fun? Very few. The Ephron Effect is this: By being true to yourself, and being open to change, you will be an inspiration.

'Parenting Made Me More Brave' | Lisa Leonard | Posted 06.28.2012 | Healthy Living

Since [my son] David is about to turn 10 years old (gasp!), I’ve been reflecting on how his life has changed and molded me and made me more brave....

A Life Unknown: 'Fear Of Anonymity Drives Our Culture'

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Shane Paul Neil

We need to be honest with ourselves and understand that it is okay to seek the pat on the back, the handshake, or the award from our peers. Selfishness and selflessness hold hands and walk a very narrow road.