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The Nest is Empty, Go Ahead and Fly Away!

Amanda Walkins | Posted 05.29.2015 | Fifty
Amanda Walkins

You know what? You've earned the right to be a little selfish. You have earned the right to choose a path for yourself and to decide what your future will hold

We Don't Need Double Standards for Iranian-Americans

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

As Iranian-Americans, we and our community leaders should have the self-confidence to speak out against all forms of injustice perpetrated against the Iranian people, especially when lives are at stake. That is a unifying cause worthy all of us.

The One Thing You Should Do More of Before It's Too Late

Danielle Posa | Posted 05.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Danielle Posa

Just hug. My Grandma died one year ago today. I don't believe anyone really truly dies, because I believe we are a spirit encapsulated in a physic...

Don't Know What You Want? 10 Simple Steps for Creating a Personal Vision Retreat

Tamika Schilbe | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Tamika Schilbe

Last month I told friends I was taking a few days off to go on a vision retreat, and I realized people had no clue what I was talking about. "Is that a course you're taking?" someone asked. Good question.

American Hope

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

I began work on the above illustration in 1999 through the advice of my then agent. It was all over the news at the time, that an immigrant family had named their newborn "America" in hopes of not being deported.

Americans Gorge on Slogans: O'Kane Shows, More Than Tells

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Ximena Ortiz

The public demurs from facing reality and accepting measures that might fix the problems, based on a misplaced--and manipulated--appreciation of self-reliance and freedom, O'Kane explains and illustrates.

WATCH: Permission to Be Successful

Brad Yates | Posted 05.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

Most of us have very strong programming about waiting for permission to do something... and many of us may still be waiting for permission to be succe...

Our Family's Story Is What Memorial Day Is All About

Mindy Lotz | Posted 05.22.2015 | Women
Mindy Lotz

Just two months after my birth and right around Christmas, my 19-year-old brother Tim was killed in Vietnam. Instantly, life was irrevocably changed forever. The house that once was a hub of friends, parties and general merriment became a place of broken dreams and deafening silence.

Memorial Day -- But Don't Call It a Sacrifice

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

As an Objectivist, I oppose the idea that self-sacrifice is the right way for people to deal with one another. I don't believe you have a moral duty to subordinate yourself to others.

The Bleeding Red Pustules of Courage

Matthew Terrell | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

We accept the risks of this battle, and believe martyrdom is the highest calling for us warriors. This battle will not be over until every gay man in America has an uncurable sexually transmitted disease! We are ready to fight.

WATCH: Redefine Yourself

Brad Yates | Posted 05.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

How you define yourself plays a huge role in how you create your life. Looking at what is going on in your life -- and what you might wish were going...

A Black Freedom Rider's Assessment of Whites

John A. Tures | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Hank Thomas, one of three living Freedom Riders still alive from the May 14, 1961 bus firebomb attack in Anniston, Alabama, spoke before a mixed audience at a Georgia college recently. His message wasn't just one of racial reconciliation. It was about "allies."

Do You Need a Country? Here is One!

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Should you ever find yourself stateless, a new little country called Liberland might just take you in. Celebrating its independence May 10, we say good for you! Have many happy returns!

WATCH: Allow Great Things!

Brad Yates | Posted 05.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

The more great things you allow into your life, the more you have to share with others. It's a win/win situation. We may have all kinds of reasons w...

Broadcast Meet Tackles Terrorism, Policies, Challenges

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.21.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

A conference aimed at mitigating hate speech, radicalism, and violence that plague Arab broadcast media took the bull by the horns this week amid heated debate on freedom and government controls.

Religious Oppression and Religious Freedom: The Bully Who Cried Wolf

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

In the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," the shepherd boy kept claiming that there was a wolf that didn't exist. It is the same when people claim that equality is a threat to religious freedom.

No More Angry Mothers; Embracing Accessible Abortion and Affordable Contraception

Kristine Holmgren | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Kristine Holmgren

Somewhere along the line, American women learned to call feminists "feminazis." We heard "abortion is murder" and didn't bother to correct the lie. We watched young vulnerable girls turn away from the morning after pill, shun the opportunity to abort their unwanted children.

The Kingdom Identity

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Holy and righteous people aren't idol-worshippers or backstabbers or God-haters. We don't gossip, murder, tell lies, steal, or have immoral thoughts. It doesn't square with who we are. We are confident in our understanding of who we are in Christ.

Cultural Contradiction: America the Brilliant -- and Banal

Daniel Davis | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Daniel Davis

Our current political system has advanced at something close to glacial speed since about 1860 when the Republicans fielded their first presidential candidate (Abraham Lincoln). Since that time, there has been precious little change in how politics has been done.

How Co-Ed Parties Taught Me to Let Go

Alexandra Allam | Posted 05.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Alexandra Allam

When I was around 12 years old, I started learning to dance. Ironically, I'd been tapping and twirling for years, but the particular set of skills necessary for this endeavor were far beyond pirouettes or buffalo-hop-steps.

WATCH: Be Super!

Brad Yates | Posted 04.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

Okay, so -- this is one of my goofier videos... but it seemed appropriate with the new Avengers movie just coming out. I hope you have fun with this,...

Five Historic Sites with Fresh Perspectives on Interpreting Slavery and Freedom

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 04.30.2015 | Education
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Using different approaches, all of the five sites work to spark a dialogue that will lead to understanding and reconciliation.

I Want to Raise Free-Range Children

Toni Hammer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I do, and always will, worry about my kids when I'm not with them. Even when they're at my in-laws, who are absolutely fantastic with them, I still worry. Are they getting enough attention? Sleeping enough? Is my son eating dog poop? What's happening?

Wars Rarely Advance Freedom: Baltimore Riot Hints that Applies Even to the Civil War

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

The Civil War -- still the most deadly war in American history with 850,000 deaths, including civilians, seared already deep regional and racial cleavages in America into the permanent political landscape.

This Might Make You Feel Uncomfortable

Lindsey McCumber | Posted 04.24.2015 | Women
Lindsey McCumber

I just cannot be satisfied until we are all treated as humans regardless of sex, and I credit The Vagina Monologues for causing this unrest.