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Fear Upon Fear for the Fourth of July

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

What is there to win? No woman wants to "win" by having to have an abortion. Do the primarily white male legislators fear losing control? Losing political contributions? Do men fear losing out to women who really do need freedom for health care of their own bodies?

Why I Love My Country

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

What do I love about America? I especially love our best national values: freedom, opportunity, community, justice, human rights, and equality under the law for all of our citizens of every race, creed, culture, and gender, not just for the rich and powerful. In particular, I love our tradition and history of democracy, its steady expansion here, and how it has inspired the same all over the world. We take legitimate pride in seeing how our founding documents have been the models for many new nations. What I don't love is when my country violates its values and ideals and behaves badly. I don't love when my country acts out of greed and only for power, or with blatant hypocrisy, or like an empire.

Independence Babies... the Littlest Patriots

BJ Gallagher | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

Military brats were drafted at birth -- they had no choice about whether or not they wanted to live a military lifestyle. And they, like their warrior fathers and mothers, have paid an enormous price to protect the freedoms and privileges that most of us take for granted.

Galatians 6: Fighting for Freedom

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

From Istanbul to Cairo, from Rio to Raleigh, from women's rights to gay rights to voting rights, until all are free, none are free.

Let Freedom Ring

Sue Shanahan | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

Our freedom is sacred and worth defending. July 4th is a day to celebrate this gift and remember all who have fought and died for it.  As we watch fireworks light up the sky, with hands over our hearts, to our servicemen and women we stand in awe.

Yoga Off the Mat

Osi Mizrahi | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Osi Mizrahi

How could I cultivate patience with my loved ones, for instance, and more importantly, myself? I kept looking for the high feeling achieved after a deep yoga practice. The elation is a drug. It is more than just a feeling; it is biochemical.

Happy Birthday America!

Franco Lania | Posted 07.02.2013 | Taste
Franco Lania

I wish you all a very happy and healthy Independence Day with a tasty tribute to all of the accomplishments you have made that have allowed you to grow and advance as a person.

Fourth of July Message: Jobs = Freedom

Blake Kernen | Posted 08.31.2013 | Teen
Blake Kernen

I've always known the Fourth of July is a day to celebrate America's birthday, its independence from British rule and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But as a teenager, I've also come to realize that as Americans, we are celebrating a lot of other freedoms also.

Wake Up, Beijing -- It's Hong Kong Calling

David Millar | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
David Millar

If Occupy Central can generate enough unity among the people and Hong Kong politicians -- and remain peaceful -- it may actually force Beijing's hand and bring about real change.

America the Free

John M. Eger | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
John M. Eger

As usual, the 4th of July holiday is one we seem to enjoy more than others. Of course, we will have our family barbeques, fireworks displays, parades ...

Three Zen Stories for Peace of Heart

William Horden | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Zen stories serve as intriguing reminders we can use to keep our feet on the path of a calm heart and an untroubled mind in the hustle of everyday life. It is always easier to remember a story than an idea!


Jennifer Hamady | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

Forgiveness means that you are choosing to release the grip you've continued to allow people and situations from your past to have over you in the present. It is a gift of acceptance you give to yourself; the very gift that allows for true freedom from all that has come before.

Let Mandela Inspire Us to Live Our Lives for Justice

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
Ruairí McKiernan

The outpouring of global love for Nelson Mandela shows that people everywhere crave courageous leadership and celebrate those who are prepared to break the rules to uplift humanity.

The Winner's Circle: I Am a Muslim Woman Who Finds Freedom Behind My Veil

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Te-Erika Patterson

Because the Western world's expression of feminine beauty lends itself to the promotion of less clothing equating to more freedom, Muslim women and their fully covered frocks are often viewed as oppressive and diminishing.

Single or Married? Which Status Gives You More Freedom?

Marilyn Tam | Posted 08.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

Our minds need to develop new thought pathways different from the old belief system. To make the shift more solid, research has shown it takes 21 - 30 days of practice; a mere fraction of the time it took you to acquire the initial negative pattern. What a relief!

Number One With a Bullet: America's Prison Paradise

Carl Pettit | Posted 08.25.2013 | Crime
Carl Pettit

Americans are an extremely competitive lot, which has benefited our society immeasurably, yet when it comes to caging our fellow citizens for years on end, perhaps we should step back and let another nation take the lead for a while.

Constitutional Freedoms and Defining Religion

Steven Ramey | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Whether you accept a particular revelation as true or consider a ritual institution to be divinely demanded, the category "religion" is a human construction with a shifting meaning that people use strategically to make sense of the world and to negotiate relations to others in society.

The Quiet, Powerful Courage of Lambda Legal

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

In the vast universe of humanitarian organizations, few are committed to creating a world where freedom reigns for all while sidestepping narcissistic fanfare the way that Lambda Legal is.

Captive to Modernity

Marissa Lepor | Posted 08.24.2013 | Media
Marissa Lepor

What is freedom? That's a fairly intense question for someone to ask a nineteen-year-old. What do I know about freedom? I live in Los Angeles, Califor...

The Day Before the Fourth of July, Fight for Freedom -- From Paralysis

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

On July 3, the day before Independence Day, the California Senate Health Committee will hear a bill that fights for freedom from paralysis. A.B. 714 would provide $1 million annually for the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999 partially restoring its original funds.

Young And Fighting Taboos In Turkey

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.20.2013 | World
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Olga Müstecaplıoğlu and her boyfriend in their protective gear at Gezi Park. Photo Credit: Olga Müstecaplıoğlu By: Robyn Gee "I am 22-year-o...

The Importance of Engaging Millennials to Protect Freedom

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Zachary K. Pearce

For our generation, for the millennial generation, is this indicative of what we can expect of our lives? Will the United States continued to be mired in a "war" of aggression with those who abhor freedom?

Digital Fire: Give Us This Day Our Daily Tech

Russell C. Smith | Posted 08.19.2013 | Technology
Russell C. Smith

The Internet poses two questions to people every day: What are you wishing (searching) for right now? How much change (acceleration) can a culture end...

The Transformative Potential of the Poor

Susan Davis | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Susan Davis

You may have heard of the concept of "inclusive growth," the idea that the increasing economic prosperity should benefit everyone, including the poore...

A 21st Century Freedom Movement

Harry Boyte | Posted 08.12.2013 | Good News
Harry Boyte

In an educational environment today where teachers feel powerless, they are forging an alternative in which educators reclaim teaching as a great civic vocation.