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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.

Pride and Persecution: LGBT Global Love

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

I write about the hatred of LGBT people in Eastern Europe by religious and governmental authorities. I write about Jamaica where hating gays is a popular topic for music lyrics and where murders are escalating. Pride and persecution are both real. We rejoice in the good and confront the evil.

Egypt Continues to Make History: Continued Engaged Citizenship to Carry Her Revolution

Lamees El-sadek | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Lamees El-sadek

The 48.3 percent of Egyptians who voted for Ahmed Shafiq are certainly disappointed with Shafiq's election loss, but 100 percent of Egyptians should have fierce pride for what the world witnessed on June 24, 2012.

'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....

Your Start-Up Life: Do Team Building Retreats Ever Work?

Rana Florida | Posted 08.28.2012 | Business
Rana Florida

Let me be clear: no one wants to go to a dude ranch with their boss. I couldn't think of anything more tortuous.

My Personal Declaration of Independence

Lorna Bright | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Lorna Bright

For me, real freedom is a very personal thing. It begins in my heart and mind. If I don't feel free, then all of the military victories ever won can't make my heart sing.

Elizabeth Kuster

Fearless Body Image: Lessons From The Mermaid Parade (PHOTOS, VIDEO) | Elizabeth Kuster | Posted 06.27.2012 | Healthy Living

Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade -- the ecstatic annual gathering of scantily clad folks who aren't afraid to w...

Love Versus Fear | Shannon Cutts | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living

When it comes to love versus fear, the only way to is through. In other words, I must first acknowledge and allow myself to deeply FEEL my fear before...

The Paralyzing Fear of Becoming What They Think You Are | Patrick Loftus | Posted 06.26.2012 | Healthy Living

Basically, when one encounters a sufficiently difficult task which somehow relates to a negative stereotype of your group, the fear that your actions ...

WATCH: Simon Doonan On 'Fearless Flamboyance' (VIDEO)

Posted 06.24.2012 | Healthy Living

In this exclusive AOL video, the witty and irrepressible Simon Doonan -- TV personality, Barneys creative ambassador and author of the books "Eccentri...

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.

'No One Is Brave In All Circumstances'

Gordon Livingston, M.D. | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Gordon Livingston, M.D.

The essence of courage is overcoming fear. We appear to be so in need of heroes these days that anyone who puts on a uniform or performs competently is accorded hero status. Gone is the concept of choosing to assume a risk on behalf of another.

Freedom in Prison: Grace Is Here, Too

Gangaji | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living

We can each discover what lives freely, both inside and outside. We can recognize what is at peace, regardless of particular circumstances. We can find ourselves in all.

Religious Freedom

Karen Hart | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Karen Hart

We cannot go to other countries and tell their leaders to honor liberty, religious freedom, and human rights if we are failing to practice them in our own backyard.

Freedom Remains Elusive For Millions

Posted 06.21.2012 | World

As many as 27 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor and the use of child soldiers, accord...

New Insight Into The Fear Of Aging

USA TODAY | Rebecca Lurye | Posted 06.19.2012 | Healthy Living

There's no cure for growing old, but your attitude about what's important and how you feel about aging can depend in part on how old you are, a new su...

The Science Of Worrying

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 08.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

When it comes to emotions, by all means talk about them. Be open, honest. But I think with these quicksand issues -- these dead horses we've been beating for years, whether with a partner or inside ourselves -- we're something like patients with OCD.

WATCH: It's Time to Clear Your Fear of Success

Brad Yates | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

Success has all kinds of repercussions: higher expectations, possible jealousy from others and, the most dreaded of all, change. Failing seems like a cakewalk in comparison. But you deserve success, and the world deserves the difference you will make.

Detours and Danger Warnings on the Road from Slavery to Freedom

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

How far have we come on the road from slavery to freedom isn't just a rhetorical question 150 years later. A people who don't know their history are more likely to repeat it. The resurgence of hate crimes and emergence of mass incarceration of males of color remind us that freedom requires constant vigilance and justice needs a fire that burns in all of us. I believe that we are in the second post Reconstruction era. Although some forms of continuing racial intolerance are overt, some forms are subtle, covert, technical, political, and very polite. Wrapped up in new euphemisms, better etiquette and clever political rhetoric, it's still, as Frederick Douglass warned, the same old snake. Let's call it out systematically, oppose it nonviolently, and move forward on becoming a free and just nation.

Democracy Is Inevitable: Why Warren's Way Still Works

Rob Asghar | Posted 08.15.2012 | World
Rob Asghar

Hierarchies were the assumed order of organizational life, until people such as Warren Bennis made an unusual discovery more than a half-century ago: Democracy matters.

Breathing Eternity Into Time, Part Two

Ellen Davis | Posted 08.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Ellen Davis

Depending on where identity lies, there are many ways we can experience or speak about "step by step" or gradual and sudden awakenings.

Translating Rhetoric Into Policy on Democracy

Sarah Trister | Posted 08.12.2012 | World
Sarah Trister

From Moscow, to Cairo, to Manama, there have been incredible opportunities to make democracy and human rights a hallmark of this presidency. It is Obama's duty as president to take the lead.

Ai Weiwei Calls Out China For Crushing Dissent

AP | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts

BEIJING -- Artist Ai Weiwei has again criticized China's leaders as lacking vision and refusing to permit dissenting voices, saying the government's m...

A Safe Place To Share Your Secrets | Rhonda Britten | Posted 07.28.2012 | Healthy Living

Hi, I'm Rhonda Britten. And I know the destruction of keeping a secret that is stopping you from being true to yourself. A secret that takes away your...

How Secrets Keep You Stuck: 'They Can Be The Death Of Our Dreams And Success'

Rhonda Britten | Posted 08.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Rhonda Britten

I know the destruction of keeping a secret that is stopping you from being true to yourself. A secret that takes away your right to be you. A secret that you punish yourself with and blame yourself for. See, when you keep that kind of secret, it says there is a part of you that is unacceptable to yourself, or to anyone else. Let me tell you right now: That is a lie.