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To Hannah, the Night Before Christmas

Beth Whitley | Posted 02.23.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

The saying goes "I thought I would have to teach my daughter about the world, turns out I have to teach the world about her." This has been true enough in the past four years, but it is also true to add that it turns out that my daughter has had to teach me. So, Merry Christmas, from a very proud and humbled mum, to the best teacher I've ever had.

The Christmas Cat That Worked Better Than Xanax

Patrice Bendig | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Patrice Bendig

If 2014 was the worst year of your life, or even if it was just a shitty year, that is okay. 2015 is less than two weeks away. If you don't know where to start to make the next year better, I have one piece of advice. Get a cat. Pet therapy can be the catalyst of the progression of a better life .

The Gift Within the Gift

Sue Shanahan | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Before the birth of Christ, the world muddled along in darkness. Humanity didn't have the awareness or power to live any other way.

Campfires of Hope

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Hope is not a feeling. It is a decision -- a choice you make based on what we call faith or moral conscience, whatever most deeply motivates you.

Hope More

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Photograph taken by Kristin A. Meekhof A few years ago, I had the idea of wriiting a book for widows, and I decided that it would even be a better ...

The Christmas Hope: A To-Do List for a Better World

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Each year, I wish for the same things -- an end to war, poverty, hunger, violence and disease -- and each year, I find the world relatively unchanged. Millions continue to die every year, casualties of a world that places greater value on war machines and profit margins than human life.

My Seizure Diagnosis: Is There a Pony In This Shitpile?

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I'm ready to find the pony. But maybe I have to dig through a little more shit first. As some of my less pastoral friends and family put it, it could be worse. I could be dead. So I've got that going for me.

Keep Hope Alive for the Children: A Christmas Wish and Prayer

Frank Islam | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Frank Islam

Sometimes the cruelty is subtle. It is the plight of poor children in poor neighborhoods here in the United States who start their lives at a disadvantage and because of factors such as inadequate school funding and family support services have that disadvantage increase over time.

Just Believe

Donnie Demers | Posted 02.20.2015 | Good News
Donnie Demers

A little over two years ago, my life began to implode. I found myself confronting issues that I had been trying to suppress for years. It wasn't drug addiction or alcoholism, nor was it depression or abuse. I was struggling with the complications of living with a neuromuscular disorder.

The Nine of 2014

Glenn Rockowitz | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Glenn Rockowitz

I watched nine people die this year. Nine people who weren't news stories or dots connected by degrees of separation. Nine people who weren't just friends of friends of friends. They were people I loved.

A Darkened Christmas? In Search of a Brighter Future

Daniel Davis | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Daniel Davis

Christmas is just days away. In shops and malls echoes of Bing Crosby singing "Silver Bells" serenade shoppers as they rush home with their treasures. But in all honesty, it's hard to consider Christmas 2014 to be "a season of joy."

A Ray of Hope for the Holidays and Beyond

Nancy Davis | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
Nancy Davis

Folks constantly tell me I'm a fighter or battling so bravely the diseases I have incurred along the way. I have never ever considered this a fight or battle. I don't comprehend doing battle with an intangible situation, yet a very painful one.

Celebrating Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Actually, we will never know the exact birth date of Jesus. But that really doesn't make any difference, for we know that Jesus was a real person who is still alive and is a very real presence in our lives today. Let us focus on that as we prepare for a blessed Christmas celebration.

A Life-Saving Perfect Match

Michelle Frost | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Michelle Frost

I met Andrea when she was hospitalized in Seattle undergoing her first transplant, now four years ago. What was and remains remarkable about Andrea is her sparkling determination, courage and her seemingly endless ability to tap in to positive side of almost everything.

WATCH: 'I'll Be Happy When...'

Brad Yates | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

Happiness is something we too often put off until certain criteria are met. During this holiday season and on into the new year, I hope you might allo...

Why You Should Curb Your Instinct to Judge Homeless Youth

Ariel Zwang | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

When you see a homeless young person like Mike on the street, you don't see the trauma he has suffered after years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

Miracle at Reny's

Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore

A working mother hunted for boots that her teenage daughter wanted for Christmas. She looked for weeks hoping to find the expensive boots. An emergency car repair bill came up, meaning the mother spent the boot money.

Welcome Home! Amidst Torture and 'Man's Inhumanity to Man'

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Advent reminds us we once welcomed Jesus home to earth, and it didn't go so well. Humanity messed up. We're still messing up. To become human is to risk two things: to risk being inhumane to others, or to risk being treated inhumanely.

Dreams Above Damascus: A US College Student From Syria Talks Syrian Misconceptions, Conflict, and Legacy

Aisha Subhan | Posted 01.31.2015 | College
Aisha Subhan

Worlds away from home, Amr can only ponder his past in the city of Damascus. He had left to receive his education and to one day become an engineer. Amr hopes to build and create, paralleling his hopes for Syria's future. Surely, someday, Syria will need rebuilding.

The Miracle On 34th Street- 1 Year Later

Patrice Bendig | Posted 02.05.2015 | Good News
Patrice Bendig

The most appropriate thing I can do to commemorate Weston's transplant anniversary is to urge others to be part of a miracle for a family waiting for the life-saving gift of organ and tissue donation.

Advent Hope: The Joy of Meeting Kenneth Bae

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 02.07.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

In the life of the church, Advent is a season of waiting -- waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Advent is also a season of hope as the church lives in the hope that Jesus brings. Throughout our lives, we experience seasons of waiting of differing time periods and intensities.

5 Ways to Thrive During the Holidays

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 02.07.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

Yes it's that time of year again, the season to be jolly. So why might you be starting to feel a creeping sense of anxiety and even a little bit of dread? The truth is this time of year often finds most of us scrambling. So what are the small changes you can make to help you flourish during this holiday season?

10 Things I Learned In My First Year of College I Hope to Carry with Me for the Rest of My Life

Alaina Baker | Posted 02.07.2015 | College
Alaina Baker

No one is responsible for you except you. You are your own happiness. You are the way you perform and the way you make others feel. You are the one who decides what happens next. You hold the power to change whatever you believe needs changing.

WATCH: Permission to Feel Good

Brad Yates | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

I believe our default position is happiness (peace, joy, love, etc.) but it's only under certain conditions that we allow ourselves to feel that. The...

In the Wake of Garner, A Plea for Hope

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 02.06.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

We can talk all we want about provocation and perception. About chokeholds and grand juries. About the militarization of the police. But I want to talk about hopelessness. The criminal justice system is broken, and broken in a way that has harmed communities of color much more than other communities.