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Identity

Finding Ourselves in Translation

Pioneers for Change | Posted 03.03.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By Justine Lutterodt My life has been defined by straddling multiple identities. As a child growing up in the U.S. with a white English mother and...

12 Things You May Not Remember About Who You Really Are

Elyse Gorman | Posted 02.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Elyse Gorman

If you could learn to trust in yourself and listen to your inner voice and intuition, you would be amazed at the infinite storehouse of wisdom, guidance and ideas you possesses.

Scrape Off the Divorce Baggage Labels and Reclaim Who You Are

Theresa Sirles | Posted 02.20.2015 | Divorce
Theresa Sirles

I like to follow my daughter's example. She defies convention and has labeled her dolls Maya Jr., Maya II, Maya III and Maya IV. I have a feeling her future husband will have a real battle on his hands if he refuses to change his last name to hers. I'm thinking she may even call him Mr. Maya--THE Mr. Maya if he's lucky.

I Don't Always Feel Like A Mom

Toni Hammer | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I've been a parent for over two and a half years now, and I still don't identify as a mom. I mean, I know I'm a mom. I have the stretch marks, sippy cups and sleep-addled brain to prove it. But I don't quite feel like me in this new mom skin yet.

How Do We Describe People Who Commit Violence and Their Victims?

Steven Ramey | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Steven Ramey

The murder victims in Chapel Hill have been described as students, family members, Muslims, and Syrian, and the accused murderer as an atheist, anti-theist, white male, and terrorist.

Free Your Mind: Why You Are Not What You Eat

Miriam Ava | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

It's vital to nourish your body, and that's exactly why it's wise to not identify with what you eat. "I'm vegan." "I'm paleo." "I'm raw." "I'm an...

A New Approach to Making it Harder to Breach Computer Security

Steve Kirsch | Posted 02.09.2015 | Technology
Steve Kirsch

If the government ran (or helped launch) a "trustable" federated identity (TFI) service using technology available today from the private sector, that could go a long way to securing our computing infrastructure.

Strategic Patience Matters: Lessons About Mindful Growth

Stedman Graham | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

No one understands the power of time and patience better than the Chinese Bamboo Farmer, who plants his seeds and then tends to them carefully for three to five years before anything happens above the ground.

You Be You or Someone Else Will Try -- Identity Theft Prevention Techniques

Mark Steber | Posted 02.07.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

According to top industry specialists, almost everyone's personal information has ALREADY been stolen in one form or another. And it is just a matter of time of when it will happen again.

12 Unforgettable Things Strangers Have Said to Me on the Sidewalks of New York

Lisa Bernier | Posted 02.03.2015 | New York
Lisa Bernier

As I look back at these words that have been seared into my brain, the reflection back is so distorted I can't even see myself.

Schools for Sustainability Attends Marc Brasof's Talk: Student Voice in School Reform

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

They've lost my trademark sparkle and I feel sad -- because I am exhausted -- because I spent 50 percent of my energy today redirecting students and another 50 percent trying to inspire students and staff to want to be in school! Something isn't working.

Finding Language for Femme Partners of Trans Men

Georgia Kolias | Posted 01.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Georgia Kolias

Part of being a good partner to a trans person is being supportive of their gender expression, however that might take form: physically, emotionally, spiritually. But the truth is that partners go through their own transitions, too.

Direction Matters: Self-Directed Learning Is a Key to Success

Stedman Graham | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

It takes courage to make a choice to break away from the pack. It's easy to be fooled by the idea that you can be successful without a lifelong learning habit. But you can't ever really learn enough.

Stop Being Indian-American!?!

Parthiv N. Parekh | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Parthiv N. Parekh

Ultimately, this is not just about righteousness, but also about deciding which is a more desirable society: one that is bland, insular, parochial and monolithic. Or, one that is dynamic, diverse, colorful and inviting (such as... well, the United States of America)?

A Sense of Belonging

Harper Spero | Posted 01.29.2015 | Travel
Harper Spero

I sat on the beach, alone, halfway through my trip, watching the sunset, writing in my journal and all that kept going through my head was this: Do more of what makes you happy.

Focus Matters: Focus On Your Dreams, Not Your Distractions

Stedman Graham | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

How would you measure up if someone observed you and wrote down what you were doing once a minute? Would they see you scrolling through social media, talking on the phone to your relative about a problem at home, or taking action toward your dreams?

The Worst And Best Ways To Ask Someone About Their Race (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.15.2015 | Black Voices

Things can get tricky -- and sometimes offensive -- when asking someone: “What are you?” But producers over at Moral Courage TV, a YouTube cha...

Minds Matter: Mindfulness Is the Key to Success

Stedman Graham | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

If you make a concerted effort to improve your ability to be mindful, the payoff is a life that is more effective, calm and joyful. Without being mindful, you can't truly realize your human potential, because it takes mindfulness to become fully aware of who you are.

School Bullies and Je Suis Charlie

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

I am sickened by the violence in Paris last week. I condemn the killers and mourn the deaths of the artists. But because of how I think battles for democracy and identity should be fought, I can't je-suis-proclaim my solidarity or affirm these cartoons as heroic.

Words She Never Said

Christina Romo | Posted 01.11.2015 | Women
Christina Romo

As I looked at the photos, I realized that I found myself unable to relate to any of the adoptees who were searching for answers. They had clues and tidbits of information they could use to help locate their birth parents. If I were to create a poster, it would be empty.

Testing What

Francesca Milliken | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

I don't know how to identify myself. I can't say that I am a writer or an artist or any other neatly defined, entirely cohesive entity. But my writing belongs to me. When I listen to my words, I hear the sound of me. And if I look at all the words that are now outside of my head out there in the real world, sometimes I can even see "what" I am.

What It's Like to Feel at Home Everywhere And Nowhere

Reem Kassis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

Around the holiday season, a common exchange between people living abroad ends in, "I'm going back 'home' for the holidays this year." Ironically, many of us who say this have been living in our new adopted countries for more years than our original ones. The notion of "home" remains fluid.

One Last Letter for You, Santa

KidSpirit | Posted 02.19.2015 | Teen
KidSpirit

I love you, Santa. Have a very, very Merry Christmas! Good luck making all those presents, dear friend. My little sister's counting on you.

Organization Matters: Organize Your Life and Your Business Around You

Stedman Graham | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business
Stedman Graham

You've got to start with your heart. Go deep and get to know yourself. Learn about your unique identity. See the labels the world has slapped on you and let them go. Organize your life so that it works for YOU.

2015: An Opportunity to Redefine Your Identity

Corey Blake | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Corey Blake

Have you ever been surrounded by friends and family cheering you on and telling you you're living the dream, only to feel invisible and broken on the inside?