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Global African Artists Explore The Meaning Of Disguise In The 21st Century

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts

Europa, 2008, Nandipha Mntambo, Swazi, born 1982. Exhibition print 311/2 ×311/2 in. (80 ×80 cm). Photographic composite by Tony Meintjes. Loan fro...

On Solitude In A Waiting Room

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Hannah Lamarque

Amsterdam airport is a huge and stark place. Lit by sheets of neon lights, it towers into the heavens and winds into places unseen. There are other airports which are warmer, more familiar, less intimidating, but as I sit here at 8.30 in the morning, I feel more comforted than I have for a long time.

On Father's Day: War, Memories and Moving On

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

Home for the weekend recently, I chanced upon my father's South Vietnamese Army uniform, the three silver stars still pinned meticulously onto each lapel. Once, as a child, I had looked up to a man who had seemed more like a deity. Hadn't I imagined myself as an adult walking in his soldierly footsteps?

When Did Being Kind Fall Away From Our Everyday?

Gregg McBride | Posted 06.18.2015 | Media
Gregg McBride

Next time we see someone in the media who we think deserves our critique, our judgment, or even our hatred, let's take a deep breath in and let a deep breath out -- and be reminded that we're all struggling to define ourselves and to live our lives in the happiest ways we know how.

TransRacial to TransPresent: The Power of Authentic Presence

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 06.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susanna Barkataki

Am I transracial? Are you? These are questions I had to ask myself this week in light of Rachel Dolezal's situation and the huge response to it. ...

Black Like Me... NOT! Rachel Dolezal and the Myth of (Her) Blackness

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Though Rachel Dolezal might have compassion for what it means to be Black in America, her 15-year-old self would not have suffered the indignities as were meted out to in McKinney, Texas.

Why We're Spending Way Too Much To Look Young

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Why does having a bad hair day make you so miserable? How much will you spend to prevent one in the future? Research suggests the prime reason is that hair maintenance helps us control how we appear to age.

"That's Funny, You Don't Look American!"

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.16.2015 | Travel
Lev Raphael

The first time someone wondered if I was Norwegian, it was actually on a beach in Israel. A new Dutch friend I'd made at a conference came over to me and pointed back to this guy further up the beach and said, "Bjorn wants to know where you're from in Norway."

Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner, and the Limits of Social Justice

Athul Acharya | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Athul Acharya

There are no easy answers to these conundrums. The modern politics of identity demands equal and full respect for everyone's self-definition -- but respect is a limited resource.

How to Be an Ally Without Committing Rachel Dolezal's Mistake

Christine Stoddard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

White people can, and should be, advocates for non-whites as a way of healing the world's many social injustices. Playing "blackface" is not one of those ways.

Talent Matters: Deliberate Practice Leads to Greatness

Stedman Graham | Posted 06.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Stedman Graham

"I am slow to learn and slow to forget what I've learned. My mind is like a piece of steel, very hard to scratch anything on it and almost impossible...

8 Lessons Motherhood Has Taught a Recovering Perfectionist

Maria Ross | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Maria Ross

There is absolutely no room for perfection in parenting. No median. No bike lane. You will screw up. You will doubt yourself at every turn.

Reputation Management + Wealth Management Correlate in Digital

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Alan W. Silberberg

Wealth. We all want it, work for it and strive for it throughout lives and careers. Reputation. We all have one. It us up to us to define it,...

Who Are You? Identity and Dementia

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.10.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

There is a widespread public perception that dementia can lead to a loss of a sense of self, but this notion has not been rigorously investigated. One way to study this is to look at actual cases of brain degeneration, and see if the damage is linked to identity changes perceived by others. Do people with specific kinds of brain damage become no longer themselves?

Why You're Destroying Your Life: Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself

Kaitlin Robinson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Kaitlin Robinson

Remember that to put your identity in anything external can be faulty and it keeps you from ultimate happiness. Recognizing your illusions and questioning your shoulds clears the path for you to lead a more whole, and authentic life. And in the meantime you can learn to see the growing pains as gifts and to discover what really makes you happy.

21 Struggles Of Being An 'Old Soul' Trapped In A Young Body

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living

"Old souls" out there, you know who you are. And it's likely you've known since you were quite young, when your parents told you just how unique your ...

Unwrapping Fear

Rachel Wahba | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

For years Olivia sent out its mailers covered up. For years my Jerusalem Report magazine arrived in my mailbox uncovered. And then for the last twen...

How Do Positive Leaders Build Positive Identities?

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

Cultivating positive identities isn't just about inflating people's sense of self-worth, rather it's helping them identify the personal characteristics that help them operate at their best, in ways that are also valued by others.

Name Signs, What's That About?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Many hearing people are surprised to learn that the deaf community has it's own unique naming system. The only true way to get a name sign is to be given one by individuals who are deaf, since ASL is their native language.

One French Nation (Not) Under God

Philip Kyle | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Philip Kyle

Do those who are debating in Paris about the length of Sarah's skirt realize the kind of message they are sending to the Muslim community? Do they realize that forcing people to choose between two sets of values could lead to pushing them away from the national community?

A New Deal for Moms

Alyson Gounden Rock | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
Alyson Gounden Rock

Caring for us came at a cost to mom's career. Workplace attitudes and practices continue to penalize mothers and keep the gender pay gap wide, even as it is narrowing for young women pre-motherhood.

One Life-Changing Goal You've Forgotten to Set

Elyse Santilli | Posted 05.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Elyse Santilli

We start to believe that we are our roles, titles and labels, like teacher or employee, writer or runner, parent or sister, wife or single. We start to believe that they somehow encompass our worth and value, and without them we are nothing.

Mental Illness and Identity: Would I Shed My Bipolar Disorder Skin?

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Miles McCarter

Lately I have been asking myself: What would I do if I could shed myself of my bipolar disorder? Is it part of the core of my identity, even if it is ...

Priscilla Frank

Unapologetic Self-Portraits That Shatter Perceptions Of Disability | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.28.2015 | Arts

Lucy Jones with Her Walking Stick, 1996 Oil on canvas 218.5 x 157 cm 86 x 61 3/4 in In "Lucy Jones with Her Walking Stick," a woman wearing a g...

Winning Without a Label

Write for the Future | Posted 06.22.2015 | Education
Write for the Future

I spent years looking for a label to fit in besides "black girl."