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How America 'Won' Its Independence 2 Years After July 4, 1776

John A. Tures | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

I'm sure several of you are shaking your heads, wondering if I got the title wrong. But while American political figures officially declared their independence on July 4, 1776, winning it was another matter. And that came on a hot day in June, instead of a cold day in December.

It's Time to Revive the Spirit of 1776 -- The Declaration Project

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Something unexpected has happened along the way -- more and more participants have expressed the sentiment that what we really need is a new declaration of independence.

A Year Out Of The Closet

Aaron P. Skiles | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Aaron P. Skiles

This one-year anniversary of my coming out represents me standing firmly for who I am, despite all the family I have lost. It is hard to celebrate when this date will always be a day I remember as the day I said goodbye to my childhood home and every physical reminder of my past life.

Disability Housing: 'How Sweet It Is' to Have Choices

Micaela Connery | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

How many choices do you make in a day? We choose how and with whom we spend our time. We make choices about when to wake up, what to wear, how to decorate our living space, and what to have for dinner.

I'm Only 22. I Don't Want Someone Else To Be My Whole World.

Unwritten | Posted 06.23.2015 | Women
Unwritten

I don't want someone I "won't be able to imagine my life without." I don't want someone to "have my whole heart." I don't want someone to be "my whole world," or "my rock," or "my better half." I don't want somebody who can understand me better than I can understand myself.

The Best Disaster Relief Fosters Independence

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

It's quiet in Kathmandu these days. For the last 20 years the city has been overpopulated with tourists and guest workers, all of whom have left, so it's emptier. But it's more than that. The quiet relates to a sense of fear.ai

Graduation Is a New Chapter For Our Kids And For Us

Annie Fox | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Annie Fox

Graduating from high school and heading off to college is a major milestone, irrefutable proof of their growing independence. The music swells along with our hearts. Our love for them and our hope for their future defies words. So we cry.

Parenting Without Fear

Lindley Pless | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Lindley Pless

When I am not there, I get the sense they dig a little deeper to find the strength to try new things without the "training wheels" of their mother's outstretched hands.

Taking Pause and Tending to the Roses we Have Been Gifted

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 05.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kay Tacke Morse

Stop and Smell the Roses The House had The rose garden that the garden club ladies made mention of on many occasion. They tended to the urban myth...

When Living Longer Isn't Really Living

Barbara Hammond | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

For years, my mantra has been, 'I don't want to outlive my usefulness.' As long as I am productive, which could be making dinner or helping a friend in need, I will feel useful. When that time ends I want to go quietly and quickly. How do you arrange that? Obviously you can't.

The Moment I Knew I Was an Adult

Teresa Lee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Teresa Lee

Ultimately, I think being an adult isn't any one age or any one thing. It doesn't mean that you don't lean on other people when you fall. It just means that you count on yourself first and foremost and don't expect anyone else to clean up your mess for you.

The Heartbreak of Freedom

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

As a parent, the freedom is overwhelming. It is worrisome. It is tremendous. We have a child and every moment after is spent letting them go in little bits.

Why I Don't Want My Kids to Be Happy

Elisabeth Duckett | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Elisabeth Duckett

You want to keep from them the agony of failure, the pain of rejection and the self-conscious awkwardness of not fitting in. You want your child to walk through the world believing they can do anything and be anyone and that they are special. I get all that. I just disagree.

What Superheroes and Parents Can't Do

Larry Bernstein | Posted 06.06.2015 | Parents
Larry Bernstein

d like to fly like Superman did in the movie, but rather than go back in time, I would slow it down. I would make the years longer -- say 500 days instead of 365. Pretty awesome, right?

Rate Yourself As A Mom On A Scale of 1 to 10

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Eva Lesko Natiello

Between forkfuls of asparagus risotto, she asked, "What if someone asked you to rate yourself as a mother? What would you say, on a scale of 1 to 10?" It's a waste of time to skirt my daughter's hypotheticals. "Umm, I don't know. An 8?" "What? Why an 8? Who's better than you?" she asked.

Transforming the System of Care for Older Adults: The Affordable Care Act, Five Years Later

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

While portions of the ACA continue to be debated, using the tools within the ACA to drive innovation in the public and private sector at the community, state and federal levels should be a priority for all who care about better care at lower costs.

An Open Letter to Handicap Parking Violaters: Just Stop

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Rachelle Friedman

I think the disabled community is just fed up with hearing the old "I was only parking there for a minute" line on a fairly regular basis. We're annoyed with people assuming that there is a slim chance someone will need the spot while they're inside.

An Aging Person's Observations About Aging: Helpful Hints for All Ages

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.09.2015 | Fifty
William B. Bradshaw

I graduated from high school in 1950. Yes, that was 65 years ago. I am 82 years old. Some readers are probably thinking that I am really old, while others are chuckling and thinking, 'You have a ways to go."

How the Dynamics Change When Your Teen Gets Her Driver's License

Judy Mollen Walters | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Judy Mollen Walters

I like getting to talk to my daughter, and the car is one of the best places. There's little or no eye contact, so we can talk about lots of things we might not otherwise talk about.

How I Learned to Trust Myself

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Women
Jessica Katz

Discovering more of who I am and trusting that gut feeling in my body is the best blessing I've been given. Getting back on that horse, exploring new and unknown territory in spite of the slips and fear, while always holding onto what I truly want for myself is the key to it all.

I Thought I Knew What Was Best For My Son, But He Had Other Ideas

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Wolfe

I don't see his homework every night, I only hope he's using the washing machine once in awhile and I have to trust that he's eating his vegetables every day.

Time for a New Declaration ... of Dependence?

Deane Waldman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Deane Waldman

The 1776 Declaration of Independence was much more than a Declaration of War. It was a powerful statement of what Americans wanted to be: a society of...

All I Need to Know About Teens, People and Life I Learned From My Cat

Darah Zeledon | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Darah Zeledon

All living things can be nothing other than what they are. When we use coercion or try to control another's destiny, eventually, it'll backfire.

10 Things Solo Travel Taught Me About Relationships

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Sahaj Kohli

I took this trip because of a perpetual heartache I felt, a lack of connectivity with myself and with the world. I needed to step out of my comfort zone and decided to do that halfway across the world. And there is where I found a tribe of individuals who felt exactly the same way.

Yagana Shah

9 Hilarious Ways Parents Have Tried To Get Their Kids To Move Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.25.2014 | Fifty

Empty nesters -- it could be a lot worse. While the quiet rooms of your home may feel like a bleak reality, for some parents it's something they can o...