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Designing the 5th Wall: Don't Forget to Look Up

Bonnie McCarthy | Posted 05.01.2015 | HuffPost Home
Bonnie McCarthy

Michelangelo did it in a church. Marie Antoinette did it with mirrors -- but somewhere along the way the rest of us forgot to look up -- and paying attention to ceiling design faded mostly into history.

Steve Zakuani: From Broken to Whole

Victoria Oldridge | Posted 04.30.2015 | Sports
Victoria Oldridge

"My life was saved between sixteen and eighteen," freshly retired Seattle Sounders player, Steve Zakuani recently told me at a park bench during an interview at the city's South Lake Union area. "Without the support of mentors during those two years, I wouldn't be here today."

Why You Deserve Better

Jinna Yang | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Jinna Yang

So I'm writing this letter to you because we all (myself included) need reminders -- gentle reminders that get us up out of bed to take back control of our happiness. Please don't be ashamed of your past.  Your scars are what make you beautiful.  Your story is one that can and will inspire someone else in this world.

7 Ways My Dog Taught Me to Be a Better Person

Alivia Hall | Posted 05.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Alivia Hall

All in all, I am a firm believer that if you are a true dog lover, owning a dog can bring so much joy to your life. A dog is called "man's best friend" for all of these reasons listed, and many more.

5 eCommerce Startups You Can Learn From

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 04.30.2015 | Small Business
Alex Ivanovs

In the language of business, eCommerce can be compared to being one of the best things since sliced bread made it's debut.

I Know Something About Grace

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 04.30.2015 | Good News
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

As an African American woman parenting alone with little to no support, I know something about grace. Time and again grace, meaning unmerited favor, has intervened and sustained me through each difficult challenge that I have faced.

Part and Parcel: Kelli Russell Agodon

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 04.29.2015 | Books
Hannah Stephenson

What happens when romance meets substance? Is the world of art somehow separate from the world of routine? Artists must constantly confront this issue, but not all deal with this tension explicitly in their work.

5 Reasons Why Planning an Incredible Getaway Helps the Imaginative Mind Get Rapidly Creative and Productive

Sky Mandala Marcano | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Sky Mandala Marcano

A simple change in thinking has given me the tools to work harder on my ideas, clearing space for more of the good stuff. Giving myself permission to just "be" who I am and create what I need to create has changed my daily business life, drastically.

H3Ripple Experiment: Harmonious Happy Human Ripple

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 04.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lulu Salavegsen

It's Saturday morning, the first one in April, and the sun is shining. The weekend celebrates Easter and Passover. Good moods have a way of swirling l...

Clinton Does Not Inspire -- Should I Care?

Mathew Kenneally | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Mathew Kenneally

Generation Y and Millennials seem to have decided that the problem with modern politics is our leaders do not inspire us. It's not Hillary Clinton's job to illicit a warm inner glow in me every time she opens her mouth. It is clear liberal romantics are unmoved. What is less clear is why that matters?

Breaking Up With God

Jesse Brune | Posted 04.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Jesse Brune

I'm so grateful that technology has evolved enough to where LGBT youth can discover support systems online that provide a palpable "Plan B" to some of the hateful and absurd messages being offered at the pulpit.

Honor Love, Our Power, and Ourselves

Helene Lerner | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Helene Lerner

Mallika Chopra believes that unlike goals, intentions come from our soul."When we live with intent," she says, "we honor love, relationship, and ourselves." She shared a wonderful practice with me -- to check in and ask ourselves: Who am I? What do I want? How can I serve?

5 Easy Ways To Make Someone's Day

Leon Logothetis | Posted 04.29.2015 | Good News
Leon Logothetis

A smile, some extra attention, or even just a little gratitude can immensely impact our lives. These top five tips will help you to greatly improve someone's day!

For Mom, the Yia Yia (Grandmother) of All Pontians

Thea Halo | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Thea Halo

When I die, don't weep for me as if I am gone. Whisper my name to someone beside you. Whisper it loud, so my name will be carried on the air to all corners of the earth.

How I Escaped After Being Trapped Inside My Own Body for 12 Years

Martin Pistorius | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Martin Pistorius

Have you ever seen one of those movies in which someone wakes up as a ghost but they don't know that they've died? I couldn't make a sign or a sound to let anyone know I'd become aware again. I was invisible -- the ghost boy.

Four Life Lessons Passed Down to Millennials From Baby Boomers and the Greatest Generation

Quora | Posted 04.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul

I hope it's okay to go a bit older than people in their 40s and 50s. I'm a family sociologist at Cornell, and we surveyed over 1200 people over 60 on this very topic (described in the book 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans). Here are four "life lessons" they wanted to pass down to younger people - hope you find them helpful!

The 8 Biggest Mistakes Generation Y Is Making

Barrett Pall | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Barrett Pall

I by no means am saying throw your phone out, or never look at it again, but I am saying that you would be surprised at how much beauty, joy, and life you miss everyday while looking down.

Courage: It's Just About... Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 04.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Mark Brodinsky

Whether you are selling something, are in some other career, not working at all, just starting out, or simply living life -- and flying high, or feeling low -- courage is a must. For without courage, all is lost.

The 5 Things We Must Never Forget to Do

David Scott Clegg | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David Scott Clegg

There was once a poet and mystic from Persia by the name of Rumi. His gift to the world lay in the simplicity by which he saw such complexity -- with ...

Tamara Mena, Motivational Speaker, Model and Wheelchair User On Staying Positive and Advocating For A Cure For Spinal Cord Injuries

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

Prior to her accident, Tamara was set on becoming a fitness model. Her paralysis changed the course of her modeling: "I was in my best shape before the accident, especially my legs and abs. And ironically that's what I lost after the injury as a T-3 paraplegic.

Of Melancholy and Magic

Anne Almasy | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Anne Almasy

The next time I lay down to die, I hope to be an old woman, with deeply-etched laugh lines and gnarled knuckles from gripping my camera too fervently, my pen too fondly. Because it won't be tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the day after that. I still have so much light to find.

The Main Reasons I Love Being Over 50

Kimberly Inskeep | Posted 04.22.2015 | Fifty
Kimberly Inskeep

Here are the things I love about being in my 50s; regardless of our age, these things apply more broadly to the beauty of getting older, and when embraced can perhaps allow you to skip some stages and realize earlier freedom before reaching mid-life.

The Fight To Be Fantastic

Janine Garner | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Janine Garner

It can be extremely tough to keep climbing your own Everest of success when it feels as though your oxygen supply is being cut off at the tank. So -- just how do you keep up the fight to be fantastic?

Suicide Is Not the Answer -- Reach Out!

Gigi G. | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Gigi G.

Why am I writing this post? On Thursday, one of our neighbors took his own life. He was a brilliant, talented man -- top of his field of work in Aust...

The Upside Of Cancer

Donna Highfill | Posted 04.21.2015 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

I started the morning of my husband's cancer treatment reading about race issues. I read about the women who hate feminists, and the men who hate women. I watched videos about church-goers picketing gay marriage and young people writing off church because it's too political.