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Remember Jeremiah Wright

Craig S. Keener | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

What was done to Jeremiah Wright served no one well, simply further debasing political discourse. Whether such attacks come from the right or the left, they attempt to win an argument ad hominem by simply poisoning the waters.

Let's Talk About Sin

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

When I was taught the word sin, it was tasked with the job of explaining the predicament of humanity, revealing a desperate need for a Savior, and point to the redemptive power of God in Jesus. It was supposed to make me more Christ-like, but it failed, so I fired it.

My 'Inner Mommy War' and the 5 Things It Taught Me About Identity

Reem Kassis | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

When I became a mother, my four most dreaded words became "What do you do?" Prior to motherhood, I had a professional identity, an easy way to present myself. Now as a mother, I find no easy way to present this new identity and what I do.

The Last Visit

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I only met Juan Garcia once. I was asked to visit him on September 15. For a couple of hours in a cold room in Livingston, Texas, we talked. With an unforgiving deadline approaching fast, the last things were at the forefront of our minds.

Why Little Things Are Worth Getting Upset About

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

... and why they can torpedo your relationship. Take it easy. Chill out. Relax. Cool down. Don't stress out. Lighten up. You're making a mountain out...

What A Dead Russian Composer Teaches Us About the Opinion of Others

Catherine Zinger | Posted 09.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Zinger

This morning over coffee my husband told me about a broadcast he'd listened to on the BBC--about the story behind Sergei Rachmaninov's First Symphon...

5 Perfectly Good Reasons You're NOT a Bad Mom

Julie Maida | Posted 09.10.2015 | Parents
Julie Maida

I don't believe there is such thing as a "bad" mom. We are all just doing the best we can with the tools we have. If your mind immediately jumped to, 'Yeah, but what about those moms on the news who...' understand I mean those moms too.

Who's the "Mentally Ill, Homeless Man" Down the Street?

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

The next time you see someone rambling on the street or asking for money, put yourself in their position. We need to imagine lacking a family, lacking food and lacking simple roofs over our heads. Maybe then, we'll understand and begin showing compassion.

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

Guide to Mothers Raising Teenage Daughters

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

realistically, she wants to be separate from her mother physically and emotionally most of the time. She's a teenager who wants her own identity. So how do you focus your motherhood to maintain a solid relationship with your growing teenage daughter?

The Expletive Explosion

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

In the social media world, we communicate briefly without full sentences and offer quick letter combos (LOL) that further discourage open dialogue with any complexity. In a world chock full of anger and anxiety, this rapid fire practice of communication could lead to widespread misinterpretations and deeply hurt feelings.

Just Come to Jesus

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I don't think it is diminishing Christ's power for anyone to use whatever other possibilities exist to improve themselves physically or mentally. I don't think that it means a lack of faith or a lack of understanding in the bounty of the Atonement to try to lift yourself up to receive it.

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable o...

Yes, I'm Pretty, And I'm Traveling Alone

Alyssa Ramos | Posted 07.30.2015 | Women
Alyssa Ramos

If I wear makeup, if I wear anything that shows skin, if I wear leggings -- or God forbid, if I wear a bikini -- I always get the most opinionated stares from people assuming I'm looking for my next customer to pick up.

What You Didn't See When You Looked at A "Skinny Mom"

Jennifer S. White | Posted 07.28.2015 | Women
Jennifer S. White

I'm a thin mom who loves to move my body, who loves to eat healthy food and have a glass of wine and some dark chocolate every night, who loves to sit on the front porch with my husband after the kids go to bed, who loves to read, who loves my children---who, frankly, is a person beyond my physical exterior, and I recognize this.

What Are We Doing Today?

Amanda Magee | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Amanda Magee

It's a question I hear, often before the girls are even dressed. Their gangly legs poke out from beneath t-shirts. Sometime over the last year they shifted from their dad's shirts to mine. The hems aren't as long as before, the v-neck dips and are yanked up by still-modest hands.

How About This Subversive and Revolutionary Idea? Who's With Me?

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 07.14.2015 | Fifty
Janet Eve Josselyn

I have decided to enter a judgment-free zone but not because I am a perfectly judgment-free person but because I am tired of people shaming other people for this, that or the other thing.

Everyone Should Be Required to See "Inside Out"

Mark Baer | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment
Mark Baer

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the production and development of Disney•Pixar's film "Inside Out." The film is named "Inside Out" because it is about the inner workings of the mind, which controls how people behave.

Bristol Palin, Stop Judging the World. World, Stop Judging Bristol Palin.

Chelsea Stone | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Chelsea Stone

We are all a product of our upbringing, and Bristol grew up a fundamentalist Christian in a patriarchal society, the daughter of a highly visible Republican. She grew up surrounded by ideas of what a good woman is and what a good woman isn't. She is what she was raised to be.

Why Are Women So Vicious Toward One Another?

Melissa Mae | Posted 07.02.2015 | Women
Melissa Mae

Everywhere I look lately on social media I am inundated with women tearing one another down. Whether it's an article on the Kardashians, the newest Victoria's Secret campaign, or the hottest Instagram sexy selfie seductress--we women are downright vicious in the comments sections.

Whom Do We Look At After a Tragedy?

Mike Domitrz | Posted 06.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mike Domitrz

Nine people were killed in an act of racial terrorism. As our country and the world continues to discuss what brings so much pain, terror, and violence into our lives, one of the common reactions after a tragedy is for people to ask, "Why?"

WATCH: Fear of Rejection

Brad Yates | Posted 06.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

Far too often folks hide their light under a bushel for fear of being rejected. In doing so, we deprive the world of our unique gifts and talents - a...

Would You Judge Me If You Knew?

Shayna Gehl | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Shayna Gehl

I remember being in your shoes. I will never forget it. I remember exactly how they fit, too. It's easy to judge others in the moment.

You Have Negative Thoughts? Okay -- So What?

Natasha Che | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Natasha Che

The goal of inner growth is not to become a positive person, but to realize that you are fundamentally free, regardless of circumstances. Positivity or negativity, it's all a dance of consciousness.

On Being A Social Pariah - Part 1 "Perception is Powerful. Compassion is Calm."

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 05.22.2015 | Divorce
Lulu Salavegsen

There comes a time in life when you have a laugh and let go. Don't get me wrong, there are times I want to fashion the biggest mirror possible, and hold it up to the people with the thinnest of projections; but I don't.