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A Reluctant Alchemist

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Life is not meant to be lived in one place -- and by that I am not referring to physical local, but to the level of growth or understanding we have reached.

Journey With Two Moms

Lester Alemán | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lester Alemán

I don't take my liberties for granted because I know how dehumanizing my mothers' communities were to them. I take my liberties to fight for equality. I take my liberties to honor my mothers. Because I love them both to death -- equally.

Is Your Story Holding You Back?

Heather Strang | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Strang

To dig beyond the past and move into the stillness of our soul to that part of us that is whole and complete and always has been is what I believe we are all meant to experience.

This Year, I'm Deleting These 4 Words From My Vocabulary

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.08.2014 | Women
Brandi Megan Granett

Just like any self-improvement, there are small steps you can take to get on the right path. And the road to a more positive self-talk begins with going on a diet from these four words: should, have to, can't, and never.

Feeling - Story = Meditation

Mack Paul | Posted 07.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Mack Paul

Reality can't be negotiated, but when you allow yourself to feel it, you learn that it doesn't need to be negotiated. Whatever story is churning through the mind, no matter how painful, is just a ripple in a vast ocean of consciousness.

Let Your Life Speak

Brad Harrington | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Brad Harrington

In my column last month, Live YOUR Life, I encouraged readers to stop listening to the endless stream of career and life advice that seems to be emana...


Donnie Demers | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Donnie Demers

"I turn 100 on August 5! That's something to be excited about! Thank you for your help with the hill, young man." As he started to walk away, I had to smile myself, because initially I had thought that I was the one doing the good deed of the day.

The Things I Didn't Expect When I Wrote a Memoir

Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D. ABPP

In my late-night, self-absorbed worries about what readers would think of me, it did not occur to me that the messages in the stories would resonate with so many. It is a reminder of how connected we all are to each other.

Reese and Allendya: Atlanta, Nov. 2012

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

Really, all I want is to acknowledge these young women and their dreams and abilities, and hope to in some way encourage them.

Dirgha: New York City, Sept. 30, 2012

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

Many people are surprised when I say thank you in their language (I have learned how to say it in many languages), but Dirgha takes it in stride and simply says "You're welcome."

Necole Bitchie On Making Dreams a Reality

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Necole has soared to become one of the most famous and recognizable bloggers out there. Her name, also her brand, has become synonymous with celebrity gossip that unlike with most bloggers is verified news.2013-02-20-NECOLEPULL.JPG

Who Am I? The Heroes of Our Minds

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.19.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Reality TV dominates small-screen viewing these days. Viewers have literally hundreds of choices in vicarious viewing every day, 24 hours a day. And so what if they're not exactly real. What explains this trend?

On Knee Surgery, Mammograms, and Turning Into My Father

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Davis Schneiderman

So here I am, waiting for the arthroscopy that will cut away the torn meniscus of my other knee and advance me toward premature arthritis. I should have seen that beyond the end of the long jump sand pit, but I didn't. I am using this week of waiting to reflect upon my changed condition.

Your Own Personal Brand Part III: Uniquely You

O'Brien Browne | Posted 02.04.2013 | Small Business
O'Brien Browne

An authentic, passionate "Problem, Approach, Resolution" story taken from your own life-story will have a "Wow!" effect on bored and jaded HR officers and managers.

The Stories We Tell, or How I Met My Husband

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Those stories that we tell -- how we met, how he proposed, the birth of each of our children -- those stories are what connect us to each other and keep us remembering all (so much!) that we've experienced together.

The Power Of The Unspoken

Barnet Bain | Posted 10.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Barnet Bain

To an actor or director, subtext is a word for all the unspoken thoughts, feelings and motivations a performer brings to his or her role. Subtext is always unspoken, yet it is the most eloquent aspect of an actor's performance, coloring every speech and action.


Glennon Doyle Melton | Posted 10.01.2012 | Parents
Glennon Doyle Melton

It was just Chase and me, happy and relaxed after our trip, ready to curl up with our brand new books. But the Universe decided that I had had quite enough relaxing, thank you very much.

How Storytelling Shapes Your Self-Perception

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 08.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

Stories are the soundtrack of our lives. It's not without coincidence that all the great religions of the world have a book of stories. Stories remind us of who we are and who we want to be.

What Is Your Life Story?

Gangaji | Posted 02.10.2012 | Healthy Living

All definitions and stories arise from the silent core, and in surrender all are then pointers to where they come from and where they return at their end. In surrender all is transparent from the luminosity of your naked self.

How To Be Completely Honest With Yourself

Gangaji | Posted 12.10.2011 | Healthy Living

By inquiring into your life story, you can recognize the layers of ephemeral distraction that keep your attention busy with entanglements. When you recognize this, you can reclaim your attention.

Bill Clinton: The Opera

Posted 08.20.2011 | Arts

Former President Bill Clinton's teenage years are being turned into an opera. The opera, titled "Billy Blythe," a reference to Clinton's father Bill B...

What I Learned From Walking Into A Pole

Rick Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Smith

When I finally began living an authentic life, I started to meet authentic friends. I dated authentic girls, who thought the dorkiness was endearing.

How to Defeat the Great Eraser

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

Death eventually claims everyone who remembers a certain person, but there is another option: Honor those people and their stories by writing them down or recording them.

A Note of Appreciation & Farewell -- the Poem Is for You, too

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Steven Crandell

By working to rid the world of nuclear weapons, we do more than remove an existential threat; we stand up for everyone's right to enjoy their lives.

Don't Sacrifice for Your Children -- Show Them Strength

Marcia Reynolds | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia Reynolds

So many stories I read this week were about mothers sacrificing for their daughters. I believe you can also create stories that your children will love telling of how you stepped into your full potential.