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I Never Asked His Name

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

My bus came into view and I said goodbye. As I got on the bus and sat down, the young man smiled and waved at me. I waved back and wondered what his life would have been like if he had received the kind of support and opportunities I was lucky enough to have obtained.

Is Tiger Finished? What Steve Jobs Might Say; Why I am Rooting Him on

David Bradford | Posted 02.17.2015 | Sports
David Bradford

Recently, I have been listening and watching with great interest to the self-proclaimed experts on Tiger Woods and his golfing career. Many of his critics have probably never picked up a golf club or, at best, are 18 handicappers at their local Muni.

Growing Up in a Hippie Commune: Making Peace

Abby Pingree | Posted 01.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Abby Pingree

My childhood, though unique in some ways, is not that unusual. There were challenges and even painful experiences, but I have come to understand that ...

How I Found Humor As A 35-Year-Old Quad Amputee

Oral Fixation | Posted 01.08.2015 | Women
Oral Fixation

When situations like these occur, we are all faced with a psychological challenge. I could have become really embarrassed and closed off and decided never to go out in public to prevent my leg or wig from falling off or to prevent hearing the words "she has no hands." But wouldn't that be avoiding life?

Why 2014 Was A Whack-A-Mole Year

Donna Highfill | Posted 12.31.2014 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

Growth wasn't optional for me last year. Instead, it grabbed me by the lapels and tossed me around.

Turning a Rough Year Into a Happy Ending

Amy Heinz | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Amy Heinz

I guess what I realized is that no one year stands alone. Somehow they all weave together to create something truly spectacular. So while we can try to wish away all the bad stuff -- to hurry past it and just start over -- there's no such thing as a clean slate.

My Life at Frost Valley YMCA

YAI | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
YAI

Cody is one of the many people who have benefited from YAI's Mainstreaming at Camp Program, which offers inclusive, safe and caring summer camp opportunities to children with disabilities in partnership with Frost Valley YMCA.

Zen and the Art of Writing an Obituary

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Like so many other people I know, the holiday season is by far he most difficult time of the year for me. Seeing the stores and promenades decked and...

How My Broken Face and Crooked Smile Freed Me from Insecurities

Darah Zeledon | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Darah Zeledon

Then I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it! I laughed out loud as my left eye twitched uncontrollably. I smiled big and crooked, and had a blast disconnecting from the worry about whether my face was in compliance or not.

A Little Sports Wisdom for the Holidays

Ken Reed | Posted 01.26.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

I need to reflect annually about what sports can be when our egos are tamed and we're led by our souls. It's a great time to appreciate and be grateful for sport at its best. That's why I need Thanksgiving.

The Deadly Wake-Up Call That Changed Everything

Carline Bejin-Dye | Posted 01.19.2015 | Women
Carline Bejin-Dye

I discovered that I had been living a life according to what other's believed was the norm. I learned that every experience is part of the journey and realized that my journey was my life's purpose.

Overcoming Obstacles With Stacy Keach

Barry Kibrick | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Barry Kibrick

My conversation with Stacy has a lot to do with overcoming obstacles. No one escapes facing detours but some seem more adept at overcoming them, while others appear to be overcome by them.

Though I Walk Through the Valley

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes | Posted 12.28.2014 | Divorce
Stephanie Mitchell Hughes

Today I am still on the journey. I am learning to lean into and fully confront the depression and feelings of unworthiness that have controlled my life for many, many years. I am working to leave the lies that I have told myself about myself in the valley.

Overcome Failure and Walk Forward in Faith

Heather Martin | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Martin

I was here on this earth to learn some really important lessons, some wisdom that I could live by and share with others, and sometimes wisdom comes with a price tag. My price tag felt like incessant failure and that was hard to face.

The Number One Question We Should Be Asking Low-Income Students

Isa Adney | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

One of the faculty who had worked with an elementary school where the teachers visited the homes of each parent shared how they start each meeting with a simple, yet profound question: "What are your hopes and dreams for your child?"

It's Not Lack of Skills, Stupid

Ira Wolfe | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Ira Wolfe

We have dumbed down requirements to get an "A," graduate from college, and even write a resume. We have prepared people to get an interview and a job, but not to work.

The Road Between Employment and Entrepreneurship: The Step of Faith

Erica Noelle Duncan | Posted 12.09.2014 | Small Business
Erica Noelle Duncan

My favorite scene in the third installment of the Indiana Jones movies, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, is when Indiana must complete 3 tasks to reach the Holy Grail.

The Road Between Employment and Entrepreneurship: From Hating to Loving Vulnerability

Erica Noelle Duncan | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Erica Noelle Duncan

Last time, I wrote about how traveling the road between employment and entrepreneurship is just one way to grow and develop as a person; to connect with the essence of who you are.

Love, the Glue That Holds Us All Together

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Soren Petersen

Once in a while someone enters our world that makes us feel especially loved. Everyone feels blessed by their presence and their love provides the glue that makes families and friends unite, colleagues gather and whole communities rally around common goals. Such a one is my sister-in-law, Sophie.

Overcoming Obstacles: Rejection, Noes, and Lack of Support

S. L. Young | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
S. L. Young

The use of these types of questions, a choice, and a subsequent decision -- to proceed or not -- can aid in a thorough evaluation of multiple considerations to reach an informed determination prior to any action.

'Reflections From Losing My Mother on 9/11'

Ed Tseng | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ed Tseng

Meet Amish. He lost his mother on 9/11. She worked for Marsh & McLennan on the 97th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, right in th...

10 Lessons to Overcome Misguided Limitations

S. L. Young | Posted 11.10.2014 | Education
S. L. Young

Individuals can be quick to place limitations on someone's thoughts, ideas, capabilities or potential. These types of misguided limitations can cause individuals to not achieve their potential or miss opportunities for themselves, others and society.

Sheer Ambition - Going for Gold in Blind Tandem Cycling

Amy Eskind | Posted 11.07.2014 | Sports
Amy Eskind

Hundreds of athletes from more than 40 countries gather in Greenville, South Carolina, over Labor Day weekend to compete with the best challenged cyclists in the world.

How to Master the 5 Stages of Life

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 11.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Although certain phases pass more smoothly than others, recognizing the tides of life grants us the inner fortitude to confront our circumstances with awareness and acceptance. After all, hope is a simple reminder that momentary sorrow is a prelude to lasting joy.

4 Shades of Childless Women, Part II

Marcy Cole, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | Women
Marcy Cole, Ph.D.

Choose to be mindful, conscious and attentive about one of your life's most important decisions. Tune in to both sides of your inner dialogue. Bust through the beliefs based on distortion, fear and limitation. Clarity will emerge... just stick with it.