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How We Afford to Keep My Wife Home with the Kids (Hint: Look at My Left Rear Tire)

Matthew Dicks | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Matthew Dicks

We never could've afforded to keep Elysha at home for what will now be seven years had we not made enormous sacrifices in order to do so. Sacrifices that I suspect many people don't see when they peer into our lives.

Nepalese Villagers Accused Of Killing A Boy To Appease A Ghost

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 07.27.2015 | World

In a tragic case of alleged child sacrifice, 11 villagers in southwest Nepal have been arrested in the murder of a 10-year-old boy.  Kodai Harij...

Why Our Choices Don't Matter as Much as We Think

Reem Kassis | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

I can't be sure, but I do know the grass always appears greener on the other side, even to children. So instead of judging each other, why don't we invite the person across the street for a cup of coffee onto our lawn?

Pushing Into the Flames: Rev. Charles Moore and the Struggle Against Racism

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The moisture forming in my eyes caused the screen to grow blurry. The emotion was so heavy that I was having difficulty comprehending the words. On June 23, 2014 around 5:30pm in Grand Saline, Texas, Rev. Charles Moore walked to the front of his car in the middle of a Dollar General parking lot and placed a burning match to his head.

I Gave Up A Six-Figure Salary For My Husband, How Is That A 'Bonus'?

Lynn Morrison | Posted 06.04.2015 | Women
Lynn Morrison

Big sacrifices like the ones I made -- giving up a career and a fat paycheck of my own -- deserve a little extra recognition. Calling it a bonus and making it clear that it is mine further underscores my right to spend it as I see fit.

Ode to Motherhood Part 3: The Magnificent (Albeit Messy) Living Masterpiece

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Lulu Salavegsen

When I told them about our separation, they were present, they trusted me wholly and it's been open communication and calm ever since. I'm not tooting my horn; I'm citing empirical data that proves the positive.

9 Things I Gave Up To Be A Wife And Mother

Jennifer Oradat | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Oradat

The covers. I didn't give these up so much as they were stolen from me. I swear, my husband tucks himself in under the blanket, and then grabs hold of the edges and rolls until he's wrapped in a cocoon, leaving me shivering and glued to his side searching for his escaping body heat.

Jesus Died for Our Sins... What Does That Even Mean?

John Backman | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
John Backman

We humans are a mixed bag. There is a lot of goodness in us. There is a lot of brokenness in us. It would be marvelous if we could have the goodness without the brokenness. Much of humanity has dreamed of this for many, many years.

Fifty Shades of God: Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Have we made God into a monster? And as a result, have we taken the holiest of weeks in the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of bloody, violent sacrifice?

We ALL Need the Village

Kindness Blog | Posted 04.27.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Here's the thing: I've spent an evening broken to pieces, with my spirit in shreds, because of some of the things I've seen or heard about, which show where the village has failed.

Frigid Weather, Lenten Fasts, and Buried Joy

Charles Redfern | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
Charles Redfern

What a rush. My New England homeland tunnels through snow in sub-zero temperatures and I'm loving it. And I'm loving that I love it -- which sounds like I'm whupping it up over the gloomiest Lent since the Dark Ages.

You Carry Me

Heather Evers | Posted 04.21.2015 | Parents
Heather Evers

Who wouldn't love to be swooped up and carried? So, I indulge Harrison's requests to be picked up, even when I would really like to be carried myself. Isn't that the ideal metaphor for parenting, really? We do things for our children that no one does for us anymore.

Lent Is Around The Corner -- What Will You Do?

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

We still hear the question "What did you give up for Lent?", which is wonderful since it means the tradition is still alive. But, is the "giving up" in adulthood meaningful?

To Shop Locally or Not to Shop Locally? That Is the Question

Karen Angel | Posted 03.08.2015 | Small Business
Karen Angel

A vibrant Main Street helps make the local economy more resilient and boosts real estate prices. Plus, buying locally means less shipping and a smaller carbon footprint.

Worthy of Sacrifice

Eric Morris | Posted 02.07.2015 | Sports
Eric Morris

We are the athletes, the students and the workers. We embrace sacrifice and we strive for improvement. Some day sports will end for us, but our years of dedication will not be lost.

A Citizen's Plea

Terry Newell | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Most Americans, if we can trust the polls, think our country is on the wrong track. They also seem to think that someone else put us there. Washington knew better. If America is failing, it is because we are failing to be what he knew we should and could be.

About Yesterday

Jim Worth | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Jim Worth

Veterans should be honored everyday, not just one day set aside so Americans can feel patriotic, do a little flag-waving, and go back to their lives never thinking about the plight of veterans until they're forced to do it all over again next year.

10 Things Your Mom Never Told You

Natasha Craig | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Natasha Craig

She cried when you found out she was pregnant. She cried as she gave birth to you. She cried when she first held you. She cried with happiness. She cried with fear. She cried with worry. She cried because she feels so deeply for you.

The Nicest Thing I Have Ever Witnessed Someone Do for a Stranger

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.11.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

With the prediction of serious winter storms in Dallas, I headed to Walmart (with apparently every other person in town) to stock up on a few essentials before the storm hit.

Somehow, They Knew Better

Catherine Nagle | Posted 01.05.2015 | Parents
Catherine Nagle

Most parents want their children's lives to be abundant and want to give them more than they had. But sometimes the only help they can give is by sharing what they've learned through their own life experience, telling their children the best of what they know. I

35 Powerful Images of Kindness Found Within Conflict

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.29.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

During times of conflict and political or religious civil unrest, the power of the human spirit's capacity for non-violent protest and kindness still shines through.

The Memories From One Act of Kindness Can Last a Lifetime

Kindness Blog | Posted 12.10.2014 | Good News
Kindness Blog

Over 30 years have passed, since this particular act of Kindness was shown towards me, yet I can still clearly remember what happened and remain deeply thankful to the person who helped the little boy that I once was

The Woman Formerly Known As

Jessica Rapisarda | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Jessica Rapisarda

There is no malice in "mom." I've used the m-word many times. But "Jessica," my dime-a-dozen first name, is shorthand for something much more complex.

Sacrificing of Myself Rather Than Animal This Eid al-Adha?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Current year's Eid al-Adha calls for a conversation among Muslims and all global citizens. We intend to prompt the global conscientiousness regarding the need to help the needy as well as confront those committing crimes against their fellow man and our shared earth.

#1 Many Liberals Don't Like the Idea of Battle, But the Alternative in America Today is Much Worse

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In America right now there's a battle that needs to be fought and won in our political arena. It's a battle over what kind of country, and what kind of planet, our children and grandchildren will live in.