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What Hate Taught Me About Love

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

I was a young child when I first learned about hate. The memory, like those that make up our core, is vivid. To this day, it is the callous laughter o...

What Are You Wearing?

Jan Folkertsma Schichtel | Posted 09.09.2015 | Women
Jan Folkertsma Schichtel

I was dressed for my usual invisibility: a pale pink, long-sleeved t-shirt, jeans, and brown sneakers that suggest, falsely, a hiker mentality. I'm headed to Meijer, and I'm certain that nobody's even going to see me.

Democracy, Journalism and Civic Education

Fernando Reimers | Posted 09.01.2015 | Education
Fernando Reimers

Electoral campaigns are important events in the life of a democracy, and provide rich material for civic education. Since educating students to engage as democratic citizens is one of the main goals of educational institutions it is important that these lessons are fully and deliberately examined with the depth that the health of this democratic republic requires.

Why Teaching Kids To Be Racially Colorblind Is A Big Mistake

Ashley Trexler | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Ashley Trexler

The way we explain race to our kids is not working. Why don't we just try telling them the truth: Color is a part of our lives. The color of our skin does matter. Here are three ways you can help your child embrace race -- not hide from 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...

In the Name Of...

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 07.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

We live in a world where nearly everything is programmed to survive by killing one other. Imported plants take over native species, big fish eat littl...

Hooray for Gay Animals! 9 Species That Are Also Celebrating

Natalia Reagan | Posted 07.06.2015 | Science
Natalia Reagan

The Supreme Court's ruling may be a progressive move for Americans, but this is nothing new for animals. Did you know that at least 1500 species of animals have been engaging in homosexual activity sans judgment from their peers for eons?

20 Meditation Tips For Beginners

Tom Casano | Posted 07.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Tom Casano

As a guiding principle, whatever happens during your meditation session is okay. Meet your experience with kindness and gratitude, and your meditation session will be well worth it, no matter what happens.

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use. In totalitarian regimes--a.k.a. police states--where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used.

Daydream Believer

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.27.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Pinch me

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.26.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


10 Surprising Secrets No One Told You Yet About Meditation

Tom Casano | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Tom Casano

To the uninitiated, meditation appears mysterious and downright strange. To the well-practiced however, it's just a normal part of their daily routine. So how does meditation really work, and how are you supposed to do it?

Think You're Sensitive To Gluten? Think Again

Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living

By Julie Upton for U.S. News It seems as if everyone is going to great lengths to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and many proc...

Why We Should Stop and Think About Our Support for Caitlyn Jenner

Wendy Cray Kaufman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Wendy Cray Kaufman

This is all undeniably a step forward, but let's remember that the vast majority of transgender people in the world do not look like a celebrity on the cover of Vanity Fair. Few have the privilege of being made up by a team of artists, and just about none are photographed by Annie Leibowitz.

When People Make Unusual Choices

Grace de Rond | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Grace de Rond

Remembering that we're all more alike than not -- and that we only appear unrelated and dissimilar -- will help us stop judging. Thinking inclusively makes it easier to accept different perspectives.

Searching for Freedom From Acts of Religious Freedom

Michael Rohrer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

It's time I made a statement that is extremely difficult for me to make: I can't care what the Bible says about homosexuality. I can't live with that fear anymore. It's debilitating. I wanted to say I don't care, but I couldn't...not yet.

The Islam I Know

Ben Barber | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
Ben Barber

I may not be a Muslim, but I know that calls for murder of civilians are not Islamic. For more than 10 years I lived and worked as a reporter in a dozen Islamic countries... Almost everywhere I found a kind and generous welcome.

The Price I Pay For Respecting Islam

Craig Considine | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Studying Islam has come at a price. Old friends see me as a traitor; family members see me as "strange," and Muslims see me as someone who will never be good enough. These developments make me think deeply about the issues of loyalty, love, and knowledge.

What Some Adults Could Learn From My Children Who Have Autism

Mary Hickey | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

Tolerance and understanding are not just about what politically correct declarations we make at cocktail parties or as our social media personas. It is not just wearing a ribbon or a certain color on a certain day. It is about LIVING every day with kindness and acceptance in your heart and teaching your children to do the same.

To Heal Is to Touch With Love

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

We should be approaching this NOT from a place of fear or anger, but from a place of love. Will there be those who disagree? Of course there will.... and their opinions should and be respected... just as the opposing should be as well.

Religion and the Politics of Fear

Kelly James Clark | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

As fear increasingly constricts Christian love toward Muslims, we would do well to remind ourselves of the radical love of Jesus who insisted in word and deed that our fears must not be allowed to overwhelm our compassion.

How Bruce Jenner's Story Allowed Me to Finally See My Own

Dori Hartley | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Dori Hartley

After seeing Bruce Jenner's outstanding interview last night with Diane Sawyer, I felt so tightly locked on to some of the things he said that I couldn't shake the feeling of pure truth in his words. I related to that truth in my own life's experience.

The Virtual Loser

Hiam Nawas | Posted 06.07.2015 | Technology
Hiam Nawas

I have come to realize that my discomfort stems from a profound question: Are my accomplishments in the real world not good enough unless they are advertised to and "liked" by the virtual world?

Study Shows America Has Become More Tolerant Of Every Group -- Except One

Mic | Marcie Bianco | Posted 03.21.2015 | Black Voices

While the contemporary American climate may be fraught with racial tensions and intense discussions about inequalities for women and minorities, a new...

See Beauty. Let It Fill You. Live It.

Margaret Gardiner | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Gardiner

Maybe if we balance our stress with the beauty around us, it will spill out in our interactions, grant grace to ourselves and to others, and make the world a better place. Maybe. Let's try. See beauty. Let it fill you. Live it. Now.