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Tragedy

Guns, Steel, Grit and Grief

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Guns and grief are a bad combination. Our judgment is clouded and undone in moments of aggrieved passion; we are least suited at such times to take on the roles of both jury and judge, leaving aside the illegality of such vigilantism. We may, in the throes of passion, misconstrue causes and misdirect blame. But we may hope to live through such moments, and see in a calmer, clarifying light.

Rome Journal: The Fall of Rome

Francis Levy | Posted 01.22.2015 | Travel
Francis Levy

The experience of being in Rome is that of descending into a wormhole that leads to antiquity. It's not just the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Baths of Caracalla. It's every courtyard, balustrade, archway and balcony that connects you to the past.

College Campuses: Incubators for Change

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 01.12.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

As we think about recent events at the end of 2014 and welcome in the New Year of 2015, I reflect on what we might be able to do on college campuses to alter (and hopefully improve) the trajectory of our society.

In Tragedy, Putting Sports in Perspective

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.08.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

When young people lose their lives in sports, it is a bracing slap in the face about why we are involved in sports and a reminder about what is really important (and it's not the results!).

Robin Williams and Phil Ochs: Two Tragic Artists Shaped By Pathos and Optimism

Jared Feldschreiber | Posted 01.05.2015 | Arts
Jared Feldschreiber

It is worth comparing Ochs' life to Robin Williams, since both artists were filled with authenticity, passion, love and idealism for a better society. In theatrical terms, they defined the tenets of catharsis and pathos.

How Love Lifts Us Over the Hurdles of Life

Alexia Parks | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Alexia Parks

These "teachable" moments that some might view as setbacks are also one way that life reminds us to slow down and take a deeper breath, to pace ourselves. Renewed, we stand up once again. Once again, we speak up about things that matter most in life to us.

A Beautiful Reminder

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

A few weekends ago I experienced one of the most beautiful three days I can remember. The temperature was perfect and the color of the changing leaves...

Fallout From Ferguson: The Biggest Opportunity For Our Society

David Shechtman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Black Voices
David Shechtman

Most of the news stories I've see about Ferguson market and sell fear, and many of the community reactions to the events focus on blame and retribution. This deeply concerns me because blame doesn't heal and revenge doesn't satisfy.

Grieving at the Holidays

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Someone knee-deep in grief needs space and time to make sense of his or her feelings. There's no room for deadlines or expectations, particularly at the holidays, and on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

In Tragedy, Empathy Still Dependent On Proximity

Pacific Standard | Max Ufberg | Posted 12.17.2014 | World

Today’s Pakistani Taliban attack on a Peshawar school has resulted in the deaths of at least 145, many of them children. In Sydney, meanwhile, Monda...

Finding Peace in the Wake of Tragedy: Eric Garner's Death

Paige Smith | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Paige Smith

It's moments like these that can cause even the most levelheaded and peaceful person to feel angry and disillusioned with the state of the world. That may sound dramatic, but it's true. More than the indignation or the confusion, however, I think each of us feels an overwhelming sense of helplessness.

The One Topic Missing From Discussions About Tragedy

Michelle Noehren | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Michelle Noehren

One question that is glaringly missing from the conversations we've been hearing in the media and from elected officials is this: what do the families impacted by tragedy do when faced with going back to work?

How "the Accident" Made Me Forever Grateful for My Mother

Rana Campbell | Posted 01.25.2015 | Good News
Rana Campbell

As an adult, I am now able to understand and process a lot of which wasn't explained to me as a child. My mother makes me smile. She's the strongest woman I know.

Photos Document Devastation After Floods Hit Morocco

HuffPost Maroc | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

Devastating floods in Morocco have left at least 32 people dead and 6 missing. The flash floods were caused by heavy storms that swept the region Sund...

Life After A Police Grenade Landed In 19-Month-Old's Playpen

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

A police raid in the middle of the night took a tragic turn when a flash grenade landed in the playpen of 19-month-old Bou Bou and exploded, causing b...

How Making Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Changed Me

Fagun Thakrar | Posted 12.30.2014 | Arts
Fagun Thakrar

I had the privilege of making a film that changed the way I see things in life. Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, which is being released next month, is inspired by the world's worst industrial disaster which took place on December 3rd, 1984.

Death Over Dinner

Connor Belson | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Connor Belson

The dinner began with intertwining circles of friends coming together to discuss an uncomfortable topic, and it ended with those previously strangers laughing and sharing and bonding over mutual fears and similar reactions and unique stories.

The Upside of Early Loss

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Jim's tragedy seemed insulting to my already-injured family. Jim died on Sept. 5; my mom died on Sept. 7. She was 46 and I was 15. Jim was 47 and his oldest child was 15. History, cruel beast, had repeated herself in a mocking chorus of eerie parallels.

One False Move

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Amidst all the other catastrophes going on in the world, the death of free-soloing rock climber, Brad Parker, caught my attention. I'm not sure his d...

5 Steps for Surviving a 'Lifequake'

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

I've compiled five vital points for you to remember and use as you sift through the rubble of your own "lifequake" and begin the next chapter of your new life.

The Ordinary Saves

Cindy Brandt | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Is it just me, or does everyone else's newsfeeds read like the world is going to hell? I mean, seriously, the torrent of bad news is so unrelenting th...

What The Tragedies Of This Summer Can Teach Us About Living

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.25.2014 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

Maybe the pain of death -- of all the deaths this summer -- will finally remind us what it means to live.

Robin Williams -- A Comic Genius Who Named Everything, Except His Own Depression

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment
Andrew Lam

If his suicide has any silver lining, it's that depression and mental illness are now being talked about more openly. In far-flung India, China and Vietnam, where mental illness, especially depression, is a taboo subject, it is now on the front pages of newspapers and TV programs reporting on Williams' suicide.

Laughter as Nutrition

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Schweitzer

Robin Williams' death is national news precisely because his clowning and personality as our country's court jester were appreciated across social and political divides; he was our collective voice of comedy.

Under Our Skin

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Mr. Williams was a far better actor than most of us, so his veneer was more elaborate. But all the world's a stage, and we all -- players, too. Such veneers abound. Perhaps we could keep it in mind, and give one another the benefit of prevailing doubt.