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How To Talk To Kids About Tragedy (And What Not To Say)

Dr. Phil | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 08.27.2015 | Dr. Phil

Opening up an age-appropriate dialogue with your children about a tragedy can be difficult, but it's necessary in order to help them process, cope an...

The Next Mass Extinction as a Greek Tragedy

Steve Zack | Posted 08.06.2015 | Green
Steve Zack

There is an emerging Greek tragedy. Not the familiar and ongoing financial troubles concerning Greece and the EU, but rather a catastrophe on a truly worldwide scale: an emerging mass extinction of life - the sixth such crisis in Earth's history.

Overcoming Tragedy In A Broken World

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Stacey Steinberg

We all still have a duty to repair the brokenness the surrounds us. Just as we break a glass in remembrance at a wedding, our ability to feel pain even in times of joy propels us forward in our efforts to improve our communities.

Some Insight Into Integrity

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 06.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Describing someone as having integrity typically suggests that person exemplifies a life of decency and righteousness. The emotional component to our...

The Resilience of McKenzie Roese

Elizabeth Denham and Andrea Norlander | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Elizabeth Denham and Andrea Norlander

Roese did not know that her entire apartment was destroyed until the next day. Up to the point where she went back to the East Village on Friday, she believed that she would be able to walk through the skeleton of the building to see what she could salvage. When she went back, she witnessed the collapsed building in total ruin. She had lost everything.

Where Is God in Nepal?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

God is not a cosmic magician. God is the ground of being. God is the power that fuels the world. And the existence of the world depends on freedom.

To All Who Have Lost Someone to Overdose

Buster Ross | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Buster Ross

Tyler James Carr was my best friend. We met as freshman at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. I was the last person to speak to him, other than the person who came to next to his lifeless body, on April 26th, 2007.

Preventing Murder-Suicides: How the Germanwings Tragedy Offers Us a Global Opportunity

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Rappaport

The Germanwings tragedy can further stigmatize those with mental illness and make people with suicidal thoughts frightened that they'll be linked to a horrific crime. Yet this is also an opportunity to educate the world about the warning signs of suicide.

Faith and Brooklyn Fire: Seven Sassoon Children Perish

Temima G. Shulman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
Temima G. Shulman

Experiencing grief-as many of us have from the Sassoon tragedy- means understanding that there is something larger than our rational minds, understanding that God's sheet music looks entirely different than ours and whose 'building code' will never make sense to us as long as we are corporeal beings; and it means that we can live more fully if we can accept this.

For the Second Time, One Van Offers an Injured Alaska Student the Gift of Mobility

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.26.2015 | Good News
Alaska Dispatch News

A wheelchair-accessible van decorated by his classmates was delivered to the home of West High freshman Aron Fa'afetai on Tuesday -- the second time this year the Ford Windstar has been donated to an Alaska family facing extreme challenges.

What Does the Goodness of God Really Mean?

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 05.25.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

The thing I can't walk away from is that the Bible doesn't just say that God does good things. It says that God IS good. It's not just what he does; it's who he is -- and who he is never changes.

My Parents' Divorce Changed My Life For The Better

Jeaiza M. Quinones | Posted 04.21.2015 | Divorce
Jeaiza M. Quinones

Divorce isn't easy on children. Still, there lies beauty in the end of a marriage when everyone involved is allowed to discover who they truly are.

How Do We Describe People Who Commit Violence and Their Victims?

Steven Ramey | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion
Steven Ramey

The murder victims in Chapel Hill have been described as students, family members, Muslims, and Syrian, and the accused murderer as an atheist, anti-theist, white male, and terrorist.

How to Be Inspired (And How You've Been Doing It Wrong)

Matt Cohen | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Matt Cohen

Remember that YOU are the key to inspiration. If you don't balance the "inspiring" achievements of others with some hard work to achieve your own personal goals, then that "positive" feeling you get today could ultimately end up draining you of empathy.

Guns, Steel, Grit and Grief

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.14.2015 | 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 03.09.2015 | 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 03.07.2015 | 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 03.05.2015 | 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 02.21.2015 | 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 02.20.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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.