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Powerless to Protect

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 08.08.2013 | Crime
Robert D. Stolorow

Yesterday morning, shortly before noon, my wife Julia dropped off our daughter Emily at Santa Monica College to take her final exam in English. A few ...

Abusive Theology, Oklahoma And Us

Joel L. Watts | Posted 07.23.2013 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

I understand fully the abusive theology of Piper because I used it and I have had it used on me. This abusive theology comes from a rather dark place in each of us. Some of us have learned to control it or ignore it or overcome it. Others use it for gain.


Rev. Ian Punnett | Posted 07.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ian Punnett

Nothing can mitigate the profound sadness of the deaths of dozens of people. But the families of all the victims would be right in wishing that there had been a few more miracles to go around.

Tragedies, Prayers and What Really Matters

Jana Novak | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Jana Novak

I am not alone in being glued to the news when something awful happens. Perhaps it's because we think the outcome will change if we watch; more likely it's because we cannot fathom the horror, and have to watch again and again, ad nauseam, in order to make it real to us.

The Tragedy of Self Immolation -- No One Cares

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Andrew Lam

With the exception of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian fruit vendor who set himself on fire and thus sparked what became known as the Arab Spring, self-immolation has by all accounts become a failed form of protest as an agent of change.

National Day Of Prayer, But Where Is God?

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

After investing all of this time and energy searching for an answer to whether or not God exists, here's my conclusion: I don't know.

Boston's Scar: On Our Expectation of Tragedy

Ami Fields-Meyer | Posted 06.30.2013 | Crime
Ami Fields-Meyer

Premeditated killing is not a circumstance to which we can be sensitized. To get used to death and terror would be to walk down a path that leads only to paranoia and mutually-assured destruction.

Leading Through Tragedy

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 06.29.2013 | College
D. Michael Lindsay

A heavyhearted community is best cared for by a heavyhearted leader. This takes energy, attention, and compassion. Sometimes we feel that we cannot bear the great weight this task places upon us.Even as we embody this heavy emotional weight, we too are sustained by the community we strive to support.

When "It's All About Me" Is a Positive

Jana Novak | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Jana Novak

I understand the instinct: the need to connect, to empathize, to be a part of an experience. It's why we call them "shared experiences"; why we call them "national tragedies." In the nitty-gritty though, they are not. They are not shared and they are not national -- they are so very deeply personal.

What Nobody Prepares You To Have To Tell Your Child

Andrea | Posted 06.26.2013 | Parents

No one tells you that someday you might have to answer questions that don't have answers. No one tells you that you'll have to swallow so many tears to let them cry theirs.

Why I Can't Let Go Of Last Week In Boston

Felice Shapiro | Posted 06.26.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Last week's news is this week's reality. I can't bring myself to write about anything except what happened this past week in Boston -- the explosions and their devastation on Boylston Street at the finish line of our cherished Boston Marathon on April 15, and the helicopter hovering over our condo, whirring all day long just last Friday, April 19 -- until Suspect #2 was captured.

The Boston Marathon: One Buddhist's Response to the Unthinkable

Susan Piver | Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

The danger of opting for the storyline over a more complex and present truth is this: When we make up stories, we create an alternate reality. Rather than looking at our situation straight in the eye, we look at it from behind a protective lens.

Connected by Catastrophe

Craig Ing | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Craig Ing

Why don't we go out of our way, disrupt our daily routines, and demonstrate compassion more frequently? What is it that makes it so difficult?

Lessons: Boston and the Human Spirit

Binta Niambi Brown | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Binta Niambi Brown

I am a runner. I'm not likely to ever qualify for Boston, but as always, I will do what I can do... and when I run, will carry Boston in my heart.

The Alleged Killing of Reeva and the Cult of Celebrity Sports

Tony Mckenna | Posted 06.18.2013 | Media
Tony Mckenna

While the decision to allow Oscar Pistorius to go about business as usual is shocking and outrageous, it's also fascinating because it provides us with almost naturalistic footage of the way prestige and money eat into the justice system

Glad It Was a Bell and Not a Bomb

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

My call to you, please think about encouraging mindfulness or simple techniques of awareness in your town, in your schools, in your community.

Let Us Grieve First

Robert Slayton | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Slayton

So give us a brief time to cry, to grieve. Something really bad happened. Let us work through our emotions. Then after that, spit in the eye of fate and the madmen, be proud of our cities and our nationality, and gain revenge in normality.

Am I the Only One Who Isn't Comforted By Patton Oswalt's Essay?

Lauren Cahn | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

I feel unsatisfied. I don't feel soothed. Perhaps the problem is that I don't want to be soothed? Perhaps the idea that I might feel better tomorrow or the next day frightens me because I suspect that being soothed may simply lay the groundwork for another "shocking" attack.

The Happiest Day of My Life: Tragedy and Triumph

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 06.18.2013 | Good News
Jennifer Boykin

I want to say to those who suffer today is this: Please leave space for grace. Please leave a placeholder for hope, because, if you do, hope will find you again.

The War on the Innocents

T. Sher Singh | Posted 06.17.2013 | Crime
T. Sher Singh

There are no ifs and buts about it: the outrage in Boston this week is a crime against humanity.

Love Always Triumphs

Alyssa Silva | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Alyssa Silva

Due to the 9/11 attacks, endless shootings, and even bombings, we are beginning to live in a world full of worry and terror. It is unimaginable that a person could perform these acts of terror on another. Yet, through all of the violence we endure.

How to Send Healing Energy to Those Affected By Tragedy

Pamela Dussault | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Pamela Dussault

Some of us may feel helpless in the midst of these tragedies, especially if we are far away or can't physically help another. If you are one of these people and are wondering what it is you can do to help, praying and sending healing energy are viable options.

A Boston Doctor's Ode to Her Fair City

Aditi Nerurkar, MD | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Aditi Nerurkar, MD

A hometown tragedy is at once a painfully personal and strangely depersonalizing experience. The images on television aren't just places, they're my places. That's my street with the barricades. That's my library in the background.

Talking With Children About Tragedy -- Again

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

The important thing to know is that children take their coping cues from us, the trusted adults in their lives. This isn't to say that we should cover our pain. Not at all. Rather, we need to model healthy coping mechanisms for our children.

Responding To Boston With Holy Anger

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I can see it on the streets of New York, and online on the social networks -- we are angry and want a response to Boston. The question we face now as individuals and as a nation is what to do with our anger.