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Searching for God at the Shopping Center

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

No more swearing. Be a better boyfriend. Make more money... so I can give it away. What is your New Year's resolution? Do you believe in making New ...

My Proudest Moment As a Parent

Maureen Anderson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

I suck at roller skating, and I love it. That's what kept going through my mind when I got the latest report from our daughter, Katie, a freshman in college who's still getting used to how difficult her classes are. "Physics is kicking my ass," she said. "And I love it."

You Spent Money On What??

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Instead of spending our money on things of this world with no eternal significance, instead of getting caught up in the advertising of the day with holidays approaching, may I suggest something different?

The Crises of Complexity

Terry Newell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Terry Newell

The astronomer Carl Sagan was once asked why, if the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe was so large, we had never been contact...

Daydreaming: A Skill to Help Us Build Our Dreams

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 12.21.2013 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

Our sense of integrity and self-confidence may ultimately depend on how we handle our developing perceptions and ideas.

Parents: Start Mentoring Your Kids!

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

Today's system values students for their academic proficiency, but not for their individuality. So by supporting this system, parents unwittingly end up valuing children for what they can do, not for who they are.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Barry Eisler

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.24.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Barry Eisler is the best-selling author of two thriller series, one featuring John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American former soldier turned freelance assassin; and another featuring black ops soldier Ben Treven.

Character Counts: Why Business Education Requires More Than Competency

Dr. Greg McCann | Posted 11.23.2013 | College
Dr. Greg McCann

Before you walk into a job interview for the career you want, the interviewer has already vetted you for competence in the field or industry. What is usually the determining factor in achieving success -- in the interview or in life -- is character.

'My Students'

Gen. Charles C. Krulak | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Gen. Charles C. Krulak

As someone who has spent his adult life surrounded by young people -- whether in the military, international banking, or professional sports -- one of the principle reasons I chose to take on the position of college president was to get back to my "roots."

Champion Character

Rory Vaden | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Rory Vaden

Consistent confidence isn't based on fickle forces or worldly circumstances, it is grounded in knowing that -- in any situation -- you will deliver everything you have. That is why the champion always performs, always executes and why he ultimately, always wins.

How to Lead Like Martin Luther King

Matt Tenney | Posted 11.05.2013 | Business
Matt Tenney

It's pretty easy to do the right thing when the conditions are right. It's not so easy when conditions are very challenging and doing the right thing could result in serious, negative consequences in the short term for us or for our organization.

Whatever Happened to Integrity?

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

I never knew what a big mistake I was making that day in Kingston when I let that "little twig" fall into the mix of cement. Thank God, someone had the concern and conviction to call me on it. The results could have been devastating.

50 Years After MLK's 'I Have a Dream' Speech, Trayvon Martin Verdict Reveals Deep Racial Divide (Video)

Dennis Trainor | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

On August 28, 2013 citizens from across this country will converge upon our nation's capital to commemorate and celebrate the historic March On Washin...

Ramadan Reflection Day 15: A Conduct That Is Quranic in Nature -- The Qur'an on Good Character

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Not all of us are meant to be the one that leads the prayer or gives the sermon, but are goodness is not associated necessarily with positions or titles like that. Our sense of character is what will open doors for us in our growth.

Personal Best: Prosperity Power

Eldon Taylor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Eldon Taylor

Best is a habit. Indeed, Aristotle is credited with pointing out that excellence is not an act, but a habit! Now, I have spoken with many people who say they do their best, they try their hardest -- and I believe them. But trying is not doing.

Slowing Down My Snap Judgments

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 09.16.2013 | Celebrity
Deirdre Maloney

In the end, we're all just people. And so maybe we all just need to chill out and recognize that the only people who truly know what someone is living with, thinking about, and going through is that person's closest circle, and, ultimately, really just that person alone.

Debra Winger Howard: New York, June 2009

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

Today we meet in person for the first time in six years, on a bench by the Hudson River in Harlem. She brings sandwiches and coffee and we catch up, as the river flows. Her older son, the one I photographed, is now a college grad, and an up and coming independent filmmaker.

Choose, Lose and Jews: A Commencement Address

Stuart Dow | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Stuart Dow

As you forge your unique paths, Consciously Choose, Dare to Lose, and Strive to be Jews who accept the empowering burden of working not only to shape their own lives, but of improving those of the people around you.

Kindness Is a Choice

Shawn Ahmed | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Shawn Ahmed

How we treat others should be a choice that reflects our character -- not a reaction to other people's character. So, I choose to be kind because my kindness will define me. Not my parents. Not my relationships. Not my sexuality. Not my work. But my kindness.

Character and the IRS

Terry Newell | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

Instead of Congress finding it relatively easy to get the truth from people who want to tell the truth, they and the public have been treated to a series of officials offering partial disclosures, reluctant admissions of omissions, and claims that they have not lied.

Six Celebrated Character Flaws

Ted Harro | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Ted Harro

It's easy to think that people are successful because of their character flaws rather than in spite of them. So we begin to celebrate those flaws and more sadly, emulate them. We hope that by acting like this guy, we can get rich, powerful, and famous like him.

Yes, Power Corrupts, But Power Also Reveals

Adam Grant | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Adam Grant

Perhaps gaining power doesn't cause people to act like takers. It simply creates the opportunity for people who think like takers to express themselves.

Women Who Will: Valerie Jarrett Announced as Wellesley College Commencement Speaker

Gabrielle Linnell | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Gabrielle Linnell

The room bubbled over with sounds of seniors (seniors!) chatting and drinking champagne as we waited for the announcement of the night: the speaker at the 135th commencement exercises at Wellesley College sending forth the class of 2013 into the world.

The Heartache of a Television Serial Dater

Alena Dillon | Posted 04.28.2013 | TV
Alena Dillon

Last night, 24 and I concluded things once and for all. It probably should have ended at least a season earlier, when Jack started hanging out with guys like Freddie Prinze Jr., but it seems that all serious relationships never end as soon as they should.

How to Make a Bed

Steven Amsterdam | Posted 04.22.2013 | Books
Steven Amsterdam

A nursing degree may not be the straightest route to a book deal. It has, however, refined my field of vision. Reading people correctly is a crucial skill for working on a ward. For an author intent on building a character fact by fact, a tightened view of the physical world it is just as vital.