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What's in Your Mindful Toolbox? A Singing Bowl

Bonnie Levine, MA | Posted 09.21.2014 | Impact
Bonnie Levine, MA

We listened to the sound of the singing bowl on the first day of school. Actually, we listened to the sound of the bowl every day during the first week. The children were drawn to the bowl or the bell, as we sometimes called it.

When Many Speak as One, Anything Can Change

Melanie Lundquist | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Melanie Lundquist

There is a critical election in California that offers reformers across the country a historic chance to speak with a cohesive voice and to make a decisive shift in the paradigm that shapes the debate over the course of public education in the U.S.

How I Honor My Heartbeat

Archi Pyati | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact
Archi Pyati

Many of us feel that in the face of dominant culture we must protect our image, maintain solidarity, and avoid publicly questioning our own people. But that has led to the silencing of too many voices, afraid to be shunned for talking openly about their communities and experiences.

Ferguson, Five Weeks Out and 800 Miles Away

Blair Forlaw | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Blair Forlaw

There must be tens of thousands of people like me who spent years living and working in St. Louis, but now reside somewhere else. And, like me, many probably left a piece of their hearts in St. Louis. That's why we scan the national news frequently for the latest on our old home town. This was especially true during "Ferguson."

Family And Community Engagement In Suicide Prevention

Deborah Faust | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah Faust

Suicide does not happen in a vacuum -- it happens in families. Family members must play a role in suicide prevention. To do this, they need to know how suicidality arises and how they can help. They need to know the danger and warning signs of suicide, the risk factors, and how suicidality and mental health are linked.

Being Present

Alissa Stern | Posted 09.16.2014 | Travel
Alissa Stern

In some cultures, wearing local dress and participating in local ceremonies is not appreciated. And even in Bali, there are some ceremonies that are off-limits to outsiders. But in many Balinese communities, as in many communities elsewhere, the opposite is true.

Never Too Young to Give Back

Brad Jamison | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

Having watched my older sister raise her kids, who are 11 and 13, to be service-minded, I know what a great tool service can be in teaching kids about the world and their role in it.

An Easy 10-Step Guide to Organising an Instameet

Gareth Pon | Posted 09.15.2014 | Technology
Gareth Pon

Instagram has just announced their official Tenth World Wide Instameet on their blog. This announcement encourages Instagrammers all over the world to...

Missing the Paraguayan Sky

Kate Solomon | Posted 09.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Solomon

There has never been a more beautiful sky than when I was in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, South America. For two years, I lived in an extremely rural ...

The Option of Sensing the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us. From a legal perspective, it is an urban property right that transcends public and private domains. It is a form of place-decoding that deserves more illustration and attention.

There Is No Greater Truth Than Love

Scott Stabile | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Stabile

Love is not a choice. It exists, everywhere and in each of us. We all know it well. To act from love, however, is a choice. To make love a priority, no matter what, is a choice. To commit oneself to being a messenger of love is a choice. The single best choice anyone of us can make.

Clean Machine

William McDonough | Posted 09.10.2014 | Chicago
William McDonough

Factory. Hold that word in mind for a moment and it is likely to evoke images of a gritty industrial landscape: smokestacks and foul air, railroad freight yards, steaming mills and roaring machinery -- places no family would want in their neighborhood.

The Difference Between Tolerance and Acceptance

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Often, I see the words "acceptance" and "tolerance" being used interchangeably. The LGBT community often talks of building a tolerant society, but it is by no means enough.

It's Time to Raise the Age, New York: There Are Better Alternatives for Teens

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | New York
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

We need to constantly remind ourselves that these are not "bad" kids, but many of them are kids to whom bad things have happened. With help, these fragile teens can and will succeed -- but not by locking them up with adults.

How to Place-Decode the Elements of Urbanism

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.04.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

According to the New York Times' Roger Cohen, France is struggling with changing times, including how perception of classic physical space is evolving as the role of cyberspace expands.

Promoting Engaged Scholarship and Community-Oriented Media for Social Good

Srivi Ramasubramanian | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Srivi Ramasubramanian

A year-long academic sabbatical this past year offered me and my family the opportunity to visit multiple countries, interact with new people, and engage with numerous cultures.

To The Lonely Freshman: Your Isolation Is Not Permanent

Matt Camarda | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Matt Camarda

Your isolation may feel permanent; it may become hard to imagine a future in which you've found your place. It may feel like cold comfort to hear that adjusting takes time, but it's the truth. I've been there.

I Challenge You! The Good Citizen Challenge

Brad Jamison | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

Next time you volunteer, donate money or simply conduct a random act of kindness, take to social media and share it using #GoodCitizen. Don't do this to brag about what a good citizen you are, but to inspire others to do something.

My Story of Depression, Culture and Community

Giovannah Philippeaux | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Giovannah Philippeaux

My family did the best they could, but like in many Caribbean and African-American families, the symptoms and afflictions of depression were never addressed. At best, you get prayed over or, in my case, you get offered the option of an exorcism.

Place Matters!

Edward Summers | Posted 08.29.2014 | College
Edward Summers

'Location, location, location' may be considered the realtor's mantra, yet colleges and universities also know it well. Some institutions are situated in rural parts of the country, others in small and mid sized urban centers that have seen tremendous decline and disinvestment.

These Are the Neighbors Everyone Wants

Hometalk | Posted 08.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

Bad neighbors are a nightmare! In fact, they're such a nightmare, that neighbors often get a bad rap. But there are definitely good neighbors out there, and if you're lucky, you could end up with the very best kind of neighbor there is -- a DIYer.

Guarding the Next Generation

Bill Couzens | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

If we truly are going to guard the next generation, we must engage communities to raise the bar on human health -- with a clear and specific focus on preventing cancer. If our children are going to have a healthier future, then cancer must not be an expected stage of life.

Seeing the Humanity of "The Other"

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

We see and hear stories about the first days of school, school shopping, the buying of books, and the concern, hope, and joy, for those in preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college

3 Tips for Inspiring Your Kids to Volunteer

Brad Jamison | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

Giving back to your community is a gift that gives right back, and habits and viewpoints instilled at a young age are much more likely to stick with a person than those developed later in life.

White Buffalo Day: Unity in a World Divided

Jacob Devaney | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

"The squeaky wheel gets the grease" is a good way to convey why we see so much war and division in our news yet hear so little about the many quiet miracles of peace and unity that are happening all over the world.