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Just Believe

Donnie Demers | Posted 12.21.2014 | Good News
Donnie Demers

A little over two years ago, my life began to implode. I found myself confronting issues that I had been trying to suppress for years. It wasn't drug addiction or alcoholism, nor was it depression or abuse. I was struggling with the complications of living with a neuromuscular disorder.

Dark Journeys: The Best of Noir Fiction

Dennis Miller | Posted 12.11.2014 | Books
Dennis Miller

Noir fiction is returning. The uniquely American art form reached its paranoid zenith in the 1940s and '50s, taking its bleak existentialist cue from such masters as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, among others.

Living (and Almost Dying) on the Edge

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Markus had everything going for him. He could write his own ticket for the future, anything that he wanted. At 25, a world of possibilities awaited him. But all that was before the accident...

Paralyzed Man Walks: A Commentary

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 10.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

I don't know what people with spinal cord injuries are being told today. I know that this research opens up people's minds and hearts and make give them hope.

# 7 Dispirited Liberal America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Disconnection from the spirit is also at the root of Liberal America's weakness. This points to a cure for our hopelessness that also can strengthen us to fight and win this battle, however challenging it may be.

Song of the Heart: Walking the Path of Light

Pam Nochlin | Posted 11.14.2014 | Books
Pam Nochlin

By Francine Vale Francine's memoir and life journey is fascinating. Francine describes her father's horrible Oliver Twist-like life, growing up Jew...

Tears of the Clown

Melanie Young | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

What's important is that we all learn to use our senses to be more sensitive to those people in our lives who may need help but don't have the capacity to ask for it. Look for signs such as changes in behavior. Listen to what he or she is saying.

How Do We Respond to This Really Horrible Day?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

My Twitter feed has been raging with information and disinformation today, but underneath the diatribes I have been struck by a sense of despair and disbelief that the world can unravel this fast, and anger at our sense of impotence.

Behind Every Easter Is A Crucifixion

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Easter, if it is to mean anything, must always stands face to face with Good Friday, and the crucifixion. Because God knows the crucifixions did not stop because the resurrection happened.

On Suicide

Becky Cavender | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Becky Cavender

Twenty-four years later, we still think of her. We still ask questions. There was no note. We have coffee, talk of her, and cry. We tell our children that sometimes life is hard, but it is -- in equal measure, at least -- splendid and captivating. We miss her. We love her.

Plugged in and Feeling the Fiction

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Mark Rubinstein

Imagine wearing a vest-like device while reading a book, so that when you come upon a scene brimming with heart-racing tension, the vest emits vibrations to increase your heart rate.

Making Good Use of Your Suffering

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

While it's true that everything is impermanent, sometimes to really move on, we need to take the time and space to be fully present with our suffering.

Expectations, Despair, and Amazement

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 12.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I met a sweet soul for the first time this morning. In the end, I have no idea how our conversation might help him, but it prompted this reflection, for his sake, and for the sake of many, many others.

Just Who Was This Romanian, Edward Theodoru, Any Way?

Marie Marley | Posted 11.30.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed came here from Romania in his mid-50s as a penniless political refugee fleeing the brutal communist regime. All they would let him take out of the country was $100, one suitcase and the clothes on his back.

Early Morning Meditation: First Things First

Martha Pasternack | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Martha Pasternack

Today I will find peace in chaos. Love within fear. Beauty in the ordinary. Forgiveness in expectations. Gratitude for the struggles. Generosity in the face of lack. Plenty in not enough. Joy in sorrow. Simplicity in the complex. Movement within inertia.

You Can Take It With You But Might Not Want To

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Surprisingly, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying is not a depressing book. It illuminates ways in which even during the final stage of life, there can be redemption and acceptance through the expression and openhearted exchange of honesty and gratitude.

The Myth of Funemployment

Chet Jechura | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Chet Jechura

To the countless Americans who are unemployed, I have this to say to you. Do not lose hope. You are our hope. In you lies the promise of our future. And as long as your gifts and talents are not being employed for the betterment of our civil society then the promise of our future is lost.

A Sentiment on Sorrow

Cara Dixon | Posted 05.28.2013 | Home
Cara Dixon

For those that are in a place of despair, there is a way out, and a road of life that has a purpose for you.

Implications Of The Interplay Between Light And Darkness

Cara Dixon | Posted 03.28.2013 | Religion
Cara Dixon

Darkness is a part of human experience. Somehow this darkness when recognized, and worked with, can actually be used in a way that makes the lights even more defined and bright.

When Shame Met Anger

Carine Fabius | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Carine Fabius

Haitians have a famous saying about shame and anger; my mother says it all the time when talking about someone who hides behind a wall of anger because they are ashamed of their own behavior but won't or don't know how to admit it. Li fe la wont sevi kole.

The Burden Of Belief: A Christian Meditation On Doubt And Despair

Bert Montgomery | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

Some find it easy to believe. Some are strong, firm, resilient and certain in their faith. Then there are those who work very hard to convince themselves that they believe.

Technology: Your Mind on Crack

Nancy Colier | Posted 10.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

Technology is breeding the addiction to distraction into the human species, just as you would breed long ears into a dog breed. It is breeding out the capacity to be with ourselves or anyone else, and worst of all, to be here, the stuff that true well-being is made of.

What Is The Best Emotion?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about what I thought was the worst possible emotion. But it occurred to me that as long as I'm thinking about emotions, I should also nominate what I believe to be the best possible emotion.

The Dalai Lama Told Me So -- Words of Wisdom From the 2012 Templeton Prize Winner

Davia Temin | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Davia Temin

As I was listening to His Holiness, a question sprung full-blown to my mind: "Can, and if so, how, can those who have lost their compassion, or never had it to begin with, regain it?

The Life Out Loud: Chip Conley's Emotional Equations

MeiMei Fox | Posted 03.12.2012 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Have you ever met someone for the first time and -- not in a romantic or sexual way -- inexplicably tumbled into a space-time vortex of pure human-to-human connection?