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Life is Fragile: Say "I Love You" a Lot

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.23.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Jim Taylor

I remember my life in my 20s and 30s when I was single. I felt invincible. Life was so carefree. I lived in the present, didn't think much about the f...

Why Doubt and Uncertainty are Good -- For Both Religion and Science

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Both religion and science often tend to present themselves as "knowing everything." Yet in both realms, there is an enormous amount we don't know, an...

Bill Maher's Fundamentalism

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

Though Bill Maher thinks he is dissing all religion and spirituality, he actually attacks what I would call grade school religion. He even hinted at some respect for the new pope, whom I would describe as representing graduate school religion and above.

10 Great Ways Mindfulness Turns Fear Into An Ally

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

At first glance you might not put mindfulness and fear together or think that one can counterbalance the other. But while mindfulness invites us to be present with fear rather than run from it, it also frees us from being stuck in fearful thoughts and feelings.

The Power of Doubt

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

Why did he think that doubt is generative? Many people seem to believe the opposite, namely, that doubt is destructive -- or at least paralyzing. Others fear doubt, because it threatens their otherwise comfortable sense of certainty.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: It Feels Like a Death in the Family

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 04.05.2014 | Entertainment
Miles Mogulescu

In my lifetime I've experienced the untimely death of many great performing artists. But I don't think I can remember one that has personally hit me so hard as Phil Hoffman's death.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Appreciation

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.05.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I first noticed Philip Seymour Hoffman's work in a serious way at Sundance in 1998, when he showed up in significant roles in two different films: Next Stop Wonderland and Montana.

16 Philip Seymour Hoffman Movies To Fill The Hole In Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 02.02.2014 | Entertainment

Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday (Feb. 2) afternoon in his Manhattan apartment. It is believed Hoffman died from a dru...

And Let It Begin With Me

Bethany Thies | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Bethany Thies

It's the end of the common sense world as we know it and I feel... incredibly guilty. Incredibly caught up in the very nonsense I rail against.

Aisle View: Moonstruck in the Old Country

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Recent seasons have seen a dependable stream of first-rate Irish plays making their way to Broadway and off. The newest hails not from the old country but from Bronx-born scribe John Patrick Shanley. Outside Mullingar is one of those generations-of-country-folk-on-the-old-farm plays, and it's dandy.

The Phrase 'Real Life'

Dave Gill | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Dave Gill

Upon hearing about the bumpy transitions back to normality that others had experienced, I thought it would be nothing, but now the opposite seems obvious. Of course there'll be transition pains. How would there not be after last year?

Oh God! What a Book on Jesus

Bruce Piasecki | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Bruce Piasecki

Jay Parini offers us in less than 200 pages a warm, bold, strong, well-written historical biography of Jesus Christ. No kidding. It is probably the most reliable biography on Christ written for a century or two.

Carl Gustav Jung and Facebook

Tim McHenry | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Tim McHenry

As this session was about Jung, it was perhaps inevitable that the unconscious would make an appearance by the end of the evening. The image of the Red Book certainly brought Shanley to reveal a great deal more about himself than might be gleaned in a regular interview.

What Facebook Doesn't Tell Us

An Bourmanne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
An Bourmanne

Sometimes we wanna do something we really wanna do. Something we really believe in. Something we really care about.

Top Mormon Leader Speaks Surprisingly Frankly

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) It is wrong to assume that Mormons who leave the faith “have been offended or lazy or sinful,” a top leader told members of t...

You've Never Seen A Bible Like This

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion

Zach Myrow wants you to take the Bible with a grain of salt. Literally. His work "Salis Bible / Salt Bible" is part art piece, part social...

How To Overcome 'Impostor Syndrome' And Believe In Yourself!

Erin Cox | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Cox

Self doubt and having moments of feeling like an imposter happen to everyone -- and I mean everyone! Think of the most accomplished and successful person you know. Yep, they've felt that way too. It's human nature.

Confessions of a Christian Skeptic

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
Joe Boyd

It may seem a strange thing to say that a kid who grew up in the church, graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and worked as a pastor for a decade didn't know Jesus, but that's the way my story unfolded.

My Brand of Hope-Filled Christian Uncertainty

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The reason so many liberal churches are empty or mostly populated with aging rationalists who seem to have a somewhat embarrassed attachment to religion, is that trying to reduce spiritual experience to something verifiable is a dead end.

"F&%# It!": Get the Attitude that Will Set You Free

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.07.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Jim Taylor

In my last post, I introduced you to my notion of "mindblocks," a portmanteau that plays off of the psychological nature of these issues and the term ...

Remove the "Mindblocks" from Your Life

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.01.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Jim Taylor

Ideally, you should be living in the present while striving for your healthiest goals of, for example, meaning, happiness, love, success, and fulfillm...

Overcoming Self-Doubt, From Heart To Heart

Agapi Stassinopoulos | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Agapi Stassinopoulos

I believe that doubt is the No. 1 killer of the human spirit. And it is imperative that we see it and address it and shake it loose. With fear, you can still feel the adrenaline and get the energy to overcome it, but doubt can paralyze you and you don't even feel it.

Can You Trust Yourself?

Judith Johnson | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

I believe that the ultimate gamble with the greatest potential gain in life is to trust yourself and that in so doing, you gain a level of freedom, authenticity, and peace that is unreachable any other way.

After Boston: Can You Have Faith Without God?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Should we have to adopt a belief we don't really hold in order to feel part of the larger American family who were collectively targeted on Monday, and who are grieving and searching for answers as part of one people?

Why Worrying Does More Harm Than Good

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Worry has historically played a vital role in our survival and it helps us cope with many of the challenges we face today. At the same time, worry that is too intense and too unrelenting can definitely cut down on your happiness and enjoyment of life.