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The Prozac Experiment

Emily Ballard | Posted 10.09.2014 | Women
Emily Ballard

I've been worried that I won't be able to write anymore if I'm medicated. That the fire that propels me will be extinguished -- though it's worth remembering that the fire has also had a tendency to engulf me. I've worried that I'll become a numbed-out version of myself, that my good will be as dull as my bad.

Do You Have Eyes Like Jesus?

Mick Mooney | Posted 10.06.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

It's easy to see the sinner, because that requires no heart interaction, but do you see the person? Do you see the value of every individual, like Jesus did?

Stop Trying To Make It Perfect; Make It Good Enough

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

I step out in front of the full-length mirror and lather my entire body in cocoa butter lotion, staring at the unrecognizable shape in front of me. I find three small stretch marks underneath my belly button and feel guilty for even noticing.

The Dichotomy of Pain and Pleasure (And How to Activate Your Joy and Heal the World)

Miriam Ava | Posted 09.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

I'm a huge fan of Dr. Christiane Northrup's, and what she recently said about the dichotomy of pain and pleasure on this planet truly hit home. Whil...

Grace

Michelle Zarrin | Posted 09.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Zarrin

What if you made a point to recognize more love in your heart and life? What if you made a point to accept the moment as it is? If you do, I bet your moments of grace would increase tremendously.

The Cocktail Party

Marcia Liss | Posted 09.23.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Grace and Goodness

J. Kate Franklin | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
J. Kate Franklin

I'm happy for you, your fancy car, your big house, your status handbag, your Rolex, whatever, but I worry about your heart. And I worry about mine too. We're all so busy, consumed by the frenzy of our lives that I worry about our ability to reboot, replenish, connect and really care.

'Growing Into Grace'

Alex Kip | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Kip

Now, I've found grace in helping others by sharing my story, hopefully showing that you can bring meaning and purpose to tragedy. The grace of helping others is far greater than the suffering I once endured.

Grace vs. Niceness in Interracial Dialogue

Morgan Guyton | Posted 09.05.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

How can we define the distinction between niceness and grace? I would say that niceness refers to the complex dance of smiling, posturing, innuendo, laughter, self-deprecation, etc. that keeps a conversation pleasant and easygoing. Niceness doesn't always mean that you're being loving.

Symphony of Strength

Miriam Ava | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

Velvet, brushing against august morning air, bearing our core, Our light, inscribed in pure dunes of first soil Emerging today as you and me, us and us

Soulful Deed

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

For six years we had a wonderful marriage. However, before he died, not only did he leave me traces along the way for his departure, he left me with a deed on how I was to live through the years without him.

Trust: The Church and Facebook

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

You don't undo those things with better packaging, or a new release of an old product. You have to do the deep, soul-baring, painful work of repentance and asking forgiveness -- and do it without caring if this person ever comes to your church or not.

What Is the Soul?

Jon Wortmann | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

We don't know what the soul is. That's what Phyllis Tickle said recently at a conference presented by the Servant Leadership School in Greensboro, ...

Declaration of Joy

Miriam Ava | Posted 09.06.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

When did the feeling that being happy is frivolous take root in so many of us? It's our own perverse protection mechanism that keeps us in a low vi...

Discerning and Hearing Divine Guidance Isn't Always Easy

Angela Jamene | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Sometimes guidance can feel terrifying, I won't lie. Being guided to do the right thing is hard, we worry how it will be received. But, that starts to go away.

Why I Pray

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

I once read somewhere that repeating a prayer is nothing more than parroting words. However, I have come to understand and feel a certainty of the cleansing of my soul through repeated prayer, just as my beloved aunt did.

When Our Children Bring Mistakes To Us

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

Our children are going to make mistakes; whether or not we're part of the solution depends on the relationships we build today.

Chicago Gears Up for the James Beard Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.02.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The impact of so many great chefs and excellent restaurants can be felt by the James Beard Foundation announcing its nominees in Chicago, rather than New York.

Was It Too Good To Be True?

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 04.23.2014 | TV

UPDATE: BuzzFeed reports that a network rep has stated NBC is not currently in talks for a "Will & Grace" reunion. It has been reported that a spec...

Nude Portrait Series Reveals The Beauty And Strength Of Breast Cancer Survivors

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts

Photographer Charise Isis is turning the female nude trope on its head, transforming imagery we associate with masterpieces of yore into visual tribut...

"Grace for Keshet": Where Music Meets Charity

Judah Joseph | Posted 05.30.2014 | College
Judah Joseph

Grace for Keshet has the potential between March 31st and April 9th to really change the lives of Chicagoan individuals with Special Needs. With each donor's contribution, Jonny's song also gets distributed to another person.

Daily Meditation: Waking Up

Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The "Negative Sainthood" of Rev. Fred Phelps

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Every life lived has something to teach us about ourselves and God, does it not?

Ashen Foreheads and Ashen Hearts

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

The season of Lent is not first about fasting or self-denial; it's about serious participation -- here and now -- in God's divine forgiveness with all his people, from the heart: God's pardon of us and our pardon of others. It doesn't change God, it changes us. It changes our hearts.

How Do You Wear Your Life? #Gucci, #Gratitude

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 05.04.2014 | Style
Deb Carlin Polhill

The outer image you project is most probably a reflection of how you feel. Do you choose to wear your life as a beautiful statement, or do you choose to wear worry, sadness and misfortune?