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Cancer's New Home

Jenna Benn | Posted 07.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Jenna Benn

As I prepare to move from floor 29 to a new home built for two, I decided to package up cancer -- and seal her in a tight little box, with no room to breathe. And there she can live amongst a sea of discarded memories, in a landfill somewhere far from here.

Isolated on an Island, Dealing With Grief

Lea Lane | Posted 06.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Lea Lane

Alone on the cliffs of Grand Manan Island overlooking the misty Bay of Fundy, I didn't feel any lonelier than I did anywhere else. I felt peaceful. I missed my husband, but now I felt his presence more clearly in my memories.

How Can I Let Go Of Hatred Toward My Ex?

Agi Smith | Posted 04.26.2012 | Divorce
Agi Smith

I can't seem to be able to move forward and stop blaming myself for marrying this man knowing he had serious issues and thereby not protecting my children.

Losing Control and Gaining Yourself

Francesco Clark | Posted 06.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Francesco Clark

I started to realize that my work ethic, while good for work, was leading to an unbalanced life. It made me ask: How do you realize the difference between a passion and having a complex?

How to Untangle Any Situation: The Art of Starting Again

Linda Durnell | Posted 06.18.2012 | Women
Linda Durnell

Admit the part you played in the current drama. We all are the creators of our lives and even when faced with tragedy, we are able to create our response towards it.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Philippe Falardeau on Monsieur Lazhar

Dan Persons | Posted 06.13.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar finds finely-shaded drama in a venue that has defeated many a filmmaker: a classroom full of children.

When Her Husband Lost His Language, She Did Something Incredible

Debra Ollivier | Posted 06.12.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

Author Diane Ackerman was on a book tour promoting "An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain" when her husband, Paul West, suffered a massive stroke that radically combusted the alchemy in his own brain.

What Counts As Legitimate Scientific Research On Prayer?

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

My basic response is this: Prayer effects should be subject to the same standards as other research. This means that standards should not be lower, nor should they be higher.

The Healing Power of Storytelling

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Storytelling is a two-way street. Illnesses unfold as stories, and physicians need to learn how to listen to those stories. The same is true of giving advice, for if good advice is given in the wrong way, the patient will not follow it.

That Chipped Teacup Feeling: Life After Breast Cancer

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Holly Robinson

No matter how short your life might be, or how deliciously long, why not cram in as much as you can? Sure, live in the moment, but glory in your past and plan for the future, too.

Healing the Past in the Present

Wendy Strgar | Posted 06.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Wendy Strgar

Many of us don't recognize how we hold our future hostage to the pain of our past. We don't understand that healing the past happens in the here and now.

The Alchemy of Forgiveness

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.05.2012 | Impact
Robert Koehler

Human-rights activist John Caulker was convinced that within the broken traditions of his native country -- the culture of vital connection, of truth-telling and forgiveness -- lay the seeds of reconciliation. He knew that virtually everyone in Sierra Leone longed for reconciliation.

An Open Letter to the Guy Who Molested Me

Nico Lang | Posted 06.04.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

Love wasn't on your mind or on your hands, but it's the only thing on mine. It put me back together. It made me whole again. Little by little, I learned to love myself.

Stalking Your Fear, Part Three

Ana Forrest | Posted 05.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Ana Forrest

Feeling fear doesn't make you weak or a victim. Fear is just the body's response to a life-threatening situation. Moving and deep breathing can disperse the chemical reaction of fear.

How To 'Stalk' Your Fear

Ana Forrest | Posted 05.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Ana Forrest

Get this: Fear is a signal. Fear needs you to respond. The challenge is to respond differently.

5 Things Smart Women Do After A Divorce

Alison Patton | Posted 05.09.2012 | Divorce
Alison Patton

"Why do some women do well after divorce, while others get stuck?" a divorcing client asked me, confronting her worries head on.

Don't Get Punch Drunk Over Extreme Health Claims for Juices, Juicing

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

To hear their advocates, liquefied fruits, veggies and herbs offer an amazing elixir to lose weight, boost the body's immunity, prevent cancer, and cleanse the liver and colon -- and more. Be careful if you buy all these claims.

Can Science Prove The Healing Power Of Prayer?

Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion
Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D.

If prayer affects health then patients, doctors and policymakers should all want to know. Scientific research has returned mixed results. Part of the confusion stems from how prayer is studied.

A 'Bastard Child' Finds Unexpected Belonging

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's hard to imagine the feelings evoked by knowing your own family doesn't claim you, and that your very existence is at the root of a schism that would never heal.

Life Lessons From a Kidnapping Survivor and the Reflective Healing Power of Writing: Smile, It's Just Fear

George Molho | Posted 04.28.2012 | Books
George Molho

My goal through my writing is to one day end the kidnapping of our children, their abuse and endangerment. I was one of them. I understand.

In Search Of Deserted Places

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2012 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

When I think about Jesus and the power that his life embodied I am always amazed about how much he sought the deserted places where great solitude was possible.

What Your Heart Has To Say

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 04.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

The heart is our emotional home where all our struggles, doubts and hurts are felt, as well as our longings, yearnings, joys and delights.

The Barbara Tree

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.10.2012 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Some years ago, I donated money to the Chicago Park District and they planted a tree of my choosing (a linden) in honor of my late wife. This is the Barbara tree, which I visit regularly.

Was 9/11 Really a Call to War?

Ocean Robbins | Posted 03.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Ocean Robbins

Our world changed forever on 9/11, in ways we are barely beginning to understand. Yet what, really, was the meaning of that dreadful day? And what does it mean to us today?

Why We Should Be Grateful for Newt Gingrich

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Monique Ruffin

Newt Gingrich is the gift that keeps on giving. Why? Because he brings out from the cover of darkness the shadow that exists within us. He makes no apologies for, nor acknowledges his actions that most of us find unforgivable and shameful.