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Six Months After Superstorm Sandy, Hope Emerges

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

This week marked six months since Superstorm Sandy left entire communities devastated, families homeless, and many with little hope. But in the midst of this natural disaster, many banded together. One young filmmaker in New York, Farihah Zaman, caught that resilience and acts of service on video.

The Sky Is Blue Every Day

Areva Martin | Posted 07.01.2013 | Parents
Areva Martin

As I mother, I desperately want to protect him. I want his struggles to go away. I don't want the world to view him as being different or abnormal. I want him to be just like every other child, but the reality is that his disorder is here to stay. The reality is we live in the world of autism.

After Boston, Eyes-Wide Open Hope?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Frances Moore Lappe

How do we know the difference between head-in-the-sand hope and eyes-wide-open hope? One is a killer; the other, a life-giver.

Finding Your Passion in 5 Easy Steps

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 06.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

If you really want to figure out what it is you were born to do or be, don't go about it alone. I tell you this because this is/was key, key, key in my life experience.

It's Not Just History

Clemantine Wamariya | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
Clemantine Wamariya

Like many American millennials, an 8th grade field trip first brought me into contact with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Unlike most of my peers, however -- then and now -- visiting the Museum was not my first up-close and personal encounter with genocide.

Hope for Boston, Hope for All of Us

Kerry Lyons | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

The news of the week has been overwhelming. Devastating. And it's been tough for me personally not because I know anyone who was impacted directly by the attack in Boston, but because I had to process it alone.

Boston Strong

Shelby Doherty | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Shelby Doherty

The men and women who ran into the scene of the explosions, risking their lives to help save another, is an act that shows just how strong this community is. The ability for complete strangers to come together as one during times of crisis is something that is larger than life.

Jason Linkins

Looking Forward In Angst: Boston And Other Tests Of Endurance | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics

I really don't know where to start with Boston. The truth is, the world needs another potentially terrible piece of writing, meditating on an emergenc...

Good Prevails

Tracy Morrison | Posted 06.17.2013 | Women
Tracy Morrison

When I got the window, I was told that the person in front of me had already paid for my items. The woman at the window looked in my van and noticed Astrid in the back and said,"You know, there are so many good people in the world. Just know that, OK?"

The Boston Marathon Is a Light of Hope

Paul Ruth | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Paul Ruth

Tragedy has a way of drawing attention to a particular occurrence and the circumstances that surround it. The Boston Marathon bombings is one of those acts of terror that will become synonymous with the event for years to come.

The Ocean Isn't Full of Plastic

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 06.15.2013 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

The next time you feel a certain malaise that often accompanies being environmentally aware these days, shut off the device, step outside, find the biggest blue or green expanse around, and jump, hike, or climb in.

The Anatomy Of Hope

Roberta Gately | Posted 06.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Roberta Gately

On those days when nothing seems possible, we have to believe in ourselves and ultimately in the temporary nature of our discontent. And with a little effort, and a practiced approach, we can find our way past our own stumbling blocks and make our way to the possibilities that hope offers.

glassybaby Lights Up the World, One Tea Light at a Time

BJ Gallagher | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
BJ Gallagher

Even in a down-turned economy, glassybaby has grown 30-40 percent each year since 2009. We are planning to open in San Francisco next. As Lee always says, "The more we grow, the more we give away!"

Broken People Apply Here

D.J. Wilson | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
D.J. Wilson

Jesus came to rescue the broken ones, the downcast and the hurting ones. He came to rescue you and me. With many of us battling for the title of chief, we are all in desperate need of forgiveness and healing.

How 99 Days Can Transform Your Life

Menna van Praag | Posted 06.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Menna van Praag

Don't waste time lamenting the years that have passed when your dreams drifted by unfulfilled. It's a great waste of your creative spirit and won't effect anything except to make too depressed to take positive action.

From Death to Life: Clean Water and Fuzzy Slippers

Richard Greenly | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Richard Greenly

How can it be, in this vastly connected "civilized" world, that 2.5 million children die each year from drinking bad water? That's 5,000 kids per day, one child every 22 seconds! So by the time you're finished reading this, 15 little kids will no longer be.

What a Group of Families Surviving 511 Days Underground Can Teach Us All

Janet Tobias | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Janet Tobias

No Place On Earth let the group of us who made the film -- our film family -- touch, taste and in very low light see the the power of the human spirit, the power of family, friendship, and a village underground.

April 4, 1968: Honoring the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr., 45 Years Later

Binta Niambi Brown | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Binta Niambi Brown

To ensure the vitality of our nation, it's continued progress, to more fundamentally remember who we are and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and all those who died fighting for us, we must remember....we all have a role to play.

Blessed Are They Who Mourn

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

It is clear that I must now make a new home for myself within my own heart. There I must create a door that is always open, a light that burns eternally, a spark that cherishes my name, and a blessing of continual self-forgiveness.

In Guantanamo, Obama's Promise of Hope Has Transformed Into Hopelessness

Peter Jan Honigsberg | Posted 03.29.2013 | World
Peter Jan Honigsberg

Over the past several weeks, the media has covered hunger strikes in Guantanamo. The coverage suggests that the military has interfered with the detai...

These Things You Can Change

Jon Wortmann | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

We have more than we'’ve ever had and can do more than we ever thought. We can meet strangers across continents on devices in our pockets from the comfort of wherever we are. We can crowdsource with those same strangers to start a company or make a movie.

An Upside-Down Easter Meditation

Parker J. Palmer | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Parker J. Palmer

Sometimes we choose death-in-life because we're afraid of the challenges that might come if we embraced resurrection-in-life.

Ready for Progress

Walker Bragman | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Walker Bragman

Denying people the right to marry who they love denies them equal protection under the law because the court has already ruled that the right to marriage is a fundamental right. It's not a complicated issue.

Fear Kills

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

We see fear's face everywhere, whether in a Congress debating assault weapons or in schools introducing lock-down drills. And for most species fear i...

Matzah: Hope And Integrity

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Matzah reminds us to be ourselves at our truest level, rather than to take on airs by pretending to be someone we are not. It asserts the virtue of simple truth over dissembling nuance.