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Meet the 'No, Thanks' Generation

Jen Glantz | Posted 04.22.2014 | Women
Jen Glantz

We believe we can do everything ourselves because we have Google. Because if we desire human interaction, we have our online dating inbox. And when we don't, when we'd rather not make small talk with a guy at a bar, we just say no, thanks and binge on "House of Cards."

How Loss Affects Our Daily Lives

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Recovering from loss takes time but there are ways to treat our psychological injuries. Caring for our emotional wounds will help accelerate the recovery process so we emerge from our loss with our lives, identities, relationships, and beliefs intact.

The Secret of My Daughter's Dance

Estelle Sobel Erasmus | Posted 03.17.2014 | Parents
Estelle Sobel Erasmus

Over time, I have become as grounded as a great oak tree. Yet through my daughter I see my possibilities all over again. With purpose of mind and crystal clear intention she -- and I -- can do anything.

Crimea, Anschluss and the Enduring Quest for Autonomy

David Morris | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Ukraine and the West insist that Crimeans do not have the right to vote on independence. Russia agrees.  This tragic meeting of minds moves us toward a potentially tumultuous showdown.

Accommodating People With Disabilities

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

After two years of deploying every considered option, I was on a road to nowhere, all because I needed to find a way to acquire a wheelchair accessible vehicle now that I am permanently wheelchair bound.

Knowing When to Ask For Help Is Key to Aging with Dignity and Independence

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

You never know when you or someone you love might need daily help, such as assistance getting groceries, help with transportation or round the clock care, all of which require planning and coordination.

10 Things You Should Know About Aging With Dignity

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 03.08.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

The American public is aging, and 70 percent of Americans over the age of 65 will require some form of long-term care, on average for three years.

Breaking Free From the Myth of Independence

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

One of the greatest gifts available among the many that great relationships offer, is the assistance that our partner provides in the face of the challenges that life inevitably serves up to us. We can meet those challenges with confidence, and can afford to take on those that are bigger, grander, and more exciting, resting into the assurance that we are fully supported.

Love + Discipline = Happy Functional Children

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 02.26.2014 | Parents
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

As parents, we are going to have human moments of raising our voices, but after we should own up to our lack of self-control and model for them what taking accountability looks like. Children who have been disciplined have been given loving and firm guidance and they show the following character traits, which last a lifetime.

The Inside Passage: A Look Back

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 03.19.2014 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Is it possible for a woman to be independent and still be nurturing?

How Can I Help My 10-Year-Old Be More Independent?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

I strongly believe that anything a child can do for herself, she should do for herself. Given the countless things that a 10-year-old genuinely needs assistance with, I encourage you to let her do things on her own whenever she can. Here's my advice.

The Financial Crisis Through The Eyes of the Millennials

Elliot S. Weissbluth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Elliot S. Weissbluth

It's time to send the whole barge load of lies and spin to the dump. It's time to embrace the hyper-connected, fully-integrated, socially-networked, crowd-sourced, Millennial generation.

How to Find Love After Divorce

Rebecca Lammersen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Rebecca Lammersen

Enjoy this adventure while it lasts, because life will surely settle in again. Maybe you will reflect on the time you spent alone as the most petrifying and liberating period in your life. I sure do. It was all worth it, no regrets.

Musical 1776 Opens ACT Season With a History Lesson That Sparkles

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.23.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

A Tony Award winner in its Broadway debut in 1969, the show boasts music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone that transform a story that we might have considered familiar into something magical and new.

Why I Won't Live With My Boyfriend

Rachel Weight | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Rachel Weight

I've seen many friends date and then move in with each other simply out of convenience. A few years go by, and they get engaged and married because "it felt like the next step." These are supposed to be the most important relationships in my life. I want to treat them with intentionality.

Cross-Cultural Parenting in Japan: Differences in Affection

Sherilyn Siy | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Sherilyn Siy

In all the times I have gone to parks, play groups, and children's play centers here in Japan, I have yet to see a Japanese parent kiss and hug their kids. If you understood Japanese, you would probably never hear a Japanese parent say "I love you."

Some Say You Should Teach a Child to Swim

Jennifer Meer | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

It was one of those moments when I saw my kids. I mean really saw them. They weren't babies. They weren't just keeping themselves afloat. They were really swimming. They were scanning the pool for my approval and thumbs up, not for my arms to encircle them and hold them up.

My Greece

Anastasia Rubis | Posted 10.16.2013 | Travel
Anastasia Rubis

I'm boring in Greece. I don't have a car, Internet connection, or TV. I slice tomatoes and cucumbers and sweep the apartment, learning to live with a perpetual dusting from dirt roads.

A Summer Job vs. A Living Wage

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Leslie K. Stein

Just as Social Security was to supplement one's retirement -- not be the total retirement plan -- minimum wage jobs were not intended to be long-term careers.

After 300 Years, Scotland Threatens to Leave Britain

Ben Barber | Posted 09.17.2013 | World
Ben Barber

INVERNESS, SCOTLAND -- In a crowded bar Scottish folk singer Davy Holt plays a hymn to Scotland's centuries-old yearning for independence -- a yearnin...

How Artists Survive - Part 4 - Independence Day in Iran

Juri Koll | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Juri Koll

Humor and irony, truthful commentary -- free expression -- is something people all over the world strive for. America, and it's flag, is freedom's greatest symbol.

South Sudan: Still a New Young Nation

Hilde Johnson | Posted 09.06.2013 | World
Hilde Johnson

South Sudan's initiation into the ranks of sovereign nation-states has at times been a baptism by fire. But the people of South Sudan will put aside setbacks on July 9 and celebrate the second anniversary of their hard-won independence.

Top 10 Operas That Make Me Proud to Be an American

Justin Moss | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Justin Moss

Originally brought to America through tours presenting traditional European operas, to the vaudeville interpretation, and the simultaneous development of jazz, blues, and musical theater, opera in America has searched for its own identity.

Happy Birthday America!

Franco Lania | Posted 07.02.2013 | Taste
Franco Lania

I wish you all a very happy and healthy Independence Day with a tasty tribute to all of the accomplishments you have made that have allowed you to grow and advance as a person.

My 'Bad' Kid

Janice Harper | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Janice Harper

My daughter announced, "I was planning on getting a job, but then I saw how low they pay." Which is to say, parents now pay more for babysitters than Dominoes pays its employees to deliver our pizzas, or half the places on earth pay workers to sew our clothes.