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Mary Oliver

This Will Help You Appreciate Your Wonderful Life

Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living

When you stop to think about it, our lives really are magnificent. Each day is an opportunity to embrace a new challenge or appreciate the little thin...

Maya on My Mind

Donna Jean Freberg | Posted 05.28.2014 | Women
Donna Jean Freberg

In spite of all our vast differences, I related to so many of her words. They made me think about what I can endure, dream, fail at and mercifully still survive

A Mother's Advice to Her Graduating Son

Amy Roost | Posted 06.01.2014 | Fifty
Amy Roost

I received a text from my son in the middle of the night. It read, "I love you." My first thought was to text back: "Are you okay?!" And then I remembered. He's on mile 26 of a marathon.

The Power of Not Knowing

Roger Housden | Posted 05.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Roger Housden

Imagine a world in which everything is known and under control. It would be a flatland. There would be no amazement, no wonder, no edge. I believe tha...

Daily Meditation: Dare To Be Happy

Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion

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

How to Write About Yourself Without Being a Jerk

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

"What do you write about?" I'm often asked. The answer, um, is I, uh, write about myself, which automatically puts me in the company of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and others who exude the belief that their lives are of inherent interest to others.

The Peaks and the Valleys

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

When shaping that wild and precious life, it's good to remember that there's so much to see out here in the light -- nature, beauty, the blue sky, the trees, music, art, sex, laughing, good food.

On Sex, the Marvelous, and the Ordinary

Roger Housden | Posted 06.26.2013 | Arts
Roger Housden

The poet Ellen Bass writes as a human being who shudders with the immensity, the worry, the love of being alive. She writes to connect with other human beings who shudder in their own way but may not have the words to say so.

Women Leading the Way

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 06.11.2013 | Women
Robin Amos Kahn

Women are leading the way in so many areas, both on a world-wide stage and as community leaders. Here is a short list of list of women who are accomplishing great things.

Call Me, Maybe? 9 Images For Prayer Beyond A Phone Call

Lisa Hickman | Posted 09.29.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

Prayer is listening as much as talking, stillness more than chattiness. A phone call is anything but silence. But those seasoned in the practice of prayer know that "listen" is "silent" rearranged.

Prayer Without Words

Katherine Towler | Posted 09.07.2012 | Religion
Katherine Towler

Prayer offers the opportunity to reach a place beyond the petty cravings and confines of the self. Prayer offers the opportunity to pay attention.

Should Doctors Learn to Grieve?

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Grieving openly serves the important function of assuring ourselves and others that it is normal, and temporary, and part of a full and authentic life. Only suppressed grief threatens one's mental health.

Murder Led Me to Yoga

Paul LaRosa | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul LaRosa

People have different reasons for beginning a yoga practice. Health, fitness, peace of mind. Writer Clare Dederer says in her recent book Poser: my li...

Poetry Best Sellers of 2010

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Travis Nichols

Here, in descending order, are the best selling books of contemporary poetry published in 2010.

How Are You Keeping Fear Alive? 3 Steps You Can Take to Build Self-Confidence

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

How about you? How do you and I defeat ourselves when we've only just begun? What is it that really makes us hesitate, beneath our cover story? And why do we hesitate to tell the truth about our fear?

What Really Matters?

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eliezer Sobel

Which weighs more on the What Really Matters scale, a life of selfless, loving service to loved ones, or a couple of published books? How do we measure the value of our time?

What Is Your Place In The World?

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with this one wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver I just re...

What Alice And The Hatter Have To Teach Us

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

What makes this story timeless? While some are convinced Carroll's story was political, the deeper dimension has to do with identity crisis, something our ancestors faced before each developmental leap.

Art of Attention: Eat, Pray, Love. In That Order.

Elena Brower | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elena Brower

If you have an eating disorder, or notice destructive behavior in yourself, know that with love, we will slowly stop hurting ourselves, and begin to enlist our highest selves in our healing.

Contemplating Death While Creating Life

Kiri Westby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kiri Westby

How do we balance our parental instinct to protect and nurture with the tendency to become overprotective, fear-based parents who raise fearful, reticent children?

Poetry Best Sellers Of 2009

Travis Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Travis Nichols

Every week, the Poetry Foundation compiles information from Nielsen Bookscan and puts together lists of the best selling books of poetry. Here are 2009's best selling books of contemporary poetry:

What Jesus And The Dalai Lama Would Say To Tiger Woods And Mike Huckabee

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

The question is what result does criticizing leave in its wake? Since criticizing, complaining, and gossiping are anything but solution-oriented, they bring destruction, not solution.

Metrophobia: Are We Afraid Of Poetry?

Kim Rosen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kim Rosen

For the last few generations, our nation has managed to marginalize poetry, an art that is and always has been central to the species.

Unexpected Review of Mary Oliver's Evidence

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Vander Ark

Having read most of her previous work, I think Evidence is my favorite. As with previous collections, there are lots of birds and grass, but this collection is different. On one hand, her age is showing.

Knowing I Will Die Someday, How Then Shall I Live?

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

I know this sounds like a really "heavy" subject to be bringing up, especially now, in the middle of summer, when everybody just wants to escape the h...