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The Impact of the 'Breaking News' Cycle on Our Health

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

Whether we hear the news on our way to work, read it over breakfast, or see it regurgitated and analyzed repeatedly through our online and social media channels, it seems inescapable. And like it or not, it infuses itself into our psyche, taking direct aim at how we feel and react.

Lights Go on Part XXII: Loss

Thomas Bähler | Posted 10.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

Recently thoughts about about loss began to rise from within... I have lived life, I imagine, like most of us. Periods of expansion. Periods of con...

How to Help the Relief Efforts in Syria and Iraq

Tammara Fort | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Tammara Fort

We hear updates everyday about the ongoing ISIS and civil war crises in Syria and Iraq. The stories on the news are horrifying and the personal stori...

What You Can Do to Help Rebuild Los Cabos

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Dr. Irene S. Levine

On September 14, 2014 tropical storm Odile barreled into the Baja peninsula leaving a path of unprecedented destruction wreaking havoc on hotels, homes, bridges.

With Fighting, There Will Be Too Much Famine

Crystal Wells | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

"If peace comes, we will go home," she says, wiping sweat from her brow. "We will rebuild our tukuls [homes] and send our children to school. If [peace does not come] we will stay here, because we have nowhere to go."

Amid the Ruins of Haiyan, a Kitten Connects Us

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Jennifer Hardy Not long after I arrived in Palo on the eastern coast of the Philippine island of Leyte - a city that lay in ruins - I heard a s...

One Year Later: 100,000 Meals

Rozanne Gold | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Rozanne Gold

When we arrived at the shul, a platoon of volunteers was waiting. Within several hours, together we made 600 sandwiches. The next day, 1,000.

The action we can take on Syria

A View from the United Nations | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
A View from the United Nations

By Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator The crisis in Syria and the use of chemical wea...

Lost and Found

Myra Demeter | Posted 06.29.2013 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

They can't be avoided and they tug at my heart -- the flyers crying out for lost cats and dogs. I try not to look at the postings, but find I am drawn to the sad faces and I involuntarily begin to scour yards, sidewalks and driveways, hoping to spot a glimpse of the lost pet.

Time for a Humanitarian Solution to Iran Sanctions

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Jamal Abdi

In the past week, Iran has been struck by two earthquakes that have killed dozens of people and leveled hundreds of homes. And because of the political standoff with Iran's government, Americans are largely unable to provide any help.

What's Become of International Relief -- 34 Years Later

Richard Walden | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Richard Walden

Charity watchdog sites rate charities on their financial growth and on the transparency of their publicly-shared information... but have yet to be able to meaningfully measure the quality or usefulness of their programs.

Can Meditation Help Busy Moms?

Michelle Noehren | Posted 04.03.2013 | Parents
Michelle Noehren

Let's just get right down to it. Moms are busy, often stressed and aren't typically the best at prioritizing "me" time. I'm right there with you.

Risen From the Ashes: Phoenix Quilts Distributes Handmade Blankets to Wildfire, Hurricane Victims and Now, Families in Newtown, Connecticut

Clarissa Burt | Posted 02.22.2013 | Impact
Clarissa Burt

According to mythology, every 500 to 1000 years, the Phoenix dies in a fire in its nest and is reborn into a young bird from its ashes. It is from this story that Julie Anderson chose the name and the motto for her blog, "Phoenix Quilts."

The Faithful Shopper: Giving Thanks

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 01.16.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

After Hurricane Sandy, the retail industry quickly began assisting those who have had their homes and lives damaged. Some are boutiques that regularly give to charity and made special donations; others are larger corporations donating more than $1 million.

CrisisMap Little Use If Aid Not There

Mary Adkins | Posted 01.07.2013 | New York
Mary Adkins

It's cold in New York. Very cold. In Far Rockaway, temperatures will dip into the 30's today and feel like the 20's. Same in Staten Island -- two of t...

Tracks of My Tears

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

For many years, on those rare occasions when I cried, I'd get a headache. But when the grief is so intense, the tears wash over and seem to take out all the toxins and pain; at least, that's my non-scientific analysis.

WATCH: Fox News Host Issues Warning About Deferred Action Program

Posted 08.22.2012 | Latino Voices

In keeping with the Republican orthodoxy that nothing good ever comes from the government, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren suggested in an Aug. 15 b...

The Lost Art We Need To Teach Our Kids

Karen Dukess | Posted 10.03.2012 | Fifty
Karen Dukess

It seems that every week I can add another person to my list of friends who proclaim, more proudly than sheepishly, that they "do not know how do nothing."

Joss Whedon's Powerful Speech on Human Connection and Storytelling (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact
Shira Lazar

Actress Eliza Dushku and screenwriter-director Joss Whedon launched a fundraising event in San Francisco to raise money for ThriveGulu, a charity founded by Dushku's mom, Judy, which aids survivors of Uganda's civil war.

The Psychology of Whew!

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.10.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Despite its familiarity, we don't really know much about its nature or purpose. How does relief function in the human mind? What benefit could this pervasive emotion have in navigating life?

Why This Atheist Still Needs His Former Pastor

Chris Stedman | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Chris Stedman

If atheists and Christians started seeing one another as necessary partners in making the world a better place, what might we come to understand about each other? What might we come to better understand about ourselves? What might we accomplish together?

The Future of Foreign Aid Money

Tom Murphy | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Reuters is stepping up to provide more comprehensive coverage of humanitarian aid. Recently, they launched the 'Future of Aid' section that is filled ...

Relief Around The Corner: Reflections From Circling The Kaaba

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

Walking around the Kaaba, I was at a vantage point to know that the jams I would get caught in were temporary -- they would end, literally, around the corner. This helped me be patient even when the pressure was greatest.

USAID: Building Resiliency In The Horn of Africa

Tom Murphy | Posted 02.27.2012 | Good News
Tom Murphy

Programming in the HoA seeks to give people living in the region the ability to adjust to the cyclical droughts that return every few years. Feed the Future is one USAID program that hopes to build the capacity to withstand weather challenges.

African Famine, Wall Street and All of Us

Richard Walden | Posted 10.11.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

It's more than a bit disconcerting to look at the low level of the African famine relief response -- especially when you've been around long enough to remember the 1984 Ethiopian famine and its massive tug on the hearts of the world.