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Newtown: A Shared Experience

Suzy Hayman DeYoung | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Suzy Hayman DeYoung

A noteworthy event took place in Newtown, CT last month. On May 31, the Newtown community proudly hosted a gathering of visitors. No media, no politics -- just people.

What 53 Hours in a Hospital Teaches You About Your Kid

Rob Sachs | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Rob Sachs

I thought horrible accidents weren't supposed to happen on beautiful weekend mornings. Certainly not when you're less than five feet away from your 6-year-old daughter, who's playing on a tree branch less than two feet off the ground.

Science Catches Up to What Authors Have Known Since the Age of Shakespeare: Writing Is Therapeutic

Lee Daniel Kravetz | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Lee Daniel Kravetz

Narcissism aside, there may be some very good reasons for people's natural urge to tell their personal stories.

Who Pastors the Pastor in Times of Crisis?

Lori J. Bertman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Lori J. Bertman

Advocacy is not about self-preservation, but rather self-appreciation, which allows you to value others, embrace their vulnerability, and provide a positive force toward our interdependence.

Recalibrating Our Expectations of Childbirth

Cara Paiuk | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Most births don't have complications but some do, and it is unfortunate when women feel they or their births are failures for failing to meet their preconceived notions of success. Women should strive for a birth that is manageable and meaningful, but without a sense of entitlement that it must be fast, painless, and stoic.

Building Resilience Key to Overcoming Childhood Trauma

Robert Ross | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Robert Ross

The most important thing we can do -- and sometimes it's the hardest -- is to speak up about what has happened to us. Because it's in speaking our truth and reaching out that we can connect with other people. That's the essential ingredient for courage and resilience and healing.

Yoga: How We Serve Survivors of Violence and Toxic Stress

Rob Schware | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Maggie Cohen, a 500-hour advanced vinyasa yoga instructor and proud member of The Breathe Network, an international network ...

When Do You Know You Need Therapy and How Do You Pick a Therapist? Dos and Don'ts

Ann Rasmussen | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Ann Rasmussen

The more active and forthright you can be in addressing difficult issues, including about the therapy experience itself, the more productive your therapy will be.

The Gift You Never Asked For

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I'm not surprised when I read about the statistics of the number of people being treated for clinical depression and anxiety. In fact, what is surpris...

Under-Reported Memories Around Memorial Day

David Tereshchuk | Posted 07.21.2014 | Media
David Tereshchuk

The purpose of Memorial Day -- obviously enough -- is to remember our troops, past and present, with gratitude for their service. But what are those service-members themselves remembering?

After the 'Guffaw' -- The Serious Face of Visible Trauma

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Some of you correctly noted that there really is nothing funny about trauma to the face and head. There was a tangential point to make about our societal idiocy when it comes to quick-fix-weight-loss-by-any-means, and I made it. But then what? What comes after the... "guffaw"?

Waterboarding, Sarah Palin and the West's Image Abroad as the 'Great Satan'

Anne Speckhard | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

While Sarah Palin may consider herself a patriot, all we need are more Americans publicly espousing waterboarding, and other unacceptable terror methods, to push even more potential enemies into believing that indeed the West is serving, or is itself, the Great Satan.

Book Review: 'Fever Dream' by Dennis Palumbo

Helen Davey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Books
Helen Davey

The character of Daniel Rinaldi is that of a flawed human being who's learned -- through his own work on himself -- to trust his own impulses and instincts

Honoring Civilian Service in Danger Zones

Anne Speckhard | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

A fact that is often overlooked these days, is that our wars are fought not only with soldiers, but with a great number of civilian workers going out alongside of them.

When Will the Joint Chiefs Practice Yoga?

Rob Schware | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Jon Greuel, who was trained as a pilot and flew AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) for 20 years. During his 2008-09...

Peace Is More Than the Absence of War

Diana Jenkins | Posted 06.21.2014 | World
Diana Jenkins

I lived a childhood of peace. I experienced war as a teenager. And as an adult, I see how the aftermath of violent conflict transforms communities. Unfortunately, the death and suffering of war does not end when the last bullet whizzes by.

The Hair Stylist That Changed My Son's Life

Tony Posnanski | Posted 06.17.2014 | Good News
Tony Posnanski

She did not have to do it.

Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary: A Meditation of Life in Exile

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.14.2014 | Impact
Andrew Lam

For years I've had this dream: Sometimes I'm a bird, other times I'm fully human. Always it's a dive into the ocean. Bird, me as a child, as an adult -- no matter, in the dream, it's straight to the bottom I go. With bloody fingers, with a scratched beak, I try to excavate, to retrieve something hard to see.

Somebody Stood up for Me: We Can Reverse the Effects of Childhood Trauma

Esta Soler | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Esta Soler

Research shows that if we can connect children to caring adults -- at home, at school, in the doctor's office, or at the local community center -- their brains and bodies can heal and they will thrive.

I Found My Story in Me

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

My wife was giving a television interview yesterday and she said: "My husband is the bravest man I know." Just writing those words makes me cry, but ...

The 5 Most Surprising Things About My Abortion

Nicole Stewart | Posted 06.09.2014 | Women
Nicole Stewart

I ate lunch alone at my desk before driving to the clinic for our appointment. In the two weeks since my husband and I found out at our 20-week sonogram that our fetus was abnormal, I'd barely left the house. My entire world collapsed.

Why Rwanda Needs Healing Narratives

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact
Marina Cantacuzino

This April Rwandans will remember the 20th anniversary of a genocide the world did nothing to stop.

'Mama, Get Me Away From Around Here!'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Even children who are not directly hit by gun violence suffer the collateral damage of living in an unsafe environment saturated with guns that are routinely used to settle conflicts or to exact retaliation.

Finding the Words for Fort Hood

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Cassie Premo Steele

For those in the military and their families, the wars are not yet over. The recent shooting at Fort Hood is a reminder that the wars will not even be over when those in uniform come home.

GED Overhaul Diminishing Hope

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

As the only high school diploma equivalency tests accepted by all 50 states, changes to GED has a huge impact on the millions of people who hope to earn credentials equivalent to a high school diploma. This is particularly onerous on the poor.