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A Reflection On Living With Depression

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With the recent death of Robin Williams, depression is being talked about everywhere. Television news shows, blog posts, social media outlets–everyone seems to have an opinion, whether or not they’ve personally lived through depression. I went through a three year period of very deep depression, which I survived with the help of a couple of amazing women/counselors, prayer, exercise, and […]

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On Memorial Day The Past Is Present

On Memorial Day The Past Is Present

On Memorial Day we tend to think of two things: 1) Remembering veterans and 2) Barbecues and car sales.   The former is the real reason for the holiday and the latter is the oft-derided byproduct of time off, material wealth and, in some cases, a lack of connection with our past. In today’s nomadic world it’s increasingly rare for one […]

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Daughter Delivery: Discussions With A Teenage Girl About Rape And Objectification

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By Darlene Vanasco Last night we had daughter dinner conversation. Daughter, Philadelphia and I are nearing the end of our pasta fagioli meal. I am not sure how it happens, but somehow the topic of rape comes up. Daughter says, “Did you know a reporter said (in reference to the rape of a 16 year-old girl): The two boys had […]

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This Mom Thinks We’re Over-doing Holiday Celebrations

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  A recent story on Huffington Post caught my attention. Several of my friends with young children were forwarding a story by Kristen Howerton  asking mothers and schools to tone down the holiday celebration madness. It seems expectations for holidays – ALL holidays – far exceed the expectations we had as children. Now parents must distribute Valentine’s Day goodie bags, make […]

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Oscar-Nominated Actress Cast As ‘Annie’ Is Black – And Twitter Racists Go Nuts

Oscar-Nominated Actress Cast As ‘Annie’ Is Black – And Twitter Racists Go Nuts

Oscar-nominated actress cast as ‘Annie’ is black – and Twitter racists go nuts (via Raw Story ) Yesterday, Matthew Eliot cataloged Twitter responses to the trailer for the remake of Annie, which features Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis in the titular role and Jamie Foxx as “Benjamin Stacks.” White people on Twitter reacted much…

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For One Omaha Mother, Struggles With Infertility And Adoption Were Worth the Wait

Rene, Stan and baby Novi

By  René   Johnson Harper Maybe it was the heat. After all, Stan and I did have an outdoor wedding. In August. In Nebraska. Maybe it was because we were idealists. Not that we hadn’t experienced any hardships in our single lives, quite the contrary, but we had found each other. Smooth sailing and happy ending, right? Whatever it was, we imagined […]

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7 Ways To Be A Better Person In 2014

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1. Constantly Improve Yourself. Wanting to change yourself for the better is an excellent way to build self love and confidence. If you don’t do it for yourself, who will? What I’ve Learned Without both self-reflection and self-awareness there is no path to personal development.   Most of us take such little time for self-reflection and our busy lives destroy our […]

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5 People That Should Be On Santa’s “Naughty List”

5 People That Should Be On Santa’s “Naughty List”

  By Lisa Crocco The favorite Yule-tide song, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” should serve as a great reminder to all to be on our best behavior 365 days of the year. Many celebrities, politicians and athletes have decided to challenge Santa’s list-making ability though and act out during 2013. These celebrities have made sexist, degrading and discriminatory comments against […]

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Pressured Parents Phenomenon: Yes, It’s Real, And You Aren’t Crazy For Feeling This Way Sometimes

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A couple of weeks ago, my eleven-year-old son and two of his best friends were chattering in the back seat as we headed out for dinner. It was an impromptu hangout/sleepover, and everyone was in fine spirits. I casually asked one of the boys if he was going to be in the winter basketball program that he and my son […]

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New Year, New Rules: Cut It Out

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  With the New Year come new resolutions. Television shows, commercials and news stories tell us it’s time to set goals, make plans and generally reinvent ourselves and/or our surroundings. Start exercising. Stop smoking. Grow out your hair. Grow out your nails. Change the floors. Change your job. Find a man. Find a house. When it comes to resolutions, we’ve […]

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Calling For A Compassionate Approach To Violence Prevention

Shoppers and employees outside the Von Maur department store on Dec. 5th, 2007. Photo courtesy of  Charles Le Blanc.

(Editor’s Note: The following story was written before yesterday’s tragic events. The author was responding to a mass shooting five years ago this month in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. We think the sentiments are still relevant.) by Celine Markel   With the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado this summer and the recent sentencing of Jared Loughner in Arizona,   I’ve been […]

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Trust In Your Internal GPS

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When I am working with clients, one of the biggest challenges I see is that they often do not trust themselves, other people or their Source (a higher power, God, higher self).   Before we can begin to trust others, we must first start with trusting ourselves.   This opens us up to receiving other people and having a strong understanding that […]

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Maccabeats Celebrate Hanukkah With ‘Shine’ & Encourage Bone Marrow Donation

Maccabeats Celebrate Hanukkah With ‘Shine’ & Encourage Bone Marrow Donation

Yeshiva University’s very own “boy band” has another hit with its Hanukkah song, Shine.  Since forming as a college vocal group in 2007 they have continued to produce Jewish-themed hits with their inventive arrangements and charming videos. I’m a huge fan of the 2012 Taio Cruz parody, Candlelight.    This year instead of humor they’ve opted for a sweet and inspiring, original ballad. […]

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