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Our Biggest Challenge: The Beautiful Pictures We Paint

Our Biggest Challenge: The Beautiful Pictures We Paint

We set goals, we   enjoy achievements, we (hopefully) congratulate ourselves on those achievements, we set new goals, we build our expectations of ourselves… And so it goes,   our climb up to “the top”.And amidst the chaos, the struggles, the rejections that we are sometimes forced to endure, sometimes… We have to put on a happy face and make it look […]

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9/11: The Volunteers Who Helped New York City Recover

9/11: The Volunteers Who Helped New York City Recover

The thing that I will remember most about 9/11 and the weeks that followed was the tremendous outpouring of love and community support that was on display in New York City.    Thousands of people lined up to volunteer outside hospitals and the convention center. Citizens organized themselves into ad-hoc volunteer groups in the immediate aftermath, building stretchers or shuttling […]

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Fifteen-Year-Old Girl Pretends To Be A Doll

Fifteen-Year-Old Girl Pretends To Be A Doll

I recently read this article about a 15-year-old girl named Venus Palermo who makes YouTube videos in which she pretends to be a doll. She dresses in childlike clothing does her hair and makeup in such a way that she looks, well, doll-like, and speaks in a high-pitched child’s voice. In her videos, she moves and behaves like a battery-powered […]

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Childish Behavior

Photo courtesy of David Woo

A few weeks ago my friend and I took a long awaited and highly anticipated trip. Ever since graduating from RN school together and becoming nurses last year, we had been looking forward to this trip. It was to be the crowning jewel of our journey through university together, as well as an opportunity to become even better friends through […]

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Ego Check

Photo courtesy of Celine Nadeau

Written by Guest Contributor, Akasha Meriamen Like many people, if you would have told me a few years ago I had a big ego or needed an “ego check,” I would have denied it. I was constantly open to personal development and figured I was so far from egotistical As far as I was concerned I had my Ego under […]

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Boys & Beauty

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People often debate the nature versus nurture argument when it comes to the differences in boys and girls. Personally, while there are some natural differences, I think most of the personality differences we see between boys and girls are nurtured, especially those related to hobbies and interests. But even if you do not agree with me on that, you can’t […]

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Solitude and Poetry…

Solitude and Poetry…

Poetry is a treasure in my life. When I   have a thought but don’t have the words for it, I listen to music and read poetry. It is through the reading and art of poetic words that I find my voice again. I revel in musicality of words that poets can string together so flawlessly. Some days, I can spend […]

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What Is Your Dream?

Photo courtesy of Ron Cogswell

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day the minister at my San Francisco church challenged the congregation to think about our dreams. What dreams do we have for ourselves and our communities? He encouraged us to “dream huge” because, after all, that is the only way big changes ever really happen. I found this documentary footage of the […]

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It’s The Second Week Of The New Year- Are You Already Too Busy??

It’s The Second Week Of The New Year- Are You Already Too Busy??

Sitting at La Ferme on Rue Saint Roche in Paris, I was thinking, reading and writing. First, I found myself deeply entrenched in a book by Stephen Hall titled “Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience”. Aaaah the beautiful pastime of reading. What a luxury. Nearly 2 hours   passed before I felt guilty enough to get some work done, after all it […]

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A Thank You Letter

The Advocacy Project

To say that 2011 was a big year for me would be an understatement.   A lot of changes, achievements, heartbreaks and celebrations came and went this year and have resulted in a better me. With the year approaching its final days, and in anticipation of a new year which will hold new adventures, I can’t help but reflect on all […]

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Clean Your Worries Away

Clean Your Worries Away

Cleaning has been proven to be extremely therapeutic. The first thing that comes to mind when I think about this is the cliché of the frustrated woman scrubbing the floor in anger. That’s because there is actually some truth in this. Instead of yelling at her kids or spouse, she is releasing that pent up energy through physical work.   In […]

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

First, I want to give immense thanks to the concept of Thanksgiving. It’s a great idea. Taking a moment to really be introspective about all the people and things I love, I am in so much gratitude to my life, my family and close friends. A very dear friend said to me just the other day, “our point zero in […]

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Intentional Gratitude

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When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. ~Gilbert K. Chesterton At Thanksgiving here in America, it has long been tradition to make a list of those things for which we are thankful. Gratitude lists are as ubiquitous as those handprint turkeys little children make this time of […]

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