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How To Help Teens Find Their Purpose

Feb 17, 2018 "Research shows that teens and young adults that seek purpose report higher life satisfaction and levels of happiness. New research even suggests that a feeling of purpose in young people is associated with better physical health." In this piece Patrick Cook-Deegan explores the power of transformative experiences in helping teenagers find their purpose. [Full Story]

Photographing The Beauty Of Life In The Shadow Of War

Feb 16, 2018 While violence might be the only thing depicted in times of trouble or war, its not the whole picture. Thats what photographer Ami Vitale learned in places like Kosovo and Gaza. At the age of 26, Vitale quit her office job in Manhattan to go abroad and make a difference. There, she got a job as a photographer for a business journal when war broke out nearby, instantly altering her course and putting her on the path to becoming a well-known war photographer. Tasked with photographing violence, Vitale focused on the frontlines, but saw other stories not being told. She found the moments that really touched her were the life-affirming ones. Sometimes in plain view, sometimes hidden away, the stream of humanity flowed. In this National Geographic talk, Vitale asks the question, "What if we chose to illuminate the things that unite us as human beings, rather than just the things that divide us?" [Full Story]

Tea With Betty Peck

Feb 15, 2018, 1 smiles Betty Peck's kindergarten in Saratoga, California was a magical place. One mainstay of Betty's classroom cooking was the Kindergarten Bread. Baked weekly, the making of the bread takes children through all the stages of wheat, from kernel to loaf. The children plant the wheat each year, harvest it, grind a small amount to add to the bread, and learn about kneading, rising, and baking, singing songs about the different stages along the way. Each student even practices the letter of the week by forming it with dough (the tactile, three-dimensionality of which has been found to help students with reading and writing skills.) Every little thing in Betty's classroom had its purpose- to show how everything in life is connected. The bread was a delicious, regular example of this. Read on for Betty's recipes for a magical childhood and her kindergarten bread. [Full Story]

21 Lessons On Leadership And Love From An Uncommon

Feb 14, 2018 Frederic Pignon and his wife, Magali Delgado, travel the world performing and leading horsemanship and dressage clinics. Magali dazzles audiences with her ability to perform high-level dressage moves without so much as a bridle. Together the duo invite humanity into an altogether different approach to relationship. Their philosophy towards horses is actually a way of life: love, respect and understanding, patience and trust as the basis of connection to all things. As the hours passed, bundled against the elements in layers of coats and blankets, Kelly Wendorf began to hear not only some profoundly transformative lessons on optimal horsemanship, but on leading, living and relating. In this piece she distills 21 lessons learned from this encounter. [Full Story]

It's Never Too Late To Grow A Garden

Feb 13, 2018 Some people in public service make changes and start organizations on a large scale, affecting many lives. All of this is good, but so is change made on a smaller scale. Mary Ellen Graham's life is testament to this. She is the founder and first executive director of My Place Germantown - a community-based permanent housing residence for homeless men in the City of Philadelphia. It is a small scale effort to care for a maximum of twelve men. Graham is over 80 years old now, but still helps out at the community she founded. Like the care she now gives to her small, unassuming garden, her support to the homeless men gave new life. Though abandoned by others, she took in the homeless and gave hope where others had given up. [Full Story]

Cotton And Silk: Reflections Of A Seamstress

Feb 12, 2018 "When someone asked me my profession, I tried to come up with an elaborate, elevated word for seamstress. And when I tried to describe what I did, people's eyes glazed over and I experienced a sad, lonely feeling. Well, you are what you are. Eventually, I discovered that the whole point of life is to know yourself. This long process has been, and is, much more interesting than trying to find myself in someone else's eyes." In this short piece Susan Vorbeck offers a riveting behind-the-scenes glimpse of a vanishing profession. [Full Story]

The Healing Place

Feb 11, 2018, 1 comments, 1 smiles Jay Davidson is no stranger to the significant, often life-shattering consequences of alcoholism. That's why he founded The Healing Place, a residential facility for alcohol and substance abuse recovery in Louisville, Kentucky. Modeled after the 12-Step Program, the shelter provides peer-to-peer support to participants, who live together for 9 months, go to AA meetings together, and support one another in the journey toward recovery. The program has seen 2,300 graduates in the 17 years since its inception, and is renowned worldwide for its astounding recovery rate that's five times the national average. "The future is to give away what was so freely given to me, and that's recovery," says Davidson. [Full Story]

How Our Social Interactions Shape Our Experience Of

Feb 10, 2018 Maria Popova tells us that our experience of time has a central social component -- an internal clock inheres in our capacity for inter-subjectivity, intuitively governing our social interactions and the interpersonal mirroring that undergirds the human capacity for empathy. This social-synchronistic function of time is what New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick examines in Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation -- a layered, rigorously researched, lyrically narrated inquiry into the most befuddling dimension of existence. Read what Burdick and several philosophers say about time [Full Story]

Waking Up From Our Addiction To Technology

Feb 09, 2018, 1 comments, 2 smiles Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist, interfaith minister, author, and veteran meditator. In this interview she delves into the importance of human connection, and the detrimental effects of our large-scale modern addiction to cell phones, email, and social media. She offers insights on how to recognize and break out of addictive behavior, and touches on the realities of parenting in the digital age and the need for appropriate boundaries, as well as the space for restorative silence. [Full Story]

How I Became An Entrepreneur At 66

Feb 07, 2018, 2 smiles After being fired at age 64, Paul Tasner spent the next two years consulting in the same business he had worked continuously for the past 40 years. Although dissatisfied with the work, he was unable to retire. So, when he had an idea that matched his concern for the environment, he decided to become an entrepreneur. In the five years since he started his own business, his revenues have doubled every year, his business is out of debt, he has several marquee clients, he has a patent, and his company has won 20 awards. More importantly, he is doing the most rewarding and meaningful work of his life. In this Ted Talk, he describes his journey, his struggles, and his vision that there will be more senior entrepreneurs like him. [Full Story]