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Trash: Making Beauty out of What We’ve Thrown Away

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word trash? Dirt. Germs. Land fill, maybe? Trash is what we call the things we no longer have a use for – the things we throw away and discard never to be thought of again. Even when it’s used in a derogatory sense for […]

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Paul Tudor Jones on a Higher Purpose Towards A More Collective Goodwill

As one of the highest earning hedge fund managers of his generation and the founder of the highly successful Robin Hood Foundation, Paul Tudor Jones is no stranger to success but it is his faith and passion for enhancing the conscious mind that have made him a true maverick. In fact, he attributes much of […]

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Wordplay Wednesday: Untitled; Africa

By Victoria Michelle Africa is a young man bathing in blood drenched dirt crying out for salvation to a god willing to sacrifice his own son. If the divine is willing to kill his own seed, how can Africa, the stranger, find sanctuary outside of the four corners of death? I met a man sleeping […]

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11-Year-Old Nada Al-Ahdal Narrowly Escaped Child Marriage – Here’s What She Has to Say

Nada Al-Ahdal is an 11-year-old Yemeni girl who recently risked everything to run away from home and seek refuge with her uncle after learning about her parents’ intentions to marry her off to a much older man. Nada knew that her teenage aunt, trapped in an arranged marriage and abused by her husband, had committed […]

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Unlikely Heroes: The California Teen Responsible for Feeding Thousands of Hungry Families

At twelve years old, most of us were trudging through the awkwardness of adolescence, developing friend groups, and struggling to master pre-algebra. But at that age, Kiran Sridhar, a teenager from California’s Silicon Valley, had larger concerns on his mind. According to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, nearly 4 million people in California […]

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Is Kidnapping Ever Justified?

My friend forwarded me the security advisory, which began, “There have been three kidnap incidents in Ikoyi in the last five days.” I read this while sipping my morning coffee, a knot hardening in my chest. My husband and I moved to Nigeria with our three young children in 2011. We live in Ikoyi. I […]

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Denied an Abortion – What Now? A Study on the Effects of Unwanted Motherhood

It may have been one spontaneous night with an ex, never to be replicated; or perhaps a traumatic moment of violence and sexual abuse. She could be unemployed, ill, very young, or already a bit creaky in the joints. Maybe she has other kids at home and a partner in active duty, in prison, in […]

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What The Buddha Might Say To Bill Gates

“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” – Buddha Bill Gates is a rare breed. He defies what most billionaires appear to be: trapped in the hoarding of money with a large dose of poverty mind. While most people are obsessed with getting money, Gates wants […]

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Deepak Chopra: A Message to the Future Leaders of the World (Part 1)

By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP From my commencement speech at Hartwick College Today as you celebrate this major milestone in your life and commence a new stage of your life journey, I ask you to reflect on the gift of life itself. And life, in essence, is nothing but awareness. Furthermore human life, considered the pinnacle […]

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A Blessed Life: Practicing Gratitude in the Face of Robbery

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead, and a place to sleep at night, you are richer than 75% of the world. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the one million who will not survive this week due […]

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