Braving the Inauguration

Greater Than Fear by Shepard Fairey. Used with permission.

I’m not celebrating. I bore witness to history and steeled myself for the challenges ahead.

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Subversive Stories Are Good for You

From "Books Challenged and/or Banned 2012-2013". Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

It’s Banned Books Week! I’ve enjoyed or learned from a lot of subversive gems. How many of these have you read?

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Solace & Perspective in Untamed Places

Contemplation by David G. Hawkins (CC BY-NC)

We can all use some comfort and perspective in these difficult times. When you feel overwhelmed, head for the wild.

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Why Pregnancy Is Not for Me

ritual by Monik Markus (CC BY)

Having babies is natural, but not always ideal. Just because you can reproduce doesn’t mean you should.

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Faking It: Anatomy of a Sexy Selfie

Girl in the mirror by Luis Quiles. © Gunsmithcat (Luis Guiles)

A how-to for girls who take their cues from pouting, naked celebrities (read: cleavage = attention = love).

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Encouraging Quotes for Back to School Blues

back to school by jesuscm (CC BY-NC-ND)

For free spirits dreading the grind of school, some encouraging words from sympathetic souls.

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Start Choosing Happiness

week ten—brenna e.p. by Garrett Farlow (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ditching the stories that hold you back isn’t easy, but fulfillment is worth the effort.

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Because I Said So: The Trouble with Experts

20,679 Physicians Prefer It Toasted by clotho98 (CC BY-NC)

People in power use experts to influence your opinion, but in the end it’s your judgement that matters most.

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When Love Means Letting Go

Set Free by Troy Sizer by A. Formati (CC BY-NC-SA)

Love, like chocolate, can be bittersweet. This Valentine’s Day, remember that sometimes love means knowing when to let go.

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Overlooked Gifts

Surprise by Thomas Hawk (CC BY-NC)

Before resolving to do and be and have more in the new year, let’s take a moment to appreciate the abundance that already surrounds us.

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