How to Argue Better!

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Life in 2016 is fraught with controversy. Politics are growing more and more polarized, casual racism and microaggressions are becoming less socially acceptable, and traditional gender roles are being challenged. No matter where you stand on the issues (or if you have yet to form an opinion), chances are, you’ve got someone yelling at you on either side. This makes staying cool, respectful, and rational all the more difficult. Here are some tips on how to share your opinions on controversial topics in a way that is most likely to get your point across without any hard feelings: Continue reading

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Mental Health Month

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Just in time for the very last day of May, also known as Mental Health Month, I wanted to share a poem from a writer, activist, and friend named Sam Riedel. This sonnet, titled “The Chasm of the Ill,” really captures how our society treats mental and physical health so differently, and the effect it has on people who are struggling with these issues. Here it is: Continue reading

Announcement

Hello readers! As some of you may have noticed, I have been experimenting with different posting frequencies, and I have also been lucky enough to have my posts featured twice on the official blog of GuideStar.org (if you are not familiar with GuideStar, they are an excellent resource for finding information and documentation about IRS-registered non-profit organizations). I also participated in an outstanding workshop organized by The Op-Ed Project. I did some soul-searching this week and decided to focus my efforts more on trying to get work published on other sites besides this one, and provide more fast-paced social media coverage of relevant topics rather than trying to update this blog consistently every single week. I will continue to update this website once a month with a relevant, original post, and will add updates with other content as it becomes available. I even have a fun collaborative post in the works for December, so do stay tuned!

Please know that I am still around, and as I plan to step up my social media game, follow me on Facebook and Twitter if you’d like to stay in the loop about what I’m up to. Thanks for reading!

Ways to Support a Cause without Spending a Dime

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We all want to give back to our community, and savor that warm, fuzzy feeling we get when we support a cause that is important to us. But our resources are limited – especially our money. Maybe you’re a young student or just starting out in your career, or maybe you’re a parent saving up for your child’s future. Whatever your reason, you might not be in a place to make a financial contribution to the cause right now, but that’s OK. Just because you’re not in a position to donate money right now doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference. Here are some ways that you can show your support without donating money: Continue reading

Kindness is a Strength, not a Weakness

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Too often, being kind to others is equated with weakness. People talk about being too easy on children when they misbehave, justice leaders are accused of being “soft on crime,” and activists are accused of being “oversensitive.” These perspectives aren’t terribly informed – studies show that harsh punishment do not make children behave better (and corporal punishment/abuse can be extremely damaging), locking criminals up makes them more likely to re-offend, and name-calling activists goes against the wave of social progress. While there is no such thing as being too kind, there is such a thing as being too self-sacrificing, ill-informed, or cowardly. Today’s post explores how these negative qualities are confused with kindness, and how to stop equating them. Continue reading