My ‘Imago Dei’ matters

There comes a point in every black person’s life when you realize that the world views you differently. Even with my fair skin, curly hair and light eyes, I realized this by the age of eight. We had just moved from Hawaii to a small town in Eastern Oregon, where anyone brown or black literally […]


In a crisis, you get to choose: Replicate or evolve

And the critical questions to ask in the slow-paced middle ground of refining Crisis has a way of revealing the truth. No matter what stage you may be in during this COVID-19 pandemic, discovering what’s real about your world and yourself can be disorienting. Like nearly everyone around the globe, you may find yourself impressed […]


It’s time to build your ship-like integrity

Have you ever taken one of those questionnaires that ends with, “If you answered yes to two or more of the questions, then you have a certain ailment.” As I have talked to many people over the past several weeks, there are some common themes that emerge that could be on a pandemic questionnaire: 1. […]

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What will your discomfort reveal?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, a full-time working person in the United States spends about eight and a half hours working per day on weekdays alone. That means that the average full-time worker is spending approximately 42.5 hours per week working. All the while, these hours do not include the time […]


Meet The Helpers: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris on how you can take control of your stress

We’re staying home right now to lessen the impacts of COVID-19 on our communities and health care systems, but there’s a secondary health effect of this pandemic that you are probably feeling. Stress. The anxiety we have over a distressed economy, school closures and the need to physically distance ourselves from others can result in […]

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Desperate times and different measures

These days I keep hearing the words “crazy” and “different.” This unparalleled health crisis is causing most individuals to retreat out of necessity, while others are heading to the frontlines to assist and bring hope and healing to people in need. Both places are the right place to be right now. Desperate times call for […]


Pandemic field guide for parents

By Kelly Rodriguez, LMFT– During times of change and uncertainty, we try to nurture and help our children feel safe. We want to provide answers to their questions and teach them how to face tough situations. However, in recent days we’ve all experienced unexpected rapid and impactful changes in our daily lives.  The coronavirus pandemic […]

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Making the most of social distancing

You’re probably very familiar with social distancing by now. The practice has recently gained momentum in an effort to slow the worldwide spread of COVID-19, which is now present in 187 countries and territories around the globe, according to the World Health Organization.  Schools, colleges, movie theaters and retail stores are closed. Restaurants are only […]

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5 ways to improve communication in your relationships

We spend so much of our daily lives communicating in one form or another. Research from the University of Missouri shows we spend 70 to 80 percent of each day communicating, with 45 percent of that time spent listening and 30 percent speaking. The remainder of the time is spent reading or writing.  This is […]


This International Women’s Day, equality starts with you

Activist, journalist and feminist Gloria Steinem once said, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” In the same way that good starts with all of us, the fight for equality starts and ends […]


Finding love in the midst of heartbreak

To my mother, on Valentine’s Day. By Elizabeth Burbank – Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to celebrating love. Chocolates, relationships, flowers, etcetera. As a newlywed, I could share the story of how I met my husband. I could write all about him. I love him deeply, so it wouldn’t be hard. But I’m not […]

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The arc of identity

We grow and develop almost in tandem with the characters we love. Every good film in some way wrestles with identity—a character struggling with the gap between who they are and who they want to be. Seeing another person’s journey, no matter how far from our own, often triggers our own reflection. We are highly […]