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HOW TO GET THROUGH TOUGH FAMILY GATHERINGS by Barry Michels

“Be realistic, whatever the case may be: Expect Uncle Joe to get drunk and act out; expect your mom to treat you like a child; expect your sister-in-law to set no limits with her spoiled kid. Being realistic enables you to work on yourself by holding yourself to a standard of emotional maturity you may have never before achieved in their midst.”
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How to Get Through Tough Family Gatherings

Even if you love every member of your family dearly, holiday gatherings are often complicated affairs, and the holidays...

Barry Michels on EMPATHY

Barry Michels “There is so much pain and suffering across the globe these days that it can be difficult to resist the urge to avert our eyes—particularly when we hold this suffering up in contrast to the privilege and protection that so many of us enjoy. But as stark as the contrast, there really isn't much of a relationship between the two, and the incipient guilt of feeling like you have too much in relationship to the have nots does nothing to help.”
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Empathy: The Power to Reconcile Guilt

There is so much pain and suffering across the globe these days that it can be difficult to resist...

Sandy Santana on HOW LAWYERS ARE CHANGING THE LIVES OF FOSTER KIDS

Sandy Santana “For some children, foster care is a life-saving experience. But of the half-a-million-plus children in the U.S. who are in foster care, too many are failed by the system: sent far from their homes and siblings, made to endure horrific abuse and neglect, moved through dozens of homes and institutions.”
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How Lawyers Are Changing the Lives of Foster Kids—and Creating a Model for Change

For some children, foster care is a life-saving experience. But of the half-a-million-plus children in the U.S. who are...

Moms on Modern Activism—and How It Actually Works

“Over the past decade, many of us have become really comfortable with the idea of voting with our wallets: We've shopped at farmers markets to increase small-scale, organic food production, and we've supported personal care brands that make their formulas without toxic chemicals.”
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Moms on Modern Activism—and How It Actually Works

We asked six women who are making big-deal progress (the changing-legislation, educating-millions-of-people kind of progress) to tell us about...

Suzannah Galland on HOW TO READ COWORKERS

Suzannah Galland “Life advisor Suzannah Galland has written a number of pieces for us about how to read a potential lover, giving us smarter ways to navigate romantic relationships. With summer vacations behind us, and the full force of fall office energy upon us, we asked Galland to talk about business relationships.”
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How to Read Coworkers

With summer vacations behind us, and the full force of fall office energy upon us, we asked Suzannah Galland...