“He made a mistake, but I think Joe Paterno still lived an incredibly positive life. He goes down in my book as an incredible human being,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said about Joe Paterno after the former Penn State coach’s death on Sunday. Amid the outpouring of emotion that’s followed has been this message that Paterno was not a god and just a human being who made some
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“My seemingly-impossible good is happening now.” Last week, I suggested that you print this out, tape it to your mirror and see what happens. Did you do it? If you did, what have you noticed? Major miracles already? Probably not; however, you may have begun to notice the “minor” miracle of a slowly but steadily improving outlook on life.
How come? As old and trite as it may seem, it is still true nonetheless: What you focus on will come upon you. If you have been through difficult times, as I have, and you choose to focus only on the difficulty, then you will get exactly that — more difficulty.
Perhaps you have noticed that someone inside of you listens to what you have to say to yourself. If you are listening to what I have been calling your Soul-Talk, then things are probably going to work out; if instead, you are listening more to your “Self-Talk,” things might stay bumpy for quite
If you desire radical change in your life, you must WANT radical change. In today’s vlog I riff about the importance of surrendering to our desire for change. If you don’t truly want to change then you’ll continue to stay in the same cycle. I encourage you to join me in the ego outing process and share a habit you’ve had trouble
I moved to Rishikesh West a few weeks ago and decided to check out what the yoga scene had become in the five years since I left L.A. I refer to Santa Monica as “Rishikesh West” because on any given morning you can throw a stone and hit a bendy woman swathed in Lululemon carrying a yoga mat, just like in the other Rishikesh.
After a few classes with some of the burnt-out yoga stalwarts who shall remain nameless, I decided to try some of the young buck teachers.
A disclaimer: I’m 45, male, not terribly athletic but have been practicing yoga regularly for 17 years, and I did graduate work in Hinduism and Buddhism. Oh yeah, probably should also mention that I have a supremely low tolerance for bullshit.*
Here’s what happened in the young teacher’s class that I attended:
After a few minutes of fast-paced calisthenics, our fearless leader noticed that two college-age men wearing basketball outfits were lagging behind, and casually asked them if this was their first yoga class. It was, they responded, at which point the demure blond with butterfly-stroke shoulders, mild scoliosis and a ballerina’s waddle instantly transformed into Darth Vader and began berating the young men for attending her level 2/3 class: “You wouldn’t just jump into a level 5 French class, would you?!”
Now correct me if I’m wrong, but there is no level 2/3 mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
Nor in Patanjali’s Yoga
You might notice a distinct change in the momentum of your projects or even the direction of your life as Mars goes retrograde from Monday through April 13. Be prepared to retrace some of your recent steps. Mars retro often calls us to “redo” what we think we have already accomplished. Check below for how your sun sign/rising sign might experience this the most.
If it seems you need to renegotiate deals, re-think strategies or even reevaluate alliances, go ahead and do
The effort by Republican Presidential candidates to paint President Obama as some kind of job-killing socialist marches on. Romney, Santorum and Gingrich are not as anti-government as they’d like you to think, and the President is not about to Occupy Wall Street. The proposed Keystone oil pipeline is not a symbolic issue, but it has gotten wrapped up in an amazing ideological song and dance.
The issue of allowing this pipeline to be built raises three key questions:
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I watched the two Republican presidential candidate debates in South Carolina last week, and although the contenders spent quite a bit of time bickering over economic issues (as well as bashing each other), they ignored the elephant in the room. The biggest long-term threat to the U.S. economy isn’t government over-regulation, high taxes, or even the deficit. It’s climate
His answers in debates always receive thunderous rounds of applause, he is the most popular candidate among the GOP youth, and he is a fervent libertarian. He’s not Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, or Rick Santorum. He is Ron Paul.
Why the big hullabaloo over Rep. Paul? According to Harvard’s Institute for Politics, out of all of the candidates in the GOP field, Paul is the most popular among my generation.
I cannot find such a fact more troubling.
Paul’s administration is the one that would benefit my peers the
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As the president and CEO of Compassion International, the world’s largest Christian child development organization working to release children from poverty, I’ve noticed that with each child I encounter, there’s power and opportunity to build up… or sadly, to tear down. A life can be literally launched with as little as a single word, an uplifting comment, a well-timed hug, a tender prayer, a compliment, the holding of a frightened hand, or the gentle wiping of a tear — all in just a minute.
So who was it for you? What did they say? What did they do? Who hurt you so profoundly that you vowed never to make anyone feel the way they made you feel? Who believed in you before you believed in yourself?
For me, it was my father that first believed in me. He changed my life in one moment, one sentence, at the age of
Based on the enthusiastic squeals of the teenagers in our church youth group, I read Stephanie Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy. I received it at Christmas, and soon after New Year’s I had devoured all three. When we find a good story, we almost feel held captive by the words. We will tell a friend or co-worker, “I stayed up SO late reading! I just couldn’t put it down!” We have to know how the story
Since my father’s death a year and a half ago, I have been to 10 funerals and I have mourned countless young deaths. I think the number was up to 22 young deaths of people I knew within the last year and a half. 23 months ago, on my birthday, I went to visit my uncle, and before our visit was over, he died in front of me. What does it mean when you witness death on the day you were born? I had never observed human death before yet in the last year I have observed it three
After Mr. Anders Brevik’s murderous rampage last year against innocent civilians in Norway, many are concerned about different types of extremism, especially about any more of these so called “lone-wolf” extremists. Others may also be wondering if there is anything that can be done to confront these and other concerns of the citizenry about fanaticism and radicalization. There are options available from organized
Evangelicals have been butting heads with evolution for 150 years. A lot is at stake.
If evolution is right about how humans came to be, then the biblical story of Adam and Eve isn’t. If you believe, as evangelicals do, that God himself is responsible for what’s in the Bible, you have a problem on your hands. Once you open the door to the possibility that God’s version of human origins isn’t what actually happened — well, the dominoes start unraveling down the slippery
Here are two more reasons you should never check valuables in your luggage when you’re flying: Michael Pujol and his wife, Betsy Pujol Salazar.
The couple was arrested last week and charged with grand theft. Investigators say Pujol, a TSA agent at Miami International Airport, stuffed items from passengers’ luggage inside a hidden pocket in his work jacket.
The Pujols were caught after a missing iPad was traced to them through a Craigslist transaction. Pujol Salazar admitted that she and her husband had taken items stolen from luggage and sold them online for the last three years.
Back in 2008, when I started reporting about TSA’s little crime epidemic, the agency strongly denounced the actions of its thieving agents, insisting it had “zero tolerance” for their actions.
The thefts “in no way represent the overwhelming majority of hard working officers in airports around the country,” the agency declared on its blog.
Since then, I’ve wondered: What does TSA mean by “zero tolerance”?
I think actions speak louder than words.
Just a few days ago, a screener at LaGuardia Airport was arrested for allegedly swiping a pricey laptop from a college student at a screening area. TSA employee Edwin Rosario, 27, was charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property for taking a $1,300 computer a passenger had left behind.
A few weeks before, the TSA was accused of taking money out of a Florida couple’s
It’s funny, but I realized that when I talk about myself in relationship to atheists I often sound like a post-civil rights white person trying to minimize the gap between myself and another group.
I don’t have anything personally against atheists.
Some of my best friends are atheists.
I even like Ricky Gervais. He’s an atheist, you know.
All of this aside, I have tried in vain over the years to understand atheism. I’ve written about it several times, and whenever I do, I get a bucket of responses from atheists. And of course if I’m ever feeling disconnected from my non-believing brothers and sisters, I really have to go no further than the comment board on The Huffington Post (it seems they have quite a fascination with my articles there).
Try as I may to get atheism, I still
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Never having planned a wedding before, nor having had the experience of going from engaged to married, there naturally is a big learning curve. We ladies are expected to assume the roles of wedding planner, hostess, daughter-in-law, bride, peacekeeper, decision-maker, budgeting guru, and wife all in one fell swoop. Talk about overwhelming! Here are a few key points that will help brides-to-be to feel confident about the whole ordeal.
1. Don’t second guess your
LOS ANGELES — Roy Hibbert wasn’t going to let a broken nose stop him, especially against the Los Angeles Lakers and twin towers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. The Indiana center just kept playing and ended up having a big finish to help the pull out a tough road win.Hibbert, the Pacers’ second-leading scorer, left the court with the broken nose after fouling Kobe Bryant with 6:46 left in the first quarter. But Hibbert persevered and scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth to help them beat the Lakers 98-96 on Sunday night.
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Brian Shaw returned to L.A. as a Pacers assistant, a man with a little extra motivation and a lot of insight into the Lakers, J.A. Adande writes. Dime
“Kobe spun baseline, I jumped straight up and he inadvertently elbowed me in the face,” said Hibbert, one of six Pacers to score in double figures. “It didn’t hurt that much. I couldn’t get it fixed up because they didn’t have a doctor here to put it back in place, but I went back here and got an X-ray done.”Tyler Hansbrough replaced Hibbert and missed all five shots during Hibbert’s brief absence, but grabbed seven rebounds. Hibbert reported back in with 5:12 left in the second quarter after a trainer stuffed cotton up his nose, but he had difficulty keeping it in at times. He also had eight rebounds in 27 minutes.”They didn’t want me to come back out, but I told them I’m going to no matter what,” said Hibbert, who was still bleeding after coming out of the showers. “So if I got hit again, that’s fine. I could always get cosmetic surgery at the end of the season to fix it. I’m a tough player, and I just wanted to play through it and make sure we got this win. This game was really important to us. I just wanted to make sure I found open shooters and cutters and score whenever I could.”Hibbert, more than willing to get his nose dirty, scored six consecutive points in the paint to cut the margin to one with 6:15 left, and former UCLA guard Darren Collison’s 3-pointer tied it at 86 with 5:32 left.Bryant, who scored 33 points, missed what would have been a tying 3-pointer from 30 feet from the top of the key with 3.5 seconds to play and Indiana clinched it at the free throw line.”We knew we had to stop Kobe,” Danny Granger said. “He’s the key to their offense, so that was our main focus. We did our best to make his shots tough and to take the ball out of his hands at times. And it worked for us.”The Pacers (11-5) are off to their best start since 2003-04, when they won 14 of their first 16, finished the regular season 61-21 and came within two wins of getting to the NBA finals.”We have a lot of guys that are experienced,” Granger said. “David West is in his ninth year, Roy is in his fourth year now, I’m in my seventh and Collison is in his third. And we also have George Hill coming off the bench, and he’s in his fourth year coming from the Spurs. So we have a deep team and it’s tough to beat us.”The Lakers, coming off road losses to Miami and Orlando, failed to reach 100 points for the 11th straight game — their longest streak since a 12-game stretch in 2003-04.”We’re really not shooting the ball well. We have to start knocking down some of those shots,” Bryant said. “The opposition is shooting the ball much better than we are, especially from 3. After the first quarter, we opened the floodgates and just let them score at will. Then you compound that with the fact that we’re having a tough time scoring.”Bryant beat the third-quarter buzzer with a 16-footer from the right of the key to give the Lakers a 78-77 lead, and former Pacers forward Troy Murphy got his first points of the game on a 3 that made it 82-77.West ended the first half with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the top of the key, capping a 15-6 run and slicing the Lakers’ 13-point lead to three at 52-49. He finished the half with 15 points, helping offset 17 by Bryant. Granger’s 3-pointer 1:37 into the third quarter gave Indiana a 55-54 lead, its first since Paul George’s game-opening dunk.”We’ve got to give Indiana credit because they outworked us,” coach Mike Brown said. “It’s too bad, because we came out and played great defense. But then the last three quarters, we didn’t play with a sense of urgency. We thought Indiana would fold to a certain degree, and we kind of went through the motions. This game was tough to swallow.”Game notes The National Anthem was sung by Kareem Rush, whose seven-year NBA career included stints with the Lakers and Pacers. … Bryant is 180 points away from overtaking Shaquille O’Neal (28,596) for fifth place on the career scoring list. The two-time NBA scoring champ also is 20 field goals shy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Lakers career record of 9,935 and needs to make 11 more free throws to eclipse Jerry West’s Lakers career record of 7,160. … Pacers associate coach Brian Shaw, who won three NBA championship rings playing for the Lakers and two more as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson, made his first trip to Staples Center since leaving Los Angeles. He and most of the Lakers players — particularly Bryant — were hoping he’d be hired to replace Jackson as head coach instead of Brown, and Shaw was upset that he had to learn about Brown’s hiring from media reports instead of from general manager Mitch Kupchak. … The last time the Pacers faced the Lakers at Staples Center, they won 95-92 to snap a 14-game road losing streak against them — including three losses in the 2000 NBA finals. … The Lakers have a rematch with the Clippers on Wednesday night, trying to even the season series after a 102-94 loss Jan. 14. … Lakers F Josh McRoberts, who spent the previous three seasons with the Pacers, played 20 scoreless minutes and took two shots in his first game against them.
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I am often annoyed at the articles and interviews that position women in a very ugly light when it comes to money. We are often depicted as dumb, flighty, air-headed and out of control. If you were to Google search books about women and money, there are numerous ones in the marketplace to “help us” get a grip on what we need to do in our financial life. Some of them are very helpful, some are
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Every bride would have you believe that her wedding gown is the most perfect garment she’s ever laid eyes upon. But the truth is, most wedding dresses have some secrets brides would rather their guests didn’t know.
The wedding-day bustle doesn’t look as good as it did in the store.
First, let’s define bustle. You know how wedding gowns have extra fabric in the back that drags along the floor for the ceremony? That’s a train. Trains make it likely that you will trip and fall while you dance at your wedding reception, so you essentially need to fold it up so it’s out of the
One of the cool things about gay weddings is that there are no rules — so when it comes to decisions like how to be pronounced at the end of the wedding ceremony, we can do whatever we want! Being pronounced “man and wife” isn’t even an option — so it’s really fun to see what my clients come up with.
I was emailing with a couple recently who sent me a note on their ceremony draft. One of the grooms wrote, “Jeff and I have been together for more than 14 years. After a life of saying ‘my partner’ I’d love, at long last, to say, ‘my spouse.’”
And so he