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When You Listen to a Child

November 27, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Rachel Macy Stafford, syndicated from,   My dad doing what he does best … listening and loving My younger daughter and I were the first ones to arrive home from an evening swim meet. Although I knew my husband would be arriving shortly with my mom and older daughter, my heart was heavy that I had to come home first.

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Autumn is Upon Us

October 21, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

 from:  Andrea Withey   Some of My Favorite Fall Recipes       Autumn is upon us and you may be feeling it.  The mornings are colder and the days are shorter but there is still so much beauty surrounding us that it doesn’t go unrecognized.  One thing you may notice are the colors of fall; the trees are transitioning from green to gold, red, orange or brown.  This is the tree’s way of drawing the nutrients inward in preparation for winter.  This should be an indicator that it is time for us to make a few changes of our own.

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Increase Your Garden Yield Eight-Fold

September 22, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

   High-Performance Agriculture Can Increase Your Garden Yield Eight-Fold John Kempf, an Amish farmer, is one of the leaders in the field of high-performance agriculture. He has taken a leadership role—somewhat similar to the way I have in natural medicine—in teaching people how to achieve these results. He’s the founder and CEO of Advancing Eco Agriculture,1 and runs an organic, high-performance farm in Ohio.

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Path to Social Innovation

September 3, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

-by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze   We don’t need to convince large numbers of people to change; instead, we need to connect with kindred spirits.    In spite of current ads and slogans, the world doesn’t change one person at a time.  It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible.  This is good news for those of us intent on changing the world and creating a positive future.  

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A Grateful Heart

August 21, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

by John Kralik   How 365 Thank You Notes Changed My Life     At just 52 years old, and after having lost nearly everything, John Kralik found himself in a desperate search –a search for just one thing for which he might feel thankful. His search led him to a walk along a mountain road, where his mind sifted through the details of all of his most recent troubles. It was then that John realized, that he should find gratitude for all that he had, instead of focusing so much on all that he had lost. It was in this moment, that John resolved to find opportunities for sharing his gratitude with others each day:

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Americans Are Living Longer

August 9, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

By RON WINSLOW   Americans Are Living Longer, but Not Necessarily Healthier Years of Living With Disabilities Increase, Partly Because of Ag   Americans are living longer than they did two decades ago, but they are losing ground on key measures of health to people in other developed nations, a new study shows.  

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Change How Kids Learn To Read

August 3, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

RIP EMPSON   Learn With Homer   Change How Kids Learn To Read Stephanie Hua spent the last ten years pushing for educational reform, first as the CEO of the Fund for Public Schools under former Chancellor of New York’s Department of Education, Joel Klein, and Caroline Kennedy, before becoming senior advisor to David Coleman at Student Achievement Partners (SAP). But as much time as she spent as a reformer on “the inside,” when it came time for Dua’s daughter to learn how to read, she struggled to find any quality materials for parents that could help get their kids started on the right path.

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Why Creative Thinking is Inclusive Thinking

July 1, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Michael Michalko, Original Story “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.“       –Steve Jobs Albert Einstein was once asked what the difference was between him and the average person. He said that if you asked the average person to find a needle in the haystack, the person would stop when he or she found a needle. He, on the other hand, would tear through the entire haystack looking for all the possible needles. With creative thinking, one generates as many alternative approaches as one can.

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Science of Touch

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–by Dacher Keltner, Greater Good,   Hands On Research: The Science of Touch A pat on the back, a caress of the arm—these are everyday, incidental gestures that we usually take for granted, thanks to our amazingly dexterous hands. But after years spent immersed in the science of touch, I can tell you that they are far more profound than we usually realize: They are our primary language of compassion, and a primary means for spreading compassion.

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10,00 Stories

June 26, 2013  |  POSTED BY OpenDoor

–by Tim McDonnell, syndicated from   The Man With 10,000 Tales    Harold Scheub spent his career trekking across Africa and recording village storytellers of all stripes. Now, the octogenarian professor reveals how those foreign tales connect us, and why it’s so vital to preserve them. Harold Scheub first went to South Africa on a safari of sorts. In 1967, at the height of apartheid, Scheub—an earnest Midwestern twenty-something with a stint in the Air Force under his belt and a freshly awarded Master’s degree in English—packed a rucksack and hopped a bus for the backcountry. But instead of guns and ammo, he was armed with a bulky tape recorder and D batteries. Scheub wasn’t after big game trophies; he was on the hunt for stories.

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