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AUTOPHONY: The sound of living inside a mother’s dementia

AUTOPHONY: The sound of living inside a mother’s dementia

Tripping on sounds, I hear birds outside my window, muffled, over the swish-throb of a heartbeat in my ears, a pulsing slightly...
September 1, 2015 × 3 comments

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THEIR OWN PATH: Why you should support your child’s dreams

THEIR OWN PATH: Why you should support your child’s dreams

How many parents want their children to be doctors, or lawyers, or world-renowned scientists? Probably every parent. They want...
August 15, 2015 × 2 comments

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MEANING OF BEAUTY: Developing a healthy concept of beauty

MEANING OF BEAUTY: Developing a healthy concept of beauty

I was hesitant to write on the topic of beauty because I’m still in the middle of the work and many unpleasant experiences...
July 10, 2015 × 0 comments

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SISTER TYRANT: We must accept ourselves before we can accept others

SISTER TYRANT: We must accept ourselves before we can accept others

I live in a house with three younger siblings, all of whom have been under my dictatorship at one point or another. I won’t lie;...
June 23, 2015 × 0 comments

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LANGUAGE PEDANT: “I could care less” and other speech absurdities

LANGUAGE PEDANT: “I could care less” and other speech absurdities

My Kindle almost flew at the mirror, but reason prevailed. A broken mirror is interesting… a broken Kindle useless. What provoked...
June 4, 2015 × 4 comments

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MY MAMA KISSED A COCKROACH: Freedom of choice and compassion

MY MAMA KISSED A COCKROACH: Freedom of choice and compassion

Choice is a cornerstone of American society. The songs my classmates and I learned in grade school heralded freedom of choice—room...
February 22, 2015 × 0 comments

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MY LUCKY STARS: A heart-warming tale of canine companionship

MY LUCKY STARS: A heart-warming tale of canine companionship

The following article is an excerpt from My Dog, My Friend: Heart-Warming Tales of Canine Companionship from Celebrities and...
November 3, 2014 × 0 comments

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COMING TO BABA: My 43-Year Romance With Meher Baba

COMING TO BABA: My 43-Year Romance With Meher Baba

The following story is an excerpt from Max Reif’s forthcoming book, Toward an Interior Sun. 1. I first encountered the name...
September 27, 2014 × 7 comments

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EXPRESS YOURSELF: Finding a voice within an authoritarian social system

EXPRESS YOURSELF: Finding a voice within an authoritarian social system

Of all the peculiarities that make me up, I could point to one that has had such persisting and devastating consequences in my...
May 26, 2014 × 0 comments