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I am a single mom living alone with my 3-year-old little boy in southwest Florida.
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Four Friends' Perspectives on Tiger Woods' Buddhism

Apart from the Dalai Lama, who reportedly had never heard of him until earlier this week, Tiger Woods is the most famous Buddhist on the planet. But until Woods invoked his Buddhist identity during a televised mea culpa for cheating on his wife and a spectacular fall from grace, like most of his fans, I had no idea the golfer was a follower of the Eight Fold Path.
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Health Care and Bipartisanship in the Balance

Yesterday, the Senate passed a jobs bill by a 70-28 vote, showing that even in today's polarized political climate, bipartisan solutions to the major problems facing the country are still
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If the Tea Party movement were consistent, it would tackle defense spending.

On the one hand, as a new CNN poll shows, 11 percent of Americans i
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Change Your Pew, Change Your Perspective

When my usual pew was filled, I was almost panic-stricken as the usher led me to a different section of the church. Little did I know, I needed a change in perspective.
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Six Principles for How to Handle Critics

Some of my readers have too much time on their hands.
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Health-Care Polls, Good Will, and the Golden Rule

Good will is a primary element of moral conduct. This is an important idea in the thought of philosopher Immanuel Kant. A good will is good in itself because it does not depend upon whether or not the person will benefit from a particular action or not.
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Haiti: Rebuilding in the Midst of New Earthquake Scares

I'm just posting this after a huge earthquake scare. Our house shook again like crazy about at about 1:26 a.m. Tuesday, screams came from our neighborhood, sirens went off in Port au Prince
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Professional Women and Impostor Syndrome

I knew I was dreaming when Michelle Obama sat down across from me. I was wearing a formal dress sitting on one of the tall bar stools at our local pub, in the quiet back corner near the dartboard.
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