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The Most Important Dimension of Human Existence

by Eckhart Tolle

We’re here to find that dimension within ourselves that is deeper than thought.

The Journey from Childhood to Adulthood: The Importance and Limitations of Rites of Passage

by Bill Plotkin

Contemporary, Western society fails us during the transition from childhood to adulthood. Too many people reach their physical prime without ever attaining psychological maturity. Put plainly, in today’s world, growing up is hard to do.

One part of the problem, well documented and analyzed by now, is the loss of meaningful rites of passage at times such as puberty or high school graduation. But this neglect is not at all the biggest barrier to personal development.

Let Them Eat Mudcakes

By Luise Light, M.S., Ed.D.

 "The biggest enemy of health in the developing world is poverty."
--Kofi Annan

The world’s greatest hunger crisis in modern history is ravaging the world, pitting poor nations against rich ones, and poor people against financial elites in an epic battle for survival, based on who controls the global food supply. In just three years, global food prices have climbed 83 percent, according to the World Bank, placing a life-sustaining diet beyond the reach of the poorest and most vulnerable groups. Staple foods that poor people depend on as their basic sources of nourishment are the most inflated in price, with rice, the grain of choice for half the world, at a 19 year high, and wheat, the staple for another third of the world, at a 28-year high. Other foods essential for a basic nutritional diet in poor countries, cooking oil, eggs, and dairy, have been equally hard hit by price inflation, affecting the working and middle classes, not just the poor.

Interview with Stephen Covey

The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

by Sharif Khan

“The call and need of a new era is for greatness. It’s for fulfillment, passionate execution and significant contribution.”

Beating Poverty, One Entrepreneur At A Time

Microcredit is a quiet revolution, creating tiny, flourishing businesses in some of the poorest places in the world. But the economic benefits are global.

Worth Reading: The Quick Take from Kiplinger

Phil Smith and Eric Thurman

Phil Smith and Eric Thurman are authors of A Billion Bootstraps: Microcredit, Barefoot Banking, and the Business Solution for Ending Poverty. Smith is a private investor, estate administrator and advocate for microcredit and retirement issues. He recently founded the Microcredit Clearinghouse.

Sir John M. Templeton, Philanthropist, Dies at 95

Sir John M. Templeton

Sir John Templeton was one of the world's greatest investors and financiers. He came from a creative mindset, not a competitive mindset. He believed that the Universe was infinitely abundant, and in his investment strategies he encouraged investment in Third World countries that led to highly successful investment portfolios in the developing world. Sir John also believed that the stock market would ultimately go to one million, to the incredulity of those he shared this belief with. As an investor, when stocks fell sharply, Sir John bought.

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

By George Clooney | TIME

It is one thing to talk about the problems of the world and quite another to actually try to change things.

New Hints Seen That Red Wine May Slow Aging

By NICHOLAS WADE | THE NEW YORK TIMES

Red wine may be much more potent than was thought in extending human lifespan, researchers say in a new report that is likely to give impetus to the rapidly growing search for longevity drugs.

Jennifer Aniston's Acting Coach on What's Missing in Acting

Face It. It's Not About Talent

By Anthony Abeson Sunday, June 8, 2008; Page B02, The Washington Post

"Artists are the antennae of the race," Ezra Pound once said. He was referring to the way that turbulence in the arts -- the rise of dissonance in music or distortion in painting -- has often preceded and presaged major upheavals in society. But today, that dynamic has been reversed. Instead of artists reflecting what's about to befall the people, it's the people who reflect what has already befallen the artists.

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