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Is Racism Contagious?

Is Racism Contagious?

By Eric Nelson


“I’ve heard some people that I know and like saying quite offensive things,” said Carol Lindsay, a white, 80-year-old Londoner speaking with a reporter from NPR about the increase in racially motivated hostility she’s witnessed since the recent Brexit vote. “You know, just nastiness. I think it's like a contagion.”
 
Given...

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Praying for Miracles in Baseball and in Health

Praying for Miracles in Baseball and in Health

By Eric Nelson


Last week marked the halfway point of the 2016 Major League Baseball season and, once again, my favorite team has me praying for a miracle. Although I consider myself an optimist, I just can’t see my boys making it anywhere close to the World Series this year. Or next.
 
I suppose there’s some...

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Handling Homelessness with Prayer

Handling Homelessness with Prayer

By Eric Nelson


The San Francisco Chronicle, along with more than 70 other Bay Area news outlets, joined forces recently to draw attention to the problem of homelessness. “We see the misery around us,” they wrote in an open letter, addressed to the city and people of San Francisco, “and we sense it...

Consciousness and Health
Understanding God’s Gift of Awe

Understanding God’s Gift of Awe

By Eric Nelson


“We have eyes, yet see not; ears that hear not,” insists Jason Silva in an episode of his hugely popular YouTube program Shots of Awe, “and hearts that neither feel nor understand.”
 
A compelling statement, to be sure, even if it’s deeper meaning isn’t immediately apparent.
 
It’s actually a paraphrase...

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California’s Death With Dignity Law Urges Deeper Understanding of Life

California’s Death With Dignity Law Urges Deeper Understanding of Life

By Eric Nelson


Last week, a new law went into effect in California that allows doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to terminally ill patients wishing to die on their own terms. Prompted in large part by the experience of Brittany Maynard, a former Bay Area resident diagnosed with cancer who moved with...

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Are there really more reasons to be sick?

Are there really more reasons to be sick?

By Eric Nelson


According John Fauber and Kristina Fiore, illness is on the rise. Not because more people are getting sick, but because more people are being given reasons to think of themselves as sick.
 
“Know someone who shouts and pounds on the steering wheel when cut off in traffic? They might be one of 16...

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Do Our Kids Know How To Love?

Do Our Kids Know How To Love?

By Eric Nelson


There are lots of things we can and should be teaching our kids in order to ensure their happiness, health and success, but by far the most important is how to love. It’s unlikely, however, that you’ll find any mention of this in most school’s core curriculum. At least, not directly.
 
“My job...

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Spiritual Perspective Cures Eating Disorder And More

Spiritual Perspective Cures Eating Disorder And More

By Eric Nelson


It took awhile, but after spending three hours in a forest of old growth redwoods, I think I figured out why you rarely see any branches on these behemoths until 100, 150, sometimes 200 feet up. Were branches to accumulate any lower, I reasoned, they’d be prevented from growing any taller.
 
I’m sure...

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Nurturing The Nurse In All Of Us

Nurturing The Nurse In All Of Us

By Eric Nelson


Statistically speaking, only a small handful of those reading this article are likely to become licensed nurses. On the other hand, an overwhelming majority – maybe even 100 percent – will at one time or another find themselves doing at least some of what nurses do. Whether it’s caring for a sick...

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An Honest Politician is a Healthy Politician

An Honest Politician is a Healthy Politician

By Eric Nelson


Not too long before the 2012 presidential election was decided, researchers from the University of Notre Dame discovered that the less people lie, the better they feel, both mentally and physically. Even their relationships improve.
 
Four years later, as we find ourselves enmeshed in yet another election involving candidates who, to a greater...

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