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Baltimore Police: An Opportunity to Commit to Nonviolence- Let’s Do It!

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Baltimore City recently reached an agreement with the Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore City Police Department.  The decree comes after a yearlong civil rights investigation revealed “widespread racial bias, use of excessive force, repeated patterns of unconstitutional arrests and hostility towards women and LGBT civilians, as well as other civil rights violations.” Under […]

Spread the Love!

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Being clear might be boiled down to the old adage, “Honesty is the best policy,” but is it really that simple? It’s all about transparency. When you’re clear about who you are, you’ll find that your interactions with others will improve! Read more about one woman’s experience with being clear here!

Being Clear- Avoiding the Slippery Slope of Lying and Deception

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Lying can be a slippery slope. One deception can lead to another. It’s science. According to a recent New York Times article, “people who tell small, self-serving lies are likely to progress to bigger falsehoods, and over time, the brain appears to adapt to the dishonesty.”  At ORANS, it’s affirming to hear that science is […]

A Relational Moment in the Midst of a Bitter Debate

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“Regardless of the current rhetoric, would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?” – Karl Becker, Participant in the Town Hall Presidential Debate of 2016 The second presidential debate was held just days after troubling audio was leaked of Donald Trump making incredibly lewd comments about women.  It was also […]

The Danger of Making the Presidential Debates a Circus

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Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton took the stage on Monday night for the first presidential debate of this election cycle. According to The New York Times’ reporters Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin, the two “clashed over trade, the Iraq war, [Trump’s] refusal to release his tax returns, and [Clinton’s] use of a private email server.” […]

The Risky Business of Whistleblowing

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“I can pull a patient file and say ‘Hey Dr. John Doe, the next time this patient comes in the door, you need to put this patient on this drug.   If you don’t, there’s no more Laker games, there’s no more bottles of liquor, there’s no more golf, there’s no more Dogders games […].  Essentially […]

Setting the Relational Example: Difficult Interactions with Kids

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Being Relational can help you to work through a variety of adult problems, from workplace conflicts to marital issues. But it’s also important to recognize the way in which it can help you navigate difficult interactions with your children. As children grow up, they will start to experience conflicts of their own. Setting a good […]

A Team to Root For

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The Refugee Olympic Team is an inspiration to us all!  The team’s athletes have gone from seeing the darkest days to seeing the brightest lights shining on them as Olympic competitors.  But they don’t dwell on the past- they are grounded in the fact that those days are in the past and choose to focus only on the […]