I learned some things about acceptance on a summer day just a couple months after my Parkinson’s diagnosis at age 48. It was supposed to have been a fun outing — kayaking with a few friends and, collectively, our six middle-school-aged daughters for a last hurrah before their school year started. We rented kayaks and set into the Mullica River in Southern New Jersey, about an hour and worlds away from the city of Philadelphia where I live. …



Gesundheitsgefahr! ! !

Shelley and I stared at the words scrawled in black across the sturdy bicycle directional signs that we had been following for six days. We had developed a certain faith in the comfort those signs had brought us. Just an image of a bike and an arrow, a form of communication that didn’t need a language, which was especially helpful to two young women on a three-week European bicycling tour who didn’t speak any German. But now there was some kind of urgent warning defacing what had been the only reliable touchstone on our journey.

What can we learn from a country’s national parks? Why does a government decide to get into the business of park management anyway? Doesn’t it have other things to worry about, like national defense, taxes, crime, healthcare, education, and the mail?

It turns out that nature can sometimes transcend even the most basic tasks of governing.

National Parks may just be a rare example of a government acting on virtue alone. Yosemite was the place that started it all. When European settlers were conquesting westward across the land that’s now the lower U.S. 48, they came upon the Yosemite Valley…

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The estimated 53,000 professional coaches practicing worldwide in the nearly $2.4 billion industry of professional coaching have a public perception problem: people often don’t really know what coaches do. That’s one of the conclusions identified in a market research study recently conducted by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Add to that problem the fact that anybody can introduce themselves to you as a coach — no specific training, license, or educational background is required by law — and it’s no wonder the public is confused about the benefits and quality of coaching.

That said, several professional coaching associations have taken…

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In the growing buzz about the opportunity for U.S. citizens to get dual citizenship through a process called “ancestral descendancy,” otherwise known as citizenship by descent, it’s worth paying attention to the details; that’s where the devils are. It is true that some countries offer this path to citizenship, but availability and terms vary widely among countries, and the process can be long and complicated, with unanticipated pitfalls along the way. Plus, if this is a path you’re committed to exploring, you should understand what dual citizenship really means for you.

Citizenship is essentially a contract between you and a…

Amy Montemarano

Writer on careers, educational travel, working well, and the law.

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