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America, my heart is broken. A couple of months ago, I wrote this letter about how awful it feels to be a Black guy who truly loves this country.  And you, America, have responded by making things much, much, worse. […]

Confession: I’ve spent about a week working on my follow-up article to my recent article: Dear America, from a black guy.  It’s taken longer than any other, because I keep getting upset and having to start over again.  There really […]

On July 7, fresh of watching videos of the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille, I wrote the following post on Facebook (note, if you are offended by those incidents being referred to as murder, then keep reading because […]

If you look at your life, you might start to notice a pattern emerge: Certain kinds of relationships, certain kinds of job situations, certain kinds of body difficulties, and all sorts of other things.  Sometimes these patterns can work to […]

Tomas Prower is the author of La Santa Muerte: Unearthing the Magic & Mysticism of Death, a book about how to tap into the power of the Ultimate Mystery to bring peace and healing into your life. In this exclusive […]

“Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honored. Dying…or busy with other assignments. Because dying, too, is one of our assignments in life. There as well: “To do […]

“You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them […]

“It’s a New Year and with it comes a fresh opportunity to shape our world. So this is my wish, a wish for me as much as it is a wish for you: in the world to come, let us […]

“I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” -James Baldwin Question submitted via Formspring: “Hi, I am trying to find a way to […]

“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.” ― Napoleon Hill As of the […]