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Holly Lebowitz Rossi is Beliefnet's Health and Relationships Editor. A graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Divinity School, she has more than a decade of experience writing about religion and spirituality for Newsweek, The Washington Post, Spa Finder, Sojourners, Search, and many other publications. Her commentaries have also been heard on NPR’s “All Things Considered." When not at her desk, you can find her baking, in her garden, or rockin' out in water aerobics class. She lives in Arlington, Mass. Visit for more.

This is the post in which we say goodbye.  We’re both leaving our respective jobs at Beliefnet, and so it’s time to step away from the blog. So, this is the post in which we say goodbye…by saying thank you.  […]

This morning, I want to introduce you Fresh Lifers to our new brother blogger, Jonathan Ellerby!  Jonathan is an extraordinary writer as well as being the spiritual program director at Canyon Ranch Resort in Tuscon.  His blog, Practical Spirituality, is […]

I’m almost through editing a new Beliefnet feature that’s currently titled “How to Put Boundaries Around Worry,” and….yeah.  This passage from the introduction might just become my new mantra.  Try reading this out loud to yourself in a (lovingly) strong […]

“Every man is the builder of a temple called his body….” — Henry David Thoreau. Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection! Read more: //

I feel like I have more than usual on my mind these days–mostly questions, hypotheticals, and the most toxic of all, “what-ifs” swirling around my brain. Last night as I was falling asleep, I had one of those thought/dreams that […]

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still […]

As I type this, I am listening to the songs of several birds hopping and twittering (lowercase-t) among the branches of the Norway maple tree outside my office window. Tomorrow at this time, those birds will have to hop and […]

“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection! Read more: //

Yesterday, my husband and I went to a 3:00 movie at the sweet little theater up the street from our house.  It was a Hitchcock festival, and they were showing “Rear Window,” far and away my favorite of his movies.  […]

Rue McClanahan has died at age 76 after suffering a massive stroke, according to news reports, and the entertainment world mourns yet another loss.  McClanahan had a long and full career – remember that she worked with Bea Arthur on […]