Woman Fighting Sex Slavery Named Hero Of The Year

November 21, 2010 by  
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2010 marked the forth year CNN honors individuals who invest their time and energy to help others. Since 2007 men and women who feed the hungry, educate and protect children, bring clean water to far away places receive the spotlight for the causes. This year the winner is Anuradha Koirala chosen by the public during and eight week online voting process. Her program has saved over 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery.

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Rescuing Our Inner Child

November 11, 2010 by  
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Angie Rubin

Families are complex.  But, it is in these early dynamics that we learn to be and relate with the outside world.

Most of the things we learn while growing up are good; love, forgiveness and solidarity.  Unfortunately, we also inherit some of our parents’ unresolved issues, our interpretation of them as well as our position in the family.  Once grown up we go out into the world – without realizing – repeating the same learned dynamics over and over as an effort to resolve our hang ups.

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Slow Down And Remember What Really Matters

October 13, 2010 by  
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I had dinner last night with a new friend who at age 20 had cancer and lost her leg to it.  She has since gotten married and had a daughter who is now 21 years old.

We talked about having experienced the power of life’s sudden changes.  I lost a husband, she lost a leg.  But instead of us becoming fearful creatures we have both understood that life needs to be lived completely and every day.

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Rescue In The Water

May 11, 2010 by  
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How the quick thinking of three college women saved the life of an experienced fisherman.

By Jason Kersten

Mike McClure waded into Sarasota Bay for a little fishing on a beautiful day last April. The 67-year-old retired youth counselor had been angling in Florida’s intracoastal waters for years. This afternoon, the water off the New College of Florida campus was shallow enough at low tide that McClure could easily walk 100 yards offshore and cast his line in any direction. Sporting waders that reached up to his chest, he worked his way south down a sandbar, searching for his first nibble of the day.

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“I was just enjoying the heck out of the experience,” says McClure.

Near sunset, still without a fish, he decided to turn back. Rather than retrace his earlier course, though, he chose a more direct path toward shore, assuming the bay wouldn’t get deeper along the way. Instead, it had become an impassable trough, and he was trapped. “When I turned around and realized that the water was getting close to my waist, I just felt so alone,” he remembers. He tried to wade along different angles, but shallower water eluded him. Finally, he decided his safest option was to head straight for land and hope for the best.

“Within about five steps, the water was coming in through the top of the waders,” says McClure.

He felt the deadweight of the flooding waders pulling him down and knew that if he didn’t get out of them, he would drown. Thinking fast, he dropped his fishing rod, then lifted his legs to try to kick his way out of the waders. Instead, they pulled him completely below the surface. Thrashing, he started swallowing water. At the same time, the current caught him, and he could no longer touch bottom.

From left: Loren Niurka Mora, Caitlin Petro, and Eliza Cameron at  Sarasota Bay
Photographed by Preston C. Mack/Redux
From left: Loren Niurka Mora, Caitlin Petro, and Eliza Cameron at Sarasota Bay

Back onshore, Eliza Cameron, 19, Loren Niurka Mora, 20, and Caitlin Petro, 20, had been watching McClure fish?as they lounged on a patch of grass after a long week of classes. They saw McClure go under and then heard him cry, “Help!” His head was back above the water, but he was still trapped in the waders, and he was losing his breath…Continued

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