When one of my 17 grandchildren was born with a rare undiagnosed neurological disease, my priorities changed. My passion was not politics, but helping my handicapped grandson Braeden, now 7-years-old... Like all grandparents would say, all their grandchildren are the light of their lives, but a handicapped child is a pure delight.
Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools' National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change.
The United States of America: we take the name of our nation for granted. From the perspective of nearly two and a half centuries of history, it appears obvious that we should be one country, bound together by constitutional principles, stretching from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.
Student poverty needn't be an "intractable" issue that we can't address, or that we must set aside while we "fix" public schools. Rather, our schools are microcosms of our increasingly diverse, but also increasingly unequal, country.
If you want to experience the Revolutionary War on our Independence Day, go to one (or preferably all) of these historic watering holes.
For many Americans, July Fourth is a family holiday -- it involves backyard barbecues, maybe a parade through town, and a local fireworks show. Some people, however, have grander dreams of celebrating the nation's birthday with more pizzazz.
Watching fireworks is an exhilarating, can't-miss Fourth of July experience, but finding a spot to watch them is not. Avoid the lines and hassle this year by booking a room in one of these prime viewing spots, where the luxury of watching the show from the comfort of your room is included.
With improved source protection, consumer confidence in tap water is likely to rise -- and could spell trouble for the bottled water boom.
OK, so the five of us, all over 50 or spiraling rapidly toward it, were a bit rusty in the live rock and roll blowout department. Hence our collective idea to relive our youths by attending a Boston/Doobie Brothers concert.
It's important to have life goals and to strive for excellence, but it's also important to be content with where you are in the present moment.
don't think I would be here today, sharing my journey with you, had I chosen to battle and fight against cancer. I would have depleted what little physical and emotional resources I had.
Although summer vacations are traditionally meant for getting away and unplugging, we can't help but love these super high-tech hotels that boast some of the coolest geek-friendly amenities we've ever seen.
Boston-based Interior design firm Terrat Elms Interior Design uses bright modern art in this living room to give a subtle gesture to the chaos of city living.
Despite being the site of major trolley and subway lines, Kenmore Square has never really been a destination. Unless you count the punk scene it attracted in the 1980s, or the methadone hub it became in the '90s.
Boston Calling will hopefully open the door to future festivals and the like, as Boston is a highly underserved market for such happenings. Having grown up and gone to school there, I can say that I wish Boston Calling had been running when I was around, as it turns the entire city into a party for the weekend.
Silicon Valley grew out the convergence of several successes over several decades. Time and chance will tell which efforts will boom and which will bust.