The experiences, the lessons I learned, the challenges I faced, the tears I shed, and the laughing I did, those are the important aspects of my life. Those are the moments in my life that got me to where I am today.
When did apathy become the next big thing? When did compassion become a sign of weakness? And most importantly, where did the idea that people are two-dimensional come from? That a person can either be good or evil.
Between January and November, Human Rights Watch interviewed more than 100 people with disabilities, along with their families, and assessed their needs during the current conflicts in Yemen and the Central African Republic, as well as the European refugee crisis.
Let me tell you a story about a man named David Loop. I'd never heard of him until July 31 of this year when I came across a Facebook post about him saving a little dog he thought was dead on the road.
Much of the outside world does not realize the roller coaster of emotion highly-sensitive types are on because we're often very good at hiding it behind smiling eyes, a happy-go-lucky giggle, optimism and a deep trust in the world as a wonderful place.
It's back, the admirable Canada of the Vietnam-war era. Fresh from winning the Canadian election and then appointing a gender-balanced cabinet, new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has shown up the entire GOP Presidential field with regard to the Syrian refugees.