My real hero lived in my hometown, in India; my hero was closer to me, closer to my life and more real than reel.
Jerry is one of those rare writers who goes between Hollywood screenplays and novels. He writes dark subversive stories and he somehow continues to get away with it.
As I listened to my grandmother's tales of the past, brave heroes and stubborn children, compassion and tolerance, I paid them little mind. Little did I know they would become so much more.
There is so much more to Mandela's life story, and this revealing bio-film fleshes out those details while definitively establishing the psyche of a man who is best described as an earthly saint.
By definition, to slay is to destroy or extinguish, but in the case of 15-year-old Jordan Vincent, the moniker she has been given, "the cancer slayer," is much more heroic than the distinction conveys.
In truth Josh has become my hero. I'm not sure I'd have demonstrated the same character and courage if I'd been placed in a situation like his. I have many hopes and dreams for Josh.
"When the smack begins to flow, then I really don't care anymore" a man recites in front of a packed chapel in north London choking back the tears. This is not your ordinary Sunday afternoon church service. Instead it is a memorial for Lou Reed, held a week after the musician's death.
Dachau's liberation story is not hypothetical to me. What this soldier saw when he opened the gates of Dachau was a sea of corpses, emaciated, tossed one atop the other in obscene piles. A few skeletons emerged alive, however, and one of them was my own father.
Have you ever spoken to your kids about the realities of war? What about the debt each of us owes to our veterans and their families? This is a great opportunity to begin having these family conversations.
The novel's World War I heroics -- in front-line regimental aid posts, forward dressing stations, casualty-clearing-stations, resuscitation wards, thoracic wards and gas wards -- might just trigger the consciences of those whose policies and strategies have been responsible for turning so many soldiers and marines into patients.
I had the privilege of hearing Louis Zamperini speak at a local church. At age 93, he was not only entertaining but inspiring. In the overflowing church, Louis asked for all war veterans to stand.
Last week, 20 Penn undergraduates traveled to Silicon Valley to tour large tech companies and meet founders. This is my impression of a meeting with J...
There are moments in one's life that stand apart from the rest. There are magnificent highs and terrifying lows. But then there are those other moments when you know that something seemingly ordinary turns out to be, well, extraordinary.
I can no longer remember how to do long division, but I remember not to do drugs because, starting in second grade, I was subjected to a relentless anti-drug program called "Here's Looking at You, 2000."
The only element of The Wizard of Oz that stood out to me as a boy was the field of red poppies. Did a part of my subconscious internalize this foreshadowing of the devastating journey that I would take through my own poppy field many years later?
In Game of Thrones the most heroic character, Ned Stark, had his head on a spike by the end of Season One. The other good ones were massacred at a banquet by the end of Season Three, the pregnant one stabbed in the belly. Repeatedly. Were House members taking notes?