Practice in small things prepares a person for the glory of those rare, big choices that make us the human beings we're meant to be.
Today as I write, it's the 14th anniversary of 9/11. Most of us will never run into a burning building or otherwise throw ourselves into harm's way to...
Fourteen years have gone by but the memories are still fresh. The Senate Office Buildings where I grew up looked like they were under siege. Concrete barriers blocked the streets.
Doing the right thing is relative, I realize. Yet, I am curious if there is a basic foundation of character within us that leads us to make more 'right' rather than 'wrong' choices?
My dream, as unconventional as it is, is becoming a reality. I'm lucky enough to do it alongside my little pug, who just so happens to be my very best friend.
Last month, murder was on the mind of a Moroccan immigrant traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. He boarded his train armed with an AK-47 rifle, a Luger handgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a box-cutter.
As much as I have mocked the idea, and tweeted jokes about it, in a weird way that I am reluctant to admit (which is why this sentence is going on for so long) the idea of a Donald Trump presidency is starting to grow on me. Like fungus maybe, but growing nonetheless.
What enabled the three young Americans to attack and stop the well-armed man on the train from Amsterdam to Paris, most likely saving many lives, including their own?
Today, you can begin to create the moral hero within who will act fast and instinctively tomorrow. Or you can deepen and reinforce the good tendencies you already have. It's up to you.
This being true to your whole self -- this individuation -- isn't easy. It takes courage and perseverance, but in the long run it feels better. And for many people, bringing their unique offerings to the world is what gives their life meaning.
Fostering isn't just good for the dog -- it can do wonders for the human as well! A dog needs daily exercise, and that helps us to get up, get out of the house, and experience simplicity.
Heroes are among us in the disability community speaking out for those who cannot always speak for themselves. Barry Prizant, Ph.D., speech-language pathologist and author of the new book UNIQUELY HUMAN: A Different Way of Seeing Autism, is one of those heroes.
It's someone you look up to, someone for whom you have great respect, someone you admire and probably wonder how can that person do what they do? T...
Go set a Watchman is about growing up and realizing that your own parents are no more than flawed human beings too, learning how to stand by your own values -- set your own watchman if you will -- and still be able to live alongside those you disagree with.
Inspiration, when it happens, can be life-altering. A song. A movie. A poem. A dance. A painting. A hug. A smile. An act of kindness witnessed from afar. No matter where the inspiration comes from, its power can shift our perception and alter the way we see ourselves, forever.
A long time ago, I cheered for my adorable smiling preschooler as he hit the tee, and finally the ball after his fifth swing. The following year, I asked Nikolas if he'd like to play T-ball again and he replied, "No, baseball is a waste of my life." A few years passed and Nikolas announced he'd like to give the sport another try.