The premise of retired army civil affairs Colonel Christopher Holshek's latest venture -- and adventure -- can be succinctly stated: When we become better citizens, we become a better country. When we serve our community, we serve our country.
When New York City transplants, Whitney Skibell and Adrienne Bavar, moved to San Francisco they were alarmed by the overwhelmingly large homeless population. The amount of homeless women and children in particular stood out to the two New Yorkers.
Our world is changing--in many ways for the better. Poverty and child mortality rates are declining, increasing numbers of primary age children attend school, and world leaders are taking collective action to counter climate change.
The 21st century has ushered in an era of unlimited and instant communication. Everyone's opinion can reach around the world. The internet does not discriminate -- it passes on the same content to thousands of different audiences but often with a variety of interpretations.
The way that Orlando has come together -- uniting as one, supporting each other and taking care of the fallen and their families -- confirms everything I have always hoped about humanity, strength and the tenacity of the human spirit.
The word authenticity is being thrown around a bit casually these days, a trending "buzz word" in the urban vernacular. We hear people make statements such as, "I am just being me" when they choose to act certain ways or express their opinions.