Kinky Friedman: Well, for one thing I'm going totally f**king deaf, which is a good thing. I only care about two things, and they are Libya and Charlie Sheen. Also, if you're going deaf and you're imaginative, you can think of more interesting things for people to say rather than what they're really saying.
Like establishing a garden or writing a book, building a patio in an uncertain world is an exercise in enlisting the passage of time to advantage: an act of faith.
Support for Death With Dignity from across the ocean is encouraging. And when it comes from Desmond Tutu it carries a particularly gratifying weight.
Art has a way of sneaking up on us, getting under the skin and stripping off the confusion, cowardice and fear that holds us back from our most authentic actions. The artist's approach takes many forms from stealthy to direct.
I arrived in Mandela's homeland thinking I had something to offer, but left feeling like I had just been given an education by some wiser friends.
July 18th is Nelson Mandela International Day on the UN calendar of observances, and as part my own contribution to promote this day among the online community, I had a stroll with Ndaba Mandela, Madiba's second eldest grandson, the man book makers have dubbed the next Mandela.
Shelter. Safety. Security. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) data on internally displaced person...
Night after night the news reports break our hearts. Scores of unaccompanied migrant children are warehoused on our borders. Teenagers -- Israeli and Palestinian -- are brutally beaten and killed as the Middle East conflict escalates. And the epidemic of gun violence takes 11 young lives over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago alone.
For 67 years the late Mr. Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity -- as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker, and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa, my homeland.
As the sector continues to grow, we collectively owe a huge debt of gratitude to the late Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a major advocate for using sports to promote change, and many people credit him with being the "father" of Sport for Good.
With the World Cup kicking off this month, I'm reminded of the powerful stories of children who have gained from playing sports. Children like Tiago.
As proud as we can be to buy a $1 dollar flag and wave it for hours, we should also be proud to work to get Oscar Lopez Rivera out of jail and to get Roberto Clemente's #21 retired from all of baseball. Until then we will only be a community that knows how to wave flags for our pride.
Mafia and bullying are not only linked by the issues that characterize them. They also share the solution we need to resolve these plagues. A solution that may appear obvious but that is falling short in Democratic nations around the globe.
Today marks the passing of Maya Angelou, whose passionate and timeless voice for empathy, passion and humanity touched millions. Throughout her life, Dr. Angelou eloquently presented a powerful and unique expression of what we can become and what we must leave behind.
The purpose of Memorial Day -- obviously enough -- is to remember our troops, past and present, with gratitude for their service. But what are those service-members themselves remembering?