Six years ago, during a time when my life had completely lost its luster, I met a clerk at a Wawa convenience store who understood the healing power...
Like many others, I have been profoundly moved by the Pope's visit to America this week. What a great and godly man. His homily in Philadelphia Satur...
It's a little-known fact that most hipster trends were actually started by Peace Corps Volunteers... Seriously. Just take a look.
Should Adam choose to pursue a STEM career, his leadership skill-building experiences will help give him the competitive edge that will put his resume at the top of the pile. In the meantime, we can't wait to see him back at Camp Invention next summer!
In truth, this work is not limited to a few people who dedicate their lives to serving others. We all have the ability to pause and reflect on who is standing before us at any given moment. And at that moment we are given a choice. We can choose to turn toward them rather than away.
I started volunteering with Earth Matter several years ago because I was drawn to the chickens, rabbits and goats. Aggressive squirrels, threatening rats and dive-bombing pigeons made up most of my wildlife interactions in NYC, and I longed to be around creatures more friendly and fun.
When someone goes through the tragedy that is losing a loved one to suicide they are called a "survivor of suicide loss." I became a survivor of suicide loss on July 19, 2011. I was 23 years old and my mother Joanie had ended her own life.
For those of us old enough to remember where we were on 9/11, our lives will forever be separated into the time before the Twin Towers fell, and the time after.
Back-to-school season is one of my favorite times of the year. September is when I take my show on the road, traveling the country to talk to high school students, parents, and college counselors about what they need to know about researching and applying to colleges.
I remember being one of a group of students who were not exactly revved up to start relearning economics. But Woods was excited. As soon as he started talking about it, he came alive. He was energized by the prospect of speaking to students about something he loved.
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.
My visit to Waveland, Mississippi, last week brought back one of the most searing images of destruction I have seen in my nearly two decades of working in the disaster response and volunteer management field.
Part of love is service. It feels good to help out, and what that does for your spirit can often make up for a deficiency of physical energy. But (for me, at least) those delicious feelings dry up under the harshness of overextending out of obligation.
"Everyone has a purpose in life ... a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we...
The next time you see someone rambling on the street or asking for money, put yourself in their position. We need to imagine lacking a family, lacking food and lacking simple roofs over our heads. Maybe then, we'll understand and begin showing compassion.
But despite the storm's destruction, and the ongoing problems with disaster recovery in America -- New Orleans' story is hardly all doom and gloom. In the years since Katrina, New Orleans has given many the opportunity to become our very best selves.