Fall is a season full of hope and promise on college and university campuses when students arrive to begin a new academic year. They bring with them energy, talent and exuberance for their academic and co-curricular interests, and, increasingly, they bring a deeply held belief in their responsibilities to one another and their communities.
The Palestinian cause continues to attract supporters from around the world. Volunteers wishing to give some of their time and expertise in solidarity...
In October, 2008, as part of an internship, I traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An orphan I spoke to said the most important people in his life were those who helped. When I asked him who helped, he said no one.
As we celebrate Grandparents Day, to us it's no coincidence that it's the same time as the beginning of the school year. Grandparents are here to help us get the American education system back on track.
There is a world within our world that moves without fussing and shouting. It labors within our daily lives with a steady pace that is unlikely to slow down. This world is a reality for Translators4Children.
It is no secret in Iowa that service and volunteerism are near and dear to my heart. Service was a core component of my first inaugural address in 1983 and, in my most recent inaugural address in 2011, I highlighted service as part of a new covenant between government and the people we serve.
by Amanda Honeywell Whenever I first mention "My Mother's House" to friends, they immediately ask: Why do you call your own house, "my mother's ho...
The lone pilot whale who stranded this week was described as showing behavior that resembled a "stroke," but that behavior -- uncoordinated, unable to swim upright -- would also be the result of any trauma to the brain, including that known to be caused by loud sound.
Storms highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and the responsibility we all have to be ready when disasters happen. We want everyone to make preparedness a priority this month. Here are some steps you can take now to get ready to help.
Seismic: seis•mic adjective \ˈsīz-mik, ˈsīs-\ : of, subject to, or caused by an earthquake; also : of or relating to an earth vibration caused...
Education is not just a teacher's responsibility. Education is a community endeavor. It takes concerned parents, businesspeople, community leaders, and others to successfully educate our children. But citizens, like teachers, are conflicted about and often bewildered by our education system.
Remember when concert tours were eco-friendly? Yeah, me neither. But this, "said no one ever," is potentially on its way to being a, "said everyone." Reverb, a non-profit, is working to green-ify music tours and do outreach and education.
The day after Pearl Harbor, December 8, 1941, every able bodied man and woman joined the war effort... and so it was on September 12, 2001. I came ho...
On the National Day of Service let us applaud the hundreds of thousands of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers who have given selflessly for more than a decade to make our nation healthier, safer and stronger.
Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that he coined and that has now spread across the world. Mary Gordon is a former kindergarten teacher who founded Roots of Empathy, an organization dedicated to teaching emotional literacy and promoting empathy in children. As Mary told us, empathy is a two-way street and is best nurtured by example. Philosophers have known this for centuries. "No one can live happily who has regard for himself alone and transforms everything into a question of his own utility," wrote the first-century Stoic philosopher Seneca. And in practically every religious tradition and practice, giving of oneself is a key step on the path to spiritual fulfillment.
We can tap into joy every single day. It is always accessible, even if just for an instant. It is a conscious choice. With even a small amount of effort, we can fill our cloudy skies with a rainbow.