Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time.
I'll be cheering these inspiring athletes on every step of the way and I encourage you to discover for yourself what I've come to know: that being a part of Special Olympics has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
I've been parenting for 24 years now... and I still have a kid in elementary school. In fact, we are in year 18 of 20 consecutive years at the local elementary school.
Turquoise blue water, picture perfect sunsets, Dutch Caribbean architecture, landscapes that vary from lush green hills to barren desserts, and not to forget some of the best dive sites in the world - Bonaire is a dream destination for nature lovers.
I wish I could hug every angel out there that has helped us through this daunting process, but I can't except for with my words.
These disempowering messages push us toward patient-hood. It is not health news. It is sick news. We do not have a health care system. We have a sick care system. Disease is the doctor's domain, not health, if health is more than the absence of disease.
From Brazil to Kenya, from Lebanon to Bangladesh, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are acting as champions of change, holding their governments to account -- making them more responsive to their citizens.
Recently, we came across a story that at first sounded unique, as many seemingly random acts of goodness often do. Jeff Powell, a student in North Carolina, had used a 3D printer to make a functional prosthetic hand for a little boy.
Throughout my life there have been many numbers of significance. For instance 4 -- the number of children I have had the immense pleasure of being a father to; or the age when my daughter Alex first voiced her desire to host a lemonade stand to help doctors on their way to finding cures for all kids with cancer.
Since 2011, Moving Worlds has been connecting people, referred to as "Experteers," who want to volunteer their expertise with social impact organizations around the globe.
Over 60 FedEx employees volunteered this past weekend to help replant a two-acre forest site at Virginia Key North Point on Virginia Key Beach in Miami.
After one mother initially suggested the idea to her son, he quickly texted his friends and within 15 minutes they had all gathered and started planning their relief efforts! They walked through the neighborhood giving assistance to others in need. What incredible young men!
Before then, Memorial Day felt more like a "day-off," but now it's an opportunity to honor the service of friends, colleagues, classmates and my grandfather's generation who put service over self to defend our nation.
Inside we all know there is something we can do for the greater good. We need to listen to the voice reminding us that we are fortunate and often take basic essentials for granted -- yet others are not as lucky.
The women I am among, the ones who have assured themselves I'm not a voyeur, give me a great deal for credit for my photographic labor. I'm dedicated, I take lovely photos, I'm always around. It's a lot of work. I feel duty-bound to acknowledge that my motives are much more self-serving.
Mentoring. After seven years... here is what I have figured out. It is everything I thought it would be and conversely nothing I thought it would be....