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The Real Miracle of Nelson Mandela Isn't What We Think

(4) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 1:49 PM

Fifteen years ago almost to the day, I saw President Nelson Mandela in person in South Africa. And in the process, I got to experience a miracle happen, too.

It was December 1, 1998. I was spending a year as a visiting fellow at the University of Cape Town, and...

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Follow the Helpers, Not the Haters

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 5:40 PM

This week, as we all began learning of and responding to the bombings in Boston, a meme of Mr. Rogers went viral on Facebook. Like a lot of us, I grew up visiting him almost every day in Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, his long-running children's TV show. So it...

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Is the Good Samaritan a Criminal in Alabama?

(13) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 4:03 PM

One of my earliest memories is of a tornado roaring through my neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I was less than four years old, but I vividly remember sitting in the linen closet cradling my infant brother, as I heard the enormous roar of wind and listened to the trees in...

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Troy Davis and Lawrence Brewer: The Burden of Care

(15) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 2:15 PM

One of the interesting things about Facebook is how it can sometimes burst the protective bubbles in which we often hold our more important moral conversations and force us to do some actual reflection. On Wednesday night, I watched in horror and shame as my home state of Georgia killed...

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