The philosophy of Ubuntu derives from a Nguni word, ubuntu meaning "the quality of being human." Ubuntu manifests itself through various human acts, clearly visible in social, political, and economic situations, as well as among family.
What is magical about Punxsutawney is not just the movie or the mythical 127-year-old "prognosticator of prognosticators." The people and their values are the magic, and it is from the real people of Punxsutawney that America can learn some real lessons.
Because we know that we can always get on Facebook, or tweet or text, the very manner in which we are interacting in the physical world has changed. We are less engaged and less committed, less dependent upon this moment of being together for connection and emotional nourishment.
It's an overflowing piñata full of mediocre television. That isn't to say all reality television is bad. I do enjoy some, like The Amazing Race and Top Chef. However, I'm referring to the shows that go to the edge of crazy and jump over.
We the people of community are innovative and dynamic with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Let us gather together to support one another while allowing our cities to evolve in a supportive and healthy environment.
Jennifer VanderLaan isn't one to judge a person based on appearance. The 34-year-old wife and mother understands that no matter your background or social status everyone needs a helping hand at some point.
So yes, hats off to Craigslist Foundation for 10 great years of making a difference. But credit too, to the staff and board for recognizing the strengths of other organizations that were doing good work too.
Over the past few years on my Facebook page, I have regularly called for people to lift up joys and struggles for the community to hold in prayer. In 2012, I thought I would try something a little different.