When you go to a museum and there's a donation box, but no set entrance fee, how much do you put in? Enter, pay-what-you-can restaurants: order a meal and then decide how much you think it's worth, or give what you can afford.
On this day we celebrate Adrienne's life, her accomplishments and the legacy she's left behind. It is in her honor that I started the Adrienne Shelly Foundation with a singular mission: to support women filmmakers.
The renewal of urban schools and communities are linked, as it is difficult for communities to improve without a decent education system, but it is also difficult for schools to improve without support from an energized, active community.
Thanks to the generous heart of Mike Rusch I was able this year to attended The Farm's Fall Harvest Party. It's actually hard to imagine me even being on a farm in Arkansas, much less having played a part of any farm's creation.
I still believe in the communion of potluck meals... in the importance of a community's witness and support when you celebrate or mourn. But I question whether we must have uniformity of belief in order to minister to each other.
Lots of well-meaning friends suggested that instead of chemotherapy, I try alternative remedies and cures. As a 35-year-old mother of two small children, choosing a less effective and unproven method of fighting cancer was not an option for me.
Two years ago, Chicago's Fenger High School had its 15 minutes of horrific fame when the beating death of an honor student named Derrion Albert -- caught suddenly in a surge of gang violence -- was recorded on a cell camera.
We can expect our leaders to innovate, to try new approaches and to learn from failure. We can support those that creatively consider how to bring in the people and the resources needed to solve local problems.