I learned at a very young age that life is a precious gift, and living in a life of fear will only hold me back from chasing my dreams. This is the life I've been given, and I can promise you I'm always going to make the most of it.
The largest antiwar movement ever to protest a war that had yet to happen had just packed its tents and gone home in despair, while George W. Bush and his top officials were in their “mission accomplished” triumphalist mode.
We know children are influenced by everything from family income and dynamics to what happens in the classroom. Helping students uncover their strengths, rather than their weaknesses, and develop their potential should be the paramount focus for education.
Being my mother's only child has been a blessing and a curse. It has meant that I have been lucky enough to have her all to myself. All of her love, generosity and support. When obstacles began to come down our way, it meant that I was the only person who could love her as only a daughter can.
This week marked six months since Superstorm Sandy left entire communities devastated, families homeless, and many with little hope. But in the midst of this natural disaster, many banded together. One young filmmaker in New York, Farihah Zaman, caught that resilience and acts of service on video.
As I mother, I desperately want to protect him. I want his struggles to go away. I don't want the world to view him as being different or abnormal. I want him to be just like every other child, but the reality is that his disorder is here to stay. The reality is we live in the world of autism.
Like many American millennials, an 8th grade field trip first brought me into contact with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Unlike most of my peers, however -- then and now -- visiting the Museum was not my first up-close and personal encounter with genocide.
The news of the week has been overwhelming. Devastating. And it's been tough for me personally not because I know anyone who was impacted directly by the attack in Boston, but because I had to process it alone.
The men and women who ran into the scene of the explosions, risking their lives to help save another, is an act that shows just how strong this community is. The ability for complete strangers to come together as one during times of crisis is something that is larger than life.
When I got the window, I was told that the person in front of me had already paid for my items. The woman at the window looked in my van and noticed Astrid in the back and said,"You know, there are so many good people in the world. Just know that, OK?"
Tragedy has a way of drawing attention to a particular occurrence and the circumstances that surround it. The Boston Marathon bombings is one of those acts of terror that will become synonymous with the event for years to come.
The next time you feel a certain malaise that often accompanies being environmentally aware these days, shut off the device, step outside, find the biggest blue or green expanse around, and jump, hike, or climb in.
On those days when nothing seems possible, we have to believe in ourselves and ultimately in the temporary nature of our discontent. And with a little effort, and a practiced approach, we can find our way past our own stumbling blocks and make our way to the possibilities that hope offers.
Jesus came to rescue the broken ones, the downcast and the hurting ones. He came to rescue you and me. With many of us battling for the title of chief, we are all in desperate need of forgiveness and healing.
Don't waste time lamenting the years that have passed when your dreams drifted by unfulfilled. It's a great waste of your creative spirit and won't effect anything except to make too depressed to take positive action.
How can it be, in this vastly connected "civilized" world, that 2.5 million children die each year from drinking bad water? That's 5,000 kids per day, one child every 22 seconds! So by the time you're finished reading this, 15 little kids will no longer be.
No Place On Earth let the group of us who made the film -- our film family -- touch, taste and in very low light see the the power of the human spirit, the power of family, friendship, and a village underground.
To ensure the vitality of our nation, it's continued progress, to more fundamentally remember who we are and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and all those who died fighting for us, we must remember....we all have a role to play.
It is clear that I must now make a new home for myself within my own heart. There I must create a door that is always open, a light that burns eternally, a spark that cherishes my name, and a blessing of continual self-forgiveness.