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Three Bobcat Claps for Jon

Stacy Bare | Posted 04.23.2014 | Impact
Stacy Bare

Jon, in his own particularly Midwestern Buddha like way, wanted you to know he didn't care what you did as long as you cared what you did. He was a friend to all of us, the freaks, the geeks, the jocks, the theater kids, band nerds, the stoners and burnouts and dropouts.

Black History Month Musings: on Langston Hughes and the 'Best New Poets'

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 04.12.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

African American poets gave a glimpse into what W.E.B. Dubois famously identified as 'The Souls of Black Folks.' Our students honored their poetic forbears which was also a manifesto about the importance of poetry in young people's lives.

Remembering My Mom: The Living Memories Project

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

My mother was essentially a cheerful, optimistic person. When I was bored, sad or depressed, she would say: "Get yourself a project." So I decided my project would be to interview people about how they keep alive the memories of their loved ones.

Mourning a Friend I Never Met

Sherman Yellen | Posted 02.26.2014 | Good News
Sherman Yellen

She didn't email or have a computer, but she had something better than that for communicating: a generous heart.

A Tribute to My Hero

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Tarun Sakhrani

My real hero lived in my hometown, in India; my hero was closer to me, closer to my life and more real than reel.

A Lantern Floats in Brooklyn: A Mandela Tribute My Kids Will Never Forget

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Kate Quarfordt

When I come home and announce that they're lighting lanterns at Madiba for Mandela, she jumps up and asks if it's his birthday again. I explain that this time they're not celebrating the beginning of his life but the end of it.

The Day I Met Mandela: My Lesson in Unity, Freedom and Equality Through Sport

Johann Koss | Posted 02.04.2014 | Sports
Johann Koss

I remember the man they call Madiba with great fondness, admiration and gratitude. Not only was he a man who dedicated his life to peace and freedom, he was an incomparable leader who truly understood the power of sport.

The Power of Doris Lessing: A Tribute

Adele Scheele | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Adele Scheele

Doris Lessing's death came hard to me. Her impact as a writer was magical, igniting women to find their callings and live more authentic lives. Her semi-autobiographical novel, The Golden Notebook, limned what life would be like if only women could step outside the girdle of society's constraints of how we ought to behave.

My 6-Year-Old Teacher

Vanessa Contopulos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Contopulos

From the beginning of our time together, Isabel moved my heart deeply. Without spoken language, she communicated through her eyes, the slight lifting of the corner of her mouth to form a little smile, and with movements of her tiny fingers.

What I Want You to Hear in Tribute to 9/11

Dr. Karin L. Smithson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karin L. Smithson

Today, may the gentle sounds of our whispered blessings rise up and join together in the September skies, covering our nation with a sheltering blanket of reverence, unity, and meaning.

Joy Comes in the Mourning: Part II

Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2013 | College
Don Meyer, Ph.D.

"One short night sleep past, we wake eternally ,and Death shall be no more; Death, though shalt die." John Donne, author of "Death Be Not Proud" Las...

Two Female Political Bloggers Pay Tribute to Pam's House Blend

Sue Kerr | Posted 09.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

When Pam announced in mid-June 2013 that she would be shuttering Pam's House Blend to concentrate on her personal health, it was a sad moment. But is also gave us an opportunity to reflect on the impact Pam has had on our own blogging and the realities of women blogging.

Fleeting Breath

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 04.14.2013 | College
Sofiya Ballin

In high school I had a teacher say that most of us would start losing our grandparents in college, that statement resounds constantly now. I read this at my grandmother's memorial.

Alabanza a Doña Becky: A Tribute to Rebecca Tarbotton

Maura O'Neill | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Maura O'Neill

Courageous. Enthusiastic. Thoughtful. Creative. Forceful. Dealmaker. As the forests across the world weep, we raise our praise to Becky and promise that we will make her proud as we work to eliminate rainforest deforestation in the world's supply chains.

Tribute and Legacy: Being Present

Lisa Niver Rajna | Posted 02.10.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Niver Rajna

Sitting between my parents at the temple where I grew up, I felt lucky. It seemed odd at a funeral, but that is how I felt.

2008 Election's Biggest Videos: YouTube Flashback

Shira Lazar | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Shira Lazar

Take a ride down YouTube's memory lane with the best news flubs, pop culture parodies, musical tributes, dug-up footage, and celebrity endorsements from one of the most revolutionary political events in American history.

RIP Nyan Cat: A Musical Tribute by Keyboard Cat

Shira Lazar | Posted 01.03.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Courtesy of What's Trending, YouTube's famous Keyboard Cat pays a chill, musical tribute to Marty the cat -- the inspiration behind the wildly famo...

How to Leave a Legacy

Dr. James J. Kelly | Posted 12.16.2012 | College
Dr. James J. Kelly

From my perspective, leaving a legacy starts with living your life with dedication, passion, purpose, civility, and striving to share your vision with others. A legacy may naturally follow.

Remembering 9/11 and the Majestic Bases of the Twin Towers

Ben Kerschberg | Posted 09.10.2012 | New York
Ben Kerschberg

When the first tower fell, my heart stopped. When the second fell, I don't remember whether I wanted to cry, but I know, 11 years later, I wouldn't have been able to. I was paralyzed. I felt both powerless as an American and that America was powerless.

An Old School Kind of Love: Leela James Tributes Etta James

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 10.07.2012 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

Leela James' willingness to re-imagine the music of Etta James through many musical and historical contexts, speaks to the ways that the older James' music was a constant inspiration for the younger James.

Emails from Nora

Pamela Newton | Posted 09.15.2012 | Women
Pamela Newton

I don't know why Nora took an interest in me. I like to think that maybe she saw her younger self in me.

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien! - Nora

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 08.31.2012 | Celebrity
Carol Muske-Dukes

Last night I had a dream that starred Nora Ephron as Edith Piaf. I was a friend of Nora's (like half the Western world, I know) and like half the Western world I was shocked to learn, in one phone call last Tuesday, not only that Nora had cancer, but that she was dying. So, here is my Nora story.

The Last Time I Saw My Father

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 08.22.2012 | Fifty
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Some nights, after working fourteen hours a day in his grocery, my father would sit, his pale blue eyes somewhere as far away as the Black Sea, and speak their names: Chaim, Yossi, Leib, Schmuel.

Black Actors Nationwide Pay Tribute to James Baldwin

Cheryl Wills | Posted 08.20.2012 | Black Voices
Cheryl Wills

There were roars of laughter during a star-studded production of The Amen Corner which was staged at 25 theaters across the country June 18th, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of playwright James Baldwin's passing.

Louise Brooks - Cover Girl and Secret Muse of the 20th Century

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 08.06.2012 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Brooks has become a kind of a 20th-century icon, shorthand and symbol for the Jazz Age. In publishing, her iconic image has graced the covers of an increasing number of books -- many of which, notably, are not about the actress or the movies.