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Leaving Identity Issues to Other Folks

Phyllis Allen - Fort Worth, Texas
As heard on All Things Considered, July 11, 2005

For years, Phyllis Allen found her belief in the social movement of the times: from civil rights to Black Power. Now in her 50s, she is finally able to believe in the woman she is.

The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal

Jackie Lantry - Rehoboth, Massachusetts
As heard on Morning Edition, August 1, 2005

Several years ago, Jackie Lantry found herself in a Chinese hotel room with a terrified young boy. Today, her adopted son Luke is a happy member of her Massachusetts family thanks to the power of love.

Living Life With 'Grace And Elegant Treeness'

Ruth Kamps - Waukesha, Wisconsin
As heard on Morning Edition, August 15, 2005

After being transplanted from a vibrant city life to the isolation of a small town, retired school teacher Ruth Kamps found solace in nature and inspiration in the pine tree growing outside her kitchen window.

Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing

Cecilia Muñoz - Washington, District of Columbia
As heard on Morning Edition, September 26, 2005

For Cecilia Muñoz, a childhood memory of anger has inspired a career in activism. She believes that early outrage fuels her work on behalf of Hispanic immigrants for the National Council of La Raza.

An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man

Albert Einstein - Princeton, New Jersey
As heard on All Things Considered, 2005

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein finds beauty in life's mysteries, and says the fate of mankind depends on individuals choosing public service over private gain.

The Power of Presence

Debbie Hall - Escondido, California
As heard on All Things Considered, December 26, 2005

Psychologist Debbie Hall believes in being present with people. She says those intimate moments when we bear witness to a passage or help someone carry an emotional burden are vital in our busy world.

The Power And Mystery Of Naming Things

Eve Ensler - New York, New York
As heard on All Things Considered, March 20, 2006

The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler believes in speaking up. She says when we name the things that make us uncomfortable or afraid, then demons are faced, silences are broken, and freedom is won.

A Balance Between Nature And Nurture

Gloria Steinem - New York, New York
As heard on All Things Considered, August 22, 2005

In debating nature versus nurture, Gloria Steinem believes we are asking the wrong question. She says we are an unpredictable mix of both, a mix that creates endless possibilities for a better future.

Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day

Josh Rittenberg - New York, New York
As heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, February 27, 2006

What kind of world are we leaving younger generations? Manhattan teenager Josh Rittenberg says all parents worry about their children’s futures. But he believes he and his peers will see a better world.

The Power of Mysteries

Alan Lightman - Boston, Massachusetts
As heard on Morning Edition, January 2, 2006

Childhood wonder at the stars fueled Alan Lightman’s interest in science. Now an astrophysicist and novelist, Lightman believes our greatest creativity, in science and art, comes from awe at the unknown.