Featured Essays

The essays in this category have been featured as our Essay of the Week.

May 6, 2022

The Guts to Keep Going

Amy Lyles Wilson helped her newly widowed mother adjust to life alone, teaching her how to do things her father had always done. It inspired Wilson’s belief in the courage of “gutsy, wrinkled broads.”
April 22, 2022

Seeing in Beautiful, Precise Pictures

As a person living with autism, Temple Grandin explains that she lives by concrete rules, not abstract beliefs. Without the ability to process abstract thought, she thinks in pictures and in sounds.
April 10, 2022

Unhardened Hearts

Kate Hutton is a high school English teacher who asks her students each year to read To Kill a Mockingbird. This year, her students were especially passionate sharing their feelings about racism, fairness, and equality, and Ms. Hutton believes there is hope for their future.
March 28, 2022

Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing

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.
February 23, 2022

Health Care Is a Human Right

As an infectious disease specialist, Dr. Paul Farmer has traveled the planet to organize and provide medical treatment for the poor. He believes good health care is vital, but it’s just the first step in creating a world free of all human suffering.
June 8, 2020

The Birthright of Human Dignity

In his 1953 memoir, “The Seeking,” Will Thomas detailed his family’s experience of moving to an all-white New England town. His essay explores how his own bigotry once shaped his beliefs.
May 25, 2020

Remembering All The Boys

Elvia Bautista was devastated when her brother was killed in a gang shooting. Now, she believes in remembering all the victims of gang violence even when doing so may endanger her own safety.
May 8, 2020

Evolution

When she was young, Lauren LeBlanc had grand dreams of living in New York and singing on Broadway. Instead, she became a mom and schoolteacher in suburbia. While it’s not the life she once imagined, LeBlanc now knows she wouldn’t have it any other way.
May 8, 2020

The Juice Box Mom

Candance Gordon decided she didn’t want to compete with the Alpha Moms who seemingly accomplish every parenting obligation to perfection. Gordon believes she can contribute to her children’s lives in ways that aren’t as glamorous but just as important.