Featured Essays

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

August 8, 2022

Time to Walk the Dog

When Betsy Buchalter Adler gets too absorbed by her legal work, her dog, Ollie, reminds her of what’s truly important: a good, long walk outdoors. Adler believes Ollie helps her live in the moment and embrace the small, unexpected delights in the world.
July 22, 2022

There Is No Such Thing as Too Much Barbecue

Restaurant critic Jason Sheehan has a passion for barbecue with all the homemade fixings on the side. He believes barbecue unites us, comforts us and is the only thing he can’t get enough of.
July 15, 2022

Finding Out What’s Under Second Base

Sports teaches us many useful lessons: how to be a team player, how to handle defeat, and how excellence comes with practice. Lex Urban learned a different lesson on his Little League ballfield–one he’s carried with him to this day as an attorney.
July 8, 2022

A Gift of Unique Beauty

Cynthia Chauhan believes that memories of loved ones provide life-sustaining depth and meaning to her life, especially during difficult times.
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.