Featured Essays

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

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.
July 8, 2020

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.
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.
May 1, 2020

Dance Is Life

Although he makes his living with words, poet Fred D'Aguiar is enthralled by dance: from the physicality of the art, to its powers to inspire and heal. D’Aguiar believes dance can be a source for peace, if we all join in and move to the global groove.
April 20, 2020

Returning to What’s Natural

High school student Amelia Baxter-Stoltzfus believes in the freedom offered by semi-permanent hair dye. As much as she likes trying a new look, Baxter-Stolzfus knows there are some things worth coming back to, no matter how much her life may change.