Featured Essays

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

April 13, 2020

Finding Freedom in Forgiveness

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino was certain that Ronald Cotton was the man who raped her in 1984. But she was wrong. After 11 years in jail, DNA evidence proved Cotton’s innocence. Now, the two have a friendship based on their belief in forgiveness.
April 6, 2020

The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do

As a hospice volunteer, Mary Cook shares in the grief of others. But it was her own loss that taught her how to heal. She believes that recovering from grief requires not a battle, but surrender.
March 30, 2020

Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day

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.
March 24, 2020

A Goal Of Service To Humankind

Dr. Anthony Fauci says he was destined to help people with HIV-AIDS. His work at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is fueled by his belief in personal responsibility to humankind.
February 2, 2020

I Can Make a Difference

Carol Fixman's parents taught her the importance of taking action to find solutions to life's problems. And at the end of her mother's life, Ms. Fixman put this advice to work and found that she didn't have to change the world in order to make a big difference.
January 15, 2020

Dad’s Legacy

When Terri Maue's father was near his death, his family was at his side, asking what they could do for him. It was then that he uttered the words that have become a deep-seated belief for Ms. Maue.
December 31, 2019

My Legacy of Playing Games

Playing cards or board games has been an important part of Pamela Rothbard's life since she was a child who was allowed to stay up past bedtime and play with the adults. Now, as a parent, playing games with her own children gives her family an opportunity to do something together and share in each other's lives.
December 24, 2019

A Powerful Act of Love

Susan Hall has a hectic life filled with a full-time job, household chores, and raising a developmentally challenged child. But when her son got her to stop and enjoy some music with him, Hall learned how loving it is to sit with someone and simply listen.
December 17, 2019

It’s Better to Give…and Receive

Like many of us, Lisa Dunlap had always heard the adage that it's better to give than to receive. But having been on the receiving end of many acts of kindness, Ms. Dunlap has come to believe that while it is indeed good to give, it's also good to receive.