Featured Essays

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

September 11, 2006

That Old Piece of Cloth

As a child of the 1960s, comic book artist Frank Miller thought patriotism was a sentimental value. After the 9/11 attacks, though, Miller believes patriotism is essential to our national survival.
September 4, 2006

Stepping Out of Fear

Putting aside her fears, Vickie Milazzo left nursing to start her own business. Now, the Houston entrepreneur believes stepping into the unknown has given her a fulfilling life and successful career.
August 21, 2006

The Gift of Kindness

Magician David Copperfield makes mind-boggling illusions like walking through the Great Wall of China seem easy. But he believes simple gestures of kindness are far more valuable than any magic trick.
May 15, 2006

Numbers Don’t Lie

New York City Finance Commissioner Martha Stark believes in numbers. Whether they are lotto tickets, school grades or municipal tax revenues, she says numbers shape our lives more than we realize.
July 15, 2005

Finding the Strength to Fight Our Fears

As a child growing up in Palestine, Terry Ahwal knew terror and violence. Now living in Detroit, she believes we should fight against fear instead of fighting people we think are different from us.