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Living with Alzheimer’s

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The emotional and physical demands of providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease can be exhausting. But through that crucible, people may find that a fundamental belief comes into sharp focus. Click the links below to read what these essayists have learned while caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.

  1. Don’t Tell Me How Rocky the Sea Is…
  2. At Moni’s Grill
  3. Family First
  4. Doing Your Duty with Love
  5. Gazing into the Face of Death

Asian-Pacific Heritage

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May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month—a celebration of the rich history of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Click on the links below to read more from those whose Asian heritage has formed a foundation for their core beliefs.

  1. The Long Road to Forgiveness
  2. Big Thinking
  3. A Musician of Many Cultures
  4. Here Comes (the Real) Santa Claus
  5. A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country
  6. Finding Prosperity by Feeding Monkeys
  7. A Mark in History
  8. Rice for Thanksgiving
  9. Mother Tongue

To Kill a Mockingbird

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Book cover art by J. B. Lippincott & Co.

Most people can probably make a quick list of books that have had a deep impact on their lives. And one of those books on a lot of those lists is To Kill a Mockingbird. Click on the links below to read more about how this classic book has had an impact on these readers.

  1. Unhardened Hearts
  2. Lessons from the Mockingbird
  3. I Believe in Atticus Finch
  4. Other People’s Shoes
  5. The Power of Literature

Carpe Diem

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The Latin phrase “carpe diem” translates as “seize the day,” an aphorism teaching us to put aside worries and concerns of the past or future in order to truly enjoy the moment. Many people heed this advice, and for the following essayists, living in the present moment has inspired a lifelong belief.

  1. Living for Today
  2. Listen to Your Mother-in-Law
  3. It Felt Like Death
  4. Living in the Present Moment
  5. The Gift of Time

Alternative Transportation

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The American Dream may include cruising down the highway in your own car, but many people prefer alternative means of getting from point A to point B. Whether it’s mass transit or human-powered modes of travel, these essayists have come to believe in the unique ways they move around town.

  1. Bus Chick’s Manifesto
  2. Commuting by Bike
  3. A Daily Dose of Walking
  4. Born to Bike
  5. Seeing the World by Sidewalk

The Change of Seasons

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The official start of spring is this week, and for some in the U.S., it can’t come too soon. The vernal equinox not only marks a change in the seasons, but a transition in life as the dormancy of winter gives way to life blooming anew. Click the links below to read how these essayists are inspired by the coming of spring.

  1. Beauty for Everyone
  2. Hope Arrives on the Wind
  3. The Dawn of a New Season
  4. The Most Wonderful Rite of Spring
  5. The Annual Cycle That Is Life

Listening

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Some say the secret to being a good friend is to be a good listener. But beyond friendship, being a good listener is essential in other relationships, both personal and professional. In honor of Listening Awareness Month, listen carefully to what these essayists have to say about being a good listener.

  1. Listening Is Powerful Medicine
  2. Listening Shows Me the Way
  3. Learning to Listen
  4. Listening To Silence
  5. Beyond the Noise

Foreign Languages

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Photo courtesy of Pesky Library

It’s National Foreign Language Week, a time when American high schools, colleges, and universities celebrate and recognize the importance of learning languages other than English. For some, the goal of learning a new language is to satisfy a grade in school. But for the essayists below, learning other languages changed their world.

  1. Yankee Go Home
  2. Urdu—A Key to Another World
  3. The Magic in Letters
  4. Saying Thank You
  5. It’s a Small World
  6. I Believe in Sesame Street

Finding Strength After Setbacks

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It was Longfellow who said “Into each life some rain must fall.” But sometimes we must endure more than just one bad day; there are true setbacks and obstacles that block our life’s path. The following essayists have found that sometimes significant challenges turn out to be opportunities in disguise.

  1. My Grandmother’s Dicho
  2. Feeding a Hunger
  3. The Strange Blessing That Brought Me Home
  4. Joy Cometh in the Morning
  5. My Father Told Me I Was Fat

True Love’s Kiss

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

There must be something special about a kiss. Painters paint them, sculptors sculpt them, and poets write about them. Whether it’s a sweet peck on the cheek, the kiss of young love, or the passionate embrace of romantic love, the kiss endures in our memories. Click the links below to learn how these writers feel about a kiss.

  1. Swing-shift Kisses
  2. The Love I Choose
  3. Gray Hairs and Wrinkles
  4. Here’s to You, Merrie
  5. Mwa
  6. I Believe in a Good Kiss