Special Features

April 30, 2018

To Kill a Mockingbird

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...
April 23, 2018

Carpe Diem

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...
April 16, 2018

Alternative Transportation

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...
March 19, 2018

The Change of Seasons

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...
March 12, 2018

Listening

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...
March 5, 2018

Foreign Languages

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...
February 10, 2018

True Love’s Kiss

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...
February 5, 2018

Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born this week 151 years ago. And yet, her Little House stories of life on the prairie are timeless in their appeal. Click the links below to read how these essayists have been inspired by the...
January 29, 2018

Standing Up to Bullies

Nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied in America each year, and statistics show those who have been bullied suffer lower grades, self-esteem, and self-confidence. For the essayists below, being bullied—or even witnessing bullying—became a springboard for change in...