May 6, 2022

The Guts to Keep Going

Amy Lyles Wilson helped her newly widowed mother adjust to life alone, teaching her how to do things her father had always done. It inspired Wilson’s belief in the courage of “gutsy, wrinkled broads.”
September 24, 2018

The Forging of Courage

When Mary Courtwright was young, she used to think courage was a quality that people were born with. But over time, as she has had to make tough life choices, she has found that courage is something quiet and steadfast, always there to help her make decisions.
March 12, 2018

The Light of a Brighter Day

Helen Keller learned to communicate through the eyes and ears of others after a fever left her deaf and blind as an infant. The author, activist and lecturer discusses her vision of faith and how it gives her hope for the future of mankind.
June 4, 2016

I Am Still The Greatest

To be “The Greatest of All Time,” boxing legend Muhammad Ali said you have to believe in yourself. It’s something Ali’s parents taught him as a child, and it’s helped him through the biggest challenge of his life: fighting Parkinson’s disease.
November 5, 2014


I believe in superheroes. I think I always have. As a child growing up in a small town just west of Philadelphia, I used to rush home from school everyday to catch the latest episode of “The Super Friends.” A...
October 29, 2014

Turn On The Light

This I believe: ignorance is not always bliss, knowledge is power, and fear is a funny concept. I've been through a lot in my short life. I'm scared of a lot of things, spiders and snakes being at the top....
October 17, 2014

The Chains that Held Me

Metal chains tugged at my wrists pulling me backward. I pushed myself forward, fighting so hard not to end up in the darkness of a room that held four concrete walls filled with empty air that screamed deprivation. Often times,...
August 26, 2014

Secrets: When and Where to Reveal Them

It has been three weeks since Anna Bates, Lady Mary’s gentle maid, was brutally raped on this season's Downton Abbey first episode. I woke up later that night remembering my own abduction and rape in 1990. My husband and I...
August 26, 2014

I Believe In Silver Linings

I believe in silver linings. Every situation that life can throw at you can be taken in two ways: you can dwell on the negative or you can look for the light. In my lifetime I have learned that looking...