February 1, 2023

Standing Up to Injustice

Rosa Parks became known as the "first lady of civil rights" when she refused to give up her seat on a public bus for a white passenger. Ms. Parks believed that standing up to injustice was her path toward true freedom.
June 24, 2019

When Ordinary People Achieve Extraordinary Things

Jody Williams believes extraordinary things can happen when ordinary people decide to take action. Her own activism led to a 1997 international treaty banning landmines and to a Nobel Peace Prize.
February 26, 2018

Nana Lit the Beacons

Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche had a "poor and hard life," having lost both of his parents as a young child. But he was raised by his grandmother, a woman of principle, who taught Bunche the simple lessons that became the foundation of his beliefs.
July 28, 2016

Bus Chick’s Manifesto

For years, Carla Saulter enjoyed having a car. But as her Seattle commutes got longer, she grew uneasy with how her personal habit was affecting the environment. Now car-free, Saulter believes she and her family are better off walking or taking the bus.
November 2, 2015

Examining Life with Candor and Frankness

Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson has presided over civil trial courtrooms for nearly twenty years, and she has instructed her juries to reach a verdict only after careful and thorough deliberation. Recently, she realized that she should follow the same advice in deliberating over her future.
June 17, 2015


I believe in lying. When I was 4 years old I began lying in order to fix things that desperately needed fixing. Every Sunday afternoon I sat on my grandfather's knee and pretended to understand his Yiddish and to enjoy...
June 2, 2015

Clean Up Your Splatters

“Clean up your splatters. There’s a 5 gallon can of kerosene in the back. Use some of that.” For a sixteen year old kid, these words were just better news heaped on top of good news. Kerosene stinks. A lot....
May 15, 2015

Humility Is the Prize

As I looked into the eyes of my perspective class of US Navy Search and rescue swimmers I could immediately see who had the passion and fire in their eyes to save another person’s life. “Can you set aside your...
May 15, 2015

Hand-me-downs of Faith

I realized recently that life is a long gradual process of giving up. Elder people seem so wise because they have lived so much of life, but in reality what they have done is lose hope. But the key—the way...