April 16, 2018

Pink Moments

Many people revel in the beauty of a familiar landscape. For Connie Spittler, it’s Arizona’s Catalina Mountains when the setting sun illuminates them. Spittler believes making time to embrace nature gives her the strength to face life’s challenges.
March 7, 2017

A Balance Between Nature And Nurture

In debating nature versus nurture, Gloria Steinem believes we are asking the wrong question. She says we are an unpredictable mix of both, a mix that creates endless possibilities for a better future.
September 20, 2016

The Practice Of Slowing Down

Mountain climbers learn how to rest-step – that is, to pause between each step to catch one’s breath at high altitudes. Climber Phil Powers believes this technique of pacing is valuable in everyday life.
February 19, 2016

The Healing Power of a Water Garden

I believe in the healing power of a water garden. I write this on the eve of my father's 77th birthday. Four years ago I moved him to the small town that I live in. He had always wanted to...
June 29, 2015

Uniting Body and Soul on the Clothesline

Joyce Mason once lived in a neighborhood that enforced a residential code preventing her from hanging quilts out in the fresh air. More than simply taking away one of her childhood pleasures, she found that she could not accept giving up her personal freedom.
June 15, 2015

Made for Walking

Ten years ago, Joy N. Hensley hiked 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail, leaving behind the news of world events and endless traffic hassles in favor of the simple sounds of birds chirping and leaves crunching underfoot. Now that she is married and a mother of two, she still values the life lessons she learned on the Trail.
June 2, 2015

My Window

I've lived in several different cells in my 29 years on death row, but this is the first time I've had a window in my cell. Who knew something so simple could be so transformative. I was recently transferred to...
October 14, 2014


I believe that rain is a blessing. I thank God for rain because to me rain is important it fills up rivers and lakes and water travels to my home which I use for drinking and taking warm showers. Rain...
September 1, 2014

The Idea of Wilderness

In our hurried and harried lives, not many people find time to explore the wilderness. For Kevin Proescholdt, though, it’s been his passion and his life's work. Mr. Proescholdt believes in preserving wilderness areas, both as a sanctuary for the human spirit and to protect places that are "untrammeled by man."