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.
May 16, 2016

A Shared Moment of Trust

Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher negotiated international treaties and the release of hostages. He believed diplomacy—and life—work best when people trust and depend on one another.
January 5, 2015

The Basic Rules Still Apply

As a parent of four grown sons, Judy Stokes remembers instilling in her children the basic values of life, such as “No hitting” and “Share your toys.” In reflecting on these earliest life lessons, Ms. Stokes believes we should all have the courage to live by those early values.
June 19, 2014

Tranquil Place

I believe in a tranquil place which, can be where ever I choose. A tranquil place for me is my bathroom. The bathroom takes me to a different place, every time I visit to unwind. Whenever I enter and run...
June 3, 2014

The Importance of Silence

Our culture is one of non-stop movement. We are always engaged in something and we never stop or slow down to take time for ourselves. Sometimes it takes just a moment of silence for us to find ourselves rejuvenated. We...
April 30, 2014

At Peace in My Heart

In my senior year of high school, I was traveling to California on vacation with my family when I received word that my best friend and his family had been killed in a car accident. I remember sadness overwhelming me...
April 18, 2014

Appreciating Time Spent Alone

I believe in spending time alone. I am not advocating isolation or even suggesting distancing oneself from friends or family. Instead, I am encouraging independence from constant company. As an only child, I grew up playing by myself. I would...
August 30, 2013

A World Called Peace

I believe of a world in peace. There is no war, no violence… no quarrel. Everyone gets along and is never touched by hate, greed, or malice. No boundaries are drawn, the line in the earth never crossed. Agreements on...
August 9, 2013

I Believe In Peace

I believe in Peace, the no war, no fighting, and coming together type of peace. In my life I have seen a lot of fighting and pain. Since I was a little boy growing up in L.A., all around me...