The Authenticity of Nelson Mandela

The passing of the former president of South Africa and anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela prompts us to look back at his achievements and impact upon our world. From his widely acclaimed accomplishments, we all can be inspired to a greater participation in...

Letting Go of Fear

When I was a little girl, my family lived in a big, old house with creaky hardwood floors and iron radiators that made all sorts of noises when the steam passed through them. I was at the age when I was beginning to sleep in my own room most of the time, and one night...

Laughing at Change

Toward the end of 2011, I thought to myself, “What if 2012 really is the ominous year of transformation and change that’s been predicted?” An out with the old, in with the new type of thing sounded pretty good to me, so I got all excited about it. I...

My Personal Declaration of Independence

Here we are, coming up on the Fourth of July weekend, and I have to admit that I’m thinking more about where to go to see the best fireworks than about how grateful I am to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. At the forefront of my mind is...