What Comes Easier to Write About – Happiness or Misery? By Carol Vorvain, reproduced with permission from Writers Boon “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” That’s what Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest writers of all time, tells us at the beginning of “Anna Karenina.” But is it […]

The thoughts in Holly Butcher’s letter can benefit everyone. What a positive spirit, despite all.  Holly’s “life advice”, well worth reading, can be accessed here.  An excerpt: “… Get up early sometimes and listen to the birds while you watch the beautiful colours the sun makes as it rises. Listen to music.. really listen. Music is therapy. Old […]

Amy Purdy is a hot topic you may well have heard of. She’s an athlete, author, model, entrepreneur, dancer, inspirational and motivational speaker and actress. So, she’s talented. Yes, but she’s not just talented, she’s a survivor, someone who redefines what is possible. At the age of 19, Amy became ill with bacterial meningitis, a serious infection […]

According to Global Witness, “2015 was the worst year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders – people struggling to protect their land, forests and rivers through peaceful actions, against mounting odds.” Yet courageous people are fighting to the death, literally, to retain or recover indigenous land and defend the environment. One of them […]

Lewis Pugh calls himself an ocean advocate and a pioneer swimmer. To call attention to climate change, he’s swimming in the most challenging waters on earth, such as in the Antarctic, Arctic and the Himalayas. On his website, he states, “I am doing it to carry a message about the health of our oceans. We […]

This story has already made it around America but is worth repeating. It’s about willpower, accomplishment, and victory over hardship. Bad things happen, but in many cases they can be overcome. Mandy Harvey is an inspiration.

French born Simone Veil, née Jacob, a woman full of courage, rebelliousness, resilience and dignity, a fighter and strategist of reconciliation, died on 30 June 2017 at the age of 89. She fought for peace and remembrance, despite being arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 in Nice, France and taken with her family to the […]

Those of you who know a bit about sailing will appreciate how difficult the Vendée Globe yacht race is. It’s a non-stop race around the world, sailed solo, without assistance, and it takes place every four years. This year’s race began on Sunday 6 November. Over the years, 138 sailors have taken part in the seven […]

Why is it that most high schools don’t teach financial literacy? Most young people who go to school take classes in math or economics, but many don’t know the first thing about how money works in the world, how to earn or make money, or how to manage it. Having recognized this shortcoming, one foundation is promoting financial […]

Mark Pollock is blind and paralysed and testing robotic legs as part of his mission to find a cure for paralysis. He is using his personal experience of a devastating spinal cord injury to spur change around the world. What is Mark’s story? At the age of 22 he became blind. Yet this did not deter him from competing in endurance […]