Sep 14, 2003
It was the beginning of a nationally televised NBA playoff game. Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gilbert was set to sing the national anthem. And she promptly forgot the words! Maurice Cheeks, coach of the Portland Trailblazers, walked over, put his arm around Natalie and began to sing. Soon the entire audience joined...Read more +
Aug 24, 2003
In the late 1960s, when national headlines were full of reaction and dissent, historian Daniel Boorstin drew a line between the words dissent and disagreement. “Disagreement prompts debate,” Mr. Boorstin said. “Dissent means to pull apart from the others. People who disagree can still stand together. Dissenters walk away. Disagreement...Read more +
Aug 10, 2003
In 1941, Sergeant Ward, of the Royal Air Force, climbed out on the wing of his Wellington bomber. At 13,000 feet, he had only a rope tied to his waist. He smothered the starboard-engine fire and returned to the aircraft cabin. When Winston Churchill summoned Ward to No. 10 Downing...Read more +
Aug 3, 2003
Joan was a new volunteer in a major hospital ER. She didn’t expect a standing ovation—but sometime during that first rough evening, she expected someone to thank her. But no one did. Amid victims of shootings, drug overdoses, construction accidents, and car wrecks—she was ignored. In the crowded halls and...Read more +
Jul 13, 2003
A beautiful Hollywood couple was on the Phil Donahue show. The dazzled audience thought they were the picture of true and lasting love. But compare that to an elderly man whose once-beautiful wife lived the last five years of her life with cancer—bald and bloated. Her husband said, “I slept...Read more +
Jul 6, 2003
John Gruden is the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He likes to max out as a person, and he wants his players to max out too. That’s Gruden’s way of saying he wants to reach his full potential and for those around him to reach their full potential too...Read more +
Jun 29, 2003
In his book, Lucky Man , actor Michael J. Fox tells the story of his battle with Parkinson's disease. Just after surgery to still the tremors in his left hand, he noticed new tremors, ever so slight, in his other hand. "What am I going to do now? After all...Read more +
Jun 15, 2003
I was 14 when I made my first speech without using notes. Wanting to do something humorous, I decided to imitate a very funny sketch that I had seen in a Mickey Rooney movie. From Mickey Rooney, it was great. From me, it fell flat. After that fiasco, only the...Read more +
Jun 8, 2003
An industrious little creature lives in pastures all over Texas. Always busy, moving stuff from place to place, this guy is constantly working. I’m talking about the Texas Dung Beetle—the tumblebug. You may have seen one of them pushing little piles across the ground. Texas artist Garland Weeks captures the...Read more +
May 4, 2003
Ralph Waldo Emerson is a well-known early American poet and philosopher. Once, when he was a child, he watched as a man sawed and cut up wood. Although the job was beyond the little boy’s strength, young Emerson wanted to help. After considerable thought, he said to the woodsman: “May...Read more +

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