“An Invisible Thread Christmas Story” Highlights Act of Kindness That Changed Two Lives

“Excuse me, lady. Do you have any spare change? I’m hungry.” Those were the first words that 11-year-old Maurice Mazyck spoke to Laura Schroff as she passed him on a New York City street back in 1986. Schroff, a successful advertising executive, initially said, “No,” but then she reconsidered because the words “I’m hungry” stuck [Read More…]

Finding Serenity in Silence

The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Finding Serenity in Silence” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: Silence is a rare commodity these days, and serenity sometimes seems like a long lost dream. In our fast-moving, wired-for-speed society, [Read More…]

On Thanksgiving, the Gospel of Happiness, and Finding the Good in Darth Vader

It started as the happiest day of Christopher Kaczor’s life. His wife was in the hospital, ready to give birth to their first child. The doctor had a fetal heart monitor hooked up so they could monitor the baby in the womb, and everything was going well. Suddenly, the baby’s heart rate started dropping and [Read More…]

Peggy Noonan on Pop Culture, Polarization, & Why Young Journalists Should Emulate Tim Russert

This is part 2 of my interview with Peggy Noonan. To read part 1, click here. One of the recurring themes in Peggy Noonan’s book “The Time of Our Lives” is what she calls “old America,” the America in which she was raised with a sense of safety and hope for the future. During our [Read More…]


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