Twelve-Year-Old Enthalls “America’s Got Talent” Audience with “Pie Jesu”

Arielle Baril, a 12-year-old with a powerful voice, enthralled the audience of “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday night with her rendition of “Pie Jesu.” Not only that, she brought out a mellow side to judge Howard Stern, who said after her performance, “My wife is here tonight, my daughter is here tonight, I just want [Read More…]

How Hope & Faith Got Two Young Women Through 10 Years of Captivity and Sexual Abuse

Considering that Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were kidnapped, held hostage, abused, and repeatedly sexually assaulted by Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro for 10 years, it might seem odd that they named the memoir about their experiences “Hope.” But that is the word that perfectly describes these two young women who endured more darkness [Read More…]

The 2015 Christopher Awards: Pictures Galore of a Hootin’ and Heartfelt Good Time

(Photos courtesy Paul Schneck) Every year I look forward to the Christopher Awards because I don’t know of any other event like it. We bring together people from publishing, film, television, and philanthropy for a fun time in one room to celebrate everybody’s good work. And what’s more, since we honor projects that have a [Read More…]

Israeli and Palestinian Youth Find Harmony in Music

Establishing peace and harmony between Israelis and Palestinians seems like an impossible task, but the Jewish, Christian and Muslim members of the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus have done just that amongst themselves. And they hope to spread that harmony to others through their music. Here is an excerpt of a press release about their upcoming [Read More…]


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