Sep 18: Bless Your Beautiful Hide!

At age 79, Stephen Covey, the best-selling author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, passed away following injuries he sustained in a bicycle accident.  The in-demand speaker, writer and entrepreneur had spent years teaching people the foundations of effective leadership in life and business.Covey was a guest on The Christophers’ TV program in 2006.  Producer Tony Rossi remembers him well.He says, “Covey was not only friendly; he burst into song.  When I took him to meet our … [Read more...]

Sep. 17: What Makes Us Happy

We spend more time worrying than we do just enjoying life and being happy, and maybe there’s a simple reason for that. Maybe it’s because we’re looking for happiness in all the wrong places—like having a lot of money or owning the latest gadgets.Okay, then, what does make us happy?  Writer Vesela Simic shared some of her suggestions:▪ Don’t be a hermit.  Share the joys and sorrows of life with a spouse or a friend.▪ Remember to say “thank you.”  Develop an “attitude of gratitude,” and … [Read more...]

Sep. 16: Speaking Vocation Into a Life

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sarah Hart has a gift for music and lyrics, so it’s a good thing she didn’t pursue her early career goals of becoming an archaeologist or pediatrician.During an interview on Christopher Closeup, Hart laughingly recalled a conversation she had with her band director in high school.  He asked her what her career aspirations were and she responded, “I might want to be a doctor.”  He just looked at her and said, “Honey, you’re not gonna be a doctor.”While so … [Read more...]

Sep. 15: Starting Anew

Like many ethnic minorities in Bhutan during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Chamlagai family fled to neighboring Nepal to escape government persecution.  There, they lived in a United Nations refugee camp, made up of small bamboo huts with little food and no electricity or running water.In 2009, the Catholic Social Services Refugee Resettlement office in Charlotte, North Carolina helped the family—including Hari, who was only three when they fled—relocate to the United States.After a … [Read more...]

Sep. 14: Home is Where Prayer Is

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel once wrote the following about the importance of prayer in our daily lives:“Prayer is not a strategem for occasional use, a refuge to resort to now and then.  It is rather like an established residence for the innermost self.  All things have a home: the bird has a nest, the fox has a hole, the bee has a hive.  A soul without prayer is a soul without a home.“Weary, sobbing, the soul, after roaming through a world festered with aimlessness, falsehoods, and absu … [Read more...]

Sep. 13: Helping the Least of These

It began as a senior project, but would become so much more.  Michael O’Connell, a senior at Rogers High School in Newport, Rhode Island, chose to ride on the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) van so he could give a presentation about it to his class.  The project, which was founded by his uncle, brings homeless people in need of medical treatment to clinics.As it happened, there was a film crew on board the van with O’Connell.  He arranged for a screening of their docume … [Read more...]

Sep. 12: Hollywood and Human Trafficking

In 1992, at age 14, Holly Austin Smith became the victim of a child sex trafficker.  She got to know the man while hanging out in her local New Jersey shopping mall.Over time, he convinced her that he could help her become a model and actress.  The youngster naively believed him, ran away from home, and was forced to work as a prostitute.Smith was soon rescued by a policeman who saw she was underage.  She is now a survivor advocate who advises parents and schools to teach kids to become m … [Read more...]

Sep. 11: Heroes of 9/11

Will Jimeno, a former Port Authority police officer, was one of the last people pulled out alive from the rubble of New York’s Twin Towers after their fatal collapse on September 11, 2001.  In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Jimeno was honored at Citi Field during a Mets-Marlins game.Jimeno was trapped under the tower rubble for over 10 hours before he was rescued. It took him three years to recover from severe muscle and nerve damage, but he told the New York Daily News that h … [Read more...]