My first year of high school was spent wishing “I was a little bit taller” like Skee-Lo. As a 5’2" freshman, I resorted to all kinds of tactics to trigger a growth spurt.Read More
0 shots. 0 killed. Today, in Chicago.Read More
This is Gael.Read More
Tears rolled down my eyes as the ending credits scrolled on Won’t You Be My Neighbor, a timely documentary about the life and legacy of Fred Rogers. For those who don’t recognize the name, Fred Rogers hosted one of the most popular children’s TV show’s of all time, Mister Rogers Neighborhood. I say this without hyperbole, Won’t You Be My Neighbor is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. Period. It was the story of a devout man of faith who gave his life to serving and teaching children. It highlighted a selfless human, dedicated to restoring human dignity by loving every one where they were. No questions asked. What I saw made me want to do everything in my capacity to fight a little harder to make this world a better place. It made me want to push back on the despair this world serves up and repair things where I can. It made me walk into day one of my tenth year at CANDO camp in Chicago with a renewed sense of purpose and vigor. It made me look into the eyes of little guys like Bart and say, “You made this day a special day by just you being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you and I like you just the way you are. Won’t you be my neighbor?”
“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die.”
“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die.”Read More
“Some people have everything they probably ever wanted in life and never have enough.”
“Some people have everything they probably ever wanted in life and never have enough.” - NasRead More
Under Armour asked me to collaborate with them on and share my story of how I came to be a leader of the #crazyonesmovement for their new campaign, #WillFindsAWay.Read More
All we have is right now.
Pause for a second. Think about that.
What you’re doing right now is the only real thing happening to you.
"I will never be an addict. No matter what, I won’t be like him.”Read More
We all want to be successful, especially if you didn’t have much when you were growing up. But what if we looked beyond the things that society deems as achievements, like money, cars, and fame, and looked at what it truly means to be successful.Read More
“On the one-month anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, students across the country walk out and hold rallies to demand gun control. In D.C., students turned their back on the White House and held 17 minutes of silence for each of the victims.” - Hallie Jackson, MSNBCRead More
“Whether women are better than men, I cannot say - But I can say they are certainly no worse.” - Golda MeirRead More
There is no inciting incident for a boy’s transition into manhood in America. We are a country that seeks out comfort, entertainment, distraction, and novelty. Our culture has done us a disservice by denying men these sacred rites.Read More
We have a problem and the solutions we've been trying haven’t worked.Read More
The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.Read More
Women are getting hurt because society is failing our men.Read More
What to do when your passions are at odds with your Netflix queue.Read More
Today and every day you can choose the crazy idea that you have everything it takes to change the world. You just have to be crazy enough to believe it.Read More
“There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.Read More
In 1949, an official boxing match was held between a bear and a man. The bear wonRead More