| This is the 503rd story of Our Life Logs | For better or worse, it is all a matter of what we choose. I was born in 1974 in a small settlement called Harappa in Punjab, Pakistan. My family was not too poor, but we most certainly weren’t rich. We lived in a joint home with my uncles who were illiterate farmers. My father was a little different. He worked a mediocre government job. It … Continue reading The Choice You Made
| This is the 501st story of Our Life Logs | The hall reverberated with the sound of applause as my name was called and I strolled to the podium. The space was teeming with students and professors from the prestigious University of Wisconsin who were there to celebrate me. As I began to speak, I was taken back to where all of this began 46 … Continue reading What Will You Give for This Life?
| This is the 497th story of Our Life Logs | I was the fastest boy at Whittier Woods Elementary School. When it was time for the races for the Presidential Physical Fitness awards, I was competitive and I was flying. Unfortunately (for me), my elementary school competitors grew into teenagers with long legs while I…didn’t. Sprinting got less interesting for me when the others caught up, but that was okay. I had moved … Continue reading No, Really, Can You Run in Those?
| This is the 495th story of Our Life Logs | To most of the world, I’m known as the “She Bangs” Guy, the man whose American Idol audition had news outlets dubbing him the “worst singer ever.” But to my friends, I’m just William Hung, the man who never gives up on his dream. I’ve always been known for exuding positivity. But to know how I … Continue reading What Ever Happened to William Hung?
| This is the 493rd story of Our Life Logs | Listen to the audio A bird loves to feel the wind in his wings and the clouds brushing his feathers as he flies. It is exhilarating. It is his life. But, when that bird’s wing breaks and he can never fly again, what defines his life vanishes before his eyes. Can such a broken spirit … Continue reading In an Ocean of Darkness
| This is the 492nd story of Our Life Logs | There are three things I know to be true in this world. My name is Margaret. I could eat avocados until I was sick. If uninterrupted, I could talk to you about optics (which is the study of light and its properties) for the rest of my life. Now, I won’t, of course. That would be … Continue reading To Explain the Universe
| This is the 488th story of Our Life Logs | “How can I leave my mark on the world, I thought, unless I get out there first and see it?” ― Phil Knight, Shoe Dog I could have easily had a very normal life, had a 9-to-5 job, live paycheck-to-paycheck, and dream of big things without acting. I’m fortunate because I had great people in my life who … Continue reading A New Way to Lead
| This is the 487th story of Our Life Logs | My earliest memories are of growing up in Trinidad, where I was born in 1983. I was the only girl in my family and had three older brothers. My mom was a teacher and my dad worked in communications. We lived in a variety of different villages and towns, finally settling in Santa Rosa, a suburb … Continue reading The Color Reel
| This is the 483rd story of Our Life Logs | I grew up in Pune, India, in a middle-class family. My parents had corporate jobs and worked from early morning to late evening to provide for my brother and me. After doing this for several years, however, my parents reached a point where their careers were no longer fulfilling. They wanted to have a bigger impact. … Continue reading I Am More Than a Resumé
| This is the 481st story of Our Life Logs | “I always tell people that education is the only thing that no one can ever take away from you. It provides access to freedom. It provides access to resources. It provides opportunities in life.” -Dr. Gifty Chung The country of my mother tongue, my family, a great deal of my childhood, and my culture actually isn’t … Continue reading To Learn of Freedom
| This is the 471st story of Our Life Logs | As the positive comments rolled in at the potluck, I could feel myself begin to float. Maybe I really could do this. Maybe everyone was wrong after all. I could do this, I could…then the winds of doubt blew through my mind as quickly as the hope came. But what if I fail? What if it’s … Continue reading Life Is What You Bake It
| This is the 458th story of Our Life Logs | The rise and fall of the elephant’s trunk Is a masterpiece Carved by the ones who wish to See them thrive. -CSW 1 | To See Something Beautiful I was born in Skien, Norway, in 1961, and as a child, I spent most of my time outside. The more time I spent in it, the closer … Continue reading Debora Niwa, Wife of the Elephants