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A Short Perspective on Life and Love

A Short Perspective on Life and Love

By Michael Leaser A sharp, single-minded focus on its subject characterizes many short films. This year’s crop of Oscar-nominated animated and live action short films are no exception, with several bringing their acute attention to bear on the often unwieldy topics of the value of life and love. The Bigger Picture reveals the emotional and […]

Bella’s Gift

Bella’s Gift

By Mark Rodgers For 16 years I served as Senator Rick Santorum’s top aide, but more importantly for the past (almost) 7 years I have been his miracle daughter Bella’s godfather.  One of the most important tenets to me is that EVERY human life has equal value, every person has been made in God’s image […]

The Case for “Small Ball”

The Case for “Small Ball”

By Mark Rodgers via Opportunity Lives Although President Obama’s State of the Union and subsequent budget were widely panned by Republicans, hope for collaboration remains. In fact, it’s in the best interests of both sides and, more importantly, the American people, to play “small ball” and identify areas where incremental progress can be achieved.

Superbowl for Dads

Superbowl for Dads

By Mark Rodgers Not the game.  Not the half time.  But the best ads ever.  Why?  First, we didn’t have to cover our kids eyes as often as in the past, and second, there were actually ads that we want to see again.  And again.  Why?  Because they were life affirming, and a number were […]

Beyond Empowered: She’s Brave

Beyond Empowered: She’s Brave

By Abby Skeans This year’s cultural agenda is focused on empowering women and girls. The United Nation’s upcoming summit, The Empowerment Bridge, highlights just how pervasive the issue is within global and domestic policy circles. And this year’s Super Bowl ads demonstrated that women are also being celebrated within pop culture through a mechanism that […]

Beauty out of Ugliness

Beauty out of Ugliness

By Mark Rodgers Last week, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was brutally murdered by the the extremist group ISIS. The incident unfortunately reminds us that religiously motived intolerance can lead to brutal oppression, but it also occurred in a week that marks a moment in history when people were persecuted because of their faith. A week […]

Songs of the Nation: Sacred and Secular

Songs of the Nation: Sacred and Secular

By Mark Rodgers It wasn’t just Christmas music that pumped spiritual sentiments through your speakers in December.   Four of the biggest songs on the airways were drenched with religious language, but reflecting and possibly furthering the growing sacred/secular split in our country.

Shooting Pigeons Just to See Them Die

Shooting Pigeons Just to See Them Die

By Mark Rodgers via Pittsburgh Post Gazette For 16 years I served as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s top staff person in Washington, overseeing his personal office, leadership office and his election campaigns. Despite the monolithic view some have of him, Mr. Santorum was very much like William Wilberforce, the 18th-century member of the British […]

Aristotle for Entrepreneurs

Aristotle for Entrepreneurs

By Ben Kafferlin and Brandon Zaffini Today’s entrepreneur would benefit from an occasional history lesson. She would do well to heed the advice of ancient philosophers like Aristotle and Plato. Really.

Inspiring Forgiveness

Inspiring Forgiveness

The John Templeton Foundation, in partnership with the newly released film Unbroken and NBC Universal has released a 6-minute film that explores Louis Zamporini’s story further and amplifiesUnbroken‘s themes of faith, resilience, and the power of forgiveness. The film was directed by Oscar-winning director, Ross Kauffman and resides on a website the foundation created on the Power […]