Laura Vanderkam, Author of Juliet’s School of Possibilities

Laura Vanderkam helps people spend more time on what matters, and less on what doesn’t. She is the bestselling author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and Off The Clock, among others. Her 2016 TED talk, “How to Gain Control of Your Free...

Something to Believe in (Linus 3:16)

I had a moment of inspiration while listening to a Poison song on my flight from Austin to San Francisco this morning. In my mind’s eye, I see you scratching your head and raising your eyebrow right now—most of you, that is, except my friend Tara D’Onofrio who still...

Professional singer, songwriter, and author Zaida Alfaro

Zaida Alfaro is the youngest of six children and was born into art. Her mother is a painter, composer, and musician who taught Zaida how to play the piano at the age of twelve.  She became a professional musician at eighteen and, having been burned by a bad recording...

The Show Must Go On

When I was in high school, I got into Queen—I mean really into Queen (I had a copy of A Night at the Opera well before Wayne’s World re-popularized Bohemian Rhapsody). While I loved Freddie’ Mercury’s vocals, it was guitarist Brian May who hooked me.  There is...

New York Times Bestselling Author Jane Green

Jane Green is the author of nineteen novels, including seventeen New York Times Bestsellers, one cookbook, and various short stories. She is published in over 25 languages and has over ten million books in print worldwide. Even though all of this is true, she still...

Appeasing the puppet masters of my mind

I have a lot of quirky characteristics but perhaps the quirkiest of the bunch is the fact that I don’t like it when people buy gifts for me. It’s not that I can’t appreciate the kindness of the gesture, that I feel unworthy of the gift, or that I immediately feel...

When art imitates life

I’m someone who likes to embrace new challenges and walk unfamiliar paths. I first realized this about myself when I found that I was getting bored in my first career as a marketing professional; I worked for a large consumer packaged goods company and literally...

Singer, Songwriter, and Bestselling Author Bill McGarvey

Bill McGarvey is the author of The Freshman Survival Guide, a resource for incoming college freshmen to help them navigate their first year away from home. He also has a regular column in America Magazine. Bill is also an accomplished musician, having written his...