Perspectives Did you miss an essay from your favorite "Perspectives" writer? Want to hear it again?If you would like to submit your own Perspective for consideration, compose a piece that will run about 90 seconds when read — that's about 230 to 250 words, as counted by Microsoft Word — and email it to NPR@niu.edu. Be sure to put "Perspectives" in the subject line.
Perspectives

Perspectives

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Did you miss an essay from your favorite "Perspectives" writer? Want to hear it again?If you would like to submit your own Perspective for consideration, compose a piece that will run about 90 seconds when read — that's about 230 to 250 words, as counted by Microsoft Word — and email it to NPR@niu.edu. Be sure to put "Perspectives" in the subject line.

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Perspective: The Quiet, Competent Ones

I grew up in a family in crisis, feeling barely noticed and preferring it that way. I probably seemed shy, but mostly I was just convinced that there wasn't much point in speaking up because I figured nobody would listen anyway. But eventually I became the loudmouth bombast I am today because I discovered that it is possible to put yourself out there and succeed without sacrificing your ethics, though unfortunately, unethical, immoral and incompetent people still seem to get far in this world

Perspective: Sacred

The next time you go for a walk, feel your feet walking across the ground. What do your footsteps sound like? Listen to their speech. What are they saying? Do you feel the need to take off your shoes because something sacred is rising around your ankles? If it's warm enough, what does it feel like to feel the ground against your bare feet? If it's cold, do you dare step down into the snow, and hobble like your dog when it's below zero? Feel your ankles rocking on your feet and your legs swinging

Perspective: Memorial Day

Memorial Day approaches, an almost unique holiday for us. We do not celebrate with joy; rather, we honor fallen soldiers with wistful sadness in our hearts. Part of that sadness stems from the fact that so many of us know, or knew, some of those we honor. We honor those brave men and women who gave what Lincoln termed "the last full measure of devotion." We honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country — or rather, for us. Given what they did‎, mere words seem inadequate. We

Perspective: We Plan — And The Universe Laughs

Life turns on a dime. On April 12th, my dear Marybeth fell while stepping over the dog gate. Down she went, landing on her left hip. Unable to move, we called the paramedics, who lifted her from the floor to the ambulance. Later that day an x-ray revealed a break. Surgery followed and soon she was home facing 16 weeks of physical therapy and recovery. Her entire calendar wiped clean. Life happens. When it does, our plans become insignificant to the circumstances of the moment. Our home is 102

Perspective: More Perfect?

Recently I subscribed to the More Perfect podcast . Across its three seasons, the podcast takes a deep dive into the Supreme Court and the Constitution. When was the last time you read the Constitution? In all its flaws, like the 3/5 Compromise, it is nonetheless a brilliant document. In the Framers' attempt to form a more perfect union, they assembled a document with clear intention in its structure. For example, the order of the first three Articles declaring the branches of government: the

Perspective: The Pelican Paradox

On a rainy May afternoon, I took my daughter Iris and our black dog Shady for a walk down to the confluence of Bass Creek and the Rock River to see our regal new neighbors — The Pelicans! They moved into the area in early April and still haven't flown north. There's something affirming about having pelicans for neighbors. If these glamorous creatures have chosen this stretch of muddy river, well, it must be a good place to live after all. I must have chosen well! White Pelicans on the Rock

Perspective: Glorifying The Chore

A couple of years ago, NPR announced a writing contest for what makes life nicer, resurrecting a challenge it ran in 1972. The idea was to write a non-commercial ad pitching something that's free and brings joy. I got inspired. I used to help my mother hang out the wash in our backyard in Memphis, and I think I enjoyed it back then. I certainly have fond memories of it now and truly love this domestic chore. So I wrote an ad for clotheslines. It wasn't selected — maybe because a clothesline isn

Perspective: Academic Success = Success In Life?

Useful? Useless? Worthwhile? Worthless? Those words have been on my mind recently, as I prepare to join my high school classmates for my 50th reunion. Just a few months after my graduation from Genoa-Kingston High School, I would head off to the University of Illinois. Four years later, I would earn a degree in journalism which I never had the opportunity to use during my 40 years of working life. A graduate degree in education from NIU would briefly open the door to classroom teaching, a middle

Perspective: Faith, Fury, And Doubting

Midway through Captain Marvel , Carol Danvers asks Nick Fury how he is doing. He responds, and I am paraphrasing: "Before today I would have said there's no such thing as life on other planets, but I just sat through an alien autopsy. I can't un-see that." The cliché that Fury intimates is something that we are all familiar with: seeing is believing. It is the same proof Thomas demanded of Christ: he must first see. Thomas wanted proof. Both Fury and Thomas had the advantage of being able to

Perspective: Musings On A Mace

In an attempt to escape this past brutal winter, my son and I braved the elements to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. Besides Chinese New Year activities, we admired the armor in the Deering Family Galleries. "What's that?" my son asked. It was a mace. After explaining that it was used in battle to bash opponents over the head, my knowledge was all used up . Swords, lances and firearms get more exhibition space. Perhaps maces were not used that much in battle? Some quick online research

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