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Get Your Epiphany Project Lesson Plan Now Or Create Your Own!

About a year ago, I was tagged in an Instagram post by Jordan Moxley, a young teacher in Columbus, Ohio. I didn't know Jordan or anyone in Columbus so I was perplexed at first until I saw that an Epiphany Project was premiering at the Columbus Museum of Art! This...

My Interview with Maya Angelou and How It Changed My Life

A few years ago, I had the honor of interviewing Dr. Maya Angelou for my book, Epiphany. I reached out to Dr. Angelou because several requests had come in via my website for her to be interviewed, and then I asked a woman I was interviewing, Stacey Lannert (also in my...

“LIVE YOUR LIFE!”: An Epiphany From Facing a Plane Crash

“Don’t wait to live YOUR life -- the life that you truly feel called to live, not the one anyone else wants or feels they need you to live. Live your life now and live it to its fullest and utmost potential -- with purpose, joy, and the greatest conviction.” ~Gina...

A Haircut Epiphany by Beth Karlin

 I wanted to title this blog "Yes, Virginia, Epiphanies Are Sparked Even By Haircuts" (uh-huh, nod to "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus") but then I thought maybe the reference wouldn't work -- during a heat wave in July, no less. Maybe I'd be wrong about that (I...

One Way to Have an Epiphany: Observe & Contemplate Everyday Life

Many important discoveries are made merely by observing and contemplating what is experienced in everyday life. ~Roly Gosling, M.D. Today apparently is World Malaria Day. I didn't even know there was such a thing but I'm happy to know there is and that all the news...

Gregory Wilson

"Wisdom is the application of knowledge...transforming the knowing into the doing." Gregory Wilson is a professional magician and mentalist who specializes in pickpocketing, cardsharking, shortchanging, and psychological deceptions. He has performed his “criminal act”...

Desmond Tutu

"God loves us all, no matter what." Desmond Tutu was the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and is currently Archbishop Emeritus. He became known worldwide during the 1980s as a key opponent of apartheid and was the...

Esther Perel

"There is a difference between just living and being alive. We are meant to feel aliveness, to be alive, to restore life on this earth, and to breathe life into others." Esther Perel, one of the most respected voices on erotic intelligence, is the author of the...

Julie Horton

"No one, no relationship, no role, no thing, nothing outside of you defines you. You have to define yourself, and then everyone around you reaps the benefits of that." Julie Horton serves as the executive vice president of Realsongs, the music publishing company of...

Florence Horne

"Many times, tremendous value lies in what we push aside as worthless." Florence Horne is a retired teacher and was a researcher on a project with the State Department of Education of New Jersey studying the effects of music and art on learning and development. She is...

Rachel Blaylock

"Don’t worry about making it all perfect, because it’s never going to be perfect. Not-so-perfect is still special. It’s even beautiful." Rachel Blaylock is a homemaker, wife, and mother of three. She studied as an actress, began taking minor roles in Dallas, Texas,...

Roger Birnbaum

"Striving to be the best possible version of yourself and helping the people around you do the same enriches your life and comes right back to you." Roger Birnbaum is the co-chairman and CEO of MGM Studios and is the co-founder, co-chairman, and chief executive...

G.W. Bailey

"When one life changes, many lives change." G.W. Bailey is a stage, film and television actor, internationally known for his many roles, including Capt. Harris in the Police Academy film series, Sgt. Rizzo from the MASH television series and his current role as Lt....

Maya Angelou

"We are loved by Love itself. There is nothing good that we can’t do." Maya Angelou is a celebrated African American poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, actress, producer, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. In 1970 her autobiography, I Know...

Alexis Minko

"To be blessed, be generous." Alexis Minko was born in Libreville, Gabon, and was raised primarily there and in Paris, France. He began his career as an attorney working for the United Nations in New York in 2007 and is now working with the Security Council of the...

Andrew Ko

"Value your heritage and embrace your distinctiveness." Andrew Ko is the senior director for U.S. Education Strategy and Innovation for Microsoft Corporation, responsible for promoting and creating innovative programs improving education through the use of technology....

Ali MacGraw

"Every one of us has to pick our own way through the land mines of life — no one can or should do it for us. Sometimes the most extravagant pain is the gateway to something incandescent." Ali MacGraw is an internationally known, award-winning...

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