Archive for December, 2009

Most Inspiring Person 2009

It’s that time of year again – the time when Beliefnet.com holds its annual “Most Inspiring Person of the Year” award and contest. I have been writing the profiles for this “MIPY” package for Beliefnet for the last 3 or 4 years, and I get to talk to all these cool nominees (okay, most of ’em, especially the ones who are still alive!) and write about their accomplishments. I thought this was a particularly strong year.

This year’s heavyweight is Capt. Sully Sullenberger, the pilot who landed the US Airways plane in the middle of the Hudson River last January. Didn’t get to talk to him – despite the fact he’s on a major book and publicity tour and has talked to everyone BUT me. Still, I think he’s gonna be hard to beat. But I did talk to Zach Bonner, the 12-year-old who started his own foundation to benefit homeless kids, and to Jorge Morales, a school bus driver who’s been feeding the down-and-out from his own pocket every day for several years. And I talked to a few more really cool people who all deserve a few minutes of our attention for the lesson they can teach us – it only takes one person to make a difference.

So go to the link above and read the profiles and vote for your favorites – if you can stand the pop-up ads that appear every single time you click on anything on the Beliefnet site. That’s what’s happened since Fox took it over. Sigh.

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