Author: Phyllis Segal

On Presidents’ Day, Let’s Reach for the Stars

  Nearly 50 years ago, President Kennedy’s bold dream to land on the moon was realized. I can recall exactly where I was on July 20, 1969, watching Neil Armstrong describe his “one small step” on the moon’s surface as a “giant leap for mankind.” Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans erupted in cheers. Strangers enjoying […]

Still heeding JFK’s call to serve

I was in high school when I sat in front of the TV with my parents watching John F. Kennedy be inaugurated as president. The experience shaped the adult I would become in ways I never imagined. In JFK’s words, I heard the call to take an active role in my country. Today I am […]

A Human Solution, in Plain Sight

Two generations—children in need of support and adults with the time and inclination to step into roles that provide it — fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. A new monograph from the Stanford Center on Longevity, “Hidden in Plain Sight: How Intergenerational Relationships Can Transform Our Future,” presents a compelling case for […]

National Service’s Big Opportunity

This month, filled with presidential primaries and caucuses, makes me nostalgic and chagrined — but also hopeful. I’m nostalgic for 2007, when then-candidates Barack Obama and John McCain agreed on the vital importance of national service and endorsed legislation to expand it. In his first inaugural, President Obama set national service as a top priority, […]