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It’s Self-Defense. It’s Patriotism.” 

~ Joe Biden

Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism.



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  • Scott – Tennessee said:

    I like the general theme and positive outlook.

  • Lisa – Canada said:

    What a wonderful project!

  • Raechel – Canada said:

    I like how this video about Jimmy Carter reminds us of the reality of cancer not being a “one-size-fits-all” disease. The breadth of reality for those who don’t react as well to treatment, to Jimmy Carter’s nearly “poster boy” treatment progress, which is partly the result of an experimental drug, gives the story greater credibility. It’s a story that manages to imbue true hope… while maintaining a warning.

  • Nicolette - Canada said:

    I like the positive concept of writing about “winners” — those people who do great things, or make positive change in the world around us!

  • Doug - Massachusetts said:

    Very great video! Thanks for sharing.

  • Susan – China said:

    Alex, thank u very much for the video honoring veterans.

  • Chris – Canada said:

    Excellent video. It is the good stories that gives us strength.

    I was at the cenotaph yesterday – participating in the service for those that have given for our country. Both of my parents were world war II vets. I get it. I am thankful for everything all of our veterans did for all of us.

    It is hard for me as it is an emotional day for me. I have Uncles that perished and my parents knew so many that died.

    But death is a part of life and so our mission should be to do the best we can every day we are here.

  • Gabriel – Mexico said:

    Thank you Alex (For the Veterans Day Video)

  • Andrew – Canada said:

    Thanks Alex, for this heart warming reminder of the costs of war and the sacrifices we as citizens and soldiers, sons and daughters, must make for the sake of our country. Beautiful and true sentiments; but, these days, wars have lost their nobility and honor; especially, by the Governing bodies left to carelessly look after their returning soldiers, our veterans. That’s the disgrace. That’s the true horror of war!

  • Taylor – Mexico said:

    I find the purpose of your magazine to be very noble and meaningful.

  • Trina - Kentucky said:

    It looks like your magazine is full of heart-moving stories and I love that!

  • Marianne – England said:

    The planet is in a parlous state . Many of us do not trust National Govt to address these fundamental issues, that are impacting on everyone , locally & globally. We need to hear more about /from people who have the vision & energy to make a difference , for all our sakes , now & into the future ,

  • Maggie – USA said:

    I enjoy uplifting inspiring articles and enjoy seeing those who go above and beyond being recognized for their acts of kindness.

  • Mary – New Mexico said:

    I believe in being the change we want to see and we are the ones we’re waiting for.

  • Stephen – North Carolina said:

    This magazine is awesome.

  • Emilie - Canada said:

    In this magazine, I discovered marvelous pieces written by people who care about the people around them. I have to say, I am moved by your mission.

  • Ally said:

    I love Jon Stewart. Have you tried to get an interview with him? That would be something…

  • Garima – India said:

    I too agree that the person is a sadist and must be given a justified punishment. A punishment that serves an example for cruel inhumane individuals who kill innocent animals.

  • David – USA said:

    I agree with you that we can help change the world into a better place.

  • Elizabeth – USA said:

    I wrote a poem called Exquisite Lioness based on a true life experience that I saw on a video a bush pilot friend of mine had made when he visited George Adamson’s camp. It was a remarkable moment involving a lioness the natives had tried to kill — scarred, blind in one eye from a spear, and yet, she was just magnificent — just as she was. We have SO much to learn. I’d like to write the idiot dentist a letter if you have an address for such things – I agree — he should have to pay $200,000 so far as I’m concerned. Idiot fool.

    THANKS. I appreciate your strong stance and courage.

  • Mike – USA said:

    YES–I COULD NOT AGREE MORE–The egocentric DDS should pay fines and then some… Both in Zimbabwe and in the U.S., in my not-so-humble, “Leo” based, opinion. (Incarceration?)

  • Paul - Virginia said:

    I greatly support your response to this “Cecil” affair and likewise hope they drag the DDS through the coals – or better yet, back to Zimbabwe.

  • Mohammed – Michigan said:

    I do believe in what you are trying to accomplish.

  • Nancy said:

    This is a beautiful story and a great juxtaposition to the ignorant Dentist who paid so much money to kill one of yet another of our sadly dwindling species. I have heard that Americans are the biggest purchasers of African wild game hunts. It makes me ill. They are perpetuating the market to kill. Richard is doing something important, and that is to bring to the forefront the beauty, sensitivity and fragility of our wild animals and to remind us that we need to PROTECT them and not eliminate these animals for our own pleasure.

  • Martin – Germany said:

    I have just discovered Winners Within Us Magazine™ and I must congratulate you: it’s an inspiring magazine.

  • Sean – Connecticut said:

    Positive and uplifting stories about inspirational people can spread joy and goodness into the world. I am a firm believer that journalism should be for the betterment of society.

  • Martin – Berlin said:

    I have just discovered ‘Winners Within Us’ and I must congratulate you: it’s an inspiring magazine.

  • James - Connecticut said:

    I love the concept and the good positive news of this project.

  • Mike said:

    you’ve had me going (even more so than before) for three weeks + …
    This planet of ours is in trouble: Global Warming, Air/Land pollution, The decline in bee population, Destruction of coral reefs, and, my personal #1, Water pollution, to name some of the biggies.

  • Webster - Connecticut said:

    I love learning about people, and even more so, about people making strides doing positive work. I live in the city of Hartford, and I also feel that a magazine such as Winners Within Us™ is very necessary considering the recent spike in violence plaguing the city. It gives the people of the city a chance to reverse the negative image that’s so quickly being associated with their environment.

  • Maria - Germany said:

    What I like on Your page is capability to find heroic attitude in people we will not hear about in main-stream media. Hero can be unseen, but thanks to You – heard.

  • Charles - California said:

    I could not read the story about B.B. King’s death, a loss of my beloved blues brother and what he meant to the art form. I just wanted you to know that I read the magazine and continue to read it. I like it. I think you are providing a great service and I hope you keep up the good work.

  • Michael said:

    I love what you’re doing.

  • Shana - Tennessee said:

    I find your website, and the premise surrounding its focus, to not only be a light to the online community, but also a wonderful opportunity to promote hope and inspiration.

  • Tracey - Montana said:

    Thank you for creating such an important, dynamic and positive site!

  • Zach - Montana said:

    I love the positive nature of your content.

  • Jindati – Oregon said:

    In general, I like to experience myself living a life where I can do what I love and being able to make a living with what I love doing and building community. I think this is more and more where we are heading as humans if we want to keep living on this planet under more suitable human conditions and enjoyments.
    We are all connected and nothing touches, as science teaches us and the more we can feel this fundamental connection as the individuals we are, the more we can make a winning change in the world.

    Today’s Winning Video:Trevor Noah Replaces Jon Steward on the Daily Show is a great choice as it has good entertainment with smart comedy and at the same time reveals educational facts and news.

    I’m passionate about youths’ movement and how young people are turning around a world that older generations treated like they would live forever and shown little caring about what they leave behind. I travel a lot and thus meet amazingly aware, mainly younger people, who are truly winners in building community and making a change in the world. Younger people in particular, in my experience, understand that change is coming from within. Wars and fighting each other, race discrimination and just caring for your own small family and seeing everyone else as different and less important does not work anymore in the 21st century, so it looks like. I’m always open to meet older people who have this same awareness, which of course I do but not as often.

  • Nakia – Georgia said:

    The video about the London newspaper leading the fight against global warming is an interesting read. I am one for sharing this type of information. I read, only briefly, about Einstein’s theory and global warming a long time ago. When you are a kid, few parents would listen to you. My parents never listened, they just thought I was cute. Anyway..

    I will read more of the article.

    Alex, I have followed you on twitter. :)

  • Benjamin - USA said:

    The climate has been changing for millions of years. Your agenda is to destroy jobs and to control business.

    Millions of black people are unemployed because of you. I could be making more money because of you.

  • The Editor said:

    The petition is contained in the article at least a couple of times. Please go back to it and sign. Thank you — Alex Scandalios

  • Heather - USA said:

    I do believe in global warming and i do strongly believe in this cause the ozone layer is disintegrating and there already is a hole in it..but over half of the population does not believe nor care they don’t want to change their ways. As human beings we are selfish and aren’t the type to believe until we are shown proof. Which this article states. I love the flow of the article and how informative. How the person refers to albert Einstein is Genius. Reading this arrival taught me things I didn’t even know…i think this is a great informative article and id love to sign the petition as soon as possible

  • Daniel - North Dakota said:

    I would like to say this is a just cause, I would try to post this on my facebook page and other sites to sensitize signatures as I did mine already. I am happy someone wants to talk and do something about fossil fuels, because it may not affect us now, but may affect the next generation who are quite innocent. By the way, good job on creating such an inspiring article.

  • slough.yalwa.co.uk said:

    I love it when people get together and share thoughts.
    Great website, stick with it!

  • Tyler - Mondana said:

    I watched the video and read the write up about the cop who helps the homeless, instead of simply jailing them or sending them away. I also enjoyed the article about Charlie Hebdo and the quote from The Prophet denouncing war as a lesser conquest than that of the self. While I definitely think that it is important that people be informed of the injustice that occurs in the world, I also see the importance of showing the good things that are going on, in all corners of humanity. There is so much good there that gets neglected by most media, perhaps contributing to an environment of increased fear, suspicion and negativity. I like this idea of more positive news

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  • Blaine said:

    Watching and listening to these can be a good practice.

  • Jindati - Oregon said:

    Today’s Winning Video:Trevor Noah Replaces Jon Steward on the Daily Show is a great choice as it has good entertainment with smart comedy and at the same time reveals educational facts and news.

  • Connie – Georgia said:

    I love reading stories about people within the community who are achievers, doers and positive role models. Coming from the non-profit industry, I have met many people that fit this description. Some people never receive recognition for their good deeds, or may not even realize how they have positively impacted the lives of others (primarily because they do not seek it). For example, I know of a family who have adopted 23 special needs children over the years, with 17 still living at home. The family is very humble and are living modestly in their small rural town. They are some of the nicest people you ever want to meet.

  • Dylan – California said:

    Thanks for posting a memorial to Spock. That was a nice short video for him that CNN did. Sad that he passed away, but really touching that he reached so many people with Star Trek and other moments in his career.

  • Lucinda – North Carolina said:

    I was saddened by the loss of Leonard Nimoy. My mom is a Trekkie so I grew up with the old school Star Trek and particularly loved Nimoy’s character, Mr. Spock. The concept of the whole show was wonderful and I think the star who was chosen for each role did a superlative job in that role. It’s just an all around classic and losing Leonard is a real blow.

  • Beth – Oregon said:

    Thank you. I am a big fan and he is greatly missed. :(

  • Susan – North Carolina said:

    my favorites were the movies — particularly the second one (Wrath of Khan) with all the literary and biblical allusions and where Spock sacrifices himself for the good of the many, only to be reborn – great stuff

    And the one with the whales and Spock’s use of profanity is a hoot — and of course makes a great point.

    -have seen them both at least 20 times apiece.

    Having long had a place in my heart for the homeless, the stories about the homeless caught my attention, and I know any one of us could end up that way with the widening gap between rich and poor. I’ve written several petitions about homelessness, and in the last one, targeting Raleigh, NC, I point to Utah as an example of a state that’s doing what others should do to eliminate or ameliorate homelessness.

  • Adam – Oregon said:

    That’s cool Alex. I grew up watching Star Trek, was always a fan of Trek, Spock, and Nimoy. Some people it never occurs to you someday they’ll be gone.

  • Murray – California said:

    I enjoyed the video. Spock, Mr. Nimoy, was a treasure.

  • Adam - Oregon said:

    I grew up watching Star Trek, was always a fan of Trek, Spock, and Nimoy. Some people it never occurs to you someday they’ll be gone.

  • Jan - Maryland said:

    Thanks very much.

  • Dave - Wisconsin said:

    I am a huge Leonard Nimoy fan. I grew up on reruns of the original “Star Trek” series and agree this is a huge loss.

    Thanks for sharing the link!

  • Tom - DC said:

    I was a big fan of Star Trek — thanks!

  • Benny - USA said:

    Very cool Alex. Spock was awesome and I would like to think that he is flying through the cosmos right now on a journey to his final frontier. Meanwhile, Shatner is unable to attend the funeral services tomorrow what’s up with that? Doesn’t seem right, forget the charity fund raiser. It’s Spock for pete’s sake.

    Love Star Trek, Loved Spock, but let’s not forget that Nimoy also appeared in numerous episodes of Sea Hunt, Dragnet, Wagon Train, and The Twilight zone and many other tv shows and films. And who could ever forget Nimoy’s narrations on “In Search Of”

    Goodbye Spock!

  • Lynette – Puerto Rico said:

    I believe the Parisians are entitled to their freedom of speech and not being silent be this aggressors ,manipulative and violent terrorists to get their point across by taking innocent lives because, they don’t even respect their own.

    That is control by force just like the Venezuelan government forced themselves on the throne without people’s approval. Today the government has chosen to withhold the most simple and basic supplies from their own people forcing them to live in worse conditions and not treating them with the dignity that human being deserves. To me that government is an embarrassment to their own country and people who represent that country. Shame on you government of Venezuela!
    I’m aware they don’t want US getting involved in their business but, government of Venezuela prove to your people what good you can do to your people and their needs and that of the country? To become another Cuba is not the answer either. Such a rich and beautiful country and lost to a group of individuals after their own agenda and own greed.
    Proverbs 29:4
    By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tears it down.
    So, I say there are always consequences to our actions no matter what it is?
    Proverbs 16:18
    Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
    Another, verse used by Abraham Lincoln on 1858 at the Republican State Convention where he was chosen to run as US Senator against his opponent Democrat Stephen A. Douglas and he quoted “A house divided against itself cannot stand” of course, this was in reference to the abolishing of slavery in the states and as a country to be unified. You cannot have two mentalities running the country one being freedom and the other one being slavery? We must choose the one that would bring the most benefit to the country and the people In it for the greater good. That is what is called an unified integrated country moving forward. In this life something good doesn’t last forever. There are always those demanding their ways for selfish reason thus bringing division and chaos. We as citizens of the United States Of America Must Educate ourselves to know who are we really? the candidate you are voting on election day – Google their name and you shall find lots of information as to who they are as a person and life history and what they stand for?

  • Stacey – Alabama said:

    i think it’s great that nations are standing together against terrorism. But I hate this is turning into a political issue for some folks and it shouldn’t be.

  • Sky – Oklahoma said:

    Dude, that story about the Paris magazine covers was moving and inspiring! Exactly the kind of thing I am all about! I will share this article! I’m going to do so on my FB page just as soon as I can.

  • Char – Maryland said:

    I am in a very unique position on this story. First and foremost, I am a humanitarian and supporter of freedoms but more importantly I have the education and personal experiences that most people are not afforded for in depth understanding. Furthermore, I respect the ideological and sometimes illogical clash of freedoms of which we are currently experiencing. My hope is that recent events will move us in an appropriate direction to figure out where one right ends and another begins without violence, but with the utmost respect. Violence is never the response, whereas education is always the answer.

    Plainly speaking, our world is tough and we need to work to find common ground with all of our brothers and sisters for the sake of humanity. However, a natural casualty of extending one freedom over another are the “little” people. No one is talking about the extended casualty list or wave of repercussions. My everyday heroes are the young girls seeking an education and those working to give an education are put into harms way. My heroes are desperately trying to peacefully work together on the front lines building the bridges of understanding through education, healthcare and other resources in the worlds most impoverished and fought over areas. The stretching of one freedom makes this humanitarian work extremely dangerous and even more difficult when those that wish to express one freedom raises the hair of others, it puts myself and all my everyday heroes in jeopardy. This includes the young girl walking three miles to school and the teacher eagerly waiting under a thatch roof in 110 degree temperatures for her 60 students to arrive. They are my heroes and millions will suffer because the natural consequence of recent events is the setting back of the educational process. It is exactly what the naughty people want, stagnant or one-sided education. But if we keep our most powerful tool in the forefront of all of our minds – education – and respectfully curb our own desire to stretch our personal freedoms of expression then the world can move forward positively. It is a trade-off we learned in Civics 101 for the better of society.

    A cartoon? For what? It is a short sighted use of freedom done with the knowledge that it would most likely incite a response from extremists, albeit not to this level, but ultimately it severely inhibits the long term freedom goals others desperately work towards. Silly, unnecessary and counter productive if viewed from this angle.

    Below is a poem I wrote about girls education. The world needs to remember to never leave us alone in this struggle, but help us win the battle. It is a call to Muslim and non-Muslims to help and find common ground in our similarities and differences without violence but with flexibility and understanding.

    Memory Candle

    Flashes of light rhythmically emit from the three talking lights that pool around the Mickey Mouse shaped puddle of wax; coaxing each other to move with the breeze.

    Mythical scents harken of far off places of pomegranate and persian orange, while exotically laughing hijab friends dressed in muted earth tone colors cover their elaborate personalities and surprising tattoos; casually shopping.

    Never leave one of us alone to struggle, or ever beseech a friend, stranger or enemy into lawlessness, always abet Allah (swt).

    A Sister implores, “Teach the children the true laws of self-respect, human rights and learn by example through reading, writing and happily celebrating.”

    I plead in tandem, “Girls are a gift with song, dance and henna stained hands” that all must raise a voice to say – Ma’shallah!

  • Vick – Rhode Island said:

    it also makes me proud that even after all that has happened they honored their fallen comrades by drawing the cartoon. They up held the beliefs that the paper continues to hold true. More importantly they stood tall and brave and didn’t let fear over take them. The world can be dark at times and a paper in France standing up to a force that lives in the shadows is empowering.

  • Jessica - Michigan said:

    Let me begin by saying, “Thank you for speaking out”. Over the course of my social media interaction, I have befriended several persons of muslim faith, from countries all over our globe, whether they are Tunisian, Pakistanian, Turkish, Arabian or Nogerian they all have one thing in common…they are gentle faith driven respectful people! In light of the recent attacks, most are aware that the western world does not understand the faith and way of life. It is important that those of us in this world that chose enlightenment and understanding, do not allow misguided judgment of this kind to overtake the truer purpose of communications! ACTS OF VIOLENCE ARE NOTHING NEW…JUST THE ACTS OF THE MISGUIDED. I personally have begun studying the Islamic faith and find no correlation to violence, using the Quran as an excuse to act out hatred on another is in no way living the words of the prophet.

  • Debbie – Kentucky said:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I will never understand why destructive people do not perceive that each of us is a part of the same world. Nothing else, including religion, ethnicity, politics, etc., matters unless we are willing to use them positively to establish peace and harmony. It may sound like a pipe dream, but it is worth every ounce of energy and compassion that it will take to scratch our way to harmony – and abandon our acrimonious leanings, for good. That doesn’t mean there won’t be problems….we will just solve them differently, effectively. I think we start in two ways: Individually, within our own families, workplaces, schools, etc. And globally, with our leaders re-focusing from personal power and influence to empathy and world vision – not just rhetoric, but for real.

    The greatest responsibility we have as individuals is neighbor helping neighbor, whether it is our next-door neighbor or our continental neighbors across the sea. Most definitely, our world leaders should actually LEAD in this universal resolve. Curing all other social, economic, political, religious and personal ills is possible when peace is the foundation. Those leaders who do not strive for world-wide peace should step aside and let those who truly live to serve the universe inspire and direct the masses. The common person wants to be a productive world citizen, wants to help and wants to be needed. Perhaps these individuals are, and always will be the real leaders. Your publications highlight this truth. Each and every one of us has personal strengths and weaknesses, which together create society. A good leader takes our strengths, promotes them and uses them for the good of the whole. There is no way on earth that causing fear, hurt and suffering is good for anyone, let alone the whole. There is no way that peace and love is bad for anyone. Sounds like a no brainer to me.

    Thank you for your magazine, your valiant efforts, Alex. Your work is already leading the way…..

  • Vick – Rhode Island said:

    I’ve been following the story closely and it makes me proud to see that your magazine did a piece on it. It falls to all journalists to be unbiased and objective to all point of views and sides of any debate or issue. Which is something that over the years I feel like many writers have lost….. Journalistic integrity.

  • Anonymous – Hawaii said:

    Alex… the french attack was a false flag, pure and simple. It had all the footprints and earmarks of one all over it – esp the fact that the “murderers” were in turn killed quickly so there would be no trial. I need go no further. The attack had nothing to do with free speech, but was about increased surveillance, jewish oppressors, the mossad, CIA, and more controls over the populace.

  • Crin – Michigan said:

    What it boils down to is this: if those guys had the right to say whatever they wanted with total disregard to the whole culture, the whole culture has the right to respond back. It is too bad they chose such a crude way of expressing their feelings, but they should have the right to speak also.

    France is not so big on the freedom of speech. Actually they remind me of Henry Ford: “Customers may have any color as long as it is black”.

  • Donna – Oregon said:

    Good story.

  • Phillip - Alabama said:

    A lot of positive things about different people, and their stories. That’s real good! That’s what it’s all about, making a difference in somebody life.

  • Susan said:

    It is a good magazine and i love it and i have been reading it every day since I got to know it.

  • Sky – Oklahoma said:

    Man, I’m really inspired by this story, and the stories like this that I have seen on your website.

  • Bindu – China said:

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful inspirational video and message.

  • Athena – Utah said:

    I have seen a few stories like this in past months, even prosthetic limbs made for pets. It great what a bit of imagination and the courage to use it can produce!

  • Natalie – North Carolina said:

    I definitely like everything I see in this magazine.

  • E Tiffany – Mississippi said:

    I enjoy reading this magazine.

  • Laura – Pennsylvania said:

    I love the idea of highlighting inspirational figures who can motivate and serve as role models in the community

  • Trisha - Kentucky said:

    I read/saw the Jon Oliver/Comcast video/story, and it held my interest and made me wonder what companies I have in my area. I like articles that make me think, especially about saving money.

  • Bob – Hawaii said:

    It was nice of Robin Williams to take the time and reach out to Vivian Waller. In any case it was short and sweet, which in turn I have found at times when less is said more is revealed.

  • Myson – Arizona said:

    Alex, I have read a few of the articles and used the link to Utube for the video on immigrant children, an issue quite familiar to me here in Tucson. I think I see what your site is all about, uplifting stories about people succeeding at life, no matter how small the circumstances. I see you have much family involved and that the center of your universe is Corvalis, a town I have passed through on my Oregon travels. I am no stranger to Oregon, my mother hails from Klamath Falls, my sister lives in Bend, I have relatives scattered through the woods there. Thank you for what you’re doing.

  • Heather - Maryland said:

    I liked the one about Batkid AKA Miles Scott. My mother is a cancer survivor, so anything pertaining to people with cancer and their struggles or even successes interests me a great deal. The fact that he wanted to be a hero for a day and the Make a Wish Foundation made it happen is incredible. This child was facing death and the thing that he wanted most was to be a hero and save other people. He is a brave and impressive young man who should be admired.

  • Hilary - Michigan said:

    Your screenshot of the story on Robin Williams reminded me of something I posted on Tumblr when his suicide occurred. It received a lot of support in the depression and mental illness sub-groups of Tumblr and I even received messages from people who said my words gave them hope. Thank you.

  • Barbara – New Mexico said:

    I love that John Oliver’s piece on Comcast. I see big corporations such as Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon and others trying to take more of the Almighty Dollar away from everyday consumers, who are struggling just to keep the lights on and put food on the table. What EPB is doing is badly needed.

  • Ashley – Louisiana said:

    I was really inspired by this article due the fact Robin Williams was one of our well known celebrities and leaders in the social media world. Seeing that he was suffering and going through a dark time is troubling and I do feel that the article does not go into much detail about that. I think that some of his pain should be elaborated to let the reader know how he was feeling and why he did what he did. Robin Williams and many of our stars are very secretive in their life which I respect. I wish we understood them more because maybe that would have helped us help prevent what happened to Robin Williams. It was a tragedy, but this article sheds some light from that tragedy by the video message that was sent right before he committed suicide. His intentions were good and his heart was big no matter what his faults were. I really enjoyed going through your site.

  • Bob – Hawaii said:

    Not sure if the Robin Williams content is an article but it was nice of him to take the time and reach out to Vivian Waller. In any case it was short and sweet, which in turn I have found at times when less is said more is revealed.

  • Timothy Boston said:

    I just read this article about BatKid, and you pretty much hit the nail on the head. I loved this story, I’m from Boston, and just last year our city was subject to a horrible act of terrorism. It was heart wrenching, but what came out it was something extraordinarily beautiful. In the months to the follow the marathon bombing I saw a city with a reputation for being crass come together as a sort of family. The constant sightings of “Boston Strong” banners and pendants were a constant reminder that even in dark days I lived in a city that I’m proud to call home. Through this experience I truly found a sense of belonging and pride in where I come from. This was much the case with the BatKid and the city of San Francisco. That strangers saw an opportunity to take a negative and make it so brilliant reaffirms people’s belief in the goodness of humanity. Seeing people come together, not just for Miles, but for the people of the city in which they reside, is the true wonderment of the story. Batman would be proud of his protege in San Fran, he brought a time of peace to the city that Gotham will never know. It’s going to be awhile before California will have to endure another “dark night.”

  • Leah - Maryland said:

    As I read this article I found my self bursting with happiness and was delighted with how the authors’ inner child “came out to play”, making this literary work of art as big as Batman himself.

  • Jenee Dana said:

    I have to admit this uplifting story made me teary eyed. I wish I lived in the Bay Area so I could cheer on Bat Kid! In terms of UI/UX feedback for the site, I would add a button to comment on the story on top of the “Previously” section in order to make it easier for your readers to engage with the site.

  • Craig - Arizona said:

    I spent some time looking over your site and saw a lot of solid, interesting, heartwarming content. To say that I believe in what you are doing would be less than adequate–I love it when anyone takes initiative to try and spread something good, whatever the risk. I see your intention to simply spread inspiration and make the fantastic seem within the average person’s grasp and that is most definitely admirable

  • Jefrey - Kentucky said:

    I think what you are trying to do fits well with my own personal mission of helping others and highlighting the greatness that is all around us. People lose sight of the fact that great things happen right in our backyards and stories need to be told.

  • Trisha - Kentucky said:

    I read about Comcast’s worst nightmare, and I was favorably impressed with the content. I found myself hoping we had more affordable prices in my area.

  • Cavan - Indiana said:

    I like the flourish of positivity on your site, it’s a nice break from the general negative outlook in news.

  • Scott - Texas said:

    I read through this magazine and enjoyed the majority of what I had read. There is great story developing here in Tucson pertaining to the illegal immigrant children being sent here for housing. It seems to have allot of opinions both pro and con. Anyway it may be something with a human/child interest story for your mag.

  • Daniel - Indiana said:

    I especially liked the article dealing with internet access in Chattanooga. It is nice to hear good things for once about net neutrality instead of rampant corporate greed. It put me in the mind of Google fiber.

  • Kathleen - New York said:

    Your mission is laudable, and I think it’s refreshing to aspire to featuring positive stories about people who are making a difference in their communities. I believe it reflects what is going on more than the (bad) news that is generally featured in mass-market media.

  • Eric - Vietnam said:

    I love what you are doing here. I believe in what it tries to accomplish. It’s not perfect, but I love what it tries to be.

  • Editor (author) said:

    Some of the stories in this section, such as this one you read about Malala, are abbreviated because the copy is often just a lead to inviting you to SEE VIDEO. As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Enjoy and thank you for your feedback.

  • Czarli - Colorado said:

    I read today’s feature on Malala Yousafzai. I was surprised that so little was written about her. I followed her blog diaries in 2009 on the BBC when she was a young girl going to school and experiencing the Taliban in Swat. She wrote under a pseudonym but has since confirmed that she was indeed that young girl in later interviews. What I saw of your feature article was a mere blurb of what a number of other writers have already written repeatedly. I got the same information from googling her name and reading the bare minimum of each website from the search page. I was very disappointed in this feature article.

  • Ed said:

    I would first like to say that I think what you are doing is awesome. People like me are tired of hearing the bad news and long for positive input and inspiring stories. Thank you,

  • Julienne H said:

    I’ve done a read through of a few articles, and I feel strongly that the work you are doing is inspirational and powerful. Thank you for compiling it and making the selfless achievements of others accessible to the general public for review.

  • Christina - Alabama said:

    I am estatic to see a magazine that celebrates and supports the accomplishments of everyday individuals.

  • Nathan – Washington said:

    What really appeals to me about Winners Within Us Magazine™ is it’s positive, up-beat editorials and articles.

  • Michael – West Virginia said:

    I truly appreciate what you’ve created at Winners Within Us. I fully support the premise,

  • Eva – Puerto Rico said:

    I find the concept of highlighting role models and inspirational people to be a brilliant one! The level of crime, drug use, and heartbreak in Puerto Rico is high, which makes me very interested in the positive articles in your ezine.

  • Alex D said:

    I liked your website, and really have a soft spot for inspirational and informative stories.

  • Shelbi -- West Virginia said:

    I believe that your magazine sounds like the exact thing that our state needs.

  • Deunan -- West Virginia said:

    I’m running for City Council in West Virginia and I do believe what you’re doing is a wonderful way to bring the positive things people are doing to the fore, and let some of the less fortunate know that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and people who care.

  • Samantha - Washington said:

    I am inspired by the purpose and mission of your magazine

  • Melanie -- Canada said:

    5 weeks ago on April 28, I lost my mother to cancer. When I first found your site, a few weeks after her March 28 diagnosis of Stage Four Endometrial cancer I read all of the stories in the ‘Winners Against the Odds’ column. From Bonny Diver’s story about her battle with Breast Cancer, her choice to overcome it and empower women with both money and words while helping them put a wig on their head, to Yogesh Pathak’s War on Cancer Foundation, to Bart Saidal and his Salt Shaker Foundation, all of them touched my heart and gave me courage to head back to the hospital. Her living was not meant to be yet the words in many of your articles remind me daily that there is a little bit of hope and sunshine even when I am crying. I read the story today about the young athlete who stopped and helped a fellow competitor across the finish line of a long distance race. This young lady did this with little thought…she did what was right. My mother and I did not always get along but in the time granted us I did what I thought was right and stayed at her side, never leaving her alone to the end. I never thought to do anything else…it was what was needed.

  • Sherry said:

    I read this amazing article and,watched the video it made me smile and feel like crying. Why did it make me feel that way? well because he wants to prove to himself and others whether you have a disability or not you can do anything you that you put your mind to! I myself have disabilities and despite what people have thought or said have gone leaps and bounds. I believe that anyone can make a difference they have to truly want to with their heart and soul.

  • Randy -- Canada said:

    I took the time to review you website. There are many truly inspirational stories. You should be quite proud of the work you have done.

    This particular article elementary schooler with cerebral palsy runs amazing 400-meter raceabout the caught my eye.

    Young Matt’s perseverance, running that 400m race despite his physical limitations, is the sort of inspirational tale that can help motivate many people regardless of their abilities and/or limitations.

    My own 14 year old daughter deals with CP. She, thankfully, has a mild form of the disease but still has her struggles dealing with doctors, hospitals, treatment and more often than not, the perceptions of others as to what she can or cannot accomplish. Genevieve was born severely premature [1lbs 4oz] and we believe this played a part in her developing CP. She has undergone many a round of physio-therapy, serial casting and most recently surgery to cut and lengthen her Achilles tendon in order to help her walk without a limp.

    Children like Matt and my own beloved Geni are an inspiration to the rest of us. If they can keep getting up and pushing on despite all the obstacles they face… how can those of us blessed with better health do any less?

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  • Elisa – Rhode Island said:

    I believe in your mission statement. The first story I read was Bonny’s story and it reminded me of my own and what a true miracle she is. Life is what you make of it. I believe we are all here to help heal the world and make it a better place for those of us that want to anyways…. and I am one of the ones that do.

  • Shane – Pennsylvania said:

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  • Hameed - UAE said:

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    I liked this story about the Vet that got a new home. My daddy was a Vietnam Vet & I have a lot of friends that either have or are serving in the military. That is a huge sacrifice for them & their families to make on our behalf & it’s a wonderful thing when we can give back to them.

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  • Alex the Editor said:


    Religion definitely is not a theme of this magazine. What you are seeing is that people’s religious beliefs often provide the support they need to overcome life’s obstacles. Hence, those beliefs become relevant to their story as, for example, an explanation of how they overcame a major obstacle. As an editor, I do my best to take out any content that proselytizes.

  • Melanie – North Carolina said:

    I love the content of your magazine but I would like to know if there is a spiritual/religious undertone because I felt like some of the stories leaned that way. I’m not against writing about others’ beliefs, and I am not be against anything said by those interviewed for articles in this e-zine. However, I would like to know if religion is an overall theme of your e-zine. No matter what,
    I love the content.

  • Allison – North Carolina said:

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  • Alex the Editor said:

    Karina, The best way to support this magazine nominate someone in your community who is a winner. Either e-mail me about them or click on the “Winners Community” button at the top of this page. I suggest it is very important for us to recognize qualities and the people around us and to celebrate these people and the qualities as role models/lifestyles that can change the world. I look forward to your help – Alex Scandalios

  • Karina – Michigan said:

    I think this is a great idea. There is not enough positivity in the world, and I will support your magazine.

  • Amber – Minnesota said:

    I really enjoyed reading a few of the stories offered. I realize that this site is very uplifting compared to the rest of the news publications out there. It almost reminds me of CaringBridge, but from the viewpoint of another person. This is definitely different than news stories that I have seen published, but I believe everyone has a great story to tell and this is a great site to put these stories up on. I could get used to it,

  • Susan – Michigan said:

    I am very interested in reading about positive gains in the world we live in. Too much negativity is mediatized these days, and I really appreciate your efforts to help create a balance between.

  • Bob– North Carolina said:

    The web site is very interesting and contains several articles of interest. Specificly the coach’s heroic actions at the recent high school shooting. In todays world, and with 4 children of my own:(2 out of schol, 1 finishing HS this year and a 6 year old), this subject is always a concern to a parent. Articles of this type really hit home to me as they do to other parents. Our world as we know it has changed so much in my 53 years it is almost un believable.

  • Chad – Maryland said:

    Very good site and very good format. I read the article about the coach from the Chardon, Ohio high school where the three kids were shot and the assistant football coach intervened. Thank you for featuring that. This is certainly a nice site that you have….

  • Rolwyn – New Mexico said:

    I enjoy that there is a little of everything on the site, and not just happy-go-lucky-feel good nonsense either. You have real stories about real people (and even an article about J.K. Rowling, which I honestly was quite surprised to see), and that is all commendable

  • Dylan -- Maryland said:

    I noticed you’ve specifically brought up Dennis Kucinach getting outed from his congressional district. Sad that one of the only advocates on a range of issues is getting outed.

  • Mary -- Montana said:

    The one about the Ford CEO was interesting, and I am glad he has been able to lead the Ford Company out of its former problems, but agree with the author that there are some hitches with his compensation.

  • Mark -- Ohio said:

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  • Alex the editor said:

    Suzie (and to all my readers),

    the best way to nominate someone is to use the menu at top of this page and click on the choice “Winners Community”. But this works, too. I will personally post your nomination on April 1 for the readers to vote on. Thank you for your valuable interest and help.

  • Suzie – Oklahoma said:

    This is a great site and so very uplifting. As a real estate appraiser for twelve years, I’ve been in thousands of households. I have met incredible everyday people many of whom do so much with so very little. I would love to nominate someone. I have one person who immediately comes to mind. She is not in my community in Oklahoma, but in California. Growing up with autism, and having 3 children with Asperger’s syndrome and dyslexia, she is implementing the skills she acquired through Davis Dyslexia/Autism training in her local public school, to circumvent the disabilities in dyslexic children BEFORE the disability can develop. She works tirelessly with no compensation to help teachers and parents how to detect dyslexia before it takes hold. You can imagine the jealousy that she encounters with teachers and the bureaucracy she has to endure just to intervene and help a few kids….for FREE.

  • Sonya -- New Hampshire said:

    I read… (Hero Mom, Stephanie Decker, Loses Legs Saving Kids From Tornado) this article because it was a recent event that covered the news. I also am fearful for anyones life from a tornado. Last summer I drove across the country and nearly had one chasing me through Illinois. It was terrifying and scary and is the one natural disaster I am scared to death from. I enjoyed the article and the small movie clip. It was nice to be able to see Stefanie and hear her talk. I think she is a hero of a mom for the act of selflessness she performed to save her kids. I think her spirit in the clip is one to be recognized. Even in the video when they show her in the hospital bed she isn’t sad at all. Her main concern is still her family and the fact that she lost her legs almost seems irrelevant when she talks. She seems in high spirits for someone who just went through such a tragic event. I really admire her strength and courage as a mother.

  • Beth – Hawaii said:

    Your magazine is a great concept for promoting positive accomplishments and inspiring others.

  • Marty – Ohio said:

    Hello Alex,

    I have always felt that, although reporting on the many negative news events around the world is a necessity, the lack of attention to those who provide positive and uplifting stories shouldn’t be tolerated. Winners Within Us™ gives readers that outlet and covers people in all walks of life. This isn’t a fluff magazine. The articles I’ve read go far deeper than that, which is something I appreciate and I believe strongly most Americans, including us in Ohio, do as well. There are plenty of winners here. Thank you for featuring them.

  • Alex the Editor said:


    This magazine gives you the opportunity to make that difference. Write me an e-mail nominating someone in your city as a winner. You can also click on the menubar above, “Winners Community/Nominate Someone”. I challenge you to find one. They can be a member of your family, a friend, or someone you read about or hear about. There is no way you could not find a winner in Cleveland, Ohio if you open your eyes and mind.

    If you do that, I will post your nomination for the readers to vote on and, if the readers choose it, I will pay you to write the article.

    It is very easy to say you want to make a difference. Doing something about it is the hard part. Here is your chance. Do it..

  • Rodescu – Ohio said:

    I live in Cleveland, Ohio and I am a young Comedian. People have lost hope and faith here in Ohio, they believe that this place is dying. The sad thing about it is that most of those people who believe that are right here in Cleveland so it’s hard to find a joke. I want to make a difference and show to this city there is still hope and room to improve and i’m hoping that you all will be able to give me the chance to express that. Thank you

  • Rashmi – New Orleans said:

    I like these inspiring stories that can touch the hearts of people and change many lives. You are doing a great thing.

  • Donna – Oklahoma said:

    I am very impressed with your online magazine. It covers happy, successful stories instead of the usual drive by, shoot and kill stories.
    Thank you for putting out such a wonderful website that tells the reader of all of the good in this crazy world in lieu of the bad.

  • Brenton Erpelding – Canada said:

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    While I appreciate your comment it does show that it is all you read in the magazine. That article appeared as “Today’s News Link” and it is the only article in the magazine generated by an outside source. It serves a valid purpose to link what I personally regard as the most significant positive news story I can find each morning. And it builds readership. The articles are never rewritten since they are copyrighted and they do not appear on the website as such. They are links to another website. My doing this is no different than other media such as Yahoo, Huffington Post, Google, etc.

    – Alex the Editor

  • Djinn – Kentucky said:

    I find your Ezine to be encouraging and inspiring in a time when the world seems to be going to hell in a hand basket. Its nice to know and visibly see some of the good people that still exist in this world. So basically, yes, I think your Ezine is a good way to inspire people by letting them read stories about quality people that do positive things, instead of the dread and doom that seems to dominate most papers and the news.

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  • Sharon – North Carolina said:

    I love the name of your magazine. We all have a winner within us. Sometimes it takes one person to bring it out of us.

  • Gary -- Tennessee said:

    I can’t really say it “made my day,” but I’m glad Clint is still getting work and joining the ranks of Bill Gates, Donald Trump et al in doing good deeds, and sharing the wealth with the less fortunate. That the person under the persona was obviously of good moral character is evident from the days of Rawhide to his 2009 film Gran Torino. And your ezine seems to have interesting tid-bits.

  • Joyce – India said:

    The site is very inspiring.

  • Matt -- Oregon said:

    I am very impressed by the goals and values of your magazine. Our current mainstream media often gives far too much attention to troublemakers and unfortunate events, all the while neglecting the unsung heroes within our communities.

  • Kara – Indiana said:

    What a great website you have! I love your mission – sharing amazing stories to motive others to make the world a better place.

  • Rachel– Texas said:

    Before stumbling across your ezine, I admittedly had never heard of your company. However, after visiting your website and having a look around, I must say I am thoroughly impressed with the work you do. From your mission statement to the diversity in your writing, I am marvelously surprised. I can not do enough to say how impressed I am with the diversity of the magazine in particular. I love being able to read about the nationally famous and the locally appreciated, the business owners and the artists, and the superstars and soccer moms all in the same place. After seeing how positive the ezine was, I decided I want to be a supporter.

  • Amal – Montréal said:

    I started this first visit to your magazine by reading this article, went to the Winners Marketplace™, which is a great idea by the way, to dining with chinese family in Oregon. When I talk about food, people would say sometimes, often more than sometimes, I have put water in their mouth “L’eau a la bouche”. I’ve been saliving reading this article on chinese dining and how eveybody can be innovating in the field he has chosen. In fact I love all your idea about “The winners society”. You don’t have a winner all the time. You can lose. Experiencing loss make a winner more human. 2 sorts of entrepreneurs. The one who would do his best to avoid firing people and another other who like to say ” You are fired”. Good for the ego. Which one do you prefer?

    “Master, my Master, Teach me Master”. I believe that a good teacher or professor in our path can be a big enlightment. By those persons, I was taught, you cannot speak as you write and vice versa, you cannot write the way you talk. Certainly not being “precious”. My sister, in a way to compete with me would look into the dictionnary. Her homework would be brought back to her with a big remark “Precious”. A friend of mine who would correct some of my articles, would tell me, don’t try to be over sophisticated, go for the word which would be easily understantable by every reader. Within the margin of these 2 principles I do my writing. Plus it as gift, like others for painting or music. I wrote a novel at 3 years old. My mother, she was not that intellectual, threw it, advocating later that paper is a good field for coakroches. Anyway studying for me was not an obligation, it was an opening. I will be finished by 15 minutes. Professor of Histoy would say, Amal knows not history only but stories of the history. I remember saving bit by bit to buy those wonderful magazines of Historia Magazine.

    I found Terry the unstoppable, very simply written and can reach a lot of readers. For a time, I was voluntering at the Royal Vic hospital, the cedar foundation for cancer. So many stories about people who would not give up. What I would not like is when people starts repeating like parrots, ” Making a difference”. Please find another way to convey the message. Du “deja-vu” in French ou du “deja entendu”, already seen or heard.
    I loved the story of people swimming with sharks, trying to beat the myth of ferocious predators. Give the shark a second chance.
    That cat don’t dance. I am wondering if she can swim.

    Facing the grim economical situation spreading all over the world, I am trying to have business and community deciders in my area involved in a project, including gastronomy and culture. Close to my place there is a school of turism and hotellery and a restaurant called “The Fuschia” which belongs to the school. On Weekend it is empty. I am trying to have the school adhere to my idea, hosting once a month a cultural weekend. A culinary theme will be chosen, let’s say afghan cuisine, mexican, lebanese, french or whatever. Discussion subject would be a cultural event taking place at the same moment in Montreal; could be a music concert, an exhibition, an opera, a ballet, a festival. An artist would be chosen by ” Bouillon de culture”. Bouillon de culture is me. He will give us one of his work. A lottery will be taking place, letting us pay back the artist and offering him a public plateform, than using only the social networks. The church, it is the richest presbyterian in Canada, is Ok. It is located on Sherbrooke street, just in front of the musuem of fine arts of Montreal. With the Minister and the board we have to figure out how to implement practically the project. I will be meeting the School director within 2 weeks. If the school agrees, it will make things easier for everybody.

    My Dad was a kind of a giver. When he died, we put an ad in the newspaper. We had people coming from all over. So many people. Made me questionning them. How did you know my Dad? He did this or that for us. We are grateful. It is the less we can do to pay back. The day of the burial, a snow storm made impossible arriving to the cimetery by car. People carried him on hands on a 2 hours walk to the cimetery. Now, he has the reputation of being a Saint.
    I would not like living with a Saint. I would ask him with ressentment: Where, all the money is gone? For a time I stopped talking to him because for me he did not manage well with the money putting us in jeopardy. Now I feel sorry. You should ask my non intellectual mother how it is living with a Saint. She destroyed him.

  • Kelly– Texas said:

    I love the idea behind Winners Within Us.

  • Eve – Canada said:

    I browsed through your website. I find the content very inspiring. I liked how broad your range of stories is – there is something for everyone – and that you address local communities, which makes the stories real, accessible, and thus inspiring.

  • Margie– New York said:

    I believe that reading about positive people and things can lift spirits and turn lives around. Go for it!

  • Robin – Indiana said:

    As I read your magazine, I get a sense of a warm feeling throughout the website, like being home on a cold night covered in a blanket in front of a fire. I feel how the writer puts their personality in each word they place on the web page. However, this article about the Navy Seals that risked their own lives to save two hostages that were kidnapped by pirates left me wanting to know more. The first thing that came to mind was who was these pirates and why did they kidnap these two people? I know this article is to help inspire people to see what goods people are doing in today?s age, but at the end of this writing peace I felt like not much was really said except that two people were saved. How are these people now? Did they get to say thanks to the men that risked their lives? Question by question kept popping in my mind. There just was not enough information in this piece to get the feeling of good will that I believe your magazine is trying to reach.

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    What you’re doing on this sight is nothing short of refreshing! Being a news reporter (or journalist) it has always been difficult to constantly report on doom & gloom news; to give reports that only serve to insight fear, anger, frustration and hopelessness. That reality of the news business often left me disillusioned. I salivated for those stories that I could really sink my teeth in, you know, the pieces that that didn’t just tell a story — but imparted a message, a learning lesson, a source of inspiration or encouragement. Those are the kind of stories that you do on your site, and I love it! I’ve always thought to myself how about a healthy dose of good news for a change? And I admire the fact that you’re doing just that.

  • Leah – Minnesota said:

    The overall goal of your magazine is quite unique. I really enjoy learning about seemingly ordinary people who are able to perceive a new perspective on life, which greatly effects them and has the possibility of effecting others. Studying philosophy has taught me that anything is possible if you just believe in it and really try to make it happen. That may sound cliche; however, it is very true. People are able to overcome unbelievable circumstances if they take on the right attitude and attack their situation.

    Achieving social change is no easy task. So many people live with apathy that it seems almost impossible. I believe that, sometimes, all you can do is what you can do yourself; with the hope that people are watching and that they will follow you. It seems as if that is what you are trying to do with your magazine.

  • Anne – Oregon said:

    I love what you are doing in providing a place for people’s best qualities to shine and inspire others. It is a noble endeavor to voice the beauty and hope in the world and give a platform to those who promote these values.

  • Kristina – Colorado said:

    I love the idea and purpose of this ezine.

  • Nicole – Colorado said:

    I was very attracted to your subject matter because it is a form of advocacy that I strongly believe in. Having faced some extreme personal challenges in my life, as I am sure 95 percent of the population has, I know the power of motivation through inspiring stories of the people around us that have used their situations for the greater good.

  • Deborah – Oregon said:

    You currently have a link to an article regarding Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow and just seeing that is enough to get me interested in your magazine and what you’re trying to accomplish. I currently write for the Yahoo Contributor Network and am a featured contributor for Yahoo!
    Sports. I cover everything from the NFL to the Olympics and, while I do sports recaps and fan reactions, I also like to focus on what the athletes and teams do off the field. I have done numerous stories on Tim Tebow, his foundation, his W15H program and much more. I have covered the Chicago Cubs and the various programs they do for the local community, as well as the San Diego Chargers. While people look to athletes as role models, it is the work they do off the field that I think is far more inspiring.

  • Christina – Minnesota said:

    I am interested in the positivity that is the core of Winners Within Us, Inc. With all the negativity out there, it’s good to have a reliable place to go for inspiration and positivity

  • Jenna said:

    I believe completely in the objective of the magazine. During an age of death and destruction in the news it is refreshing to see a publication that showcases inspirational stories about regular people.

  • Jesse said:

    Took a few minutes to peruse your website, and it’s fantastic. To be able to spend time exploring the inspirational and uplifting stories of regular everyday good people is a real treat.

  • Ryan – Louisiana said:

    Its definitely refreshing to see uplifting news every now and then. Knowing that I can visit your site and see nothing but positive news is a good niche and is something that deserves to be successful.

  • Gregory said:

    Overall, I enjoyed your site, and I believe that there are a number of positive benefits – for all stakeholders – for such an initiative. I applaud your enterprise and hard work!

  • Cathy – Massachusetts said:

    I do enjoy the concept of your online publication as I do agree that there is a need for more positive in our society today. Many people have lost sight of what truly matters and a publication such as this helps bring that back into focus. I also enjoy how you cover all aspects of life, not just newsmakers but also just ordinary people who work and do a little more than what is asked of them. It’s refreshing.

  • Soo – Maryland said:

    The idea behind your publication is so necessary in this time of economic and social challenges.

  • Erin – Louisiana said:

    I am impressed that the magazine focuses on honoring people in the community that are achieving great things.

  • Joshua – Colorado said:

    I found the article about Stephen Hawking to be well written and enlightening. I am quite knowledgeable about both Stephen Hawking and Lou Gehrig’s Disease. I was pleased to find the article was able to summarize the fantastic and scientifically amazing works that Hawking has accomplished. It was even more wonderful to see the cheerful and humorous spirit of Hawking displayed so well. His joke about the computer program giving him an American accent was a wonderful example of how Hawking understands and overcomes the many hardships that he must deal with.

  • C A said:

    This article was very informative and well written but I didn’t like the use of the word “crippling” since it’s negative and the article focuses on the positives in his life. The opening paragraph was very riveting and talked about the unsolved mystery of his condition. The article ended very well and tied in the mystery stating that Hawking is remarkable and can solve any problem thrown at him by his disease. Overall I liked the article a little bit but feel that it could have been better written.

  • Jordan – Egypt said:

    Today, I sat and looked at my life, the decision I’ve made and the regrets I have claimed to hold, and I realized that nothing I have done is worth regretting. There is not an action that I have made that has ruined anyone’s life or my own. Each action may have affected other people and myself, and I may have been hurt or hurt other people, but nothing so drastic that I should sit and sulk over the decision. My dad use to tell me “I’m sorry won’t cover everything” but as of now there isn’t something I have done that “I’m sorry” wouldn’t cover. This path that I have chosen to take, I feel like I’ve been running through it so this chapter of my life hurry’s up and finishes. I’ve been running so fast that I forgot to enjoy the scenery I am surrounded by. Time won’t go by any faster if I’m hating it, so I looked for the things I needed to enjoy. The ocean that I’m on every day, it’s something some people on this planet will never get to see or experience its energy. The fiery orb that raises in the morning and by the night it’s swallowed by the ocean. The air I breathe, the feeling of a deep breath is truly an amazing feeling. To know I have so many people back home that still wonder about me, wonder what my life consists of now that I left to a place half way around the world, a place not many of my friends will ever see. I’m surrounded by a culture that is truly different and such a new experience that will serve as a great story to my children and grandchildren one day. I may never be able to tell my kids “I walked ten miles in the snow without any shoes” but I will be able to tell them sea stories and about the intense heat of the Middle East. I’ll let them know of the mistakes I made in college in hopes they don’t make the same. I’ll let them know their father was once a poet, I hope I still will be. Writing, music, and art. The holy trinity, the three things that made my soul better. As for now I’m single, I have such high standards because I know what I deserve, I know myself, so there has been a lot of nights I knew the girl wasn’t ever going to make it past that night, and I’m sorry. I have such high standards because I have met girls that meet them, but things don’t work out sometimes. We’ll see where this road leads to, but I know now, not to speed read this chapter of my life, I need to appreciate each word that creates the sentence, to form the paragraph, to finish the page, finally to get to the end of the chapter, and one day finish the book with perfect serenity.

  • Elizabeth – Oregon said:

    Your online magazine is filling a space that is badly needed in today’s world: staying positive and fighting apathy.

  • Dan – Illinois said:

    I love what you are doing with your magazine. The world needs more positive influences and it’s great to hear about the noble things people are doing out there.

  • John – Oregon said:

    I perused your site and in this time when the positive is constantly in the shadow of an ever increasing evil in the world, it is very uplifting to see what you have going on.

  • Joy – Oregon said:

    I am deeply moved by this cause and I feel inspired. This is absolutely wonderful! Similarly, I can see how it paves the way for spiritual growth, for both the readers and the writers- and of course, the inspiring person of focus.

  • Alex the Editor (author) said:

    Because of this and other backlashes all over the United States, Verizon Wireless today announced it has dropped a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit or debit cards.

    Way to go, America! Another example that we don’t have to take it anymore.– Alex the Editor

  • Anthony – Oregon said:

    While the majority of blogs focus on crude humor and making fun of others, I applaud you for creating “Winners within us”. I feel that you have the beginnings of a truly fantastic site.

  • Emily S said:

    I am intrigued with the nature of this e-zine. I think it is great to have a hub of inspirational stories from all places and circumstances. I also appreciate the variety of styles, from interview format as in the case of Edward Field, to articles like the one about Bart Saidel, and even sweet stories about Grandmother Lola Jane ( which I consider a little too fluffy for such an e-zine).

  • Jenny -- Idaho said:

    The work you are doing touches me to my core. We definitely need more recognition for the good doers in our communities.

  • Christi R -- Minneapolis said:

    We have the ability to deny a man of life, until he has a home. The whole process is so backwards. There is such a lack of humanity in our world , we do not look at the human life until he has a home ? The article has such a beautiful side and then has the dark side as well. Without the dark there is no light in all circumstances. I look into the root of all situations.The beginning the details and the outcome. I have personally been challenged by life and faith. I have as well all do to find the ability to over come any obstacles. Your magazine has an enlightening feel , giving others the opportunity to feel connected. There are so many incredible people in our world , exceptional stories that rest inside of us that should be told. Our community is only as strong as our weakest link .Human life has a passion and desire that gets lost, your magazine opens the door to see and feel both.

  • Louise – Hawaii said:

    I’m impressed by your Web site and believe that there are not enough stories out there that reveal the heart and spirit of humans who want to make a better world, whether it is just in their neighborhoods or on a grander scale.

  • Vanessa – Ashland said:

    I love your e-zine!

  • Dan – Oregon said:

    I want to say that I relate to, agree with, and support your mission. It’s hard to say where our world is heading, but one thing is certain: it is changing, and I’ll all for anything that can be done to nudge that change in a better direction.

  • MJ said:

    I like the title of your magazine; it has a positive ring to it.

  • Kamuela – Hawaii said:

    First, let me say, “This is a great idea.” So many locals have so many stories that should be documented and shared. When I moved out here ten years ago my first job was bartending at Parker Ranch Grill in Kamuela. I always looked forward to the nights when the old cowboys would come in to suck up Budweisers and listen to Bradda Smitty play his sweet music. At first they didn’t pay any attention to the new haole behind the bar, but in time I came to know them and I was fortunate that they offered to share some of their stories with me.
    Hawaiian people are so giving and loving and they cherish their own histories and the history of the immediate world around them. And they are usually fantastic story tellers. Just tonight, my wife and I picked up our Christmas tree and ended up talking story with the proprietor. Turns out this woman’s son was born on the same day that my wife is due. We said our goodbyes and this lovely old woman hugged my wife and said she would be thinking of us on the 21st. Pure smiles from within.

    Good luck to you

  • Jesse said:

    I ended up reading through twice this piece about Shyima Hall and her transition from being sold into slavery in Egypt to becoming a full fledged U.S. citizen after ten hard years of indentured servitude. I enjoyed the article, I found it well written, easy to read and informative. It’s a piece that will undoubtably stick in my mind for a while, and if that’s not a happy accomplishment by the author and by your website then I’m not sure I understand your endgame.

  • Monica L – Florida said:

    I am very concerned not just where our world is headed politically but socially. We treat one another so badly and I have been affected by other’s negativity.

  • Lee A – Colorado said:

    Allow me to congratulate you on your idea to promote people in a positive light. Well done!

  • Joshua – Arizona said:

    I admire the work you do in Winners Within Us, heralding the unsung and inspiring the hero within all of us.

  • Kathy J – Connecticut said:

    I checked out your website and browsed through some older articles. The most recent one, however, grabbed my attention. I’ve been following the saga in New Orleans, as a friend of mine lived there and was affected by Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, I like the positive outlook your magazine expresses. With so much bad news in the local, national and world news, it is refreshing to see writers focusing on the good people and things around us.

  • Anna – Arkansas said:

    I am very impressed with your concept and content!

  • Kaylee said:

    I think it’s wonderful that you’re taking a moment and recognizing the really good people in our community, often times people just over look them.

  • joshua -- georgia said:

    i personal like the one about “A Victim Treats His Mugger Right and makes a Difference” it is a really good article that i found to be real helpful, you see there needs to be more people like this man it will make the world a batter place, to many people think that since a person does something wrong that they are a bad person. I’ll tell you this i wish i had meet that guy before i went down the wrong road and ended up in jail.

  • Court -- Colorado said:

    I read the article link of the day about the good Samaritan that helped the mugger. It was written by an NPR writer, so it was high quality. It was short and pointed. The topic was interesting and the story well written. I have been mugged several times, so I could relate.

  • Kate said:

    The story about the victim of a mugger seemed incredible to me. It was amazing that this individual was able to act the way that he did when confronted with a life threatening situation. The lead-in to the story was excellent and drew me into reading the full article.

  • Kimberly – California said:

    I truly believe that this website is an exceptional opportunity to promote positivity, and spread inspiration to many.

  • Laura – Florida said:

    I reviewed your website and think what you are doing is great.

  • Chris – California said:

    Let me start with I agree with the power of positive thinking. I was a motivational speaker for several years in my past. I also like your entire web presence and the message that you are sharing. I read this lead article on the Ms van der Vorst. I really think that the miracles that we see and experience need a voice, and a place to shout those accomplishments to every darkened corner of the room.

  • Clarissa – Chile said:

    I have read some of the magazine’s featured stories and believe their uplifting nature is exactly what readers need at this time in our world’s history. Additionally, I want to congratulate you; from the posted comments on your website it seems the stories you are publishing are getting a lot of reads and positive feedback.

  • Alyssa – California said:

    I believe in spreading the message that people exist out there that are the unrecognized core of how good principles and virtue stay alive. Of course, how that message is passed on undoubtedly determines how it is perceived. In a culture that is turning to internet and fast information whilst putting down the newspapers and magazines it is a challenge to keep captivating information on the forefront. Freelance and contracted writers alike are a truly persevering and cohesive group to keep up with the demands of this aforementioned culture. Even deeper than writers are the groups that have a focus on bringing the message that Winners Within Us™ conveys. I see no better prompt than to bring to the limelight the people that essentially make the world go round.

  • independent living seniors calgary said:

    Your writing has really inspired me to totally rethink things. I want to let you know I appreciate your hard work.

  • Laura P – Pennsylvania said:

    I am impressed with what I saw (at first glance…I will continue to dig deeper. I like the overall feel and flow of the site/eZine. The ease of access to articles by browsing different features offers a level of user friendliness that many eZines miss out on. The solid mix of current events (like the Joe Frazier story), with local heroes is refreshing, and keeps things interesting.

  • Larah – Florida said:

    I really do love this site and the idea behind it.

  • Robert – New Jersey said:

    I am congratulating you on a relentlessly positive pile of text.

    I’d like to affirm that I believe in what you are trying to accomplish, but I don’t see a clear, concise, compelling statement of that anywhere on your site. I see hints at it (“with your help we can change it – one link, one person, one community at a time. Learn inspirational core values from recognized champions … discover people just like you that are working towards making the world a better place to live. … gain access to the tools you need to effectively organize and build a winning movement for change. Working together, we can make a difference.”) That’s all well and good. But I’m certain the Koch brothers could toast to those sentiments, too. Yet I’m hopeful that you and they would have few, if any, specific goals in common.

    I, too, would like to make the world a better place, and have long been trying to leave each part of it cleaner and nicer than how I found it.
    But I’d feel better about your site, and more certain of its values and direction, if I could see an itemized list of the specific changes you’re trying to support. And maybe from there we could develop and support an action plan to start making some of those changes.

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  • Cassandra – Michigan said:

    I have read over some of the articles and the comments left by readers, and I can see why your publication has earned such a large following. It is nothing short of inspirational.

  • Shannon – Wisconsin said:

    It’s refreshing to see a publication that focuses on the positive and offers up both well-known figures as well as everyman “heroes” as inspiration for others who are persevering through personal crises or who simply want to make the world a better place one small step at a time.

    I will continue to visit the website and recommend it to others.

  • Allison – Pennsylvania said:

    Your E-zine is awesome. What a refreshing change it is from the negative news and unworthy material that is in so many publications these days.

  • Melissa – Belgium said:

    What I find most important is that you are celebrating local heroes that are making positive changes within their own environment. I find a lot of people feel helpless when it comes to tackling the world’s big issues, but what your magazine highlights is the fact that reaching out within one’s own capabilities and touching those within one’s own reach can make the world a better place. Hopefully, the knock on effect of these gestures can be felt throughout the world in some way.

  • Salete -- Brazil said:

    Blind man uses his ears to see View from listening is a technique that involves many skills and Daniel Kish took advantage of his skills very well. People who are blind or have other disabilities in every way try to adapt to the world of psychics so they can always overcome obstacles to achieve stand out in a highly competitive society. In the case of Kish he learned to use its other sense, the hearing in order to compensate for his lack of vision. The training of the human brain is capable of amazing things and Kish was able to train him to develop a technique that sounds very interesting because it can make the blind person to become increasingly independent in their daily tasks. Kish developed the method and teaches other visually impaired so they can get as he see the world any other way than with his eyes.

  • Martina -- Belgium said:

    I went through your magazine and I have to admit, that the style is not what I would naturally choose.Take it please as only humble opinion of a somebody in progress to even respect aesthetics

    Your concept reminds me very much of Readers Digest, which became respected in its readers group. But the layout of yours serves the themes in too primar formulations, too directly and it is hard to find the difference between your articles and wikipedia. The Topics chosen mix the transparent headlines with pathetic life stories, missing humour. Layout of your site follows too simply ‘like a royal’ colors and it is unapropriatelly reminding me about promos for bodybuilding products.

    But I red your readers forum and apparently you have plenty sattysfied readers, so I guess we just miss common point.

  • Jeff – Pennsylvania said:

    You are sailing in relatively uncharted waters (with your upbeat positive format), and in doing so, proving the so-called “experts” of the publishing world wrong. After all, isn’t it these cynical types who claim that the only news worth reporting is bad news? Not according to the oodles of positive feedback that I came across on your site. Well done!

  • Laura – Pennsylvania said:

    I am impressed with what I saw (at first glance…I will continue to dig deeper).

    I like the overall feel and flow of the site/eZine. The ease of access to articles by browsing different features offers a level of user friendliness that many eZines miss out on.

    The solid mix of current events (like the Joe Frazier story), with local heroes is refreshing, and keeps things interesting.

  • Bryan said:

    Your website and magazine is very inspirational.

  • Ronnie – Florida said:

    Your publication/internet/company sounds like just what the world needs today…some positive stories of people helping people, doing something good for someone or some cause and spreading the word of hope and love!

  • Tamilin -- New Mexico said:

    I found several of the articles and videos to be quite inspirational !!!

    Not enough good news and people making a difference making it into a media format today. I loved the quotes to start with on the Steve Jobs article…loved his Oh Wow !!! I did not care for the blogs that were in addition to the article…unnecessary and in the case of ‘ ? are we turning Steve into a saint’ ….bitterness does not belong here. The rest of the article insightful.

    The Autistic boys survival, wonderful !!!

    Come back kings removed by user ? Probably could delete entry on this one ;)

    Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi, Pakistan Youth Alliance, amazing… posted on my FB… hopefully this type of free speech won’t come back to bit me in the … ;)))

    A Kenyan Street Boy’s Quest for Survival: I found this article both stirring and complex. It needs a follow up. There are several areas of the article that could be addressed, and frankly, need to be.

    Breast Cancer Survivor Helps Homeless Woman, Short & sweet. Love that the news has some thing positive to say somewhere. It is wonderful to see some inspiring stories.

  • Damayanti said:

    I’m convinced that this site is something very close to my heart. I am an activist. So most of the articles in your site appealed to me and I like that you have categories like winner youths, winner teachers, good samaritan. I care about children, education and animals, so I read these articles.

    Everything has a ripple effect, all the good things we throw into our world and also all the bad things we throw out there. The way I see it is there are two kinds of people in this world – people who dwell on drama, negativity, hate and revenge and then we have people who want to change the world by consciously choosing love, peace, forgiveness and giving. And the latter also believe that there is hope for those who live unconsciously. I love, love, love the fact that you actively seek out these people and give them a larger platform to reach out to others and inspire them.

  • Catherine – California said:

    Your ezine is fabulous, as there is already too much “bad news” out there,and I feel we need to rearrange priorities and learn to think positively!

  • Lori – Wisconsin said:

    Your site really appeals to me, as I’ve always considered myself positive and optimistic, enjoying the good in people.

  • Raymond said:

    Seems your site is trying to accomplish something socially important, that’s refreshing.

  • Laura said:

    While we live in a world that focuses on the negative aspects, violence, power, greed and hopelessness, your website offers hope, inspiration and knowledge to make our world a better place to live in.

  • Adrienne – Pennsylvania said:

    I have looked at the website and read some of the articles. I really like the idea of writing about achievers and role models.

  • The Editor said:

    Anthony, then you need to take the first step in nominate your grandfather as a winner. Maybe that way the readers will choose them for us to do a story on. Either way, I make sure that all of the people nominated wind up in the community Hall of Fame for their state. Go for it; the ball is in your court

    – Alex, the editor.

  • Anthony – New York said:

    To be honest, I expected more of the articles to be about everyday people. The first article I read was of Carolyn Chambers, and while I think she led a successful life and made helpful contributions, I was expecting more articles like the one about Lauren Beckley’s plight to save neglected pets. I still think that the magazine is a noble endeavor; too much of the news we see is negative. I believe that more articles should portray people who do what they can, even if they don’t have much, to make a difference in their communities and the world. I am still excited about the magazine; I just prefer to focus on people like my grandfather who led a great life giving to his community and family with relatively little praise or attention.

  • Pfc. Reggie – USA said:

    Obama succeeded because the Republican Congress has no control over him on international matters. Without their interference he has ended the war in Iraq, reduce the troops in Afghanistan by one half, killed Osama, got rid of Gadhafi without losing a single American life, killed 30 of the top Al Qaeda leaders. Imagine what he could do domestically were it not for the Party of No.

  • Dylan – Oregon said:

    That’s awesome! I’m glad I was able to hear the speech. That’s so cool!

  • Tyler – Missouri said:

    I think the video you ran that was #1 in your series about the winning process was cool. I think the winning news link should usually be news but it is cool to switch it up a bit like this from time to time.

  • Helen – Australia said:

    I am touched by the ethics of your magazine.

  • Sophia – Ohio said:

    I enjoy stories of inspiration. I completely agree that an ezine such as Winners Within us is exactly what’s needed today. We are living in rough and desperate times and it’s wonderful to share stories of hope and triumph.

  • karen – Pennsylvania said:

    I took a moment to look at the Winners Within Us™ Webzine and loved the stories about the inspirational people. It’s amazing how many of these people live around us and we don’t even realize they are there.

  • Rebecca – New York said:

    Your mission of inspiring positive change inspires me.

  • Joe M said:

    At first glance of the 15 Oct article on Rick Perry, I am prone to ask just “who are the winners” in this. The scientists had their material censored and Gov Perry’s office was found out. So it is a pretty negative article to start with. Add to that a lack of professional style because one gets the sense that it is NOT objective, but instead, biased. There is no attempt to explain “WHY” the information was redacted, and no attempt to contact the governor’s office. I am not a defender of Rick Perry, but I would discount the information in this report (not a story), just based on style alone. (Plus, the Adolph Hitler quote really seals the deal in regards to the author’s bias…)

    The next couple of reports on the page on Steve Jobs and Lauren Beckley are much better human interest stories. Well written.

    I get the sense that the publication is somewhat automated, in a blogsphere way. This is okay, but many similar publications on Facebook and Twitter tend NOT to be well-vetted.

    Please don’t think I dislike the magazine…just the opposite, I spend many hours reading things like this and will now start to read yours on a regular basis.

  • Emily said:

    I love what I see on your website!

  • Brad said:

    I read a good bit of your magazine, and it didn’t take me long at all to “get it”, because I actually “got it” when I was still young. I marched with my parents for a SANE nuclear policy in the late ’50s; I marched with Dr. King and 200,000 others on a hot, muggy August day in 1963 in Washington, D.C. and sat spellbound with my feet in the reflecting pool and tears in my eyes as he delivered his “I have a dream” speech. I got it when 100,000 of us protested the War in Viet Nam in Manhattan in the late ’60s. I got it when five schoolbus loads of us from North Carolina went into Fort Bragg to protest the U.S. support of the contras in El Salvador in 1982. I got it when several thousand of us protested the imminent start of the Iraq war, on
    Main Street here in Sarasota early in 2003.

    So when I read your blog that you wrote just after the national elections in November, 2010, I immediately understood exactly what you meant when you compared the kind of small-minded, selfish, mean-spirited political winning at all cost that the Boehner and the Republicans today are unfortunately all about, versus the kind of global, generous, fair-minded no-loser winning that people like you, Michio Kaku, Jesse Jackson Sr. and Graham Nash talk about.

    I find it very difficult to criticize any of the material that I read, as I agreed with it whole-heartedly! I have had about 50 years to independently come to the same general conclusions, starting with what I learned from my Dad, who went to Oberlin College, where I was born, soon after World War II. I had a couple of classmates in grade school say, “Your Dad is a Communist!” I replied, “No he isn’t!”, then went home and asked my Dad, “What’s a Communist?” In some ways, I don’t think things have changed all that much, sadly, since the 1950s. Having a Dad who read The Nation and I.F. Stone’s Weekly somehow made me different and untrustworthy to some in rural Western Massachusetts in 1956. The irony is that today that same area is a hotbed of Progressivism and the home of Rachel Maddow!

    I could go on and on, and I will if you like, but Winners Within Us is right up my alley,

  • Ty -- Florida said:

    I’m a firm believer that as Humans we need to treat one another with respect and love, and show compassion to everyone. While I am not religious in the traditional sense, I still affirm strongly that this country needs to regain its moral compass. With my first look, I honestly considered your site to be full of sappy fluff pieces I might see on my local nightly news, like a man who can play guitar with his feet. After a few minutes I realized these are the kind of stories we need. Our population is feeling downcast, disillusioned and hopeless. In this moment of our Nation’s history many of us need to hear about their peers overcoming the odds and achieving happiness. I would sincerely wish to help spread some positive stories to people who need to read them. And for personal reasons, I’d rather interview and write about happy people than continue to wade through the muck of money and egos that I anticipated would be my focus. Thanks!

  • Kalan – Illinois said:

    I have great respect and admiration for the cause of your eZine; especially for the specified topic of role models.

  • Vittorio – Manila, Philippines said:

    I am happy to discover your online magazine which is what is needed by the world right now amid the many challenges and trials that we face. I believe in inspiring people through excellent articles on role models and people who care for others.

  • Amanda – Wisconsin said:

    I think what you’re doing here is absolutely brilliant. I am a firm believer in the impact of the smallest gestures, and the larger causes they can come to begin or move forward. I think that even if the little things remain small, they’re direly underrated. I came across your ezine, and thought to myself, “What luck!” I simply couldn’t agree more with your cause.

  • Daniel H said:

    I love your concept. I work part time as a personal trainer, and I know what the human spirit can accomplish with a bit of inspiration and a lot of heart.

  • Amanda -- Wisconsin said:

    Good day to you! My name is Amanda, and I think what you’re doing here is absolutely brilliant. I am a firm believer in the impact of the smallest gestures, and the larger causes they can come to begin or move forward. I think that even if the little things remain small, they’re direly underrated. I came across your e-zine while browsing and thought to myself, “What luck!” I simply couldn’t agree more with your cause. I wish to follow your works regardless, but I’d be delighted to be a part of such a beautiful thing and make some impact of my own.

  • LeAnn said:

    WOW! Fully enjoyed this and actually found tears in my ears several times. Very powerful, uplifting and true. thank you for sharing this with me today

  • krys -- Oregon said:

    wow this is amazing, and so inspiring. i really enjoyed and agreed with jobs views on death. such an amazing man who made the world a different place. it is sad that we have lost him. i also agree that we need to not fall victim into living another “persons” dream, or settling for the easy way instead of our own desires. so much easier to say, then to do. a good reminder for all of us to reflect and evauate in ourselves. thanks for the video! im going to tweet this for others to watch and enjoy as well.

  • Nodyia – Pennsylvania said:

    I love the set up and easy navigation of the website, but most importantly, I love the content.

    “Our world is in trouble but with your help we can change it – one link, one person, one community at a time.”

    I found this full of truth and meaning, especially since I’ve been involving myself in the Occupy Wall Street movement that’s been slowing gaining validity throughout the media. N

  • Connie – North Carolina said:

    It is wonderful to see a publication with such a positive focus, and it is important to give the spotlight to people who truly make a difference for the better.

  • Maryann -- Massachusetts said:

    I just checked out your website. What a great concept to bring attention to the world 0f all the winners within us! I like its upbeat, positive message.

  • Khadija -- France said:

    I wish to congratulate you for your courageous initiative. This magazine is very inspiring. Specially during this economical conjecture and these times of general pessimism and demoralization. And in a country like France, where stats constantly show that it is one of the most, if not the most, pessimistic country in the world, whose people exceed every record of antidepressant use.
    So thumbs up for your enterprise.

  • Marsha -- Wisconsin said:

    The article about the para-athlete was truly exciting, especially the story about his carrying an injured competitor to safety. That was a great anecdote that made me want to read more about him. And I did!

  • Thomas – Ohio said:

    I am a very big fan of your ezine’s philosophy and premise. P.S. I, too, believe that Warren Buffett is one of the most patriotic Americans in the country.

  • Soha -- Indiana said:

    The stories on your site are simply inspiring and I am thrilled.

  • Ovgu -- Italy said:

    I am very impressed by and interested in “Winners Within Us”.

  • Alex Scandalios -- Editor (author) said:

    Charlie, thank you for the complement but we don’t write any of the articles in this “Newslink of the Day” section. They are taken from news sources all over the world and the author’s name appears ib the byline of the photo.

  • charlie said:

    I read your articles on the resignation of Steve Jobs and quite frankly I was utterly frightened, it was just so boring. I don’t know if your type of journalism is of a non-editorial style, or if it’s just unopinionated but it was just so lifeless. Despite falling asleep during the Jobs article, Mr. Scandalios indeed redeemed himself with his Ozzie Smith interveiw. He perfectly presented a picture perfect painting of a seemingly far away time period. to be perfectly honest I did not think that I would find the same name attached to both articles, maybe because I read the article on Steve Jobs article first.

  • Lois said:

    I believe I do have some constructive criticism for you. We learned in journalism school to pack our punch in the headline or the lead sentence (or both), and in some cases these stories do that. In other cases it seems to take awhile to get to the point. I refer specifically to the Rupert Murdoch story which needs “whistleblower” or equivalent right up front,

  • Cindy -- Florida said:

    I love the idea of a magazine highlighting triumphs and good news! And I must say your virtual magazine looks to be put together quite well!

  • John -- Florida said:

    I found the stories in this magazine filled with emotion and compassion. The story about Flight 93 hit me particularly hard, I could feel the emotion, love and compassion in every word. Jack’s video was difficult for me to get through, I can easily say that I know how personally how death of a loved one causes impacts a wife, husband, daughter or in my case a son every day of your life. I am Disabled Vietnam Veteran who has been writing years about my fellow Veterans, active duty military and those who unconditionally support them and their commitment and sacrafice. Although I feel deeply connected to our hero’s who often times gave the ultimate sacrafice, the death of my Mother last year hit me right between the eyes and brought me to my knees. My Mother took ill back in January of 2010 which was diagnosed as Lymphoma Cancer of the abdomen. She was 82 years old in good health when she took ill. My Mom was the foundation and rock although I didn’t realize it until she passed away. Her illness took her so fast that it was like living in a nighmare, watching from the outside almost helpless. What hit me hard was now I had to make all her decisions, before this she was in control making all her own decisions and even some of mine. She lived with me, my wife and my son now 19 years old. I must admit that she made all the family decisions although I wasn’t in full agreement with all her decisions, for some reason they all worked out just fine. I am the only child, my Father and perhaps best friend passed away unexpectedly heart attach 1973. His death hit hard but I got through it in a couple of months. I always knew I loved my Mother but I didn’t realize how important she was to me even when we disagreed. With her passing I found myself all alone even though I have a wife of 18 years, a son and two daughters. I find myself going through the typical grief prosess with sorry, anger, depression, and more sorry, anger and depression. At present time I have a great counselor provided by the Va who helps me stay focused and helps me work through this nightmare.
    Jack’s story is truely inspirational, emotional and compelling. My radar zoned in on the comment from his late wife ” get busy living or get busy dying”. What an encouraging way to look at life. What’s difficult for me to understand is just how am I supposed to react to the passing of my Mother, I have cried over the death of fellow combat Veterans, but that is ok, they were my brothers in battle. No one would ever say I was weak for crying over their blood and life cut short. However, my Mother is different, how should I react to her passing, what should I do to keep her in our memory. This has a been a grueling 18 months, far longer than I ever thought I would have these feelings. I want to take a lesson from Jack’s book and move on honoring my Mother who dedicated her entire life to me.

    My definition of a hero is someone who goes out of their way, spends their time and perhaps money to help people just because it makes them feel good doing good for others. Since my Mother passed away I stopped writing and stopped being a Veterans advocate. My counselor has told me that by returning to writing I will re-focus and soon will return to normal. I have published nearly 30 articles as a Veterans writer for examiner.com. Your magazine is great.

  • Moonwalker said:

    This guy is the real deal. Real talent, not showmanship. He doesn’t need any props or dancers, he is just so awesome on his own. And I love his personality too he is very humble and pretty sweet looking too. Lovely smile. Great stage presentation. Yes, Frank and the boys would be very proud of this one.  He really deserves to win! As Nick says “he belongs in Vegas”!!!

  • Mary Jo -- Montana said:

    Commentary on The Debt Ceiling Crisis Artcle; Armadebtdon 2011 by Katia McGlynn What I liked about this article was that the author covered the main points of the ‘Daily Show’ commentary on the President’s speech which were the President’s attempts to persuade the American people that all of us need to tighten our spending while the opulent location of his speech speaks of a different set of rules for the President. I also felt the author discussed in detail the high light of the commentary by the host of the ‘Daily Show’ in which the President calls on the American people to call Congress. But what is the President’s job? The high light of the commentary could have been better explained as to why the host was so dumb founded by the President’s lack of presidential actions. The article should mention that the host’s satire seems to be indicating that the President needs to do his job which is to talk to Congress and come up with the best method to solve this problem in the best interests of the American people by asking the question ‘Did the President just quit?’. Also, what should have been brought out in the article was the host’s sometimes foul language and slap stick approach to a serious presidential speech. Even thought this is something that I am sure the regular watchers of this show expect, it should be noted. Although, the communistic undertones in the President’s speech expressed by the ‘Daily Show’ host were mentioned, I would like to have seen more to clarify the commentary’s focus on inciting a conflict between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ as compared to the communist revolution of 1914 which would explain the host’s use of the hammer and sickle. Also, I do not think the host was expressing praise for the President for addressing our “grotesque income and wealth disparity” but the host was being satirical and pointing out an obsession with this idea of income disparity which led to the huge debacle of the Communist Revolution.

  • Maria V -- Michigan said:

    The message of your magazine and its focus on providing inspiration and recognizing some of these modern-day heroes really resonates with me, and the grassroots movement to help individuals self-organize in their own communities is one I love. Thank you.

  • Mary D said:

    When a legislator tweets a picture of their hairless chest to someone of the opposite sex they are deemed unfit to serve and immediatel­­y forced to resign from their legislativ­­e seat. But when legislator­­s proudly say they are willing to run the US economy into the ground and sign petitions with outside groups pledging not to do things while in office (i.e. raise taxes), we just shrug our shoulders. We need to wake up! Purposeful­­ly running the US economy into the ditch and siging pledges with outside parties are actions of domestic terrorism and legislator­­s that support them should be treated accordingl­­y.

  • Maximilano -- Argentina said:

    I have enjoyed all the information published, it is good to see that Winners Within Us is making an effort to create positiveness. I was reading a lot of articles including the ones on women’s soccer. I liked everything, as far as this type of cultural stuff I think it was missing a bit of cultural taste. As soccer being something that goes much deeper in the world culture, I though that the articles maybe lacked a bit of information as far as history went. But over all the stories told by the writer were well told and attractive to read. Keep p the great work! BLESS

  • elena -- Thailand said:

    Alex, your own – ‘Welcome to the Ezine’ intro says it all – with your first sentence,”Our world is in trouble but with your help we can change it – one link, one person, one community at a time”, is the heart of your magazine and the only hope for change that’s left for those of us who care. Sure as **** the politicians won’t do it for us! Thank you

  • Kapil -- India said:

    A common thread which runs through the people featured in your articles and world over like them is WILL, DETERMINATION – which comes across clearly after reading your articles on Alexis Serna, Zel, Bernie-Parsons, Ann Evans.

    Apart from the above achievers featured on your website, there are so many other stories and instances all over the world which can inspire a human being and not take life for granted – which reflects in Zel’s statement. “In my book, anybody who runs over that starting line and finishes a race is a winner, “If you are out there trying, that’s the most important step you can take”

    There are so many other small instances, which a person can look deep inside and realize what a good life he lives, rather then cribbing about everything.

    I would like to add a few words after reading your articles which are indirectly related to my grandfather who is my inspiration – Honesty, Hard work and Dedication –
    My grandfather, Dr N.R Suvarna, left us at the age of 101. At peak of his career, he shifted along with his family, to my native place Malvan, which is a small beautiful coastal village in India to serve his patients without any monetary expectations or appreciation. He was a eminent Cancer Specialist who treated his patients with Homeopathic Medicine and his legacy is still carried on by his daughter in my native place. Till the last breath he practised and treated his patients.

    In you “About us” section – you have written – Our world is in trouble — war, terrorism etc
    On that note I would like to present a small poem I had written long ago, which suddenly just popped up in my mind, when I was thinking of the state this world is in – war, riots, terrorists acts and in general, a total chaos our world is in now. It is my plea to god asking him ( God ) – To say something about the state, this whole world is in…. Why is he doing all this and can he stop it ?? The poem below is translated in English from my Hindi poem :

    Straight from the heart – Unedited and pure :

    Ya ali Ya ali….. ( My dear god, My dear god )
    Kaisee hai teri boli ( What are you doing )

    Ya ali Ya ali….. ( My dear god, My dear god )
    Karvaraha hai kyon tu atank ki goli ( You are creating a bullet of violence )

    Ya ali Ya ali….. ( My dear god, My dear god )
    Khilwaraha hai tu khoon ki holi ( You are making everyone play a “festival of blood” ) ——-”Holi is a festival of colours, hence “festival of blood”

    Ya ali Ya ali….. ( My dear god, My dear god )
    Hum sab ko bata de tere dil ki boli ( Just tell us, what does your heart truly wish )

    Ya ali Ya ali….. ( My dear god, My dear god )
    Kaisee hai teri boli ( What are you doing )

    Having said this, I think it also needs guts and determination to keep doing what you are doing, selflessly to bring stories of WILL and INSPIRATION to the world.

  • Linda -- Pennsylvania said:

    Love the magazine/website!

  • JB -- Arizona said:

    Congratulations, Gen. Reynolds. I’m sure you will do an admirable job. As a retired Marine who happen to be a woman, your position in the Corps is long overdue and makes many of us very proud.
    - LtCol J. Botwright, USMC Ret’d, AZ,

  • L H Naqvi -- India said:

    Besides this, I read a random selection of articles. The one Alexis Serena did not make much sense to me because that sport is not popular in India. Phil Knight and his Nike dream was interesting and so was the one on Eugene who rebelled against the strict code of conduct of her adoptive mother. The Nike story dragged on and on. I guess that is the problem with most of your blogs.

    I am a mainstream print journalist, currently doing freelance work. Most editors reject articles which have few pauses and virtually no full stops. They just go on and on. The preferred length is 500 words and in exceptional cases the word limit can be allowed to stretch beyond 1,000 words. Only in the rarest of rare case there is no word limit. But only extremely gifted writers can sustain the interest of most readers through articles which defy the principle of attention span. I suggest you hire trained editors for right-sizing the copy.

    I am sick and tired of negative stories. Your score a perfect 10 for focusing on success stories about ordinary folks who became exceptional role models. I would love to be part of this enterprise. India has countless such stories waiting to be told. And I am a fairly good story teller.

    If you can offer me a good compensation package I am willing to travel all over India for digging out stories which need to be shared with the global community.

    L H Naqvi

  • JoeJava said:

    I was too young to understand. I always thought “what’s this raggedy looking un-Hollywood-like ” guy doing on TV? Growing up, I realized I didn’t like him because he reminded me of my “ordinary looking dad.” Now, realize he looked and acted more “real” than the majority of Hollywood stars. I’ll enjoy your reruns more than ever Mr. Falk

  • Dijeau -- California said:

    I am posting this message with a computer powered by solar panels made in China and Japan, 4controlers made in USA, Batteries made in Mexico and China and an inverter made in China. I wish we made all the stuff here in the USA but we lost 8 years under President Bush and his OIL buddies. With 2,000 watts of Solar and 2,800 watt hours of Batteries, I also power all the lights and Air conditioning for my home in sunny California. OFF GRID! I only use the Utility, PG&E for 220 volt aplications and for back up on cloudy days.
    We could build it all and do so competativly, but, unlike China, our government doese not promise to buy what we build. Look at Solyndra Solar. A 500 Million dollar loan guarentee but our Government buys Chinese Solar for it’s own buildings. Lowest bidder wins. American Workers lose! If we can subsidise farms not to grow crops or for Ethanol. why not buy American Made Solar and wind Turbines? In three years, we turned America into the bigest producer of ships and air planes durring WWII. We could do the some with Solar and Wind in three years and cut our oil and coal dependance by 50% and put Americans back to work. They are doing it in China Now so why not here?

  • Deborah -- Pennsylvania said:

    Sounds like you have a “positive” publication which is refreshing to see.

  • Leanne -- Illinois said:

    I LOVE your positive outlook, and I love positive stories. That’s the way I choose to live my life and even have my own “group” on Daily Strength website encouraging others to CHOOSE the positive path :)

  • Anonymous -- Albania said:

    I’m Albanian but I talk a little of Italian&English,and I wanted to submit the lyrics of the song ,because I think they say all about this guy.Here’s the translation:

    In my imagination I see a fair world,

    Everyone lives in peace and in honesty there.

    I dream of souls that are always free,

    Like the clouds that fly,

    Full of humanity in the depths of the soul.

    In my imagination I see a bright world,

    Even the night is less dark there.

    I dream of souls that are always free,

    Like clouds that fly.

  • Vic B -- Oklahoma said:

    Personally, I find the stories about regular people like Choi Sung much more inpisrational than the ones about famous people. I like these better because I relate to my own experieces of trying to overcome personal obstacles. Given a choice, I’d always pick the unknown individual over the famous person.

  • Alex Scandalios -- Editor (author) said:

    To nominate someone, go to the upper right hand corner on this page and click on the gold link that says, “…Or nominate someone else by Clicking Here.”

    Or, you can click on “Winners Community” in the menu at the top of this page where you will select “Nominate and Vote for Your Winners”,

    or you can just send me an e-mail with the information.

    But, please, nominate them, they deserve the recognition. Anyone nominated will be forever listed in our Community Hall of Fame. — The Editor

  • Rachel -- Georgia said:

    There are several heroes I’d like to bring recognition to in my community. There are many people I know that dedicate themselves daily to the service of our city behind the scenes.

  • Telina -- Netherlands said:

    I find your website very inspiring.

  • Sonia -- Texas said:

    I have looked at your e-zine and am really impressed with the stories told.

  • Rhonda -- Pennsylvania said:

    I love the spirit and the behavior that Winners Within Us supports, encourages, acknowledges and celebrates! Your magazine and website presents a mix of art, sports, business and community in a way that is rarely seen. I appreciate it.

  • Denise L -- Alabama said:

    I just finished looking over the ezine magazine and I must say that I am very impressed!

  • Heather K said:

    I’ve spent a fair bit of time looking at your website……

    Some of the stories I love and some I don’t quite get. There was a poem by a writer people seem to love that I found very disturbing……

    The stories I love fall under the category of people who are winners, role models and inspirational in some way – fathers, teachers, young people, mentors…… It’s sad to say that I no longer subscribe to a daily paper. I realized I was skimming the headlines and seeing only tragedy – both natural disasters and people whose lives were a disaster – knew they weren’t stories I wanted to read and I would put down an entire paper without reading a single article. I tend to pick up the Saturday paper now for the features and read my weekly community paper because it is just fluff for the most part.

    The articles under the ‘winners’ categories remind me a great deal of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series – stories about people doing some good in the world or in their communities; people who have overcome what seems like huge obstacles and make it seem just a matter of everyday living; people who look at the world differently and are willing to share their insight.

  • FM -- Canada said:

    I have looked through your magazine and it’s very interesting.I really do think your magazine is unique and enjoyable to read and I believe that individuals who make such a positive impact on our communities deserve to be recognized because it offers some hope, inspiration and information to the general public.

  • Jan -- Canada said:

    What a lovely magazine.

    I totally get what you are trying to accomplish – I made an attempt at a similar publication myself, called Stone Soup News – About the good things that happen. I wrote articles about local people doing awesome things.
    Unfortunately I wasn’t able to pay the bills with it, so I have had to move on. Your publication, on the other hand, makes me think you have a wee bit more business savvy than I do.

    I read the winning link for today about the Algonquin woman. A really hearwarming piece. I really like the idea that you source from other publications – it gives the e-zine much more credibility and depth.

    I totally get what you are trying to accomplish – I made an attempt at a similar publication myself, called Stone Soup News – About the good things that happen. I wrote articles about local people doing awesome things. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to pay the bills with it, so I have had to move on. Your publication, on the other hand, makes me think you have a wee bit more business savvy than I do.

    I think the Winners Marketplace™ is brilliant – that is how I tried to do Stone Soup – only it was a print publication so the ad sales just weren’t worth it to today’s business folk. Winners Marketplace™ is a gorgeous showcase for your advertisers, is it pay-per-click? I will point out that, in my opinion, the slide show on the storefront is too fast – I feel I need another second to absorb all that is being conveyed in the ad.

    I LOVE what you’re doing here. Thank you for putting this kind of effort into our world.

  • Alex -- the Editor (author) said:

    Andrea, the reason I bold certain passages in an article is because I am catering to what I believe is the “cruising/surfing” characteristic of a person reading article/stories on the Internet. The bold passages allow someone to capture the essence of the article if they do not want to take the time to read all of it. However, because I have received quite a few comments questioning this I have stopped the practice as of the last month. The last thing I want to do is confuse my readers. Thank you for the question.

  • Andrea -- Canada said:

    I navigated through your site and was thoroughly impressed by the work you are doing. Your mission and concept is simply brilliant and very timely. As a matter of fact, this is a concept that I was trying to pitch to my local television station to do a show about everyday, extraordinary people in our community. While I did read a few of the articles and was inspired by Lori and Julie Ann Mills-Testi Winners Against The Odds stories, I was more personally impacted by the Winning Citizens piece about Dave Ribbe. Having being diagnosed with clinical depression 12 years ago and battling the disease for many years, I can attest to the benefit of surrendering to a Higher Power. Had it not been for the grace of God and the unwavering prayers of a few determined women in my community, suicide would have claimed victory over my life and this email would never come to fruition. Through prayer and an active volunteer life in my local church and community, I’ve managed to keep myself too busy to fall into any significant depression. Although, one observation is noted about the articles I read on your site was that specific lines or phrases were in bold text but I was not sure why the emphasis. I wouldn’t mind if you could shed some light on this.

  • Brandon -- Illinois said:

    I have reviewed this website, and I like the idea. I would like to see a little twist with stories about someone who isn’t doing something particularly extraordinary, but really explore their everyday winning qualities.

  • Jennifer J -- Canada said:

    I am an adamant supported of causes and regularly volunteer in order to give back to the world. One of my favourite quotes is “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill. I have always enjoyed writing about spectacular people and I think your site and magazine is not unlike a breath of fresh air, and a valiant effort to spread the beauty of the world. I am not simply saying this to be appeasing, but I say this because I full-heartedly believe in what you are doing. I believe the world would benefit by hearing more stories about the positive aspects of life, and about the people who overcome adversity. It’s nice to read the youth and humanitarians that you find in your magazine, as a noble opposition to the chaos of the natural world. Too often is true beauty and the essence of life overlooked. I would love to be a part of your cause. And even if I do not manage to become a writer for Winners Within Us™,I will still be a fan and admirer of your overall goals and accomplishments to date. Thank you for your time.

  • jeremy -- Indiana said:

    The content of your website is really interesting and inspiring, which is something that I am personally moved by.

  • Cheryl C -- West Virginia said:

    I really appreciate where you are coming from.Heart of a Warrior was an interesting profile. I am always moved by hardship, and clearly this inspirational non fiction piece tugged at my heart.

    I would have liked it to include more on the methods the young boy used to get him through the insults and dark days. Oftentimes we hear about rough times in stories, and because they are viewed in hindsight, I feel a lot of the details which would truly help and inspire a reader in a similar sort of situation, are left out.

  • Jan B -- South Dakota said:

    I really like the winning link for today about the Algonquin woman. The stories was heart-warming.

    I really like the idea that you source from other publications – it gives the e-zine much more credibility and depth. I think the marketplace is brilliant

  • Amber H -- Illinois said:

    I can relate to this and more in your magazine. I have always been told that I am hopelessly optimistic because no matter what life throws at me I face it head on and work through it, never giving up or letting it get me down. No one or nothing can get you down if you just look for the positive. That positive can be a different angle of the situation, a look at what you do have that you can be thankful for, or an inspirational story that you read in a magazine. I think it is great you are putting out a magazine that focuses on the positive of the world around us, to remind us that even in times like this, there is love, strength, and hope.
    I know this to be true from experience. I have suffered abuse and a dysfunctional family as a child, I have made many mistakes in my life, learning from each experience, and now I am going to be the first person on either side of my family of many generations to go to and graduate college. I would love the opportunity to reach out to people and help them to see that there is always hope, dreams are always within reach, and inspiration fuels us all.

  • Merinda -- Washington said:

    The whole idea of your website is intriguing and inspiring. It gives people the recognition they deserve for going above and beyond their call of duty and putting others first. It also gives the reader the ability to not haveto always read about such negative stories media and local news aim towards airing. It seems to me that when nothing bad happens in our town, the new spends 30 minutes talking about the bad things from this last week and it depressing, and mood altering. Reading stories with value and morals helps a person find their daily dose of sunshine

  • Shadaye -- Tennessee said:

    I love reading positive and uplifting stories such as the story about the poor dog who found his way home with two broken legs! You can’t make that stuff up.

  • Greg -- Washington said:

    Having volunteered in the arena of Animal Rescue for over 20 years now, my favorite story here is, hands down, the Tornado Dog. Bless the spirit in that hapless canine, to hobble back on his broken legs all the way home!

  • Merinda -- Washington said:

    After reading a few of the stories, I must say I’m still quite interested. The whole idea of your website is intriguing and inspiring. It gives people the recognition they deserve for going above and beyond their call of duty and putting others first. It also gives the reader the ability to not haveto always read about such negative stories media and local news aim towards airing. It seems to me that when nothing bad happens in our town, the new spends 30 minutes talking about the bad things from this last week and it depressing, and mood altering. Reading stories with value and morals helps a person find their daily dose of sunshine. I read in one of your stories “My philosophy focuses on quality of life,” says Casterlin. “I try to live with the residents in the moment, giving them something to smile about.”.(Robin Casterlin : Caregiver Provides Love to Alzheimer’s & Dementia Patients) It seems to me that is more or less any positive writers goal and focus It stuck out to me because although i know it was only meant for that articles description, it redirected my mind to a place of momentary serenity and gave me that much more motivation.

  • Jeff E -- Canada said:

    ALEX! Wow, I LOVE what you’re all about

  • Lorraine -- Illinois said:

    Your publication is a breath of fresh air for me after being bombarded with non-stop news articles about murders, abductions, crime, war, cheating spouses, and crooked politicians. You should be commended for having the guts to go against the grain and promote hope, hard work, everyday successes, and overcoming strife.

    Well done Alex!

  • Trevor -- Oregon said:

    I like the salmon article, it kind of encourages people to make winning decisions about what they eat.

  • Nina - Alabama said:

    You have a great website that focuses on the “positive.” We do not see much of that these days!

  • Elaine -- Massachusetts said:

    Every day I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be here- even on rainy and windy days like today. The beauty of this landscape is matched only by the warmth and generosity of my unique and eclectic neighbors. Thank you for these stories.

  • Jamie -- Michigan said:

    I love what you are doing here

  • Jennifer B -- New Jersey said:

    What an amazing idea this magazine is! A definite bright light in a world that all too often doesn’t seem bright. It’s refreshing to read inspiring articles

  • Jessica S -- Massachusetts said:

    . I think its a wonderful idea to get such stories out to the people, those who have struggled, come from poverty or even abuse, and have prospered to accomplish something wonderful.

  • Jessica -- North Carolina said:

    I really love the layout and content featured.

  • Tomassa V -- Michigan said:

    I am VERY interested in your articles. They are exactly what I love to read about. I could not stop reading.

  • Lindsay -- Hawaii said:

    I just finished looking over your site and I must say I was pleasantly surprised at the content. I am a community-minded individual who has taken it upon herself to be a voice of the little people (myself included). I am, quite frankly, extremely disatified with the direction the American society and political scene has taken. I believe that the laws and practices of this country have become so glaringly stacked against the average Joe it is disheartening. Unfortunately, this doom and gloom scenario is constantly being forced down our throats and it is sometimes hard to see the good things that still exist in this world. I, for one, would like to help raise awareness that something can be done to stop these people. I feel that your publication is very unique due to the fact that is focuses on positive aspects of our world.

  • Victoria -- Hawaii said:

    I enjoyed all of the stories I read on the website. Not only are the stories inspirational, and highlight key characteristics of amazing people, but they are also well written and keep the reader engaged throughout. I am a huge fan of what you are doing through the ‘Winners Within Us(tm)’ EZine and I would absolutely love to be added as an asset to your writing team. I am a hard worker and I know you will not be disappointed in what I have to offer as a writer.

  • Marissa -- Florida said:

    I have read a few articles on this site and am astonished on some of these stories. Its nice to hear “good” news and stories of success rather than the “negative” news portrayed around the media. I will follow this site. It’s absolutely wonderful.

  • Amania -- New Jersey said:

    I am very much interested in the great work that Winners within Us Magazine(tm) is making around the world. Your magazine brings hope with stories of courage’s people who are making a difference in the world and in the lives of many. The magazine inspires us all to be the best person that we can be. The Magazine is helping us to focus on the good and the positive things that are happening in our community and it is changing lives all around us. Some of the media in our society focus on negativity in the world, but Winners within Us Magazine(tm) is a platform that gives a voice to the selfless, which is creating a positive energy. The winners within us are being touched and reaching out to touch another life to make the world a winner for us all.

  • Linda L from New Jersey said:

    i am a 3x cancer survivor from cherry hill, nj. what you are doing is so necessary and uplifting. everyone has a unique story that needs to be told and your format is perfect! especially in the negative world of today, we all need a virtual hug.

  • tomassa -- Michigan said:

    I am VERY interested in your articles. They are exactly what I love to read and write about. I could not stop reading.

  • Jesse said:

    It’s nice to see that your publication focuses more on positive things in a world where sadness prevails in the press and news. I think we all need a daily dose of joy, and “Winners Within Us™ ” could easily be my fix. Please, keep up the work you’re doing- it’s absolutely splendid!

  • Maureen -- Wyoming said:

    AWESOME! I love the openness of your philosophy and the wonderful invitation for dialogue. I will plan to go thru this webpage and make some comments on several of the articles on “real life everyday heroes”.

  • Jillyn -- Utah said:

    My belief is that everyone has a story; a point in time at which they completely did everything right. When their actions were nothing but commendable, their intents nothing but pure, and their inspiration nothing short of genius, regardless of their aptitude. Thankfully, most people will remain unsung heroes. Most of us don’t persevere in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds in order to gain fame, power, or wealth. We do great things because a million to one is still only a million little things to our great one. We won’t be beaten by illness, injuries, lack of talent, financial backing, belief of others in our abilities, hell, or high water. We will win because we will give what I call WIT – Whatever it Takes – and the reason we will give it is because we have Whatever it Takes.

  • Natalie Martinez -- California said:

    I’m a lover of stories. Of honest, beautiful, inspiring and unique stories of the everyday person. For instance, there are men like my father. A high school dropout from East LA. He had everything going for him in high school football. But his family needed income, and he was of age to take on a fulltime job. So, instead of looking towards college he looked towards work. A few years of low paying jobs and then suddenly he had something else on his shoulders: a child. And so he needed a steady income, something reliable. Out of sheer luck (and his charming charisma), he landed an office job that gave him all the security he needed for his family. Twenty-one years later, he still works for the same corporation. And he has moved up to an esteemed managing position. With no schooling, no familial support from either his father or mother, and with a girlfriend and daughter to provide for, he woke up every day and gave everything he had for a successful life. Today, we no longer live in L.A. We live in Chino Hills with a beautiful home, a blue pool in the backyard, and a minivan in the driveway. How many times do we hear of something nearly miraculous? Not enough, and yet nearly every single one of our neighbors has a story similar to that of my father’s. It’s a simple story, it’s a common story whether society chooses to recognize it or not, and it is an awe inspiring story

  • linda l -- New Jersey said:

    what you are doing is so necessary and uplifting. everyone has a unique story that needs to be told and your format is perfect!

  • arc -- New Mexico said:

    From what I can see so far, you are compiling articles about Human Success Stories, especially ones that involve very difficult obstacles, and stories in general on how to make the world a better place by making informed decisions. I particularly liked the Huffpost article on “9 Companies That Champion Work-Life Balance: Which Would YOU Work For?”. At a time when the integrity of corporations has been put into even greater question by such entities as Goldman Sachs, AIG, GE, etc., it is nice to see that there are a few corporations that are still offering good to the world. I, for one, believe completely in the idea of sustainability, that becoming as sustainable as possible in every aspect of life is the way to the future. The task of truly achieving sustainability does not look as impossible if we can see real examples in every day life of people achieving incredible things while lacking things like arms or resources to meet ones basic daily needs yet still rising up through the depths to achieve greatness; greatness defined as doing as much honest good in the world as possible.
    There is always the darkness (ignorance, etc.) that tells us that it, whatever it is, is not possible because of this or that “fact”…and does everything in its power to make sure you are always afraid of this “fact”, so that you always serve the darkness. But, there is also always those rare few souls who choose to question the “facts”, and truly educate themselves, truly re-invent themselves, so that they can truly see the real “facts”, by shedding the light of true honesty (knowing) on what really is…or is not. These great souls, or mahatma’s, though relatively few in number compared to the whole across the globe at any given time, are among us now–seeing, doing, learning, teaching, changing, evolving, being…

    Who do you choose to be?

  • xd -- New Jersey said:

    One of the articles you have is called 4/7/2011 — Slum Village – “>Slum Village puts trash to good use. That was an inspiring story.

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