Rest in Peace, Walter Excellence Williams

The “E” stands for “Excellence”, Walter E. (Edward) Williams would sometimes say about his middle initial, and, judging by his accomplishments, he was right.

Born in 1936 to a devoted and determined single mother, Walter overcame adversity to become a leading economist, scholar, political philosopher and defender of truth and reason. He passed away on December 2nd, 2020.

Walter achieved many things in his lifetime. He was a true champion of liberty, particularly of economic freedom, and was an outspoken and unapologetic critic of government policies harmful to minorities, and of false narratives blaming whites for the problems in minority communities.

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Falling Up

Growing up I remember a plaque that hung on the wall of my father’s home office. It had a cartoon picture of a short, fat-nosed man with a wheelbarrow full of lemons, with a caption that read: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

That’s exactly what Meg Johnson did. On March 6, 2004, while hiking the red rock formations of St. George, Utah, Meg hopped over a rock, and plummeted 35 feet to the bottom of a cliff, breaking her back, resulting in paralysis of her legs and partial upper body paralysis.

Talk about lemons — more than a wheelbarrow full of reasons to be sour about life. And for a while that was how life was for Meg, until she found a way to make “lemonade” out of her trial. This moving video, produced by nCourage.tv, briefly yet beautifully tells Megan’s story: