A mother of a young teacher is asked to help chaperone a student trip across Italy. Along the way she thinks characteristics of leaders, and her life as a parent comes full circle in helping to inspire the next generation of leaders.
Iraqi Kurdistan is moving ahead with independence plans. With Kurds also holding an important swing vote in Iraq's parliament, this is a problem. A big one.
Almost certainly not, as a look at recent writing on the question shows.
The 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act is also a chance to note how often peaceful protests for basic freedoms still find traction in many places in the world.