Nearly smothered beneath piles of gift catalogs, nearly drowned in a sea of elevator-music Christmas carols, there burns a persistent secret flame.
From "drought" to "gap" to "Madiba" to "affluenza": a year of powerful voices and mixed messages.
One year ago we all were stunned by the horrific event at a little elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Mandela was greeted by a standing ovation. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus erupted in cheers to welcome this great freedom fighter.