Giving Thanks

It’s the season. As we gather together with our family and friends and reflect on the joy in our lives, it’s easy to forget about others. And it’s all too easy to overlook all that is wrong in our communities, country, and the world. With that in mind, an exercise in giving back can and […]

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Neighborhood Give Back

Every year in the fall we have a block party on our street. It was an idea a neighbor and I had for a long time, but we didn’t get it rolling until five years ago. I coordinate this family friendly event each year, obtaining responses and cobbling together the list of dishes each neighbor […]

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Fast Fashion on My Mind-Part One

Fast fashion has been on my mind for a long time, and apparently on the minds of others. Just take a look at this piece in the New York Times. What is fast fashion? Simply put – cheap clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends. The reasons to be concerned […]

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Community Giving

I’ve been thinking a lot about consumerism and what it is doing to our lives. The impact on our planet is perhaps the most daunting thought. What happened to people sharing what they had and not buying seldom used, single task items? I recently became aware of the Buy Nothing Project, a network of community-based […]

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Where To Begin

I’d like to begin with thoughts about giving back. I struggle with this. I often feel I am not focused or energized, and border on complacent. Then I am reminded by family and friends that, through my daily actions, I do contribute and give of myself. I have worked with children and young adults as […]

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