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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Remembering-Veterans Day

Many of my family members died serving in war time and the lives of others have been forever changed because of their service. I do think taking the time to remember helps to heal and forgive. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War […]

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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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Reinvention

I have a young friend who told me a while back about how, when she started her first year at a prestigious university, she went into it committed to reinventing herself. Prior to college she had been very successful and was well respected, but she just wanted to be a slightly different person as she […]

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Home

When I was young, I wanted to be Laura Ingalls. I basically had her Little House series books memorized by age ten. No matter where she and her family lived, what they lived in, or what they had, their home was comforting and comfortable. Ma would prepare simple meals and Pa would play the fiddle. […]

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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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