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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Halloween is Inspiring!

I say this often, probably too often. I don’t like Halloween. The holiday of scary, gory images and candy has always left me glad when it’s over. I was never inspired as a kid either. Maybe I liked the candy a little bit! So, in an effort to be less annoyingly repetitive and find some […]

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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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Lucy’s Boxes-Part One

I have a friend whose artistry I greatly admire. Her creations are inspiring, authentic and whimsical. I recently spent some time with Lucy, talking to her about her work. Here are some of her thoughtful responses to my questions: Does creativity run in your family? Creativity does run in my family, and on both sides. […]

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Celebrate and Remember

Today is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day being celebrated as a national holiday. It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers in America. This day is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of […]

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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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