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Posts with the ‘community’ tag

A Graduation Moment Celebrated in Community

The moment took my breath away. As they called his name and he took a few faltering steps, several seniors jumped to their feet clapping loudly. Within seconds the rest of the large senior class leapt up as well. Teachers in chairs onstage joined in and the other teachers in the audience chimed in too. […]

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Letters of Hope for the Holiday Season

The holiday season brings fellowship and hope to the world but the next few weeks also usher in a deeper level of sadness and despair for people living with grief and loss. For many… A simple trip to the grocery store provokes unexpected, choking tears while standing in front of store shelves and mindlessly looking […]

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4 Ways to Transform a Difficult Back-to-School Season

The close of Summer peeks over the horizon. As sunny, salty days begin to conclude, a hint of Fall is in the air… A new school year is near. Overnight, stores begin to overrun with school sales. Advertising everywhere entices us to purchase of kids clothing and school supplies. Church pulpits communicate prayerful messages for […]

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The Final Salute: An Act of Unity

The last few years, we Americans have been in the thick of a great divide, a magnitude of cultural upheaval like I’ve never seen. There seems to be little to bring us together. It feels like we have lost any sense of common ground or basic respect for one another. Left against Right. Blue vs. […]

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Finding the Wonderful This Time of Year

Expectation and anticipation build when the month of December returns each year. We begin to plan activities and events that celebrate life and bring people together. Promise and hope shimmer all around. It is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Or not. For too many, the past year has introduced confusion and heartache. This […]

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Campaigning for Thankfulness

Campaigns When you read the word campaign, what is your first internal response? For many, it brings a sense of negativity, triggering frustration and stress. Wonderful campaigns do exist…ALS ice bucket challenge…breast cancer awareness…pledge drives for worthy causes. Campaigns to raise funds for schools, churches, and community organizations. All of these can be worth our […]

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A Day to Remember

Today, October 15th, represents the Official Day of Remembrance within a month of Infant & Pregnancy Loss Awareness. This month allows those of us who have experienced the gut-wrenching pain of loss to come together in support and community. If this month has personal meaning and experience for you, you are on my heart. I […]

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Help with an Unbearable Burden

We watched the momma bear search high and low for her young cub. She paced several blocks of a neighborhood for hours. All. Day. Long. Two friends and I heard a rumor that Parks & Wildlife rescued the injured cub early in the day and whisked it away for rehabilitation, but no one explained this […]

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