The Joy of Meaningful Work
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The United Nations (UN) recognizes December 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The UN states, “Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave … Read More

Thankful for Friendship
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C.S. Lewis describes friendship as a ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ relationship. A person recognizes in the other something they did not know they shared, and a connection is born. I experienced this recently in the Leadership Carroll course when an answer to an icebreaker game uncovered a mutual interest in music. Again, a … Read More

Thankful
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“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right-hand corner.’ I don’t try to control a sunset.  I watch with awe as it unfolds.”  –Carl Rogers This week … Read More

Be the Light
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Last week Jess Dixon, Lisa Daigle, Gail Slater, and I attended the inaugural Light of Carroll County breakfast sponsored by Carroll County Public Library. Target Community & Educational Services was nominated for a Light of Carroll County award in the non-profit category. As I’m new to Carroll County, and this … Read More

Up To the Task
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Jason is one of my oldest friends. Over the years, we have known each other in several communities; church, 4-H, basketball games, and a summer camp we have been part of for over thirty years. Jason’s birthday is the day after Christmas. Many times, over the last few years, mainly … Read More

Halloween Traditions
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Happy Halloween. My family tradition was that Halloween costumes were not discussed until after my mother’s birthday on October 21st. The ten days between the ‘holidays’ were a blur of flannel and thread. All our costumes were hand sewn by mom. Like a Cinderella story, the day after Halloween, the … Read More

Ice Cream is Life
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Last week a conversation starter was posed, “what is the most sensible thing you have ever heard someone say?” My friend responded that her grandfather often said, “You don’t have to be the best, but you always have to do your best.” My response was, “everyone matters, or no one … Read More

No Place Like Home
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A weekend of travel and a Monday of productivity in the form of meetings prevented the publication of yesterday’s post. (My money is on the fact that at least one of you muttered, “God, I love alliteration.”) Over the weekend, I returned to Kansas for the wedding of my friend … Read More

The Longest Month
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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,” Anne of Green Gables. My long-time friend, Amy, shared with me some years ago that the sky is bluer in October. In October, something about the earth’s axis and the position of North America towards the sun gives … Read More

Music: The Universal Language
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Years ago, I traveled to Chicago with a team of colleagues for a conference. One of my buddies was on the trip, and we agreed to bring our instruments so we could play if time were available in the evening. He is a guitarist, and I was focusing on the … Read More

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