An afternoon in the park poetry flower bee
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A Day In The Life: An Afternoon In The Park

As one who is passionate about genuine connection, I found it impossible to hide my delight recently while spending an afternoon in the park. Children were seen everywhere–on the playground, at the ball courts, barefoot in the grass. But what really made my heart smile was the sight of the parents who, without any visible […]

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Dear diary
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Dear Diary: Focusing on Others

Dear Diary, I have to say that it just feels so good to love others, to invite them into our home, to sometimes disagree with their choices, but to love them all the same. We had 20+ people in our home last night for an Italian Buffet and Fellowship Night. We met some people for […]

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Profound impact of one's name
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The Profound Impact Of One’s Name

Have you ever stopped to wonder about the beauty and power of a name?   Each name has a story.   Perhaps you were named after a grandparent, your moms’ best friend, or a character in your dad’s favorite movie. Or perhaps you weren’t named after anyone at all. It could be that your name came […]

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life changing shared stories
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The Life-Changing Effect of Shared Stories

Our Beautiful And Painful Stories   Some time ago, a friend mentioned that she loves sitting with people who are authentic and vulnerable, showing her what love looks like. I soon found myself doing exactly that, and loving every minute of it! It was a weekend of authenticity, connection, shared stories, and vulnerable confessions from […]

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The actions that define us refugees
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Refugees: The Actions That Define Us

Some time ago I found myself in the company of twenty-one refugees, and individuals who, in one way or another, are assisting refugees. Being a refugee may be a defining moment in the lives of those who are refugees, but being a refugee does not define them. Like countless thousands before them, this will be a period—we […]

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Safe and happy neighborhoods
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Safe and Happy Neighborhoods

**This page contains affiliate links. You can view my full disclosure HERE. Some time ago I sat with a city councilman and other members of the community to discuss how we might improve our neighborhoods.   “We need more police presence in our neighborhoods,” someone suggested right away. Most everyone agreed. I sat back in […]

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