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Sisters and Best Friends, Conquering Challenges Together

There’s a saying out there about being kind to people no matter what, because we’re all fighting our own battles. In the Geist family, they’ve experienced two battles. One is now, thankfully, conquered—18-year-old Greta’s fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is coming to a close, as recent tests came back showing no signs of her cancer. “I felt relief, happiness, and excitement […]

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Volunteering: Showing Kids How Giving Can Give Back

Volunteering with my daughter has become a very important part of our world. My daughter Olivia suffered from learning disorders in elementary school. We worked with the school to get her grades up, but she was still bullied and didn’t have any friends. As she grew she made friends, but as an outgoing young lady she wanted more, so we […]

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An Important Lesson: Living in the Moment

I learned an important lesson over the last two years: living through a traumatic experience can bring some life lessons home, even when you don’t think that you need them. On January 2, 2012, my life was changed forever when I received that knock on the door. As the wife of a police officer, a knock on the door can […]

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Summertime Family Camps: Time Together, Memories Forever

My family is fun, silly, loving and, well, crazy–but in the best sense possible. Like many families, we have our own challenges and life situations to work through. My big brother has cerebral palsy. You probably wouldn’t know it if you looked at him–he is affected most in his cognitive abilities. Though he is 37, he is unable to understand […]

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Gardening Therapy: Plus, You Get Strawberries.

“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus, you get strawberries.” —Rob Finley, Designer, Gardener and Collector I grew up on a farm in Southwestern Wisconsin. I’ll admit that yes, on occasion, the cows did get out. I can still replay my grandmother darting out of the kitchen door, hands waving and slippers half on. “Not […]

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