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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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Chemo vs. Taste Buds: The Culinary Side Effects of Cancer

When my dad was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal cancer in May of 2012, the last thing our family wanted to give up was our favorite pastime: eating. But chemotherapy does more to the appetite than cause nausea; it affects the way things feel and taste. Rather than let his treatments kick us in the palate, we problem-solved ways to […]

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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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CaringBridge: 17 Years of Sharing Love

Love.  Can’t see it.  Can’t hear it.   Can’t touch it.  Can’t smell it.  Can’t taste it.  Or can you? At CaringBridge.org there is evidence of all five senses embracing love.  Seeing a journal entry from your Aunt and knowing what is happening with your Uncle – there is love. Hearing the tone of voice in a guestbook entry – there […]

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