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The Best Decision I Could Make

Julia is an energetic almost five year old who is happy to have started kindergarten this fall. She loves playing with her little sister, running, laughing, singing and dancing. It’s hard to believe that she’s been through nearly three years of chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She missed birthday parties, holidays, play dates and many other fun things kids her […]

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Got Philanthropy?

Why do we use a hard to spell, hard to pronounce, four-syllable word like philanthropy to describe the basic human quality of caring? To me, philanthropy is the basic concept of people helping people. Philanthropy can be helping a neighbor rake their yard, visiting someone’s CaringBridge site and leaving a message or cheering someone on at a race. “I’m not […]

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Connecting Military Families and Loved Ones

As a military spouse living in Japan, I’ve seen that military spouses are strong women and men who pursue unique, portable careers while managing entire households alone for months at a time. Everyone always has the best intentions of helping when a military family member is deployed or an entire family is living far away for a significant period of […]

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With Courage Comes Strength

Supporting my friend and her husband as he died of ALS was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.  But I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It all began seven years ago when I met a new friend named Lecia. Her husband, Jim, had recently been diagnosed with a terminal and extremely debilitating disease called ALS. At […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Bringing Light to a Darkness Disorder

Do you find yourself struggling with depression year after year when the winter months hit? Or do you feel agitated and restless every summer? For you the “winter blues” and/or “summer angst” may feel unmanageable, sending your emotional and physical health into a tailspin during specific seasonal months. If this describes you, then you may be struggling with a very […]

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