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The Impact of School Supply Donations

It’s that time of year. Back to school supply fliers arrive in the mail or with your newspaper, lists of necessary supplies show up at local stores and the aisles fill up with neatly stacked boxes of crayons, pencils and notebooks. All the latest favorite characters appear on backpacks and folders. The hottest colors in locker accessories, organizational items and […]

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Music Therapy, Fine-Tuned for Transformations

I have been told by people, “You have the best job” and “How wonderful it is you do this.” But more often, I am told “I have never heard of Music Therapy.” Music Therapy is the use of music by a board certified Music Therapist to achieve nonmusical goals. For example, children may learn academic skills through singing songs. Individuals […]

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The Opportunity and Challenge of International Forgiveness Day

Sunday, August 3 is International Forgiveness Day. In honor of the occasion, therapist Kristie McDonald offers her thoughts on the hows and whys of taking the path to forgiveness. We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the […]

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The Power of a Connected Neighborhood

Nextdoor.com is a private social network allowing neighbors to create private neighborhood websites where they can get to know one another, ask questions, exchange local advice and recommendations, and organize virtual neighborhood watches to reduce crime. The following is a true story, and a great example of how connecting with your neighbors can create a caring, compassionate community – especially […]

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Miles to Memories: Storytelling and Family Road Trips

Growing up, my family was always spending time in the car. Soccer practice, dance class, school–it seemed that we were always on the road. When it came to vacations, it wasn’t much different. With a family of six and my dad’s fear of flying, the traditional road trip constantly presented itself as the most logical option. To some, the idea […]

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