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Creating Community Connection

I still remember walking into Big Red, a hole in the wall in small town Nebraska, with my grandfather on a Saturday morning.  The smell was that of strong black coffee and my grandfather’s Old Spice cologne.  Gary, the owner, would greet everyone that walked through the front door by their first names.  He was […]

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Calling All Mentors

Calling on all potential mentors, young and old alike.  As we all get into the swing of a summer routine, it becomes evident once again that the kiddos in our community need to be engaged over the summer.  While there are summer programs, sports camps and STEM outings, we still see kiddos in our office […]

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Am I Enough?

It is loud living downtown.  Sometimes I forget just how noisy it is until I slip back home to a smaller Midwestern town.  Stepping onto my parents’ porch at 10 o’clock at night is eerily quiet.  Society is moving away from having quiet unplugged lives.  We are constantly “told” to check our email at home, […]

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Crazy Cat Lady

It is kitten season. Those of you that know me, probably know this is one of my favorite times a year. Never heard of kitten season? Let’s say love is in the air and little tootsie-roll-sized bundles of cuteness are soon to appear. In droves. Seriously, though; get your cat spayed or neutered. Ok enough […]

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Women Behaving Badly

Your morning news shows video from a women’s’ rally.  Your newspaper discusses closing the pay gap.  On your morning drive to work you are bombarded with radio programs and people in heated discussions regarding equal rights for women and assault survivors.  We are in, possibly the largest women’s’ movement of our lifetime and in the […]

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Update On The Pull-Up Situation

So my inner first grader does not want to write this blog. I feel a kind of dread similar to the feeling I would get before the “testing” in gym class for the darn fitness patch. So as I hold my breath, here is the news I am reluctant to deliver….I have yet to do […]

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Compassion Fatigue

I noticed that it is rare for me to have the T.V. on any other channel outside of the Food Network or Animal Planet these days. I used to be an avid nightly news viewer (one more notch in the old soul belt, I know) along with at least thirty minutes of CNN during some […]

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Back To School

So it is that time of year again, when my walk home from work is accompanied by the music of the locust (or cicada if you are a non-Midwesterner and want the correct term). It still to this day represents that the school year is upon us. Even I still get a little nervous gurgle […]

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Show Love Always

While there have been several times since the election that my heart has been saddened, nothing could touch the depth of emotion I felt after reading the trans community would no longer be allowed to serve in our nation’s armed forces.  I carried this weight for the better half of my afternoon and into my […]

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Helping Someone Going Through Grief

So my grandpa died, and while I wanted to use the word recently, the reality is it has been six months. I knew his passing would alter my world, but even using my best therapist skills on myself, I was not prepared when it actually happened. Grief is like an amoeba-it is always changing shape […]

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