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Too Much High-C is Bad For Your Life

Today's society is addicted to High-C. We thirst for it. We crave it. Some of us could not move forward without it. It is the main course of our diet and we consume a lot of it. Unfortunately, this High-C doesn't come in delicious flavors like fruit punch, orange, or Ecto Cooler. It cannot be found in… Continue reading Too Much High-C is Bad For Your Life

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Day 20: Remember a Senior

Last night we spent a few hours making homemade Christmas cards. They featured snowmen, ornaments, Christmas trees, and warm Christmas wishes. Today, we delivered those cards to Miller's Merry Manor for day 20 of the 25 Days of Giving. This is the 3rd year that we have delivered cards to this particular facility. When we… Continue reading Day 20: Remember a Senior

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A World Without Big Bird, Elmo, And Mr. Rogers

It is rare that we pause long enough to think about the impact our actions will have on organizations and other people  We are always in a hurry, scurrying from one place to the next. Jumping from one task to another in a blink of an eye. We volunteer here. We volunteer there. Our lives are go,… Continue reading A World Without Big Bird, Elmo, And Mr. Rogers

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Put A Smile On The Face Of A Child

There are few things greater in this world than the smile of a child.  Whether it is your son, daughter, niece, neighbor, or the child of a complete stranger, the smiles of children are precious.  As a father, I look forward to seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of my two beautiful girls each and… Continue reading Put A Smile On The Face Of A Child

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Dear Little Brother

Dear Little Brother, I am not sure exactly where to start.  There are so many things that I want to say.  As you prepare to move and we say our goodbyes, I first want you to know that it is not goodbye.  Although you will be hundreds of miles away, you need to know that… Continue reading Dear Little Brother

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Up, Up, Up and Away

There is something magical about a hot air balloon.  Since I was a child, I have been mesmerized by the sight of them gliding through the air.  The beautiful colors of the large-shaped object against a backdrop of blue sky and white clouds is spectacular. I am not sure why I get so much joy… Continue reading Up, Up, Up and Away

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Reaching Out Behind Bars: Take Two

In February of 2103, I wrote a letter to a prison inmate named Dennis. It was an introduction and a note of encouragement for a man who was six years into a life sentence for drug trafficking, gun possession and murder. The letter was short and to the point.  I dropped it in the mail… Continue reading Reaching Out Behind Bars: Take Two

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A Very Sweet Valentine

The last few weeks have been all about love.  Last week we shared encouragement and kindness through handwritten love letters.  This week we handed out sweet treats for Valentine's Day.  Erica used her unbelievable skills in the kitchen (yes, they are unbelievable) to make some of our favorite desserts....Rice Krispie treats, chocolate covered pretzels, and… Continue reading A Very Sweet Valentine

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We Are Small, But Mighty

“We are small, but mighty” is how one student in my room described the class’s acts of kindness this year.  The class was excited to learn that they are the smallest class in the building, but so far, they have raised the most money for Hearts for Riley, a fundraiser held every spring for Riley… Continue reading We Are Small, But Mighty

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Handmade Blankets of Love

Can a blanket help  a child in need?  The answer is yes.  As a child, you may have had a favorite blanket.  A blanket that you slept with, ate with, and played with.  A best friend that was always by your side, in good times and in bad.  That blanket offered you a sense of… Continue reading Handmade Blankets of Love