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What Did You Say? What Did I Say?

What do an alarm clock, running water, dogs, and children have in common? The answer is simple. They all create sounds that I hear every day of my life.  The horrific sound of my phone's alarm clock wakes me up every morning. As I brush my teeth, take a shower, or wash the dishes, the noise… Continue reading What Did You Say? What Did I Say?

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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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Promoting The Arts, Building Community

We get asked all of the time about our volunteer activity and organizations selection process.  Our answer is always pretty simple.  First, we keep our ears and eyes open to the need around us.  When a need is announced, recognized, or discovered we try to jump on it to help out.  We have also created a… Continue reading Promoting The Arts, Building Community

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A Tweet And A Trolley

Week 156 was upon us.  The last week of service for year 3 of this project was planned.  Saturday was going to be an awesome and busy day for our family.  In addition to volunteering with the Downtown Improvement District on the Spring Trolley tour, the girls had events happening all over the city.  The schedule… Continue reading A Tweet And A Trolley

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Reconnecting With Old Friends

We stood in the shadows of the downtown library talking about the happenings of life.  We discussed the recent challenges that we have encountered and the obstacles that lie ahead. We smiled and laughed at bad jokes and off-the-cuff remarks.  Just like two childhood friends that reconnected after many months, we enjoyed great conversation and the time together.… Continue reading Reconnecting With Old Friends

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Chicken for Children

About a year ago I learned about the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children, a small nonprofit organization here in Fort Wayne that is impacting the lives of children who have been sexually abused.  Yeah, I said children who have been sexually abused.  Does that make you uncomfortable?  Does it make your stomach churn?  It should.  It… Continue reading Chicken for Children

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High-Fives, Hugs, and a Great Story

I exited the building and walked towards my car.  My right hand red and throbbing from the day's repeated blunt-force trauma.  My head pounded from the loud noise, the constant chatter, and the overall chaos.  My heart raced a mile-a-minute from the exhilaration and the excitement.  The corners of my mouth were sore from one… Continue reading High-Fives, Hugs, and a Great Story

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Alzheimer’s Sucks!

Alzheimer’s sucks!  There is really no other way to say it.  Well, I could easily say it a different way by adding a lot of graphic, inappropriate expletives.  However, I won’t.  I will just say that it sucks. It is a disease that affects millions of people.  Actually, there are more than 5 million people in… Continue reading Alzheimer’s Sucks!

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A True Place of History

Our commitment to volunteerism has introduced us to so many things.  Our eyes have been opened to the need that exists in our city.  Our hearts have been touched by the great organizations and the people who serve our neighbors with strong dedication and commitment.  Week after week we encounter the new.  New people, new… Continue reading A True Place of History

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Bike Valets for a Great Organization

If you live in or around Fort Wayne you are familiar with the trails. You have enjoyed a nice walk along the Towpath Trail in the hopes of catching a glimpse of an eagle or other wildlife around the Eagle Marsh.  You have jogged a few miles around southwest Allen County on the Aboite Trails.… Continue reading Bike Valets for a Great Organization