We live in a world filled with negativity. Whether it is the television, radio, social media, our families, or our friends, we cannot get away from constant negativity. News from around the world consists of war, corruption, murder, and bigotry. Social media channels are flooded with people, often our friends and family, who bitch and complain about… Continue reading All Aboard The Love Train!
A paintbrush is a power tool. When you think about power tools you probably don't think about paintbrushes. You think about nail guns, electric screwdrivers, chainsaws, and drills. You think about tools that are powered by electricity and rechargeable batteries. The ultimate power tool doesn't have a cord or a battery. It cannot shoot nails at the… Continue reading The Ultimate Power Tool
Eye-opening. That is one of the phrases we use to explain our work in the community. If you follow this blog, heard us speak, or know us at all, you have heard use say these words over and over again. Our eyes have been opened to our own stereotypes, insecurities and shortcomings, the desperate needs of… Continue reading Beautiful Hanging Rock
I sat in my car in the parking lot of a local home improvement store. It was Saturday morning and I was there to pick up supplies for this week's volunteer experience. After turning off the car, I sat quietly in my seat and began to reflect back on our volunteer work. I thought about… Continue reading Perspective Through a Paintbrush
A fresh coat of paint can be symbolic. It can represent a new beginning for a group of women on the road to living a life free of drug addiction. It is a sign of maturation in a young girl who moves from a bright pink bedroom with butterflies to a more conservative yellow featuring… Continue reading A New Coat of Paint With Meaning
Our journey continues and year 3 is underway. It started the same way that year 2 of our project began, with a volunteer experience in an animal enrichment workshop. The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is a non-profit that has the mission to connect children with animals while strengthening families and inspiring others to care. It… Continue reading A Stranger, Teens, and The Zoo