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The Grinch Age

The Grinch Age

Tomorrow I will be 53. If you're at all familiar with Dr. Seuss, you know that the Grinch was 53 when he stole Christmas. With his Grinch feet ice cold in the snow. And you know, I'd like my heart to feel not so tight. I just got word earlier this week that I am, in...

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Community and Challenge

Community and Challenge

For decades I’ve worked with communities: groups of people who come together for a cause, in most cases toward a more dynamic city or better health for everyone. There are best practice activities to engage in, and lots of resources out there. And yet over and over...

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10 Tools for Today’s Woman

10 Tools for Today’s Woman

We knew this day was coming. 6 months ago, Mom and Dad moved in, with Mom’s dementia symptoms becoming more apparent. Specialist after specialist ruled out physical illnesses, and this next-to-last-one, geriatrics, was the one I was deeply dreading and looking forward...

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The Great Glass Elevator Speech

The Great Glass Elevator Speech

Boy do I love what it looks like. Or, better yet, do I have attachment to what it looks like. I want my life to be defined in a way that other people understand it, in 25 words or less. My elevator speech. If you asked me 25 years ago, however, what I was "doing these...

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

I've been a bad neighbor. Mission creeper, rescuer, and all around resident in the land of distraction. Mostly distracted by other people's stuff. Also, I seem to be addicted to people who don't give a rip about me. Even more so if they openly dislike me. What's a...

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Tweeting for Equity? #100mlives and Just-y Jen

Tweeting for Equity? #100mlives and Just-y Jen

On Valentine’s Day I participated in something called a Twitter chat. As a person who does not consider herself adept at technology, i.e. Mom: “The VCR just kept flashing 12:00 so I put a piece of tape on it”, there were many layers of growing necessary to actually...

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“And we’re walking…”

“And we’re walking…”

"A movement requires, you know, moving"-Jennifer Olsen Integration is the word for 2017. Integration of beliefs into action. I tend to require a physical manifestation from myself and the world, and that social media ain't action. And yet… A year ago I left the train...

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5th Grader Makes History

5th Grader Makes History

Musings on race and privilege in preparation for Waterville Rotary Club’s Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast Something happened when I was nine years old that is still growing and bringing me to this place. I grew up far from here in the city of Springfield,...

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