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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...
Spanx, Mini m&m’s and Parker Palmer

Spanx, Mini m&m’s and Parker Palmer

Here in rural Maine, some things are hard to come by. So for most of us, even those like me who pride ourselves on supporting the local economy, Amazon is occasionally a blessing. With my parents’ arrival in May, the daily demands, although really light at the...
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...
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...
A Decade from Now, Brothers and Sisters

A Decade from Now, Brothers and Sisters

Love and Change A decade from now, brothers and sisters, my parents will be gone. I may be a grandmother, for love is on its way to my grown children. That which I long for today will have long since been attained or forgotten. Now, though, is my time with my Mom and...
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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