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How a Volunteer Year Changed My Life

When I was 24 years old, just two years out of college, I was a bit restless. I had been working with middle-school youth and teens at a small urban nonprofit. This was a wonderful and fulfilling learning experience, but … Continue reading

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Observations upon returning to the U.S. of A.

After being in Belize for a year, my husband and I recently returned to the U.S. for a trip back “home.” Here are some of my observations: 1. Everything is air-conditioned and freezing.  I have always had a low tolerance … Continue reading

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Ode to My Mothers

Though Mother’s Day has passed, I have been thinking about the mothers in my life. For me, the word is plural. I come from a family of powerful, courageous, and loving women. My maternal side is full of estrogen, and … Continue reading

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A Journey of Community

In July 2011, right after my husband and I were married, we moved into a cute row home in a small city in Pennsylvania, in a low-income neighborhood. Some, particularly my parents, questioned this choice in location. While this neighborhood … Continue reading

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For the Children

Even though I don’t work at the Joshua Group anymore, I am still privileged to be able to volunteer once a week during tutoring. It is a highlight of my week- even though I often go feeling drained and exhausted … Continue reading

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