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10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You

In this graduation season we came upon this timely excerpt from a commencement speech given by Charles Wheelen.  We thought the words were thought-provoking and powerful for any of us on life’s journey, whether we’re graduating this year or not. 10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You — Adapted from 10½ Things No Commencement…
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Peace Like River

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.               Mother Teresa  Every time we get together we start by sharing-about what we did the night before-sharing the frustrations or challenges we may have encountered, sharing about the things for which we are grateful, sharing about the conversations…
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They Inspire Us

Tuesday turned out to be an extremely special day for us – with two watershed encounters of inspiration, affirmation and joy.  We were on a work-related retreat together.in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and these two experiences still leave us filled with gratitude, awe, excitement and promise.  As we continue to grow our non-profit, we need these watershed moments.  We…
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Through the Lens

“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you’ve…
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5 Ways To A More Positive Outlook

We live in a critical world.  It is easy to be negative and to find fault and to see all that’s wrong with the world.  And if we look for the bad we will always find it.  But is that a good way to live?    Instead, we can change our attitudes, be more positive,…
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The Power of Humor

Humor is reason gone mad.~Groucho Marx Humor is one of our greatest gifts.  In tense and trying situations there is nothing that can diffuse our distress than a good joke or belly laugh.  Well placed humor can dramatically change the dynamic of a perspective and our feelings about a difficult circumstance.  It can clear the…
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“You will never know unless you ask.”

“You will never know unless you ask.”~ Marilyn Kaden Fernquist This quote by my (Tom’s) grandmother has resonated with me all my life.  Even though she has been gone for five years, her words “You will never know unless you ask” continue to be heard in my mind every time I am questioning whether or…
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(IPOY) I’m Proud of You

One of my (Tom’s) favorite books growing up as a child is a book called Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.  A few years ago the book was made into a movie.  Part of the reason I resonated with the book and movie so much is because of the main character’s story.  The main character…
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The Patient Project

For the past six months Michael’s family was involved in the “Patient Project” through the Penn State University College of Medicine.  During that period two first-year medical students spent many hours interviewing and videotaping Michael and his family about life with his son Matthew, who lives with severe intellectual disabilities and autism.   The Project’s purpose was…
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Parrallel Tracks

Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometimes it hurts instead.~Adele/Daniel Dodd Wilson These words were written out of pain and brokenness.  They were written out of disappointment, rejection, heartbreak, and suffering.  Sometimes life is like that.  Sometimes it really does hurt.  Anytime there is brokenness or loss, all of us struggle to find relief and…
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