Tag: Fred Rogers

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

As we sat in the darkened theater, watching the film, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, we were enveloped in a sacred experience, an embrace of love and compassion reminding us of the way the world is meant to be. Safe. Caring. Kind. During his iconic more than three-decade TV career, Fred Rogers embodied and provided…
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A Legacy of Listening, Authenticity, (and Friendship) …

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” Fred Rogers   When Someone To Tell It To was started, we (co-founders Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden) had…
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The Party Wouldn’t be a Party Without You

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” —Dr. Seuss   “So, you…just listen?” We certainly didn’t expect the response we received…
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Fred Rogers, three other dudes, and coming out of hiding

One of Fred Rogers’ favorite things was to make connections between people. I have often imagined his delight at the connections I have made these last several years, traveling the country with the message of our unlikely bond. Many of them have been profound but fleeting. Others have developed into friendships that will endure as long as…
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I Never Felt that I was Worth It

I learned that people may forget what you said, they may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.      Maya Angelou The roses were just starting to bloom. She bent down several times to take in their scent, commenting on each one that was particularly fragrant. Row after…
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The Vulnerability of Jesus

Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. IT takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief…
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2nd Annual Banquet-March 7th, 2014

As we make final preparations for our 2nd annual banquet, March 7th, we pause to remember that one year ago our friend and author Tim Madigan came to speak about his friendship with Fred Rogers.  It is friendships like theirs that we are trying to cultivate, every day, through Someone To Tell It To… Tim…
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Tim Madigan’s book

One year ago this week, our close friend Tim Madigan spoke at STTIT’s first banquet in Hershey, PA sharing about his very deep, intimate, and vulnerable friendship with Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers).  Tim’s book called I’m Proud of You is one of the most significant books we have read and in many ways jump-started the…
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Road Rage

When we love a person, we accept him or her exactly as is: the lovely with the unlovely, the strong with the fearful, the true mixed in with the facade, and of course, the only way we can do it is by accepting ourselves that way.      Fred Rogers One morning last week I (Tom)…
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In Life, There Simply are No Answers to All of Our Questions

At the end of the day, the questions we ask of ourselves determine the type of people that we will become.                    Leo Babauta In life, there simply are no answers to all of our questions.  No matter how much we ask or wonder there will always be some that remain a mystery…
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