three hands are intertwined and in the space of hearts. The hands are from different races and different ages

Motivational Monday: Loving Speech

Compassionate listening and loving speech are doors that can help us out of even the most difficult situations.  Once we have listened with compassion, we can use loving speech to restore communication and understanding. To use loving speech means to speak in such a way that inspires joy, hope, and confidence in the other person.…
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female and a male are putting a quilt around the shoulders of a Native American male

Freedom Friday: Learning To “Bear Witness”

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend a “Native American Bearing Witness Retreat” back in November 2016.  This had a special meaning for me because about 15 years ago, I discovered that my late father, was enrolled in the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (one of six members of the…
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a person is pouring a glass of red wine from a wine bottle

What’s Wrong Wednesday: I Don’t Have A Problem With Alcohol!!

“People are drinking at a level that’s putting themselves and others at risk of harm, even if they’re not necessarily meeting criteria for alcohol dependence or for the disease of alcoholism,” says Dr. Bob Brewer, who leads the alcohol program in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC. Having…
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the first line says, Live your Legend. The second line says, Change the world my doing work you love

Freedom Friday: Finding And Pursuing Your True Calling

“Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.” (Parker J. Palmer) When we take…
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Logan, with his Boy Scout uniform and merit badges, is standing by a female Scout Leader. In the background are two uniformed officials from the Utah National Parks Council, another Boy Scout leader, and Logan’s dad, Chad.

What’s Wrong Wednesday: Boy Scouts Deny And Demote A Boy Scout With Down Syndrome

Logan Blythe, 15, has been a Boy Scout with the Utah National Parks Council, a local Boy Scouts of America affiliate, for the last six years. Blythe, who has Down syndrome and autism, became a Cub Scout when he was 8, and joined the Boy Scouts program when he was 11. Blythe earned 22 alternative merit badges…
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