This time of year is filled with so much hope, nostalgia and promise.It is a joy to see children grow to be teens and mark such milestones as prom, graduation…

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It’s been said before: restoring one life creates multitudes of positive pathways in a family and a community. Since our launch, The Portico has helped restore the lives of 20 people through employment…

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“We call April Autism Acceptance Month.” Nila Benito, the mother of our cafe artist Joseph Benito, gently informed me via Facebook messenger. “The link above explains why and this is an excerpt: ‘Autism Acceptance…

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How can a heart be so heavy, yet so hopeful?This past Sunday my Coco, my fur-baby of nearly 12 years, passed away. It all happened so quickly. I’m grateful he didn’t…

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“Service Before Self,” it’s one of those Air Force core values that has always stuck with me over the years. If I’m being honest, they’ve all stuck, but that’s besides…

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In college, after I changed my major to Communication Sciences and Disorders, I felt like I’d finally found my academic home.The major, also known as Speech-Pathology and Audiology, was the…

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It may sound a bit weird, but Daylight Savings Time is my favorite time of the year.A Florida winter is not the worst situation. When I lived in D.C., this Florida…

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Friend, I blinked and it was mid-MARCH! As the saying goes “time flies…” but I must say, what I’ve been working on as of late, has been much more than…

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It’s February, the season of love. It’s also my birthday season.Ironically, this event planner rarely plans her own party– just a series of small gatherings. This year we sang karaoke, roller-skated…

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In the 80’s, my Uncle Ray was your typical rural factory or farm worker in the southern town of Hartford (pop. 2500). He lived in a modest apartment. He had a significant…

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