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The Starfish Story

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I started a term of service as an AmeriCorps Member in September of 1994, during the first year of AmeriCorps. I served my community in support of a state-wide scholarship initiative in Indiana. President Bill Clinton swore us in via satellite from the White House our first day. I was one of 22,000 AmeriCorps Members who said the AmeriCorps pledge …

NEARESt and deArest: Emma Schmidt Briggs

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I am the grand daughter of Emma Briggs. I was blessed to be loved by her, and by all my grandparents. I wish there was a word that could adequately describe how I feel when I think back over my grandparents’ love. Fortunate. Grateful. Treasured. A grandparent’s love is unique, and fierce, and joyful. It is delivered without judgement or …

Gratitude In The Dark

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“Who is the enemy?” asks Richard Greenleaf. This question came up in my interview with David Sawyer, and it frames this issue of the gratitude newsletter. These times are rife with enemies. Corruption. Poverty. Injustice. War. Genocide. Environmental degradation. Disease. There are many real enemies to fight. There are many reasons to retreat into helplessness, anger, sadness, and fear. There …

Stories Like Chocolate Ice Cream: An Interview with Dr. Debora Wisneski

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Debora B. Wisneski, PhD, is an associate professor and the John T. Langan Professor in Early Childhood Education in the Teacher Education Department at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is the past president of the Association for Childhood Education International. She has taught for over twenty years at the preschool, kindergarten, and higher education levels.  Wisneski earned her BSEd and …