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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 …

Writing Living Wide-Awakeness: My Favorite Books About Writing, So Far

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“I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” ― Anne Lamott, Bird …

The Day After Mother’s Day

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I am a bit ashamed to admit it, but every year I look forward to the day after Mother’s Day. I am glad when the fact I have not given birth is no longer front and center in my mind. In some ways, Mother’s Day is like high school cheerleading tryouts when I did not make the squad, or like …

10 Reasons I Celebrate the Kentucky Derby

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Being from Louisville, the Kentucky Derby is a big deal. As a child, my family had grandstand seats at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. The entire week, really the entire month, was filled with such immense joy. Christmas almost took a second place. My grandparents would visit from Alabama. I would help my mom find the perfect dress. Interesting people …