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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 …

A Conversation With An Iris

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I imagine the stories of the irises in my parent’s backyard. The yard that was once my yard. Deep purple with a whisper of violet and a golden backbone. Their genealogy can be traced to my great-grandmother’s garden. They have been fed by 100 years of soil and rain. 100 winters they have slept in silence. They have survived the …

“What If?” Moments

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Once I was stopped by the circus during a run. I lived in downtown Cincinnati and my jogging path crossed next to the arena where the circus is performed. I happened to be passing the arena as a crowd was exiting. Stopped by traffic cops waving their arms, I stood there breathing in the moment. Fathers with daughters perched on …

Finding Strength to Make Sunshine: My Search For Ganesha

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I was given my first Ganesha in 1998. I was in a women’s prayer group in Indianapolis. I was moving to Bellingham, Washington, and at our final meeting the group gave me a small bronze Ganesha. The small statue had a card attached that explained, “Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God was born to earth as son of Shiva and …