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Imagining a World Without Domestic Violence

It’s often said in nonprofit circles that the ultimate goal of any nonprofit organization should be to eliminate the need to exist. Food pantries hope there is no more hunger, homelessness agencies hope everyone has a home, so it follows that the goal of A Woman’s Place should be to end domestic violence in Bucks…
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Carrying on the Legacy

I grew up in the 50’s and early 60’s and was raised by a feminist mother. I didn’t realize that was what she was at the time but I do now. My mom was strong, independent and believed females could do anything. When I look back at that time most households around us were following…
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The Generosity Marketplace

As 2015 got underway, A Woman’s Place (AWP) announced a new alliance with another organization serving people in need in our community: the Coalition to Shelter and Support the Homeless (CSSH). Read more about the details here. If you haven’t heard of CSSH before, they are an inter-faith effort that operates the Code Blue Shelters in Bucks County during…
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Bedtime Kisses and Safe Dreams

My daughter recently turned 15. I know, I know. It’s so hard to believe. You can say it. “O.M.G. Ify! You don’t begin to look like you could be the mother of a 15-year-old. You’re more like sisters.” Thank you. As I said good night to my daughter on her 15th birthday, I was flooded…
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Mirror Work

The Thursday Night Ladies (the writing group at A Woman’s Place) just celebrated their 2nd birthday on January 19. Our faithful facilitator has challenged us along the way to do our “mirror work,” to stand in front of the mirror, face-to-face with ourselves, and speak a kind and loving affirmation. I am terrible at mirror…
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Happy Bake Cookies Day!

When Ken and I married four years ago this past October, we had a small wedding. And while we’d asked that guests “just bring yourself” – discouraging any gift-giving – my BFF and her partner showed up with a ginormous, need-a-forklift package, which, when I unwrapped it the next day, began howling with laughter. “You…
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Smiling’s My Favorite

Winter was closing in on State College.  Those perfect fall days were giving way to the encroaching frost, the trees reluctantly loosening their grips on their colorful blankets of leaves.  I was sad to see my favorite season come to an end, but I knew there was a lot to look forward to in the…
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The Teeth in Hope

The season of gratitude may have come to an end, but Advent followed on its heels. Sitting in church on Sunday, next to a dear friend who had suffered a particularly rough morning and a little tired from the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and anticipation of returning to the office on Monday, I was…
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40 until 40

Uh oh, it’s the BIG 4-0! People enjoyed teasing me about turning 40 on November 3rd of this year and most were surprised to find I wasn’t rattled by it, especially those that knew I didn’t handle 30 so well.  This time I opted to take a different approach for acknowledging this most recent decade.  I…
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A Wish for my Children

Dear Phoenix and Trinity, It’s November and the Gratitude Train continues rolling along. I was recently gifted with a reason to pause and think about my life, life’s fragility, and my legacy. You two popped right into mind. I sincerely hope that you see me as much more than the grouchy den mother who barks…
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