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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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The Holiday Season

The holiday season is back! And it’s crazy, fast, and rushed; multiple weeks with too many calories and not enough free time to complete your tasks. Many of us are warmed and thrilled by the sound of holiday carols and the decorations coming back after months of hibernation. Many of us spoil ourselves with treats…
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Once a Week, Once in a Lifetime

When I first set foot in the AWP Emergency Shelter in mid-June this past summer, I did not know what to expect. What would I be doing there? Would the clients like me? Would I enjoy this opportunity? And as I have been a volunteer there for almost five months now, I realize, with such…
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Lessons From My First Week

I’m new here. My title is “manager of corporate and foundation relations,” but all that really means is that my job is to tell a compelling story to businesses and foundations about the work we do. This is what I do for a living in the nonprofit world: I’m a story teller. I know the…
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Family Matters

While we sit around the dinner table and I look back and forth between my moms, I remember how it was hard to understand, as a kid, that it was okay to have a different family.  I used to think that something was missing, that there was something wrong because I didn’t have a father. …
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Finding Father’s Day

Granddad died when I was quite young. When I was 20-something, my dad once remarked how much he missed talking with him. He wished he could still seek granddad’s advice, benefit from his experience. Dad passed a few years ago also, so I now understand that occasional yearning for paternal wisdom all too well. Not…
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Emotional Auditing

Are you okay? You look sad? What’s the matter? Is something bothering you? Have you ever heard this when you didn’t want to be asked? Some people are truly concerned. Some people greedily shake you down for some juicy drama. Then there are people within your social circle who want to keep you in line….
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Fairytales

I’ve always been fascinated with folklore. I couldn’t settle for Disney; I wanted to see different versions of every fairytale. In my teens, my brother complained about me reading the Brothers Grimm despite the gore between the pages. In college, I studied Russian Fairytales and learned that every folktale had a hidden meaning for children…
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Everything’s Different Now

I’ll never forget the phone call that Friday morning from my son. Now a freshman at the University of Maine, Josh was 16 at the time, still a junior in high school. “Dad, a girl was stabbed at school this morning.” Josh was calling me from home. Students had been dismissed from school early because…
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Groundhog Day Divorce

“At least we stayed married,” is just another one-liner you don’t want to hear. Being in a domestically abusive family that never separates can be testing on a child’s soul. When a parent constantly talks about divorce but never gets one can cause a child to envy peers with divorced parents. Divorce is hard, but…
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