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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 Power of Silence

If you know me, you’re probably thinking that I’ve completely gone off my rocker to write a blog about silence.  I am one of the most verbal people ever.  First of all, I’m a Gemini, who by nature are verbal; second, historically, I’ve processed everything verbally, out loud, with words.  I also read a lot,…
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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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Mother’s Day Double Play

Flowers and a meal are predictable Mother’s Day offerings. Are you seeking a different experience this year? There are many ways you can honor mom, or connect with moms who need to feel appreciated. Why not try one of these ideas? You’ll have a great time and support A Woman’s Place (AWP), too! Treat mom…
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Making 2016 Better

How are YOU going to make 2016 be a BETTER year for YOU? I hope you received a few gifts during the holidays and that not only did you receive them, but also that you opened them and are now using them. A New Year is a bright and shiny GIFT ready to be opened…
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Reflections of Light

Midwinter brings the longest nights of the year. We respond, both traditionally and instinctively, by adding extra lights in our homes that comfort and cheer us, and help keep the darkness at bay. In the quieter moments of our holidays, if we pause to tune into nature’s rhythms, we may also enjoy a period of…
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NO

I wrote this poem last year about the word, no.  Before typing it out, I originally wrote it in my little, green journal.  Within its secretive pages, I would list three good things per day under categories of people, places, things, activities, and virtues.  Other times I would release my negativity, and when doing so,…
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