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Teacher Appreciation.

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it can be easy to overlook the importance of showing our community’s teachers and educators the appreciation and gratitude they deserve for everything they do for our children. As part of The Prevention Project, I am fortunate enough to meet and collaborate with many of…
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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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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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Window of Gratitude

What is amazing about gratitude is its volume. As in, gratitude can fit the size of a life to include your family, your friends, and all your loved ones.  It can also squeeze into the tiny corners of a pocket, like the perfect parking spot or the mornings you find an extra fifteen minutes to…
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Season of Gratitude – Part 1

It was a beautiful day for a college tour. I said to my mother, “She’s going to decide this is the college for her – just because the weather is perfect and the fall foliage is breathtaking.” I had spoken to a group of college students a week earlier and confessed that I thought college…
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Happy Thanksgiving!

This is my first Thanksgiving without my grandmother, one of the most amazing women that I have had the pleasure of knowing. In her honor, I offer this Thanksgiving message: Nothing shows your Thanksgiving gratitude like a clean plate! Happy Thanksgiving! Ifeoma U. Aduba Executive Director

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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So Much Gratitude

I am writing this week’s blog from bed. Tomorrow I have to have a colonoscopy. My father was diagnosed with colon cancer this past summer. He shared the news with the family on July 4, just a couple weeks after I turned 40. He had surgery, a battery of tests was done, and he was…
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The Season of Gratitude

It’s that time of year. I log onto Facebook and up pop the posts. “I’m grateful for my kids.” “I’m grateful for my job.” “I’m grateful for kind people.” Don’t get me wrong. I’m grateful for my kids, my job, and kind people. I think my kids are hilarious. They like to record silly videos…
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I’m Thankful for the Hiccups

Harley, my four-month-old, is screaming because he doesn’t want to sit in his swing anymore. He wants to be held. Will, my six-year-old, is screaming because he is waaaaaaaaaaaaay overtired and no matter what I say to him he claims I’m ruining his life. I have about 50 hours of work left to finish before…
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