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  • Blog
    Mon, 2 Jan 2017
    ArticleSo You Want To Be A Caregiver Supportive City?

    Last summer I finally came up for air. Almost two years after my husband’s cancer diagnosis, and a year after his bone marrow transplant, I waded out of the most intensive and challenging period of caregiving I ever experienced. I began to focus my care inward. I went to the doctor and actually talked about my own health. I went to... more...

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    Fri, 23 Dec 2016
    ArticleComing Out As Trans In An Affirming Faith...

    Affirming pastors can have an immeasurably positive impact in the lives of their LGBTQIA congregants. Hannah Soldner, a Believe Out Loud blogger, is lucky to have three affirming pastors who accompany her on her faith journey. Rev. Mieke Vandersall, the second openly gay minister to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church, is one of... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 22 Dec 2016
    ArticleThe Good in Messy Theatre

    “It felt very one-sided,” one audience member said. “It’s one side of the story. Good theatre should at least create a sense of doubt about the message.” “So basically, he’s saying ‘All Lives Matter,’” a friend later said to me, summing up that audience member’s gripe. I... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 22 Dec 2016
    ArticleA Magical Party and Hope for the Future

    When I got off the elevator to enter the holiday party at Intersections last Friday, I was immediately struck by the festive atmosphere that had been created by Lucretia Holden and her team. The twinkling lights, the colorful decor, the scrumptious goodies—it was an elegant environment, not opulent, and set just the right mood for... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 19 Dec 2016
    ArticleThe Long March Ahead: A Veteran’s Place in...

    The day after the election felt all too familiar. It felt like 9/11. Then, as now, that day only promised a long road ahead. The years that followed, I dreaded a war I felt duty bound to fight. I was only twelve on 9/11, but I came from a family a Vietnamese refugees, for whom war and resistance is as much a part of the fabric of our... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 19 Dec 2016
    ArticleLearning From Our Mistakes

    The 2016 election season was like no other in U.S. history. In its aftermath, some pundits say that the Clinton camp lost because it failed to reach out, listen to, and win the hearts of the white working class. Although one among many reasons, ignoring the so-called "rust belt" or "flyover zone" played a significant... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Dec 2016
    ArticleTrump Nation: How We Got Here and Why Service...

    I knew that the 2016 Presidential Election would be contentious; the change of power in the highest office of global influence always is, especially when there has been a controversial leader in power for two terms and reelecting an incumbent is no longer an option. I wrote my book, “Politiquette,” to help American voters... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 9 Dec 2016
    ArticleThe Rise of Populism and a Platform of...

    Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election sent a shockwave that was felt throughout the world. The result divided the American people: many saw Trump’s victory as hope for economic opportunity, a promise to strengthen national security, and a blow to the political elite who thrived in an establishment that... more...

  • Blog
    Fri, 9 Dec 2016
    ArticleMy Hope Is In Us

    Advent is the great liturgical season of waiting. We yearn, we search, and we reach out, and we dream of Immanuel who will walk amoung us. We spend much time preparing our homes and our churches for the holiday, and we wait. This season of waiting with expectation is the perfect time to work on our relationship with the Divine, to focus... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 5 Dec 2016
    ArticleMy Career

    How do I break away from the warrior spirit the Marines instilled in me? As I venture in the civilian world I remember the best and worst times of my life. Serving at the age of 17 was an extreme honor, and regardless of how you feel about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that was the pinnacle of my military service — being a part... more...

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