Everyone Belongs Here

Everyone Belongs Here

Steamy hot pizza is on display in the front window of Golden Boy Pizza. My mouth waters looking at the varieties of delicious pizza that are available, but I also see the line of 10 – 15 people waiting to get in the door. The pizza at this North Beach fi...

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Sharing The Good News

Sharing The Good News

In the Southwest neighbourhood of Philadelphia, the Southwest CDC publishes the Globe Times. This local paper has been “bringing good news to the people” since 1945. One of the features is highlighting and sharing stories of one of the many neighbourhood b...

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The Local SouveNear

The Local  SouveNear

There is a SouveNear machine at the Cincinnati Airport. A wide variety of items from colouring books to earrings to T-shirts all made by local artists are for sale. Most of the items are not typically at the chain gift shops down the hall. It was easy to pass ...

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Napkin Art

Napkin Art

Bob Dylan once said that masterpieces of art should be in diners, gas stations and in the places that are part of our daily lives. At the coffee shop and bakery near where I was staying in Napa they are encouraging the creation of masterpieces on your napkins....

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Being Intentional

Being Intentional

Prior to Valentines Day, a team I was with hosted a community art/ craft night several years ago. The group made hundreds of homemade Valentines. On Valentines Day we met at a busy transit stop and gave them away and sang love songs. The team had learned about...

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Taking The Time

Taking The Time

A couple of years ago I stopped at Wallace, Idaho, population 784 for gas and food. The town seemed unique from the start as the interstate seemed to built above the small town. The people in the town were so welcoming. I met Ray in line at a grocery store. He...

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Welcomed Like A Long Lost Friend

Welcomed Like A Long Lost Friend

Welcomed Like a Long Lost Friend Last week after a meeting I explored several shops in an Eastside neighbourhood. Renzullo’s Food Market was one of the places I visited. It is an Italian deli that has fresh sandwiches, full coffee bar, community table, a...

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A Caring Community

A Caring Community

When You Live In A Small Village I live in a big city that can seem like a big city, but at times it also seems like I live in a small village. One of the things I am most thankful for in 2018 is successful hip surgery. I had been in pain for quite […]

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The Vital Role of Community Connectors

The Vital Role of Community Connectors

The Vital Role of Community Connectors A highlight for me from the recent ABCD Gathering in Chicago was a discussion I facilitated with a passionate group on the vital role of Community Connectors. We talked about the differences between the people who are nat...

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Getting Out of Our Silos

Getting Out of Our Silos

Getting Out Of Our Silos For 35 years I have spent time with people with disabilities and their families finding ways that we can each share our uniques gifts and contributions to create caring, supportive and inclusive societies. While sometimes we might feel...

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