COMMUNITY

A Lifeboat in Uncertain Times

What to do when the news is too much to bear? This summer ended with two mass shootings in a single day. These events left Americans feeling lost and helpless, wondering what we could to do to set things right. Here’s how home can be a lifeboat in uncertain times, providing comfort and serenity — and a place to gather strength.

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Restoring Things, Renewing Lives

My interest in R & R (restoring and repurposing) along with my prior experience as an executive coach, led me to volunteer at the Restoration Project, a retail shop and vocational rehabilitation program for adolescents and adults with emotional and neurological challenges.

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Knowing Where You Live

Wendell Berry says, “Part of manners used to be to say to somebody you just met, Where are you from?” I quit asking because so many people say… everywhere and nowhere.”

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Laundry Love — A New Way of Giving Back

Since 2003 dedicated church members across the country have been helping low-income families and individuals with the wash. The practice started in California when someone asked a homeless man what would make a difference in his life.

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Houses are Ephemeral

No one captures America’s transition from homesteading to rootlessness better than the heartland writer Marilynne Robinson. In her luminous novel, Housekeeping, a family’s sense of place evaporates in just three generations. Are some of us natural nesters and others born vagabonds?

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