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Hendersonville, NC, women fight human trafficking

Sewing project in India offers dignity, source of income From left, Annie Fritschner, Lisa Clark and Robin Reed show some of the hearth scarves created by women in a life-changing sewing project in Durgapur, India. By Beth Beasley De Bona Halifax Media Group Correspondent Published: Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:01 p.m. Shopping for fabric […]

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Why Am I the Only One Weeping in Washington?

I was in Washington, DC this week, doing some work with fundraising colleagues. I spent a little time in the Holocaust Museum. A survivor was signing books about some of her experiences; I couldn’t introduce myself to her. I was already crying uncontrollably. The museum is designed so that the main hall into which one […]

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Hot Dogs, a Hug and Hope

There are some amazing people who bring a meal and themselves to a place in downtown Hendersonville, so that others may feel loved and supported and heard. The program is informally called “Hot Dogs and a Hug” and is a meal and dignity for the family members of men and women incarcerated in our local prison. […]

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Acceptance, or lack thereof

I belong to a fellowship – a humanity-ship –  of people trying to stay sober one day at a time. One of the rituals we enjoy as we open our time together is to recite a portion of a prayer written before World War I: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I […]

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Redemption Through Forgiveness

I just saw this movie and am still undone by its beauty. Bring your hankies! It is difficult to see and experience, and is beautifully acted. It is a true story about an Englishman and a Japanese man who meet again after World War 2. Their original meeting was as captor and captive. Although I […]

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Hearts, Flowers and True Love

According to Nielson research, by Valentine’s Day 2014, we will have bought 86 million pounds of chocolate. We will have purchased about 144 million Valentine’s Day cards, and according to the Society of American Florists’ estimate, we will also have bought 200 million roses. The National Retail Federation estimates that $4 billion will be spent […]

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Job, the Philanthropist

‘It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.’ This is from the Book The Invitation […]

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What the Athena Award means to Me April 2014

The Athena Leadership Model: The authentic self Relationships Giving back Collaboration Courageous acts Learning Fierce advocacy Celebration and joy Often I describe myself as a coward or a chicken. I have a big heart and have always led with it, but my head – the voices in my head – tell me I am afraid. […]

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Four Good Thoughts by Theodore Roosevelt, 1912

Fit yourself for the work God has for you to do in this world and lose no time about it. Have all the fun that is coming to you. Go ahead and do something and be willing to take responsibility. Learn by your mistakes.

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

People usually do NOT like to tell how much they earn, how large a contribution they made, or how big a bequest they have planned for their favorite NGO. As wonderful as anonymous or humble donors are, it can extremely helpful if donors will tell their friends (and family members) how much they are giving, […]

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