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Coatesville Barber Shop Event

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On September 12, Voice and Vision partnered with Bookman’s Barber Shop, Willy’s Family Restaurant, and Krispy Krunchy Chicken to offer an afternoon of free haircuts, food vouchers, and information on mental health, substance use, and recovery in Coatesville, PA.  Professor Darryl set up his sound system to fill the air with music, featuring a prominent bass, and to allow Ben, Raymond, and John to tell their stories of recovery. Montreal, the intense poet, added his voice with change-inspiring...

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Reluctantly Planning a Corona Quilt

Bill and I went to one of our favorite farmers markets last weekend. It is clean and relatively quiet, and populated by lovely, polite people. It has very little in common with the farmers market of my youth, which was like a farm stand, a flea market, a circus and a bikers’ rally all rolled into one. I have great memories of that one, but it doesn’t exist anymore, and I like things a bit more peaceful now anyway. . . . We enjoyed a fried fish dinner at our favorite spot and spent some time...

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A Voice for the Voiceless: A Tale of a Brave Little Knight

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In April, as the pandemic was building and the world seemed to be spiraling out of control, our son lost his battle with depression and anxiety and made the decision to end his life. Our family was already going through other difficult issues, and this seemed like just one more challenging blow. I wondered at our resilience and how we could ever recover. By the grace of God, we are healing and doing better than expected. My last interaction with my son was so completely normal that it felt...

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Read about Someone Else’s Life . . . It Might Change Your Own

The day the library was closing due to COVID-19, I made a mad dash to grab a few books before they locked the door. I love to read, and the idea of being book-less for who-knows-how-long was not a happy one. I like to read devotional material in the morning, and most of that reading is online, so that wasn’t going to be a problem. But in the afternoon and at bedtime I like to read novels—actual hardbound ones, so I was glad I got to the library before it was too late. Fortunately, one of the...

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It’s Okay not to be Okay

I haven’t been feeling great lately: not sick . . . just not quite right. I’ve been feeling edgy . . . like I’m waiting for something bad to happen . . . like I’m waiting for another bad thing to happen . . . waiting for the proverbial “other shoe” to drop—that’s how I’ve been feeling. I can’t remember the last time I woke up feeling well-rested and eager for a new day to begin. I can’t remember the last time I had a really good laugh. I’ve been having a hard time focusing on conversations...

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