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Voice and Vision 2020 Virtual Conference

We are so excited our 2-day “Wholistic” Conference starts this Thursday, December 10. It is not too late to register–and it is FREE! We have an excellent line up of speakers, and you won’t want to miss it! If you have already registered–Great! If you have not and want to learn more, please visit our event page (click here) to register and see the agenda! Feel free to share with your family and friends as well. We hope to see you there! It is time to Get Up...

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A Chance to Grow

As I sit reflecting upon the completion of Help and Hope: From Families Who Have Walked the Walk, Substance Use: The Growing Need to Know, I realize it is exactly three years from when it began. It has been, from front cover to back, a daunting task. Never on a project have I been so pulled, so stretched, and so driven, to complete a book—to stand for those who courageously shared the most difficult moments of their lives—with integrity. As the book emerged, one topic, one story at a...

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Giving Thanks

Voice and Vision Prayer Team’s Thanksgiving Prayer Psalms 9:1-2 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.  I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. We are thankful for Your love. Through Your love we are bound by Your Holy Spirit and come together each week to pray to You. Through Your love You give us instruction how to pray to You always with our requests.  Others have seen...

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Exciting News and Two Upcoming Events

We are happy to announce the release of the second book in the Help and Hope Series: Substance Use: The Growing Need to Know. This 300+ page Guide is full of pertinent, easy-to-read information and encouraging personal accounts.  We are printing hard copies, which will be available in December, but the online version is available now! Please click here to see more information and to view or download the book. To kick off the release of the new Help and Hope Guide, we are having a Virtual...

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Freedom, Peace, and Justice Have a Price

For thousands of years, powerful mottos have motivated and encouraged people to achieve important goals. This is why mottos exist across all aspects of a society: schools, businesses, towns, religious orders, family crests, and community organizations all have mottos.  Psychology Today suggests everyone should adopt a personal motto to remind them about what’s most important in their life. Seize the day. Keep your eyes on the prize. Be prepared.   Among the most meaningful mottos across time...

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Aunt Bo Braves the Lock-down

You may remember hearing about my Aunt Bo. I’ve written about her before because she is one of my favorite people, and she lived right next door to us for 8 years before she moved to assisted living. I was used to seeing her every day, so I really missed her when she moved. I began visiting her every week or two. The last time I visited, in late February, I took her Valentine decorations down, and replaced them with shamrocks and leprechauns. A few days later her daughter, Trish, called to...

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The Bubble Man

Sometimes I miss seeing sky. Living in the city has benefits (if it didn’t, who would live here, right?) but seeing sky is not one of them. From my South Philly rowhome I can only see the sky if I stand right next to a window and look straight up. And that can make me feel a little hemmed-in, a little claustrophobic. That’s how I was feeling last week, and Bill was too. We realized we hadn’t spent a night outside the city in over a year, so we decided to take a little weekend road...

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Another Way For 8 Minutes 46 Seconds

I was a young assistant public defender assigned to the one of the busiest courts in the country, handling pretrial hearings for homicides, robberies, drug dealers, and assaults.  The courtroom was always packed with victims, police officers, and the relatives of clients who were sitting next to me in handcuffs. Part of my job was to address bail so defendants could be released from jail pending trial.  Throughout the day, I would call out to a packed courtroom, “Anyone here for...

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Weird Al Saves the Day

Remember the kids’ book, Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day? Well, I had one of those last Wednesday. I hadn’t slept well the night before. There may have been MSG in the wonton soup I had for dinner—that always keeps me awake. Or it may have been the upsetting news I received at the dentist’s office. (Apparently the roots of a molar were damaged when I had my wisdom teeth removed many years ago. And now the tooth hurts and may have to be removed . . . very upsetting...

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Coatesville Barber Shop Event

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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