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Stuck Inside

As I hunker down in my little house, “sheltering in place,” waiting for the coronavirus curve to flatten so life can get back to normal, I find myself remembering another time when I was stuck inside—for a very different reason. It was a winter evening; my parents’ friends, Bob and Penny, came over for dinner. It had been a rough day for them; it was the first anniversary of the death of their son. They came to our house to be with people who loved them and to try to get their minds off their...

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Sowing a Lasting Legacy

For the first 4 years of our marriage, my husband and I lived in old farmhouse that was converted into two apartments.  We lived upstairs and our entryway was the original front door.  Neither of us are ‘gardening’ or ‘plant’ people and being in a second-floor apartment kept us happily removed from maintaining the outside.   Each spring, however, we were surprised by the bright, cheerful daffodils that seemed to pop up out of nowhere.  We’d get so busy with work and...

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Expect the Best: Prepare for the Worst

I’ve been thinking a lot about viruses lately: big surprise, right? As I was considering ways to protect myself and my family from the coronavirus, I remembered another virus, one that wiped me out a few years ago. It hit me at the beginning of January. I’d been burning the candle at both ends, as many of us do during the holidays, and I was feeling worn out. All I wanted to do was rest, but we were hosting our annual New Year’s Day open house get-together, and I didn’t feel like I had the...

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Hiram Rhodes Revels: First African American U.S. Senator

As I considered what to write about for Black History Month, I decided I wanted to spotlight an African American who had lived an outstanding life, but was relatively unheard of today. I found just such a person: Hiram Rhodes Revels. On February 25th, 1870 (150 years ago this week), Revels became the United States’ first black senator. Amazingly, this took place just 7 years after the Emancipation Proclamation set American slaves free.  Also amazing, he was elected in the South (representing...

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Black History Month – Meet Dr. Kia Everett

Submitted by special guest author, Dr. Kia F. Everett, MHS,MS,LBS, who is the consultant for the Outreach and Education initiative at Voice and Vision, Inc. Black History Month is a time set aside for reflection and learning about African American history and the historical trademarks African Americans have contributed to make us all who we are today.  As an African American Female, it becomes very humbling when I think of all the opportunities afforded to me because of the hard work...

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From Your Valentine

I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day: not for its romantic significance, but because it is a lovely little bonus holiday, which never brings any stress with it . . . not to me, anyway. To me, it is a celebration of love in all of its forms.  And since my birthday is in late February, Valentine’s Day always seems to make my birthday begin sooner and last longer.    But it’s funny, as much as I enjoy the holiday, I never gave much thought to who this “Valentine” was (was he even a real person?)...

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SPOTLIGHT ON COMPEER

“Relationships are key to resiliency.”  This week, we’d like to spotlight our Compeer program and all that it does for the community it serves.  What is Compeer? Compeer is a combination of the words ‘companion’ and ‘peer’ and it aptly describes the purpose of the program.  A peer becomes a companion to an individual with a mental health diagnosis, intentionally building a relationship with them. Compeer Vision Compeer envisions a day when all communities embrace...

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Maybe There’s Nothing Wrong with Me After All

I was talking to a friend of mine (let’s call him Jeff) about a recent business trip he took. He said it went well—the business part of it anyway, but he said after spending long days in meetings, he was expected to socialize in the evenings by having dinner with his client and the local staff. And this presented a problem for him. “I’m an introvert,” he explained, “I like being with people for a few hours, but then I really need to be by myself to recharge.” He went on to say that he couldn’t...

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Looking Forward

I’ve never understood the hype surrounding New Year’s Eve. I’ve never understood the idea of being excited about one year rolling into the next. Even when Y2K was about to happen, although I found it interesting to be living through a millennial changeover, I wasn’t really excited. It seemed to me that January 1st, 2000 would be pretty much the same as January 1st, 1999. And, sure enough, for me, it was.   But somehow, this New Year’s Eve was different. Over the past few months,...

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Voice and Vision, Inc. Employees Care about their Communities

This time of year is a time many people think about giving to charities.  Some people hope to get a tax break, some give because they feel strongly about the mission of the charity because they have some personal connection, some give because they want to “give back” and hope to make a difference in others’ lives.  Individuals give for different reasons.     From Greater Good Magazine of UC Berkley, they relay 5 Ways Giving Is Good for You* with some research to back...

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