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“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.” (Frederick Douglass)

As we gather together today for the Fourth of July parties we all enjoy so much, I sincerely hope we all take a moment to appreciate the historical significance of this great day in the history of the world. Here’s … Continue reading

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“We all need somebody to lean on…” (Bill Withers)

I need a new challenge. Nine years of working in the foster care system was challenging but it was pretty much the same sad story over and over again with no end in sight. That was hard work but it … Continue reading

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“Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul and good for either the work of the other.” (Henry David Thoreau)

So, it turns out, I suck at something most people think of as their greatest achievement, early retirement. Mine lasted four days. The first day I was just tired. On the second day, I was just tired all over again … Continue reading

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“Seen my share of broken halos…” (Chris Stapleton)

Nine years, six months and twenty-two days. That’s how long my career in foster care lasted, but it ended yesterday. It hurts to admit it, but I gave up. The light at the end of the tunnel, that I fervently … Continue reading

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“Help me if you can, I’m feeling down…” (Lennon & McCartney)

In all my years on this planet, there is one thing I am absolutely certain has never happened. No one has ever used the word extrovert to describe me. Writing this blog is the most extroverted thing I have ever … Continue reading

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“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” (Eric Hoffer)

In my work with foster children I spend most of my day dealing with people who aren’t happy and that’s putting it nicely. The system exists to help children and their dysfunctional families but achieving that goal is a painful … Continue reading

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“The best servant does his work unseen.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.)

In my work with foster children I occasionally team up with police officers. My part usually starts long after the 9-1-1 call was made that instigated the police presence. I’m called on to take children away from the scene of … Continue reading

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