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March 23, 2010

Greening the Game of Tennis

A few months ago, through a series of forwarded emails, I received a request for in kind shipping for a small, but growing FedEx customer, reBounces. They were looking for assistance with their tennis ball recycling campaign at an upcoming tennis tournament. Always eager to work on sustainability projects, I immediately was intrigued.

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January 15, 2010

Heroes for Haiti

As I sat down to write this story, I turned on the news and was shocked to hear that Haiti had been hit by a devastating earthquake. I hope others are as generous as the school children I met today and open their hearts to help the citizens of one of the poorest countries as they begin the long recovery process.

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January 12, 2010

The True Meaning of the Holidays

Recently, I wrote a blog about the Wreaths Across America program and my trepidation about visiting a cemetery. Ironic. The week of Christmas found my family at the hospital with my 90-year-old grandma whose health was rapidly declining. We were certain that a holiday trip to the cemetery was looming. Given our extreme sadness, no one in my family felt much in the holiday spirit.

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December 22, 2009

Wreaths Across America: Honoring U.S. Veterans During the Holidays

A few weeks ago, I drove five hours each way to attend the funeral of a dear friend’s mother. After the mass, I wavered about staying for the ceremony at the cemetery.  Despite traveling halfway across the state, I couldn’t bear joining my friend’s family for the final goodbye to her mother at the cemetery and abashedly jumped in my car for the long drive home. Since my own mother died in 2008, I’ve had a difficult time setting foot in a cemetery.

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December 8, 2009

Creating Thanksgiving Memories

For most people, Thanksgiving conjures up images of family --- mothers, dads, aunts, uncles, the odd cousins, grandparents – sitting around a big table or relegated to the ubiquitous kids table – enjoying a big Thanksgiving dinner. For the dozens of children living at the Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, warm Thanksgiving memories may be something from the distant past, an event they have never experienced or one that they dream of having in the future.

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September 30, 2009

Flight 93 — Eight years later

“I never really know what to say to you.”Addressing family members of the heroes of United Flight 93, former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge spoke the very words that have reflected my very own thoughts for nearly the past eight years. He hit the nail on the head.

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