Paralyzed In Poverty, Part III

This is the third and final chapter of the Rethink Community mini-series, Paralyzed In Poverty, an as-told-to narrative based directly on the account of Andrea Harper and her perspective on living life in poverty. Harper, a former presidentially-recognized mathematics educator from Springfield, OH, was put on the road of redemption after dealing with a combination... Continue Reading →

Paralyzed In Poverty, Part II

This is the second part of the Rethink Community mini-series, Paralyzed In Poverty, a first-person account of living life in poverty from the perspective of Andrea Harper. Harper, a former presidentially-recognized mathematics educator from Springfield, OH, was put on the road of redemption after falling victim to a combination of circumstances which left her struggling... Continue Reading →

Paralyzed in Poverty, Part I

This is the first chapter of the Rethink Community mini-series, Paralyzed In Poverty, an as-told-to narrative based directly on the account of Andrea Harper and her perspective on living life in poverty. Hi, I’m Andrea, and this is my first-person account of how it feels to suffer from the effects of poverty, to learn to... Continue Reading →

From Divisions and Differences, Radical Alliances

I was a newly-elected legislator with hard-wired opinions about ‘the poor’. He was an advocate for them. We both were stepping into a highly-charged policy discussion about poverty: one of the most politicized topics in America, and the first impressions were not favorable. All the signals of ‘left-wing do-gooder’ were flashing in my head about... Continue Reading →

Everything Has Purpose

Entering through the door, she held up a wrinkled Ziploc bag containing a five-dollar bill. “You know, once I go back home, my uncle won’t take me back out for the weekend. Could we stop at the thrift store later? I’d like to get some clothes.” It was an unusually warm February evening, and we... Continue Reading →

Listen

Today I picked my eight-year-old daughter up from her elementary school (we only live two miles away). I pulled up and she jumped in the car, as she was excitedly flashing a smile on her face. Before the car door was even closed shut and her seat belt buckled, she was talking 90 miles a minute.... Continue Reading →

Do We?

Communities are relationships. We have a tendency not to think of communities that way, because of the corporate identity that they assume (or inherit, willing and unwillingly alike), but it’s simple -- communities, just like relationships, require communication. Communication that’s sincere and honest requires trust. Do we trust our communities? Do we trust each other... Continue Reading →

Dying To Live A Life Abundant

I didn’t want to write this blog. It would be easy to make an excuse like writer’s block, when, in reality, I was probably just trying to avoid the message that kept coming to me. In my life, I’ve found that most years offer a theme, a life lesson, if we’re conscious enough to hear... Continue Reading →

The Gift of Community

As a small child, my favorite thing about the holidays were the gifts. I was always excited to reveal the surprises under the Christmas tree and I would spend time weeks before writing my wishlist of toys. Today, it’s a little different. I am growing up some and my perspective of the holidays has started... Continue Reading →

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