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New Year’s Evolution

New Year’s Evolution

I must admit, I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.  I appreciate setting positive intentions, continual improvement, and self-reflective efforts to be a better human. However, I find the idea of rigid timelines and lofty goals counterproductive and in some...

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2021: Projects & Changemakers

2021: Projects & Changemakers

Dear Pollination Nation, As we approach the end of 2021, we’re taking a moment to pause as we look back on the work of the everyday heroes that we’ve had the honor to serve this year. Hundreds of inspiring individuals around the globe took action in making their ideas...

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Diane Callaway: Life is Delicious

Diane Callaway: Life is Delicious

Faith in the Unknown Inspires One Woman to Make Life More Delicious for All Faith is what it takes to follow your heart into unknown spaces hoping that you will find your way; Diane Callaway’s life is a beautiful illustration of what happens when you take that leap....

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A New Story for a Forgotten Animal

A New Story for a Forgotten Animal

When Tracey Glover was seven, she and her Dad surprisingly stumbled upon kittens in a flower nursery. The owner told them that they were welcome to take them and offhandedly commented that if they didn’t, they’d simply be put in bags with rocks and thrown into the...

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A Thank You from Our Hearts to Yours

A Thank You from Our Hearts to Yours

Each week, we choose a changemaker to feature whose actions and intentions are creating a kinder, more compassionate world.  This week, we want to flip the script.  Our changemaker of the week is you.  Without our friends and global neighbors, there would be no...

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Sharing is Caring

Sharing is Caring

"Sharing is caring" is a common phrase, yet it carries a rather uncommon meaning. A meaning that is powerful and extremely important for us to understand. To truly express the deepest caring, one must express it through the act of sharing. To share means to give...

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The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

The highest expression of humanity is the spirit of serving others. In my humble opinion, our existence is inseparable from the concept of service. Everyone is serving someone or something - a nation, cause, family, one's self. Service that is directed inwards; seeks...

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Perfectly prepared

Perfectly prepared

When I entered highschool, I was blessed to have a wonderful home room teacher who went above and beyond by sharing life lessons with us. One thing he would often say was, “Perfect preparation prevents poor performance.” Often we long for spontaneity and to live in...

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#PreparedToServe Campaign – More than a feeling

#PreparedToServe Campaign – More than a feeling

How do you define care? According to the dictionary, the definition is, ‘the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.’ Care, much like its companion love, is more than a feeling. Care is an active...

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Advanced Disconnection

Advanced Disconnection

The advancement of technology has revolutionized the way we live. We have access to untold amounts of information at our fingertips, the ability to get to know people thousands of miles away, and instant shopping with next-day delivery.  In comparison to the days of...

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Poetry on the Streets: Melanie Faranello

Poetry on the Streets: Melanie Faranello

“Set up on a street corner, at a bus stop, in a park with my Smith-Corona vintage blue typewriter, a jar of words, and some watercolor paints, I never know what to expect or who I will meet. Some approach Poetry on the Streets with trepidation; others dive right in;...

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It Takes a Village: Cecelia Rich

It Takes a Village: Cecelia Rich

A long career in social work gave Cecelia Rich a firsthand perspective on the many issues her community was facing: homelessness, food insecurity, opioid addiction, and disconnection, just to name a few. Realizing that nourishing food is a need that connects us all,...

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Conscious Feeling

Conscious Feeling

About a year ago I had surgery. I was fortunate to have a wonderful team that, even all this time later, I still recall with tremendous gratitude. Under their skillful care, the difficulties I faced for some time were healed.  Lately, I’ve been thinking in particular...

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The Place Where We Are Kind

The Place Where We Are Kind

This week, I am drawing inspiration from the Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. In particular, his poignant piece “From The Place Where We Are Right.”  From the place where we are rightFlowers will never growIn the spring. The place where we are rightIs hard and...

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Greatness and Perfection

Greatness and Perfection

“You are not ready for independence. If we were to grant it, you would make so many mistakes.” This is the response Mahatma Gandhi received from the ruling British as he petitioned and advocated for the freedom of India.  With deep thought and gravity, Gandhi...

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Planting Seeds or Stones?

Planting Seeds or Stones?

Lately I have found inspiration in the writings of the Polish-born American Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Heschel’s own life was a testament to the power of the human spirit. His father died when he was just a child, and many more of his family members were murdered...

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