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Trick or Treat insights

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How do you celebrate Halloween?  Is it your favorite holiday or your worst?  Do your kids love it or are they on the phasing out age?  Did you learning anything this year from the holiday? ;)    Our kids still, for the most part, have fun picking costumes and going out for Trick or Treat.  The week before the holiday is filled with costume changes, questions on where we go candy hunting, who is going with whom...  This year, I walked around with just one of my kids which was a first since usually we have at least 2 with...

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Do you know what a pawpaw is?

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Raise your hand if you know what a pawpaw is.  Most of you don't know whether it's something you eat, an animal, or a new app.  That's okay.  I won't tell all the other people who not only raised their hands but shouted "I do!"  (No joke.  They did.  I watched on them on their webcam...)   A pawpaw is a fruit that is surprisingly native to North America.  You'll probably never find it in the grocery store because they are very fragile and not easy to transport.  They have a taste and texture that's a cross between a banana...

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Waiting is so hard!

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Waiting for anything is the worst!  Nobody likes it and as a society, we work hard to get rid of it.  Don't want to wait for dinner?  Fast food.  Want that new book now!?  Amazon Prime.  Hate waiting in the lines at Disney?  Fast pass.  The list goes on.     I'm not sure why we hate waiting so much.  I mean, I get it but in reality, you have to wait for almost everything.  Think about how excited you were when you earned a drivers license!  Have you gotten married and waited a crazy amount of time for that event?...

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Being creative and growing together

Posted by Robin Abel on

Melinda first walked into our former Harmony location as a new member of the community checking out the sights.  We talked for a while and learned that she was a former teacher with dreams of creating something very different than another classroom experience in this new season of her life.  Melinda had taken to screen printing and being creative with so many thing such as cutting boards, dishcloths and t-shirts.     One day she stopped to tell me she was super excited and super nervous about another adventure she was on.  Melinda had rented a small shop in Zelie to turn...

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How do you do community?

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What does community mean to you?  Is it simply a place to live or a defined location?  Is it a group of friends who does life together ("it takes a village")? Is it an organization such as PTO or Rotary who work together toward specific goals?  Or is it some combination of any of these depending on what season of life you happen to be in?   As a someone who moved a lot as a kid, community was not something we had. We only lived on 1 military base, rarely did we live by family, and as the "new"...

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