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Saving Lives Verses Driveway Mildew -- Our Skewed Values

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:26 PM


I have recently returned from a poor dusty village west of Leon, Nicaragua where the locals live in huts built of plastic wrap walls and corrugated tin roofs held up by tree branches. During this trip with the Yale Alumni Service...

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A Different Kind of Gift: Blue Grass Auction to Help a Neighbor With Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 12:35 PM


The Appalachian mountains in western North Carolina are home to some fascinating people. I have met a nurse who worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, an actor who does films with Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, famous writers, gay couples, tobacco...

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Where Are the Women?

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 2:52 AM

"Find a way!!" This is a quote from Diana Nyad when she was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about overcoming challenges to make her historic swim from Cuba to Florida recently. This is a woman who has intimate knowledge of hardship and sacrifice in order to achieve a personal goal --...

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Mining for Potential in West Virginia

(7) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 11:44 AM


I watched with compassion as a girl dropped her head to hide tears spilling down her face after reading her 10-minute writing exercise to other high school students, and the Yale Alumni Service Corps volunteers who had come to West Virginia to coach them...

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Searching for Significance as an Empty Nester

(12) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 6:15 PM

Statistics say that the baby boomers make up about 76 million people in the U.S. These statistics also indicate that boomers are not satisfied with many aspects of what is happening in this country and I can agree with that. They worry about the GDP, Medicare, Social Security...

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