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Genevieve Piturro
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Genevieve Piturro is the founder and executive director of the Pajama Program.

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Saying No to Naysayers on Your Path

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 11:43 AM


On the road to fulfilling your true purpose you're not always joined by cheerleaders. Even those closest to you may not rally in support and you may be taken aback - or downright shocked - by some reactions. I had always loved...

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When All Is Not Right With the World

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 9:29 AM


There are days we wake up and all is not right with the world. Somebody is wreaking havoc and it takes everything we have to keep going, keep looking for peace somewhere within us to find a way to make things better for...

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"Happy" Is Not a Lightweight Word

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 11:53 PM


Too often people dismiss the word "happy" as frivolous. Some think it's a throwaway word, insubstantial and shallow. I happen to think it's an extraordinary word.

Pharrell's song hit a chord, a very loud chord, and not just because it has a great...

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Who Knew What We Would Find

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 7:54 AM


Unexpected turns of fate happen every day ... One day something propels us off our path and we find ourselves in a whole new world ... something we never thought would happen does, and we wouldn't change it for the world. Not all...

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'I Wish I Never Left'

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 2:34 PM


What are you wishing for as 2015 comes to a close and we start a brand new year?

Holiday wishes are a big deal for all of us, but especially for children. And for the children we see, we know how sacred...

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Bedtime Memories 80 Years later

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 10:51 AM


Remembering what we did yesterday can be a challenge! Our lives are ruled by schedules and plans. Writing down every commitment we make on our calendars is a necessity if we want to stay on track and on time. Everything is recorded. We...

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Abundance in Many Forms

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:01 PM


"I see abundance radiating all around me."

That quote stares me in the face every day. I found it somewhere and taped it on my computer rim so I wouldn't be afraid of lack... of not having enough money to keep going on...

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Kids Helping Kids and Making a Difference

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 11:47 AM


We're bundling up to go to work. Kids are shivering at their bus stops in the early morning hours. Chilly days and cold nights have arrived and while we may get a warm day or two, we can't fool ourselves - winter is...

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Keeping Each Other Warm

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 4:31 PM


Last night I was cold as I put on my sleeveless nightgown. Sure, summer is technically over but the sun still keeps us warm by midday and women can wear open-toe shoes. I still see people in flip flops.

Shivering, I quickly changed...

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Back to School and Back on the Lookout for Children in Distress

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 12:57 PM


School is starting again and that means so many things. Some children are excited about moving up a grade while some may not be so excited about schoolwork again; new supplies are carried in new backpacks and brand new clothes are worn for...

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Where Will the Children Go Next?

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:03 AM


The first time I met a group of children who were laying down to sleep in their worn and soiled clothes I saw their tears and I heard their sobs. I have never forgotten that night and that memory both haunts me and...

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Kindness Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 9:33 AM


Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time. Yesterday we held a Graduation...

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A Mother's Love

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 12:50 PM


(photo Clark Jones)

May brings us Mother's Day, a significant day for all mothers. It's a day full of loving and expressive gestures and the time when we focus on one singular female in the world. We celebrate the woman who gave birth...

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Stop and Be a Child Again

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 4:20 PM


Stop for just a minute. Take in what's around you. Trust me, it's worth it.

We adults take everything so seriously. Our days consist of deadlines, budgets and presentations. We never feel finished for the day and we regret leaving a mound of...

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A Bookstore Holds More Than Just Books

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 3:05 PM


We take a trip to the bookstore for granted, don't we?

Bookstores don't only hold books, they hold promises. Promises for new adventures, where new people and characters enter our lives with fascinating stories to tell us.

Every day we meet children and...

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BAM, BAM, BAM: A Boy, a Chef and a Dream

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 11:16 AM


I often reflect on the children I've met, read to, and shared things with. Recently I was thinking about a little boy named Jared who came to live at one of the group homes in Westchester. He was about 5 or 6 years...

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Nobody Cancelled

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 2:42 PM


Sitting in our Reading Center today we watched volunteer after volunteer come in from the freezing cold to read with our children. They walked in with heavy down coats and ski parkas, snow boots lined with fur, big Russian hats, wooly scarves, and...

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A Reading Buddy

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 1:45 PM


Reading alone can be calming after a busy day, a much-needed escape when nothing is going our way, a personal triumph when we finish an ambitious book choice. As adults, many of us look forward to those minutes or hours alone when we...

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Books as Chariots

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 8:01 AM


So many youngsters and teens alike are facing difficult days as the holidays near. They are in search of another world, a more loving community, a less lonely future to think about. Every day we see children come for their first Reading Party...

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Who Benefits More...the Children ... or the Volunteers?!

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 12:46 PM


Volunteers sometimes tell me they benefit more than the children they're reading with here at Pajama Program NYC! I love to hear how one hour with our children gave someone a chance to shower love on a child, while escaping together to an...

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