5 Ways to Find More Connection in Your Community

While at my Global Grubbing dinner last week, I made a comment that implied I didn’t believe Americans were as kind-hearted and giving as some of our international counterparts. After my comment, one of the participants called me out on it, to say that I’m just not getting out there enough then, because there are plenty of good people here in America! First, let me start by ...
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Let’s Work Together to Eradicate Childhood Hunger

I’ve always loved to cook and feed people, it's a part of who I am. So, it’s no surprise that I love cooking and baking for my son, Rawley. Watching his taste develop over the last year has been a fun part of parenting for me. I’ve spent many hours on Pinterest searching for new recipes, freezable foods, and healthy meals. Figuring out what things he really likes (muffins, salm...
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People Are Good. I Really Believe That.

When you look around at most of the world, it’s easy to question whether or not humanity has totally become a complete wreck. Our news reminds us of all the tragedies, traumas, and terrors that are happening at every moment and in every corner of the world. But sometimes, all you need to do is walk into a local café in the heart of your city to find out that good people rea...
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Frankly, I’m actually embarrassed by this…

Consumerism, E
I know I am one of the lucky ones. I have a roof over my head. We’ve got food in our refrigerator (often more than we ever finish eating), and my closet has clothes that rotate with the seasons. That makes me (and likely you) better off than 83% of the WORLD’S POPULATION, a staggering number that we can easily forget about when we have access to so many “things.” But frankly...
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The Magic of Soup and Dreams

What do soup and dreams have in common? Well, they bring people together! Food is the heart of humanity and a bonding point for most people—and dreams, doesn’t everybody have them? So why not talk about the dreams of what we hope to inspire over a few cups of soups from various cultures!? A brilliant idea from Evan, the creator of Warm Cookies of the Revolution (yes, another...
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Do I Really Have to Ask?

Making a difference, Get out and act!
We’ve all been there. The place when you really need or want something so badly and yet your partner (friend, sibling, parent, boss, co-worker) just isn’t getting it. They aren’t stepping up to the plate and doing what you need them to do. And you think to yourself, DO I REALLY HAVE TO ASK YOU TO DO THIS FOR ME? You should know that I need/want this--shouldn’t you? But wh...
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Sitting in the Seat of Judgment

I was sitting in my first class seat coming back from travels in Sioux Falls. I had the pleasure of getting upgraded due to my recent status on the airline. I've walked past the first class passengers many times, sometimes questioning and curious "who these people were" sitting up here--where the service is constant and the bathroom is private! I sat down in my seat of 1D, w...
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Seize the Opportunity

There really are opportunities everywhere to make a contribution to your community. When you start to look for those opportunities, recognize them, and take action you'll find them everywhere. Just within the last few weeks I've had opportunities to... Help a neighbor when he left the garage door open when he was gone, by walking across the street and closing it for him T...
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What the People of the World Really Want

It was day one of our Thailand trip. We'd walked several miles scouring through the streets of Bangkok, immersed in pungent smells of the street vendors and pollution, languages from around the world and temples. We finally began to slow our pace down and as we were heading back to the ferry on the river, we stopped in Chinatown for a fried banana snack. As I ordered from the ...
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