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Person-Directed Appreciation

Person-Directed Appreciation

Those that know me, or have had me facilitate a training, know that the phrase “I read a book …” is stated often. Well, it’s true, and here is one of my new found favorites. I read a book called

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The Trek to Mississippi’s Grand Canyon

The Trek to Mississippi’s Grand Canyon

The Elders at Wesley Manor, located in Hattiesburg, MS, recently made a road trip to Red Bluff, nicknamed “Mississippi’s Grand Canyon.” A couple living at Wesley Manor came back from a trip to Red Bluff with pictures and stories that

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Need Inspiration? A 2016 Conference Throwback...

Need Inspiration? A 2016 Conference Throwback…

A mere month stands between your great presentation idea for the 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference and the proposal submission deadline of July 8.  What to do?  What to write? Never fear… inspiration is here!  What better way to get

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Is Your Cup Too Full?

Is Your Cup Too Full?

Our minister began a sermon recently telling the story of the Zen master. The story goes that a university professor traveled to visit a famous Zen master to learn from him. They sat down and the Zen master served the

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Mission at Community Rehab and Assisted Living Joins the Eden Registry

Mission at Community Rehab and Assisted Living Joins the Eden Registry

Mission at Community Rehab and Assisted Living in Centerfield, Utah joined the Eden Registry on February 20, 2017. This home is located in the quaint little country town of Centerfiled, Utah, a town that is rich in history and community.

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McKnights Features Bill Thomas and the Impact of Loneliness

McKnights Features Bill Thomas and the Impact of Loneliness

As change agents, remember when we had to fight to be heard about the impact of loneliness on the human spirit?  In the nearly 14 years I’ve been doing this work, I recall a lot of strained conversations about well-being

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Do You Have GRIT?

Do You Have GRIT?

Leading Age Keynote Speaker Angela Duckworth Has the Answer… Grit.  What is it?  According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, there are very specific markers that define grit.  The cliff notes are essentially this:  perseverance and passion over the long-term.  Sound familiar? 

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The Hidden Restraint – Part 4

The Hidden Restraint – Part 4

This post by Dr. Al Power was published on ChangingAging.org. All-or-none thinking” and “surplus safety” make it difficult for organizations to visualize a pathway to unlocking doors. At last, here is the final installment of this marathon blog post. First,

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An Excerpt from "Relentlessly Pursuing Wonder:  9th Gathering of the Annual CUSP Conference"

An Excerpt from “Relentlessly Pursuing Wonder: 9th Gathering of the Annual CUSP Conference”

Here’s a thoughtful reflection on the work of Bill Thomas by Nate Burgos of Design Feaster.  This is just an excerpt from the whole piece, which explores wonder from a variety of perspectives.  I’m struck by the phrase “Start living your damn

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End of Life Lessons from Dad: Lesson #5

End of Life Lessons from Dad: Lesson #5

Dad’s lesson #5 is that specialists aren’t always special. Nancy Fox would tell you that as human beings, we are all about creating constituencies. It is amazing how fast a group of complete strangers can bond and begin to demonstrate

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Signature HealthCARE Rocks Elder Vacations... Again

Signature HealthCARE Rocks Elder Vacations… Again

I am always so inspired by this organization’s commitment to living the ten principles of The Eden Alternative in big ways.  Undaunted, they have changed lives by arranging multiple Elder vacations for the people who live in their communities.  There was

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The Hidden Restraint, Part 1

The Hidden Restraint, Part 1

This post by Dr. Al Power was published on ChangingAging.org on July 30, 2016. Imagine if we considered locked doors in memory care wards as restraints. Having given many seminars on restraint reduction 15-20 years ago, I am very familiar

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The Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table

I recently watched a video about finance.  The speaker began by explaining why he had an old beat-up kitchen table on stage. He talked about the history of that kitchen table, which came from his home.  Although he discussed it

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Pete's Greatest Hit

Pete’s Greatest Hit

Pete Rose is the all-time Major League leader in hits, games played, and at-bats.  He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made

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Eden Educators are Blooming!

Eden Educators are Blooming!

Dr. Bill Thomas is always reminding us that education is the antidote to fear and resistance. Education is very important on the journey to person-directed care. Education needs to be provided, reinforced daily and refreshed periodically. With budget cutbacks a

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International Eden Elder Award Winner Honored in Local News

International Eden Elder Award Winner Honored in Local News

Alice Lute stole the show at the 2016 Eden Alternative International Conference… in more ways than one.  Not only was she an honored recipient of the 2016 International Eden Elder Award alongside Lucy Kennedy, but she took away the top

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Inspired Words Make Worlds

Inspired Words Make Worlds

In honor of National Nursing Home Week, we have a treat for you.  We, at The Eden Alternative, recently had the distinct honor of receiving three different poems from 3 inspired change agents.  Not only do they touch the heart

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2016 Conference... Hit Rewind, View Highlights

2016 Conference… Hit Rewind, View Highlights

Something happens for me at the end of every Eden Alternative International Conference.  Within moments of the conference closing, I feel it… a sense of let-down or perhaps it’s “good vibes” grief.  After two years of planning and nearly a

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Got Talent? Bring It, Baby…

It’s the same story for every Eden Alternative International Conference.  We are days away, and there are just a few submissions for the notorious Eden’s Got Talent event.  Yet, every year the show ends up being a total delight, complete

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Making Peace with the Past

“How has Mrs. Smith handled change in the past?” This was how we predicted how well a new nursing home resident would cope with adjusting to placement in 1983. For the most part, this simplistic rule of thumb seemed to

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The Eden Alternative Registry Welcomes its Newest Member – Riverside Care and Rehabilitation Center

Riverside Care and Rehabilitation in Calhoun, KY, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on 1/25/2016. Located in McClean County, they are home to 73 Elders that are enjoying their recently remodeled home. They have new hardwood floors, gorgeous paint colors and

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Welcome to the Registry Points West Living - Wainwright!

Welcome to the Registry Points West Living – Wainwright!

Points West Living Wainwright in Alberta, Canada joined the Eden Alternative Registry on January 21, 2016. This home is nestled in the small town of Wainwright, a unique town in Alberta that has a strong, vibrant & friendly community spirit.

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Welcome Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation to the Tribe!

Welcome Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation to the Tribe!

Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation joined the Eden Alternative Registry on January 13, 2016. This home is located in historical Danville, Kentucky, a small town that is rich in relationships and traditions. The 106 Elders that call Danville Centre

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Signature Healthcare of Putnam County: Off to a Great Start!

Signature Healthcare of Putnam County: Off to a Great Start!

Signature Healthcare of Putnam County joined the Eden Alternative Registry on January 12, 2016. Tucked away in the little town of Algood, TN, they are home to 150 empowered Elders. The folks who live and work here have gone to

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A New Year, A New Addition - Parkside Community

A New Year, A New Addition – Parkside Community

Parkside Community in Chase, British Columbia, Canada, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on January 7, 2016, as our first new Registry Member of 2016. This is truly a living center with empowered Elders and employee care partners driving the rhythm

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No Time Like Now - Ask the Elders Why

No Time Like Now – Ask the Elders Why

Every two years The Eden Alternative puts on an event. This is not just any event. It is an EVENT! We call it our international conference, but it is an EVENT. Note the capitalization for emphasis. For me, my very

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Building Bridges in a Virtual World

Building Bridges in a Virtual World

It’s 8:00 a.m. I pop open my laptop and begin my morning ritual of checking my email inbox. Here I am again, communing with the virtual world, instead of the real world. As I’m thinking that there’s just no heart in all of this technology, something, well, cracks open my heart. Buried amidst thirty unopened messages is a little gem, something “sweet” that the sender thinks I “will enjoy.”

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Signature Home Reaches Milestone 2 . . . And They Are Happy

Signature Home Reaches Milestone 2 . . . And They Are Happy

  Happy Friday (sorry for the pun). Liberty Care and Rehabilitation Center has just reached Milestone 2. It is great to see a home take on the journey with so much joy and enthusiasm. 

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Where Life Resides …

Where Life Resides …

Often I sit in the evening and peruse garden magazines, dreaming of a lush oasis where I sneak off to enjoy a moment of quiet time with a cup of coffee and nature within reach. Presently, the TV in the

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Thank You From Mississippi

Thank You From Mississippi

Everyone remembers the world changing event that happened 10 years ago. Hurricane Katrina came ashore in Hancock County, Mississippi during the darkness of the early morning on Monday, August 29, 2005, along with unbelievable devastation and destruction.

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Kennebec Manor Joins The Registry

Kennebec Manor Joins The Registry

Love, Love, Love is what it is all about in this small town Canadian home. Each and every person in this home is a part of a community that embraces deep long lasting relationships and activities that are meaningful to each individual.

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Innovation Is Thriving In Upstate New York

Innovation Is Thriving In Upstate New York

Call it a hot bed of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit; Upstate New York senior care providers are establishing new standards and models of care well ahead of many other communities. Care providers are ensuring all New Yorkers a very bright future as the industry comes to terms with an antiquated system of institutional care.

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Creating Home At The Bridge at Monteagle

The Bridge at Monteagle in Monteagle, TN joined the Eden Alternative on May 28, 2015.   Home to 142 Elders, The care partner employees at The Bridge at Monteagle prides themselves on providing home and care tailored to each unique

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Take That Road

Take That Road

Driving through the hills of Tennessee, there were times when I was headed uphill and could not see the other side, having to trust that there was still a road as I drove blindly forward. I sometimes found, on the other side of that hill, that there was a quick curve that had to be maneuvered, or another hill to climb, but I kept moving forward.

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Reflections on Making a Difference in Oklahoma

Reflections on Making a Difference in Oklahoma

  Hank Hartsell is the Deputy Commissioner of Protective Health Services for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). OSDH has granted funds to help representatives of Oklahoma nursing homes learn more about reducing antipsychotics for those who live with

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It's About Time!

It’s About Time!

The time has come… the moment for change is now! Believe it or not, it’s been 28 years since OBRA ’87 introduced new regulatory language with the intent of making person-centered care the law of the land.

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Monday Jumpstart: 50 Quotes on Leadership

Monday Jumpstart: 50 Quotes on Leadership

  Find your motivation Monday with 50 quotes on leadership from Entrepreneur.com. 1. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn

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Driving From Houston to Anchorage

Driving From Houston to Anchorage

Have you been more aware in your later years of the value of those deep and personal relationships with friends, family members, and fellow congregants? I find more and more value in these connections, in volunteering, in social activism than I have in the past. I desperately want others to share my journey, and I want to share theirs.

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Pigeon Forge Joins the Registry

Tucked away in the cozy country town of Pigeon Forge, they are home to 85 Elders that live in four neighborhoods. The views here are breathtaking as they are located at the foot of the gateway to the magnificent Great Smoky Mountain National Park and are just around the corner from the famous Dollywood theme park.

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Eden-Educator

Educators Drive Transformative Eldercare to New Heights

These Educators return to their peers, and the Elders they serve, this week equipped with new ideas and knowledge, prepared to facilitate learning experiences for all the care partners they support.

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We've Made It, Thanks To You

We’ve Made It, Thanks To You

Together, we’ve raised over S11,500, reached our goal, and succeeded for the Elders of St. Antonine’s.

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Creating A Caring Community at Turner Duvall Retirement Community

Creating A Caring Community at Turner Duvall Retirement Community

Creating community is never easy, but it can be done to marvelous effect. Read the story of Turner Duvall Retirement Community and how they have fostered a broad sense of community.

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Douglas' Story Continues: The First 24 hours

Douglas’ Story Continues: The First 24 hours

“To aide feelings when you are near crying is the secret of dignity.” Dejan Stojanovic Douglas awoke in the night to two young aides chattering next to him. The sounds of voice echoed in his head and sounded muffled at

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The Journey...

The Journey…

The journey has taken us around the world and we have seen that well-being is a global force that brings us together.

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The Choices We Make

The Choices We Make

Life is full of choices, and making choices can be really hard at times. For me, going to Cheesecake Factory to eat is always a challenge….so many great choices on the menu! But in the big scheme of things, choosing a menu item doesn’t mean a lot and really only affects me.

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Chicago Wards Sustaining Deep System Changes

Chicago Wards Sustaining Deep System Changes

Listening to the news I learned a ward in Chicago gave their budgetary power to the community instead of to a small group of government officials.

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Bringing the Human Habitat to all homes

Bringing the Human Habitat to all homes

Meg Mairn is the owner and Director of the Eden Registry’s first home care member, Griswold Home Care in Pinellas County Florida. Griswold Home Care Pinellas has been working on creating approaches to bring the Eden principals to life in

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Let's Talk About Language

Let’s Talk About Language

I was visiting the doctor yesterday where I was told I had a “markedly deviated septum.” I will also be “prescribed a medical option.” If this does not “resolve the difficulty,” I will be “recommended to undergo nasal septal reconstructive surgery, as well as undergo bilateral partial turbinectomy.” To all the medical professionals out there, I might have to explain my frustration.

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Therapists' role in providing quality elder care

Therapists’ role in providing quality elder care

When therapists clinical judgment is respected, we acknowledge the knowledge and experience they bring to elder care. Therapists are able to build recommendations for frequency and duration of treatment based upon their clinical experience and the specific goals they have developed with the person they are serving.

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Memorial Day Traditions

Memorial Day Traditions

Last night, I watched the 25th National Memorial Day Concert featuring uplifting musical performances, documentary footage, and dramatic readings honoring Americans who have sacrificed for our country.  It caused me to pause and think about the holiday and its true

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Keep Growing: An Administrator Reflects on National Nursing Home Week

I think the reason most of us stay in long-term care is for the people.   Nothing is better than coming to work each day and being able to make a difference for those who have chosen to make their home

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Ann Doyle

How Does Art Contribute to Your Well-being?

The arts have an ability to sooth, move, and inspire us. When our lives are touched by the creativity of others, we often feel “called” to get in touch with our own. With this in mind, conference-goers at the Eden
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Homewatch CareGivers: Taking It to the Streets

Homewatch CareGivers: Taking It to the Streets

As someone who first discovered The Eden Alternative as a family member, I’ve always been passionate about how person-directed care can make a difference in home and community-based settings. The marriage of the two has always been a no-brainer to

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An Organization Is Its Language

 Organizations are a living system of conversations.  Decisions, actions, and a sense of valid purpose grow out of conversations. There is no doubt organization’s language is critically important. Our conversations are more than simply a means for communication.  They are

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Boomers Face Cultural Conundrum

The April issue of Provider features an article that challenges Americans “to grow up – or just grow old.” This caught my eye, as we talk a lot about perspectives on aging at The Eden Alternative. The issue is particularly

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Culture Change = Fewer Deficiencies

Check it out. Chris Perna’s first Guest Post for ProviderNation the official blog of Provider Magazine. Good morning, ProviderNation. Here at The Eden Alternative, we are always trying to make the business case for culture change. For those of us who

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Honoring Passion, Recognizing Champions

We recently heard about two well-deserved recognitions for Eden Registry Members. Piner’s Nursing & Guest Homes in Napa, CA was voted Napa’s best Nursing Home by the Elders of the Napa community! Wesley Meadows Retirement Community in Hernando, MS has

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Exploring Tribal Leadership: Stage One

Several weeks back I posted a blog featuring an interview with John King, author of the best-selling book Tribal Leadership:  Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization and a keynote speaker at the 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference. During

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Riverside North Joins The Registry

Riverside North, Ames, Iowa joined the Eden Registry on January 23, 2014. They are a warm, cozy home to 35 Elders that drive the rhythm of daily life.  Recent renovations are under way to give the home and update and

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Culture Change is for Everyone – Talkin' Bout a Revolution

The first time I met Bill Thomas was in 1996 in San Marcos, Texas.  My father was living with Alzheimer’s disease and had found home in a long-term care community new to the Eden Alternative journey.  In town for an

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The Eden Alternative: Past, Present, and Future

“I remember.” Those two words do much to explain all of human progress, all art, all science, all culture.  It is this peculiar power of remembering that allows us to continually compare the present with the past and, I think,

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Stories Get Better As They Age

This holiday story comes to us from Guest Blogger, Michael Fishking. Growing up, my extended family would get together to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and other special events. I started noticing a trend at a young age.  The same stories were

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The SuzyQ

Introducing the SuzyQ Hotfood Cart System at New Vista Care. It’s a system that eliminates standing in line, provides more choices, and leads to more human interaction. Yummy.

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Rhythm for Unity: Drumming and Person-Directed Care

I hold dear a particular moment during the 2010 Eden Alternative International Conference in Denver. During the evening welcoming ceremony, residents from the North Star Community in Denver gathered in a circle at the center of the space and began

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Trinity's Art Show

This story comes to us by way of our Registry Member, Trinity Living Center. Trinity Living Center, an Eden Registry Member home in Western Pennsylvania, recently held an Art Show. Two local artists have been conducting classes at the home over the

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Not Just One Day, Everyday

We want to share this testimonial written by Carleta Schwartz, a care partner at Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly, CO.  Being one of the newest team leaders here at HNCC I did understand, in part, the elevated stress upon

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A Path To Change

Inspiring video from Christie Gardens in Canada. They are in the running for funds to challenge the status quo of Elder care. Be sure to vote for them here.

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“Building Bridges” Between Youth and Elders

Over the last couple of months, Virgil Thomas and I have blogged quite a bit about the impacts of ageism on both Elders and youth.  In these blogs, we encouraged readers to embrace fully what ageism actually means:  “prejudice against

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Growing as a Tribal Leader: An Interview with Best-Selling Author John King

As culture changers, we know that, without the support of leadership, we have little chance of making it. When wise leadership isn’t on board, our efforts are dead in the water, perhaps even sinking. As we dig deeper into understanding

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On Freedom and Choice…

I am currently sitting in at the 6th Annual Green House Project Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston, of course, was a hotbed of activity and advocacy leading up to our Revolutionary War, which gave us our freedom as a sovereign

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