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Thankful

20 November 2017

It’s that time of year, where we come together as families and try, and midst all the food and, sometimes passive aggressive comments and avoidance of political talk, we remember to be thankful. Yes, the first thanksgiving was a feast for the pilgrims and the Native Americans, and our cultural...

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The 2018 SPN Ladies Calendar "If I Could Tell You" is Here!

13 October 2017

Well, it's here. This is a big day for the Stands family. About six months ago, Jacmel Children's Center reached out to ask for help covering their 2018 expenses. With a growing number of children and a number of those children growing in general (like they do), they were tapped...

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Heartbeat by Stardust & Melancholy

05 July 2017

It’s really, really easy lately to see deep divides everywhere – along social grounds, religious grounds, gender grounds, cultural grounds. What makes us unique is being harshly defined instead of celebrated; being used as a wedge to drive the divides deeper. But I refuse to believe that we have lost...

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Kim Rhodes: Wayward Strong

13 June 2017

It was a strange little room in Blackpool, smelling of either fresh seawater or ancient liver and onions. We couldn’t decide. There were probably twenty of us, sitting in a circle, and we tried to define courage. I had an Idea. “Hang on,” I demanded as I stood up. “I...

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