True Stories

Standing up for those without a voice.

by Jan on February 23, 2012

This week we have the opportunity to delve deeper into what I discovered visiting Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard on Long Island.  Our focus will be on Sharon Levine and her work to help save beautiful horses from slaughter through the (…)

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And now for something completely different.

by Jan on February 9, 2012

Our first Heroes on Hope profile took us to the battlefront of pediatric cancer.  Today, we’re visiting a well-manicured vineyard on Long Island.  That leap may sound preposterous but the relevance to hope is real. In our Dr. Burke story (…)

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A not so silent film.

by Jan on February 3, 2012

There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less. — Dr. Kurt Hahn, Outward Bound Schools Founder It (…)

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We need heroes.

by Jan on January 26, 2012

I’m thrilled to share a new feature devoted to telling the stories of real people living on the front lines of hope. We’re calling this series, “Heroes on Hope.” I believe you’ll find this and future installments to be truly (…)

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The shadow of our past and the hope for our future

by Jan on January 16, 2012

In August of 1963 I heard someone say for the first time in my life, that I, too, can have a dream. That man was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In those days I was a young mother with a (…)

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Home run!

by Jan on December 12, 2011

“I am living the dream,” says Clyde Doepner. And it all started with a “thank you.” Clyde is a husband, father, grandfather, retired coach and teacher, and now he is the only full time curator of memorabilia for any team (…)

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Small kindnesses

by Jan on December 1, 2011

“Never go to sleep without knowing that you have done something to create a better world.“ Long before he was famous, Harry Belafonte’s mother said these words to him. These wise words came from her desire for him to contribute (…)

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Truth is stranger than fiction.

by Jan on November 25, 2011

“You’ve just got to get through it, and you’ve got to fight the obstacles and you’ve got to be strong and you say, “You know what? I have hope and I believe and I’m never going to quit.” And if (…)

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What is the point of hope?

by Jan on November 9, 2011

Point Hope, Alaska is one place where community works together–and has hope. Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle–plunged into darkness 9 months out of the year–this tiny and remote whaling town of 900 people is determined to continue (…)

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Say “yes”!

by Jan on October 27, 2011

I don’t always read the newspaper, but on Tuesday morning something really caught my eye. A little story about one of our local judges and dying man’s wish to be married to his partner of many years. It’s so heartwarming (…)

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