The Gift of Peace
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The Gift of Peace

There is a house in our neighborhood in South Park that has a tree with a clothesline of poems that neighbors are encouraged to take and enjoy. I first stumbled upon it while walking around the neighborhood in my first couple of days here in San Diego. The owners call it the “Poetree.” Whether in...

Slowing Down While the World Keeps Moving
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Slowing Down While the World Keeps Moving

This week, I have found myself longing for those moments where the world seems to stop, where nothing else is going on except the moment you are in. The future will happen as it does, the past is behind you, and only this moment matters. Being from the beachy town of Marshfield, MA, it was...

God In Routine
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God In Routine

During the month of January, St. Augustine High School takes a break from traditional academics. The students partake in elective courses that are designed to create well-rounded young men with a passion for learning. Some of these courses take them all around San Diego for activities like cycling, deep-sea fishing, and cooking. Even though the...

The Art of Being
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The Art of Being

Something I’ve come face-to-face with many times this year is how simple life really is and how complicated we make it. Oftentimes, we show our life through a highlight reel– the exciting highs and the devastating lows. It’s as if we are trying to prove the worthiness of our lives by saying, “Look at all...

Community and Love
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Community and Love

I was out with my community one night for an event; an older woman came up to me and asked, “Are you, volunteers?” I said yes and she asked a question I wasn’t prepared for: “What experiences have changed you so far?” I was initially taken aback because people who I’ve known for a grand...

For the Love of Community
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For the Love of Community

Service is a part of who I am and makes me feel whole. It makes my heart beat, and I love allowing people to feel seen and heard. Even though service is my passion, I really feel so grateful for the quality time that I get to spend with my community members. After a long...

Finding God in the Everyday
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Finding God in the Everyday

Starting anew, in a new place with a new job and roommate, isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I romanticized the glamour of my 9 to 5 volunteer job and New England fall, but working and living in Methuen is nothing like that idealistic image that I had created in my brain. As...

To Know a City
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To Know a City

Before moving to Philadelphia to begin my year of service as an AV I tried to imagine what the city would be like. Coming from a home-grown town in Montana, I anticipated a shift in the pace of daily life, the scenery which would surround me, and the types of activities popular in the area....