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Hana in Italy

My name is Hana Bushara, and I am a rising sophomore at St. Lawrence University, located in Canton New York. I am originally from Warwick, Bermuda, though I completed my junior and senior years of high school at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino,...

What are the chances?

You're studying abroad and decide to go sightseeing in Luxembourg and out of nowhere come your classmates from your university back home in the States. Really, what are the odds? Occasionally we will be giving memorial/tribute gifts to those who have lost a loved one....

Before I was an artist…

I’ve worked as a gas station attendant. I once worked at Subway for 4 hours. I’ve collected payments from customers for a sports cards trading company. I’ve been a sales representative at a mall. I’ve taught kindergarten at a daycare. I worked as an eCommerce...

Leslé Honoré Poetry

Dear Body, Yesterday Sandria Washington posted a video about a woman coming to terms with feeling too tall most of her life. I reflected on feeling too tall, not wanting to wear heels, feeling like I just took up too much space. I realized that for probably more than...

Forty-Six

In 1975, Saturday Night Live premiered. And I was born. On March 24, at around 3am, my first season began. And somehow, I’ve managed to get picked up for 45 more. I’ve been thinking a lot about age lately. It’s really quite subjective, isn’t it? I think 46 is old...

This little guy, this beautiful baby, is Gabriel B. Taye when he when he was a toddler. He was born in 2008 and died in 2017. He was a victim of bullying and took his own life. We honored Gabe, with his mom's permission, with a tribute gift given to her as part of our...

Do Me A “Favorite”

Do Me A “Favorite” A Tribute to my Daughter, Tiffany Mary Turner Do me a favorite, Mommy. Don’t tie my shoes… I can do it myself – I know what to do Do me a favorite when we go home Let me play on my xylophone Let’s face it, Mom – be frank and be fair You know you...

Time Hasn’t Healed the Wound

The saying “time heals all wounds” is deceptive. Today marks 29 years since my big brother transitioned. The pain is still heavy for me. I’m still angry and I still miss him so much. Every time I hear the stories of young black males being killed by gun violence my...

I Still See You…

A Loving Tribute to Kevin Eugene O'Neil by Robin Lynn O'Neil My life changed at your conception; and you became my whole being. Before you had a name, or opened up your eyes; your destiny was determined by God. From the beginning, eight weeks early, with no...

Demetrius, My Heart…

It has been 27 years, 9 months, 28 days and 3 hours since I lost the most important person in my life, my son, Demetrius Cortez Broussard. Dee was a really funny person. He loved playing any part and whenever he saw an opening, he would jump in. My son once asked if...
Hana in Italy

Hana in Italy

My name is Hana Bushara, and I am a rising sophomore at St. Lawrence University, located in Canton New York. I am originally from Warwick, Bermuda, though I completed my junior and senior years of high school at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino,...

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What are the chances?

What are the chances?

You're studying abroad and decide to go sightseeing in Luxembourg and out of nowhere come your classmates from your university back home in the States. Really, what are the odds? Occasionally we will be giving memorial/tribute gifts to those who have lost a loved one....

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Before I was an artist…

Before I was an artist…

I’ve worked as a gas station attendant. I once worked at Subway for 4 hours. I’ve collected payments from customers for a sports cards trading company. I’ve been a sales representative at a mall. I’ve taught kindergarten at a daycare. I worked as an eCommerce...

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Leslé Honoré Poetry

Leslé Honoré Poetry

Dear Body, Yesterday Sandria Washington posted a video about a woman coming to terms with feeling too tall most of her life. I reflected on feeling too tall, not wanting to wear heels, feeling like I just took up too much space. I realized that for probably more than...

read more
Forty-Six

Forty-Six

In 1975, Saturday Night Live premiered. And I was born. On March 24, at around 3am, my first season began. And somehow, I’ve managed to get picked up for 45 more. I’ve been thinking a lot about age lately. It’s really quite subjective, isn’t it? I think 46 is old...

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Miké’s (pron. Mee-kay’s) Story

Miké’s (pron. Mee-kay’s) Story

I went to South Africa junior year of high school. It was an exchange trip. It sounded like a cool trip to do and I wanted to travel abroad just because…We went to Johannesburg and then we went to Cape Town. Honestly, it was an amazing experience. When we...

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Reem in Peru

Reem in Peru

In my Sophomore year of high school I had the opportunity to travel to Peru for a service trip with about 25 other students from my school. During the two week trip, we completed a service project at a school in Las Palmas; a rural town outside of Peru’s capital,...

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Yusef visits the Middle East and Sudan

Yusef visits the Middle East and Sudan

I’d like to preface my comments with a quote from Henry David Thoreau: “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. Instinctually, we gravitate toward comfort. We are drawn to the familiar. And by that principle, the concept of travel is almost entirely...

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Erin in the Dominican Republic

Erin in the Dominican Republic

My daughter traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico at 13 years old with her school to study Spanish and live with a host family. I think this trip was important because it gave her an authentic look at a country many Americans equate with tourism. Three years later she was given...

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Service Ambassadors in Hamlet, NC

Service Ambassadors in Hamlet, NC

Our second set of Service Ambassadors hail from Hamlet, NC. Here's what they had to say:Carmen: I did my volunteer work at Pruitt Health in Rockingham, NC. While there I got the pleasure to work with the residents and have them interact with a new...

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Service Ambassador, 12 year-old Connor

Service Ambassador, 12 year-old Connor

Our very first Service Ambassador, 12 year-old Connor, visited Park Plaza Sunday afternoon to join Seniors in an Arts and Crafts session. The activities director told us that Connor and his mom were amazing!!! We are looking forward to sending more...

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I Am Not My Hair

I Am Not My Hair

When I was asked to share my hair journey, I was a little hesitant but decided to go for it and shed some light on my condition.. alopecia. I know women shave their heads for different reasons, but believe me when I say, it hits a little different when you know it’ll...

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My Babies, My Life…

My Babies, My Life…

I chose to go back to school because of my children. I'm going for Healthcare Administrative Science at Roosevelt University in Schaumburg IL. I would like to work maybe in a hospital or for an organization. I like to do administrative work like processing paperwork...

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Why I Relay?

Why I Relay?

Why I Relay? The short answer, I do it for Claudia. The long version begins early 2004 with a call from my sister, Claudia's doctor. I was being notified she'd been diagnosed with terminal colon cancer and had only 3 to 6 months to live. It hit me like a ton of...

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How Hiking Changed My Life

How Hiking Changed My Life

My name is Bernetta Jo Young. I'm a 58 year-old African American female in Dallas, Texas. In March of 2020 of this year, my job notified me I would be working from home due to COVID-19. This was basically when everything started. As with everyplace else, all of our...

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