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Making This Thanksgiving Count

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold It’s that time of year again.  A time when we start to reflect on all of the things we have to be grateful for.  Though we know we should count our blessing every day, the truth is it can be easy to get caught up in “the busy” and forget to bring this feeling of gratitude into our daily life.   Thanksgiving for me is one of many placeholders in my calendar year when I am reminded to not just feel gratitude but to express it to those within my circle and also to those not directly connected with me. Reaching out to people who are not in any way connected to you is a really cool experience if you give it a try.  The best experience is to do something for someone who doesn’t have the ability to help you back.  One of the reasons I love the Turkey Brigade so much is that it focuses on some of the most vulnerable in our communities, people and families who may never be students at one of our schools.  I see everyone’s involvement as a selfless, compassionate and generous act of time and energy.  


The Lecture And The Example

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold

How many sayings do you recall from your childhood that your parents used to quote? As I think about the ones that most resonate with me are the ones I find repeating to my own daughters (something I swore I would never do… oh well!)


5 Self Defense Tips for Defeating the Cold and Flu

Posted: May 17, 2019

By Master Christopher Rappold When we speak of SELF-defense it shouldn’t start with protecting against another person, it truly should start with what we do to keep ourselves healthy.  Let’s face it, because of privilege of where we live, we are more than likely to have to protect ourselves more frequently from the cold and flu than from physical attack.   With this being said, here are five tips to keep you and your family healthy when the doors close and windows stay shut till late March:


10 Quotes to Help You Finish 2016 Personal Best Strong

Posted: May 17, 2019

Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to hold on.


How do you start your new year? Let’s get organized!

Posted: May 17, 2019

Over the next few weeks we will share 23 game-changing tips from real-mom professional organizers from Parents Magazine. Four professional organizer moms share their secrets for controlling clutter and managing the unique breed of mess that families make.

Stephanie Christopoulos


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