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The Lecture And The Example

Posted: December 26, 2017

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!)


Making This Thanksgiving Count

Posted: December 26, 2017

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.  


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