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Finding Noah

Finding Noah

Using Art to Discover My Purpose I, Noah, am 19 years old, a budding artist, and live in the city of Zurich. I have always been interested in art somehow. Whenever I saw a painting as a child it was like a friend, a creation from a completely different...

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Not Setting New Year Resolutions for My Mental Health

Not Setting New Year Resolutions for My Mental Health

FINALLY! 2020 is almost over! We can finally breathe a sigh of relief as we begin to put the past year behind us. But is anyone else feeling somewhat anxious about what 2021 might bring? Me too. I am having a hard time with feeling absolutely jaded about everything...

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Across the Canyons of Uncertainty

Across the Canyons of Uncertainty

Where do you begin when you discover that everything you thought was going to happen will not be happening after all? Plans are so last year and most of us are paralyzed by uncertainty. This year has served up changes daily and sometimes hourly. If it feels like you...

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Cancer Doesn’t Care About Your Holiday Traditions

Cancer Doesn’t Care About Your Holiday Traditions

Cancer does not get the final word. We do. My family is pretty rooted in tradition. We always spend Christmas Eve at my great-aunt’s house in a tiny little town in northern Minnesota with anywhere from 40-60 people packed tightly into her home. My mom prepped the...

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Experiencing Christmas Joy for the First Time

Experiencing Christmas Joy for the First Time

I am not a big Christmas person. Honestly, I feel like I am the Scrooge out of everyone I know. Growing up as a child of broken — then blended — families, this time of year has always been a big source of stress and anxiety for me. I know I must have felt the...

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Elevating Teen Voice Through Public Murals

Elevating Teen Voice Through Public Murals

When a colleague in philanthropy offered to introduce me to Robyne Walker Murphy, executive director of Groundswell, a community mural ‘art for change’ program based in Brooklyn, NY, I jumped at the chance.  After interviewing Robyne, it was clear we shared a...

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