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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – VITA

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) creates access to the single most effective, efficient national anti-poverty program in existence — the earned income tax credit for working people. And VITA volunteers make sure people get all the credits they have earned.

Mental Health Anti-Stigma

One in six Americans deal with mental illness, and they face a stigma that can be as painful as the disease itself.


Broken Roads

Saturday, I drove to Cave Junction to talk with a leadership group from Rogue Credit Union and some youth they were coaching during the day. They were having fun too. I was asked to talk about what inspired me or made me strong. I went with what made me feel strong. They were an inspiring group. They gave their...
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Speak Truth to Power

It’s been a hard week here and on the other side of our country.  I’m not sure I was going to blog but I sat glued to the television yesterday because it was too smoky to do the Medford Food Project for me yesterday due to my asthma.  That was a bad alternate choice.  It was devastating to watch what was happening in...
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I can’t stop thinking about it.  It’s one of those days.  I have the kind of job where I can get mine handed to me regularly.  It just sneaks in and sometimes is gentle and pulls at my heart.  It reminds me to be careful.  It sneaks up sometimes and it’s a little like a perspective whack with Styrofoam or something...
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A Hole in the Bucket

I’ve been thinking about all the rambling I’ve done so far this year and I keep landing at this children’s song, “There’s a Hole in the Bucket.”  Be glad I haven’t been thinking about small worlds.  Enough said.  Anyway, the lyrics following my rambling this week.  So you can sing about my meanderings for far too...
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Losing Sight

Losing Sight I can’t stop thinking about losing sight.  This week, my mom was diagnosed with macular degeneration.  She loves to read.  She never has attached to technology so I think of ways to share her love of reading with the loss over time of her sight.  Maybe she’ll like audio books but I really don’t know.  If...
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Hope and Wreckage

Some days I’m more hopeful than others.  How about you?  Some days you do need to see Winnie the Pooh animated dancing to just take a deep breath.  Here’s the link -- I’ve been thinking a lot about wreckage.  I often thought of it in terms of cars (my mother died in a wreck...
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Don’t Fence Me Out

Hi there.  Now that the new website is here, I’m committed to rambling at least once a week.  Are you interested in rambling on my blog?  Let me know.  Seriously.  I’m open to guest blogs for things you care about.  It’s been a long two weeks here.  Almost two weeks ago, our town had an incomprehensible tragedy.  A...
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January 10, 2017 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am Jackson County Health and Human Services Building, 140 S Holly, Parkview Room 2188, Medford Larry Masterman, CEM for the city of Medford, narrates archival footage from 1989 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake near San Francisco, providing some insight into what can be expected in a...
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Here’s the end of the year blog.  I’ve been thinking about it a lot.  I’ve been stalling publishing the blog on the soon to be out of here old website and loading them into the soon to be new website.  Can’t wait.  I’m sure that’s true for some of you.   As I’ve been thinking about this, I thought about this...
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October 9, 2016

I’ve been wondering who we really are.  I recently did the 23andme thing (not a commercial but it was cool).  So are who are DNA says we are.  Where does nature/nuture come in?  I was raised by the best mom in the world and she’s my stepmom although I’ve never called or thought of her as anything other than mom. ...
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