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Tag Archives: Choices

Board Candidate Forum

On Tuesday we had our Board Candidate Forum, for new candidates for the Speaking Up For Us Board of Directors. If you were unable to make it but would like to watch that meeting we did record it. You can find the forum here. We hope to have written statements from the other two candidates that could not make that we can share with members. Laurie Coldwell will be visiting your chapters soon to privately record your vote for the board of directors. The results…

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Back To School. The Story of Mary Ann Swank returning to school.

The Story of Mary Ann. Returning to school after 60 years. Stacy Giberson was able to recently talk with Mary Ann Swank and listen to her story about returning to school. This is from their conversation. After decades of consistent requests or as she tells it, persistent nagging, Mary Ann Swank has been meeting with a teacher to learn how to spell, read, write, and count. Currently, Mary Ann is on summer break and plans to return to her education instruction on September 7. Mary…

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CLEAN SLATE from Marco Orlando

CLEAN SLATE Marco Orlando One thing I can always appreciate about the pandemic is that it gave me a lot of time to think and reflect on things. Before COVID-19, I wasn’t always much fun to be around when I went out and did stuff, and I’m not proud of the kind of person I was back then. I was still struggling to fit in and feel like I belonged somewhere, not realizing I wasn’t going about it in the best way. I became this…

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“Are You Ever Happy?” from Marco Orlando

“ARE YOU EVER HAPPY?” Marco Orlando I had a friend ask me recently “Are you ever happy?” after I had aired some of my grievances online a while ago. The question caught me off guard, and I didn’t really have an answer. But it did give me some time to think since then. We’ve all likely spent a fair amount of time alone in our lives. It’s something I haven’t always had much of in the past, so I’ve learned to appreciate when I have…

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Guest Post: Alicia Duchette – Choosing Health

Alicia Duchette from the Springvale chapter shares her weight loss journey. She was inspired by her parents and her doctors as they were concerned about her weight. From Alicia: I now exercise every day and measure out what I’m going to eat.  I have been working with a nutritionist to help me with my food choices.  For exercise I enjoy walking and using my gazelle. I have a Fitbit that helps me track my steps and I get 10,000 steps every day. It has been…

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Guest post from Abbott Philson

Today we welcome Abbott Philson, Portland Chapter member, and Chair of the Board of Directors to the blog. I want to share with you about a new experience for me. A former teacher of mine asked me last year if I was still singing. I used to be part of a chorus in high school and it was something I liked doing. I have not been singing and he brought up the idea of the Tri City Community Chorus in Saco. I take suggestions from…

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