Author Archives: esralston

Boston Strong: How Two Words Helped Raise $1 Million

This morning, I was at the gym getting my rare CNN fix (Hey, it’s news! At least I am expanding my horizons and not watching some lame tv series.). The Boston Marathon was happening today and there was a segment … Continue reading

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A few inspiring happenings…

Well, after that last downer post, I have something more uplifting to say! There’s been a couple cool things I have been inspired by: Last night after we ate out for dinner and were on our way to my son’s … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of a Community During a Crisis

I’ve been in a reflective mood lately. There’s been too much death and dying all at once in the past few weeks. First, the disappearance of that Malaysian flight, the news that my 83-year-old uncle is dying from kidney failure, the … Continue reading

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Foster Care and the Power of Storytelling

My first post of the spring! It made me feel great and I hope you enjoy it too.

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Thinking about Difficult Topics

Wow, February just flew by! It has been a wet, rainy month here. My writing has gone into hibernation!  My storytelling class just ended and I am feeling a bit bereft – – we had a great, supportive group. I’m determined … Continue reading

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Storytelling for Change

For the last 5 weeks I have been taking an online class through Acumen and the Ariel Group, called “Storytelling for Change.” The main task of the course is to tell a brief 1-2 minute personal story that frames the … Continue reading

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Spread the Love! Collect food for the Food Driving Box Campaign

    February is the month of love! Here’s a cool idea to whet your appetite for spreading the love!

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My Daughter Plans a Coming of Age Ceremony

Recently, I noticed Shiori, the Japanese student who has been living with us since September as part of a homestay program for college students, seemed a little sad.  Shiori attends the University of Washington and is in an international studies … Continue reading

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Philanthropy for Kids: Nurturing a Giving Family

I’ve been wondering about how to explore the concept of philanthropy with my kids. I realize that such a large concept feels sort of intangible. In one of my early blog posts, I explore the definition of philanthropy. But I now … Continue reading

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What Is It Like to be Hungry?

I’ve never gone hungry before. Sure, I mean, I’ve fasted and skipped a meal here and there and felt pretty hungry during those times, but I have never had to worry about where my next meal is coming from. I’ve … Continue reading

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