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Interviewing Our Elders for Their Obituaries

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 02/11/2020 - 23:40

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"It’s very important for seniors to retell their stories.” ~ Dr. Wendy Scheinberg-Elliott
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Interviewing senior family members for their obituaries gives them a chance to share the important parts of their lives, but it also gives you a chance to bond with them while they’re still alive.

I wrote my grandmother’s obituary a few weeks ago. While it made me sad to know that she’s no longer with us, I was very proud of what she accomplished in her 96 years on this planet. And much of what I knew about her life I learned from interviewing her for her obituary.

Taking Pen to Paper

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 01/23/2020 - 08:00

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The Power of Handwritten Notes
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"…Nothing holds as much personality, or as much of a person's essence, as their handwriting.” ~Carmen Thomas
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While the digital age has made communicating easier than ever before, nothing beats using good old-fashioned pen and paper to let someone know how you feel about them. Here, our readers share some of their thoughts about the importance of handwritten notes.

In our digital age, it can be difficult to remember to slow down and write handwritten notes or letters, let alone mail them. Do people even still have stamps lying around anymore?

While texting and emailing is easier, neither has quite the same effect. And because they happen so rarely, they’re even more valuable. There’s also the benefit of being edit-free, as being unable to edit does tend to reflect the more genuine and authentic you.

Here are just a few reasons to consider investing in cards, a pen and stamps.

The ‘Why’ of Handwritten Notes

Creative Gift Giving

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:20

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“I call my aunt on Sundays because I know it’s a long day for her. It’s a gift I give to her and to myself because I feel better after the conversations.” -Patricia R.
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Holiday gift giving offers an opportunity to show our loved ones what they mean to us, and there are many non-traditional ways to do that — through experiences, volunteering, handmade gifts and some that are downright practical.  

Though the holidays should be focused on love, faith, family and togetherness, they can be quite stressful when we feel compelled to find perfect gifts for every person on a long list.

With holiday retail advertisements blasting from every corner and shopping in full swing, we thought it was a good time to look at the creative and positive ways people in our community show their appreciation for loved ones during the holidays.

All Are Welcome

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 10/28/2019 - 18:02

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"Out of the contemplative life, artistic expression flows very naturally." ~Sister Claire Sokol
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The Carmel of Reno sisters welcome you to enjoy their open house on Sunday, November 3. And you can also through their extensive selection of original holiday and general greeting cards, framable art and music.

Perhaps you’ve heard Reno has a monastery of Carmelite nuns, one with breathtaking views overlooking the city skyline. Maybe you’ve driven down Plumb Lane and seen the “Carmel of Reno” directional signage, wondering what it meant. Or it’s possible this is your first time hearing of a monastery or Carmel of Reno. Regardless of your familiarity with the concept, now is your chance to pay a visit.

Celebrating Families Through Buddy Walks, Picnics and Bingo

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Sat, 10/05/2019 - 17:54

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There are plenty of people with Down syndrome who become entrepreneurs, hold down jobs and just lead normal lives.” ~Sarah Horsman-Ploeger
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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which is a time to celebrate people with Down syndrome, their abilities and capabilities. So we’re shining a light on the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada and one couple celebrating a very special addition to their family. 

Sarah Horsman-Ploeger originally got involved with the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada (DSNNN) eight years ago through her job at The Continuum, where she works with families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

When a Temple Becomes a Restaurant

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 08/21/2019 - 17:47

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“You put compassionate energy out, and then people come together who wouldn’t normally be together.” * Reverend Matthew Fisher
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The Moon Rabbit Café offers gourmet dining, while also helping to strengthen our community.

If you look carefully, you’ll see a rabbit in the moon instead of a man. The rabbit is the focus of a Buddhist Jataka tale, which are stories of Buddha’s previous lives. In one story, “The Rabbit in the Moon,” Buddha was reborn as a selfless rabbit, who eventually promised to sacrifice himself so that others could eat.

Every Father Can Be a Great Dad

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:02

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Sometimes it takes a little help.
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“Otto taught me I can be a man of integrity, what that entails and how to practically live that. And my family is worth that.” *Tim McGivney
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We’ve all heard that parenting is the most important job we can have, but it rarely comes with training to help us be better at it. The Dad-E Academy is stepping in to help Northern Nevada fathers improve their dad skills.

Parenting can be difficult under the best of circumstances. But it becomes infinitely harder when you didn’t have a parent around to model those skills for you, you have a challenging relationship with the other parent, you become a parent earlier than you were planning or you experience any of the various complications that go along with being part of a family.

Birthday Parties with Extra Meaning

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:54

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“Every child deserves to be celebrated on their birthday." * Linda Grace
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The community helps create fun celebrations every month for the families living at the Family Shelter.

Birthday parties are an integral part of growing up. They’re a chance to be special for a day, spend time with friends, eat fun food and of course, get presents. But for some children whose parents are struggling with homelessness, a birthday celebration can be pushed to the bottom of the priority list.

It Takes a Village to Create a Village

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:09

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​​​​​​​“The impact of Village on Sage Street ... created and strengthened vital community relationships, bringing together many groups with a shared vision of a better Northern Nevada and the potential we have to do more good things together.” * Chris Askin
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A unique collaboration of private individuals and businesses, public agencies and social nonprofits have come together to help address Reno’s housing need with the Village on Sage Street. 

A person working full-time for minimum wage in Nevada grosses $1,320 a month. With rents in Reno averaging $1,239, residents in our area are facing untenable housing costs. This is particularly a challenge for members of our community who are elderly, low-income or who have disabilities.

More Than A Feeling

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Thu, 07/04/2019 - 18:01

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"Watching my little girl dance to Baby Shark can change the world.” * Steven H.
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While music does have power to soothe the savage beast, it can also help lift us up when we’re feeling down. Read on to learn more about the science (and emotions) of music.

Most of us know the power of music from experience. We hear a song that brings us straight back to high school or a Christmas carol that reminds us of a long-ago family tradition. We also have that one (or maybe more) song that can bring us out of a funk and get us back on track to slay all the items on our to-do list.

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