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Personal Stories About ‘Common Ground’

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    Guests From The Club

    As a youngster growing up in the big city of Vancouver with my parents, three brothers and a sister, there was always plenty of food on the table. This was no small feat, however, as Dad was the sole provider for our family of seven. It seemed to us kids that Mom spent every summer and fall canning the vegetables...

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    A Cheerful Giver

    My daughter Hanna was born with Down syndrome. Each day I am lucky enough to learn something new about myself and the true meaning of Love. She is in elementary school where she is mainstreamed with resource. She has a lot of friends. We had a fall festival two years ago at our school to raise money for the...

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    "Strength In Family Roots"

    As I listen to the Merle Haggard song, "Roots of my Raising," it brings back memories. Alhough I grew up not in the South, but in northern Wisconsin, there are memories that are the same. We can all think about the past if those memories give us the "strength" to live today . Though today is a "present" and a...

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Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Common Ground’

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    Vincent J

    One Christmas Eve my husband was on his way home from work. He drove down the street and made the turn to go home. On the side of the road, with his hand raised, and his thumb out, stood an older man drenched to the bone from the heavy rain. My husband stopped, and asked him where he was going. It was about five...

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    Mary Ellen C

    There are so many people doing wonderful things to encourage individuals to recover from or live their best life with mental illness. For me though, one person stands out for me and this one person gave back to me my "hope" that I could achieve what I desired and live a happy life. Mary Ellen inspires...

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    Mark F

    Mark is one of the most incredible men I have ever known. He came to me when the rest of the world seemed to abandon me. He was selfless, giving, decent, gentle, kind and honest, when he didn't have to be. As I lived my life dying of alcohol and drug addiction, he humbly shared with me his own experience. He...

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COURTESY
CREATIVITY
MINDFULNESS
PATIENCE
SOUL
CONNECTING
FRIENDSHIP
RESPECT
COMMON GROUND
FITNESS
COMPROMISE
PIONEERING
UNITY
GOOD EXAMPLES
HONOR
GREAT MUSIC
RESPONSIBILITY
COMPLIMENTS
HARD WORK
SHARING
LEARNING
MENTORING
KINDNESS
SPREAD YOUR WINGS
INCLUDING OTHERS
INTEGRITY
INNOVATION
RIGHT CHOICES
MOTIVATION
DEDICATION
TRUST
GRIT
DRIVE
PASSION
LEADERSHIP
BEING THERE
LIVE YOUR DREAMS
ENCOURAGEMENT
OPPORTUNITY
CHARITY
VOLUNTEERING
DEVOTION
PERSISTENCE
INGENUITY
CONFIDENCE
IMAGINE
SPORTSMANSHIP
SMILE
CIVILITY
RISING ABOVE
STEWARDSHIP
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
CHARACTER
VISION
APPRECIATING NATURE
OPTIMISM
GRATITUDE
DO YOUR PART
COMPASSION
TRUE BEAUTY
STRENGTH
PURPOSE
COURAGE
GOOD MANNERS
LOYALTY
REACHING OUT
EDUCATION
INSPIRATION
PEACE
OVERCOMING
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
LITERACY
TEAM WORK
FORGIVENESS
HUMILITY
HEALTH
HELPING OTHERS
DETERMINATION
JUSTICE
AMBITION
TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
EQUALITY
SACRIFICE
BELIEVE
LIVE LIFE
LISTENING
LOVE
CLASS AND GRACE
SERVICE
EXCELLENCE
PRACTICE
APPRECIATION
JOY
GIVING BACK
PREPARATION
HOPE
PARENTING
FAMILY
ACHIEVEMENT
COMMITMENT
HONESTY
DO THY BEST
PERSEVERANCE
LAUGHTER
CARING
FORESIGHT
GENEROSITY
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Character and charity pay off for everyone.
Larry Fugate, White Hall, Ark.

Um verdadeiro amigo está perto nos bons e maus momentos, que eu seja e tenha amigos. A true friend is close in good and bad times, and I have to be friends.
Anderson, Colatina, ES - Brasil

Being on common ground helps us to move forward in power.
Bruce Willingham, Warner Robins, Ga

common ground: addictions, homelessness and helping others to recovery...i can relate to all of these...i am blessed
penny, south dakota

I have a similar story: From small town, to college degrees, addiction, top level executive, to homeless, to ministry and now leading others to recovery.
dm, 20005