Growing up in small town America, my mother used our front porch as an outdoor living room for family and friends to pass the time. A place where advice was garnered, jokes were told, melodies were sung, and stories were spun. It was a place where my mother told tales that taught us the cultural ideals of family, friends, and community. I’ve carried her lessons into my approach to writing. My stories and music address subtle messages of friendships, community, respect, collaboration, forgiveness, and acceptance.
The power of a story is magnified when it is shared.
Connect: Engaging in the needs of the community.
Relationships: Forming and nurturing social groups that create and support healthy communities.
Purpose: Helping people use their strengths to create innovative and sustainable solutions and deepen their sense of purpose.
Service: Activating and cultivating Acts of service to humanity.
Gratitude & Celebration: Expressing and nourishing the accomplishments of the work and giving back so that the good continues.
John stood at the edge of the porch searching for that special hero, the one that hides within. A gust of cold wind slapped John’s cheeks red. He shivered over today’s Post Star and pressed his warm palms against both cheeks.
His mother’s voice was muffled by the glass storm door. “What’s your hurry?”
“The football game against St. Mary’s is this week. I have to make the team.”
“Are you forgetting something?” His mom opened the door and held out a tattered binder. Sketched across the covers were superheroes in a battle against ghostly villains.
“Playing in the game will change everything.” A few papers slipped from the folder. Kindness was scribbled in pencil across the top page. John shuffled his assignments back into the folder. “I’m tired of being Clark Kent.”