Monthly Archives: July 2012

When times are tough, who inspires you to keep going?

It’s estimated that one billion people around the world watched the opening ceremonies for the Summer Olympic Games in London. I know, I was one of those one billion. And I was one of the people singing “Hey Jude” out … Continue reading

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How do you talk to your children about tragedy?

I write this just a few days after the news of yet another act of mass killing in our country. And as I write, I know many adults who care for children  wonder how to talk about difficult and very … Continue reading

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In families, love can range from downpour to drought

Within the past few days, my husband and I drove from Madison, WI to Richmond, VA. While we were in Madison, it rained. Well, it sort of rained. I was in attending a class. My husband spent the day waiting … Continue reading

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A star by any other name…

Best wishes to Ann Marie Starr on her retirement from Aurora Family Service, where she served as Director of the Family Therapy Training Institute since 1999. Over the last three decades, Starr has made an impact on the lives of … Continue reading

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Family matters: Ann Starr and the Family Therapy Training Institute

Reflecting on her work at Aurora Family Service, Ann Marie Starr considers it a privilege to help build stronger families in the community as they regain hope and stability in their lives. In her years as director of the Family … Continue reading

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How does your family define a “vacation?”

Going on vacation. Getting away. Taking time off. Sneaking off for a long weekend. This is the time of year when we hear these phrases fairly often. Vacation is defined as “refreshment of one’s body, mind and spirit after working … Continue reading

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How does your family celebrate independence year-round?

The big fireworks display at the lakefront is a highlight of my year. Virtually every year, unless it is really rained out, we are staking out our place around the Art Museum, as close to the water as we can … Continue reading

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