I’ve been thinking about hope lately. How it sustains us, where we find it, how we share it with others. “Love after loss has given me hope.” There is hope in watching the snow slowly recede from the landscape, knowing that spring is on its way. There is hope in seeing a city street renamed to honor an unsung hero whose recognition was long overdue. … Continue reading Hope
It’s hard to even know where to begin. 2021 was full and rich and challenging and beautiful. I’m just going to list a few of the key moments as we look forward to an exciting 2022. We drove 40,000 miles and visited 27 states. We logged dozens of new interviews and hundreds of new studio portraits. We stood beside the border wall on the day … Continue reading Year in review
Kate Adair lives in a women’s shelter in Corvalis, Oregon as she works toward more stable housing. We spoke of her journey that led to homelessness, her love of singing, and her desire to once again have a kitchen for cooking, a bathtub and a door that locks. I met Kate at the Corvalis Daytime Drop-in Center. “He made me laugh every day. And I did … Continue reading Kate Adair
I can feel the seasons changing. For the past 11 months, we have been running pretty hard, meeting new people and exploring new terrain. We’ve encountered new ideas and gathered new stories along the way. We’ve covered 45,000 miles across 32 states. It’s what we could do to move A Peace of My Mind forward in the midst of a pandemic. The public programming we … Continue reading Seasons
How can we help? It’s a question people have asked for years about A Peace of My Mind and I never had a good answer. Until now.
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Earlier this month I got to visit HopeWorks Station in Everett, Washington. An innovative housing project in Snohomish County, it holds the possibility of a permanent solution for some of the people experiencing homelessness in the area. A few interesting facts about HopeWorks Station: -65 affordable housing units from 300-453 square feet -focused on serving veterans, youth and families -all units face inward to a … Continue reading HopeWorks Station
At Alvernia University, we partnered with the Office of Multicultural Engagement and asked, “How does participating in service provide hope?” At times, I have been asked, “Aren’t you just preaching to the choir?” I don’t think that is the case, but even if it were…the truth is, the choir needs encouragement, too. Working for the common good, concern with building community, striving toward justice…these can … Continue reading Alvernia University
At Millersville University, we partnered with the Intercultural Center to ask students, “What is the unique opportunity or challenge of talking about race at this moment in history?” With a studio one day, quick overnight production, and a lecture on our second day, we were able to use our model of storytelling and photography to reflect their stories back to them. It’s a process that … Continue reading Millersville University
Andrea Cano trained to be a hospital chaplain in Portland, Oregon after working in journalism and nonprofit administration. She followed her passion to be with people when they are at their most vulnerable, to help them deal with their own suffering and healing. “We become so much about human doings, we forget to be human beings.” We’ve got to stop drawing lines in the sand … Continue reading Andrea Cano
Sometimes we settle. We forget to aim high. We figure things are good enough, or they will never be better anyway, so we lower our expectations. It’s a mistake. We need to articulate our vision for a better world. We need to imagine better results. And we need to believe they are possible. So last week, at Edmonds Community College, in Lynnwood, Washington, we asked … Continue reading What is the world you want?