The Magic of the Facing Project

The Magic of the Facing Project

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Jerrold and I at the Facing Disabilities event. /// "You can call me sexy." That's how I started Jerrold's story. As soon as the Ball State Theatre education student read the sentence, the audience laughed. I heard the laughter and so did Jerrold. Jerrold was sitting behind me and to … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: The Story of a Librarian

Featured Story of the Week: The Story of a Librarian

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We’re told good stories have resolutions, but sometimes they don’t. Occasionally, stories share a flash in time that can be painful to read and hear, but teach us lessons without any definitive answers. This week’s Featured Story, The Story of a Librarian, is one such narrative. From “Facing … [Read more...]

The Unforgettable Now: Jerrold Thomas’s Story

The Unforgettable Now: Jerrold Thomas’s Story

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To hear more stories like Jerrold's, be sure to check out the Hillcroft's Facing Disabilities Project Event on October 4th at Civic Theatre. /// You can call me sexy. That’s what I told Miranda the first time she met me. Then she gave me water and asked if it was cold enough. I told her it … [Read more...]

Stories Unite People from Different Sides of the Aisle: Our Meeting with US Senator Mitch McConnell

Stories Unite People from Different Sides of the Aisle: Our Meeting with US Senator Mitch McConnell

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Ten feet from the fifth most powerful man in the country. As I awaited his entrance, my hands began to shake; pulse heightened—shortness of breath. And, suddenly, there he was—gliding through the doorway and onto the makeshift stage. Three men in black slightly behind his last step. Not as … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: Don’t Believe in Stereotypes

Featured Story of the Week: Don’t Believe in Stereotypes

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A pharmacist has changed how she operates behind the counter. A teen broke the cycle and finds peace through her poetry. A man lost everything important to him but rebuilt his life through his faith. Their common thread: addiction. Eleven stories of survival, hope, and rebirth are showcased in the … [Read more...]

Facing Suicides in Ireland Part 2

Facing Suicides in Ireland Part 2

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In 2010 I traveled to Ireland to research suicides. The gap between the loveliness of the people and grimness of my topic was wider than the Atlantic. I had the world’s worst response to: “Welcome to Ireland! What brings you here?” I’ve carried a lot of stories over the past twelve years I’ve been … [Read more...]

Facing Suicide Part 1

Facing Suicide Part 1

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In 2010 I traveled to Ireland to research suicides. The gap between the loveliness of the people and grimness of my topic was wider than the Atlantic. I had the world's worst response to: "Welcome to Ireland! What brings you here?" I've carried a lot of stories over the past twelve years I've … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: Abuse is No Secret – Susan’s Story

Featured Story of the Week: Abuse is No Secret – Susan’s Story

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“I’m lucky enough to say that my personal life hasn’t been directly affected by drug abuse, but my professional life definitely has.” Powerful words spoken by a pharmacy tech in Barbourville, Kentucky. This is one side of addiction—a side we don’t often hear. That’s why we chose, “Abuse is No … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: The Long Road Home

Featured Story of the Week: The Long Road Home

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Imagine standing in a courtroom and being sentenced to 40 years in prison.  Hear your mother weeping. See the disappointment on your father's face.  Imagine your lack of future. This week's featured story comes from Facing Hope in Rome, Georgia, and it follows a young man from such a courtroom … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: “Dear Mom and Dad”

Featured Story of the Week: “Dear Mom and Dad”

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth account for the largest percentage of homeless teens on the streets. Forty-six percent of those youth are on the streets from being kicked out of unwelcoming homes, and a staggering 59% of those homeless LGBT youth have reported being sexually … [Read more...]