A journey of a thousand miles has led us to many communities, and now the path leads us to Ferguson, Missouri

A journey of a thousand miles has led us to many communities, and now the path leads us to Ferguson, Missouri

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Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” When we founded The Facing Project in 2013, we weren’t sure if our initial steps would even get us a mile. But through determination they have, and so many people joined us on The Facing Project journey that … [Read more...]

Building Character: Featured Story from McPherson’s Facing Poverty

Building Character: Featured Story from McPherson’s Facing Poverty

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Poverty is the first thing the Facing Project faced. And for me personally, it was the first local issue I had ever faced. I had traveled around the world collecting stories about global poverty. I had an idea what it was like to be a Bangladeshi garment worker trying to make ends meet, or a slum … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: The Hamburger Guy

Featured Story of the Week: The Hamburger Guy

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Facing Project stories capture the connection between humans in a way that is a snippet in time—just a moment in someone’s life. But those moments often define character and situation. One constant theme we’ve seen in Facing Project stories is the unstoppable draw to connect with humankind even in … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: PIMP

Featured Story of the Week: PIMP

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I’m often asked what my favorite Facing Project has been to date. That’s a really tough question to answer because they are all so unique in their own way. I typically stumble through the answer by saying the projects I’ve directly worked on will always hold a special place in my heart, but the … [Read more...]

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...]