Featured Story: A Mother’s Journey to Letting Go

Featured Story: A Mother’s Journey to Letting Go

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We're up to over 400 Facing Stories! So choosing a featured story is getting easier in that we have more to choose from, but more difficult in that we have more to choose from. Make sense or is my brain on Christmas break? Speaking of Christmas . . . it happens to be the favorite holiday of the … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week: Finding Life After Death

Featured Story of the Week: Finding Life After Death

Finding Life After Death

A few weeks ago, I lost one of my best friends from college to a plane crash. An immediate rush of pain and sense of helplessness came over me in a way I hadn’t quite known before. For the first time in my adult life, I lost one of the few people who knew the real me—deep down, into-my-soul me. The … [Read more...]

Featured Story of the Week from Facing Hunger & Reflections on a Black Friday Fast

Featured Story of the Week from Facing Hunger & Reflections on a Black Friday Fast

Story of a Hit-and-Run Survivor

On Black Friday I fasted for the first time. After years of consuming the chewy saltiness of leftover turkey and stuffing, this time around I chose not to eat at all. Now, most people associate fasting with religion, but this was not the basis of my fast. I decided to fast in solidarity with my … [Read more...]

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

We are all the same

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...]