Making A Difference

Coffee House Without Limits

Coffee House Without Limits

It sounds like the plot to a romantic comedy, but Billy Mack really was on tour with his band when he fell in love with a little coffee shop in South Dakota, and it really did change the course of his life.  It was called The Red Rooster Coffee Shop, and as soon as Billy walked through its doors, he felt at home. “We ended up having a show at The Red Rooster and I just wal... »

Peaceable Kingdom

Peaceable Kingdom

It’s after hours at the Peaceable Kingdom Animal Shelter and Clinic as Kathy Tomecek quietly approaches and opens the door to the cat room. “I’m waking you all up. I’m sorry,” she announces as the light reveals a room full of yawning, stretching calicos, tabbies, and other felines of every shape and size, each holding court and regally staring down from their perches or cu... »

The Easton Area Neighborhood Center

The Easton Area Neighborhood Center

com·mu·ni·ty (noun) 1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. 2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Look no further than the definition of “community” as you get to know The Easton Area Neighborhood Center (EANC). Celebrating its golden anniversary this yea... »

Hungry

Hope for the Hungry

It’s one thing when you’re stuck with leftovers, wondering what to do with the surplus food. But when you’re faced with commercial freezers full of meat and you plan to open a fresh, responsibly sourced seafood restaurant, there’s more to consider than making soup or throwing together some hash. Michael and Rebecca Pichetto confronted that dilemma three years ago as they w... »

A Food Bank For Fido

A Food Bank For Fido

For years, Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem has opened its doors for a soup kitchen, serving 150 people in need of a nutritious meal at lunchtime on weekdays. Back in 2005, Vanessa Segaline, then 14 and a parishioner who was volunteering with the soup kitchen, began noticing people taking food with them. Her inquisitiveness led to some surprising answers and inspired ... »

Counters for a Cause

Counters for a Cause

At national battlefields and military shrines on American shores and abroad, the stories of valor and sacrifice of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces have often been told in granite markers, some grand, some understated. It makes the annual, national yard sale of granite remnants, sponsored by a network of North American stone fabricators a fitting gesture to help ... »

Phoebe's Kitchen

Phoebe’s Cooking Show

Every week, thousands of viewers tune into a show called Phoebe’s Cooking Show. Unconstrained by one cuisine or course, Phoebe whips up everything from guacamole to fruitcake, often in less than ten minutes. Her show is so popular that when she drops into the local diner or ice cream stand for a treat, waitresses and guests bombard her with future recipe requests. For most... »

Juvenile Diabetes Feature

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

What’s the first thing your 10-year-old does when she wakes up? Sleepily reach for her phone—already over her data usage a week into the month—and scan through her notifications? Put on her Beats® and binge watch her latest Netflix® obsession? Announce how bored she is, an affliction that mysteriously vanishes at the mention of chores? Ever since Lily Scott was 10, the fir... »

Who He Runs 4

Who He Runs 4

It’s too hot. It’s too cold. Well, I ate too much. I haven’t eaten enough; I won’t have the energy. I’m not a morning person. Night? It’s just too dangerous to go at night. I’m sick. I have to do laundry and I’m also in the middle of a very committed six-hour “Game of Thrones” binge. I’ll just go tomorrow. Or maybe on Monday. Yes, I will – it’s my New Year’s resolution. I’... »

Healing Through the Arts

Healing Through the Arts

The arts have power. Films and plays can bring us to tears – whether through comedy or tragedy. Photographs and paintings can hold us transfixed by their colors, composition, even their subjects. And playwright William Congreve knew that “Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.” … a place where those who are healing find st... »

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