Making A Difference

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... »

Lehigh Valley Coalition for Organ & Tissue Donation

Lehigh Valley Coalition for Organ & Tissue Donation

Most of us are pretty healthy. We skate through life with assorted cuts and bruises, perhaps a broken bone or a bout with the flu. I couldn’t walk more than one block without leaning against a building and trying to catch my breath. But over 122,000 people nationwide (and many in the Lehigh Valley) aren’t so lucky. Their survival depends on receiving a desperately needed o... »

TOPSoccer

Lehigh Valley TOPSoccer

Perhaps grass stains, a perpetual heap of dirty jerseys, and the overwhelming anxiety of literally becoming the “last picked for the team” are all rites of passage. Whether we were budding Beckhams, benchwarmers, or the one doing the laundry and cleaning up after muddy cleats, in some way or another, we’ve all been there, right? All of us, that is, except for those of us w... »

Beginning Over

Beginning Over

  Bruises a little too dark to be masked by concealer, threats of PFA filings, police visits commanded by concerned neighbors, and the occasional empowering Blockbuster movie or chart-topping pop single are what we picture when we hear the words “domestic violence.” What we do not picture is a woman surrendering the contents of her paycheck to her abuser every week, e... »

Marine Toys For Tots Foundation

Marine Toys For Tots Foundation

Few things are as sacred to some children as their holiday wish lists. Of course, there’s never a guarantee that their wishes will be granted, but as children set out a tray of milk and cookies before pretending to fall asleep for the evening, the overwhelming sense of hope hangs in the air that someone – Santa, mom, dad or grandpa – will deliver their dreams come morning.... »

Volunteer Center Of The Lehigh Valley’s Holiday Hope Chests

Volunteer Center Of The Lehigh Valley’s Holiday Hope Chests

For the past 15 years, the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley has helped to ensure every child receives a special gift during the holiday season. Through their Holiday Hope Chest program, they collect and distribute more than 4,000 gift boxes to at-risk or underprivileged youth in the Lehigh Valley. “The way it works is simple,” explained Phyllis Walsh, Holiday Hope Che... »

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