Category Archives: Blog

NEWSFLASH: We All Need To Get a Buzz!

What happened to our sense of community? We talk about community all the time in fact it’s a buzz word “community”. But I really wonder, after spending time with a bunch of Honeybees on Friday, whether we have a clue about what it means to be a community. In human community we lean towards the…
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Devils Peak: A Very Personal Journey

We had no idea we’d run into 8 inches of snow, we’d get lost twice (once for 30 minutes) or what we’d find at the end of our hike. We should have known when the website said:” not a family friendly hike” that we were in for a long day. The Cool Creek Trail starts…
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Sprout Film Festival

https://vimeo.com/122650454 If you are one of those people who believe a film opens doors and minds I’ve got something to tell you about that I’m really excited to see.   You know how much I love working in the community with people who experience different abilities (disabilities). Now, thanks to Full Access, you can experience…
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Cape Disappointment: Cancer Ripped Me Off

I thought it was over. I thought my battle with cancer, won. But scars have a way of hiding themselves in crevasses, pretending not to hurt allowing us to tuck inside pain, loss and dreams of a better tomorrow. Lying next to my wife in tiny room surrounded by the ocean her words begin to…
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The Girl in the Back of The Room.

There are days like today, when we look at what could have been and wonder why it didn’t happen. The state is in change and a little piece of me would like to be at the helm of that change. Then, you see a name on Facebook that reminds you of why you do what…
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My Five Year Cancer Anniversary: You Never Forget

Written February 2010 Rick Dancer: Prostate Cancer Survivor When we step out of the box and ask God to snuggle, life can get real tough. Here is my latest challenge.   We knew the phone call was coming. Each minute that passed, bits and pieces of my dwindling hope fell away. When the phone finally…
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I Witnessed Real Magic Today: Look Me In The Eye

  I’m not much of a believer in magic at least I wasn’t until today. South Eugene High School invited the Look Me In The Eye program to be part of a “Day of Respect” celebration on campus. We brought a couple of friends along who experience different disabilities. But the real magic happened when…
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Hatfield: The Gentleman Who Changed My Life

For the past five years Senator Mark Hatfield has been a huge part of my life and I only met the man as a reporter twice. We never had a deep conversation. We never talked about life or how to live or how to treat people. But still this man has changed my life. I’ve…
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