Hope is built by People Doing Acts of Justice in an Unjust World

Do you consider November as the charitable giving month? There's a November day dedicated to giving, and that day is Giving Tuesday. It is always the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Since its...

Giving is Simply Good for Our Souls

Thich Nhat Hanh, a philosopher known often as the "father of mindfulness," wrote, "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."  Sometimes...

November, Have You Seen My Heart Somewhere?

Recently, I have had several random conversations about November. Many people expressed that they dread November because daylight hours are fewer, and they get depressed from not getting enough...

Nourishing the body and soul.

Caregiving is successful when given with love, kindness, and compassion.

The world is a fantastic place. We build community through love, honor, and understanding.

To do something with soul, creativity or love – to put something of yourself into your work.

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Summer Sunshine Lemon Cooler Cookies

Summer Sunshine Lemon Cooler Cookies

My “go-to” therapy is playing my piano or baking when I have something challenging to work through. As hot as it was in Iowa when we were there on vacation a few weeks ago, I baked up a storm. Coincidentally, it did storm with all kinds of crazy thunder and lightning....

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What’s It Like Living with a Chronic Illness?

What’s It Like Living with a Chronic Illness?

"Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow." (Mary Anne Radmacher)   Pain, fatigue, and feeling alone with your chronic illness can make self-pity and crying an effortless option. From the beginning of my experience...

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Conscientious, Optimistic

Lillian Lake is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic people I know. Her irrepressible determination to find and optimize strategies in pursuing any number of worthy issues is an inspiration.  Lil is dependable and conscientious, optimistic and cheerful; she would be great to have on your side in any struggle.

~ Cynthia Hoeh Stancioff 
Local Food Day Fiddlehead Festival Committee Member

Passionate, Involved

Within the first minute of conversation with Lillian Lake, it’s evident that you are speaking with a passionate and involved community member. Lillian works assiduously in both her research of issues and how situations affect the people and environment of her community.  She connects her research in human trafficking and food insecurity between the local and the global, and conveys these connections at speaking events and conferences as a means to educate and advocate for change. Lillian’s sensitivities to the needs of others and her unflagging energies makes a big difference in the lives of many.

~Krisanne Baker

Professor, University of Maine at Farmington