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Iron sharpens iron.

Posted on April 13, 2022

If you followed the NCAA basketball playoffs, I bet many of you were rooting for the St. Peter’s Peacocks. They became the first 15th seed in NCAA tournament history to reach the Elite 8 after shutting down Purdue 67-64. My guess is that if you…

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Every Voice Deserves to be Heard

Posted on March 16, 2022

While watching President Biden’s recent State of the Union message a few weeks ago, I was reminded of how guests at this event let their opinions be known. For the most part, the reactions to the President’s speech in real time were divided along party…

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How to lead in the shadow of uncertainty

Posted on February 17, 2022

When I was younger, I was much less comfortable with uncertainty. Now I realize it is just part of the leadership landscape. Trials never truly go away. In fact, it is during challenging times that you see who your real leaders are. Good times don’t…

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Can it Get Any Worse?

Posted on January 19, 2022

I will be the first to admit this isn’t the most inspirational headline for a New Year’s Blog. However, I encourage you to stick with me while I get to the “but…” part.  We exited the holidays with COVID infections reaching an average of more than 760,000 new cases per…

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My 10 Holiday Wishes for Our Penn-Mar Community

Posted on December 28, 2021

 Gratitude for what you have. Holidays have a way of making people feel joyful, nostalgic and sometimes disconnected. Let’s make this a time to focus on our good memories and relationships, the challenges overcome, the lessons learned, and the small miracles happening all around us. Generosity with praise. Who are the people that have stayed by your side during difficulties,…

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Gratitude and Attitude Are a Choice

Posted on November 16, 2021

Each morning when we wake up to greet the day, I believe all of us are given the opportunity to say, “OK, this could be a good or bad day, so what do I need to do to make it a good one?”

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America’s Recovery Can Be Powered by Inclusion

Posted on October 22, 2021

The theme for the 2021 National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” It reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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15 Books That Changed My Life for the Better

Posted on September 22, 2021

Dr. Howard Hendricks, a former professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, famously said, “The secret to concentration is elimination.” I have often thought of that wise advice when trying to figure out which activities are consuming my time – both in my personal and business life – at the expense…

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Courageous Living All Around Us

Posted on August 31, 2021

When the time came to brainstorm about Penn-Mar’s rebrand, we realized we were not looking for something aspirational as much as a concept that would clearly communicate and capture what we see happening here every day.

Our tagline “Transforming life into living” had served us well for many years but it spoke more to what we as an organization did rather than explain what it takes to create a life of their own choosing for the people we support.

What it takes is courage.

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Strategically, It’s All About the “Change Work”

Posted on June 30, 2021

It has been a busy summer at Penn-Mar, to say the least . . . behind the scenes, from March until May, our Strategic Planning Team was holding a series of meetings to identify key issues to be considered as Penn-Mar works toward fulfilling its mission and achieving its vision of the post-COVID future.

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Board Approves Higher Wages for DSP Workforce

Posted on June 22, 2021

I wish I could provide clear timeframes when all of our Penn-Mar supports will be reinitiated but unfortunately, we still need to adhere to mandated government and health department COVID restrictions. All of us are anxious for the “all clear” signal that will have us…

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