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Young Professionals Get It: Time For Us To Move Over

Perhaps it’s time for us to step aside and allow youth to rule? Sitting at a bar packed with people, that thought occurred to me as people my age talked of why we couldn’t do something and people of the millennial generation said: “Why not?” The meeting was over tax exemptions for developers who create…
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I Almost Allowed You To Ruin My Day

  I turn on my computer and there it is, hate, irritation and some of my friends on Facebook trying to control and shut down conversation. There are very few things that can wreck my day but when people stop listening and start telling people what we have to think, that’s a huge trigger for…
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What Happened to Provocative Speech?

As it listen to this and that and ponder the future of this place we live, I can’t help but grow concerned that we are quickly descending a slipper slope. The Constitution of the United States protects provocative speech and yet our culture castrates our ability to say anything that might offend the one sitting…
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Wednesday Night: Sprout Film Festival Opens Hearts and Minds

Friday night we were sitting at Ninkasi Brewing Company, talking with friends from Full Access and Oregon Supported Living Program, when I thought to myself: “Most people don’t have the kinds of friends I have.” I’m a lucky guy. I’m exposed to people with disabilities all the time and understand the world better because of…
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Full Access: She Really gives it Her All   Sprout Film Festival

I want to tell you about a film festival that will change your life. I’m not being over-dramatic, not in the least. For nine years Full Access, an agency that helps people with disabilities in our community realize their dreams, has brought the Sprout Film Festival to the region. The woman responsible for that vision…
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Something Passed Over Me This Week.

I was raised in a “Christian Home” and grew up with a false understanding that the Passover was for other people. REALLY? If that’s true why does God say over and over in the Bible to honor his celebrations? He says nothing about Christmas or Easter, and yet Christian culture openly protects these alleged "Christian…
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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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