Shining a Light into the Darkness

I’ll admit it. I’ve been counting down the days until this year’s Winter Solstice. As the sun sets around 4:20 each afternoon, and darkness envelops the windows of NICABM, I find myself longing for more hours of daylight. Is it any wonder, then, that images of light and dark play such a prominent role in so many winter holiday celebrations? The celebration of Hanukkah commemorates the miraculous supply of oil that kept lights burning for eight days following the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem. The Christian tradition celebrates light coming into the world in the form of a child….

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Work That Makes a Difference

“What difference does my work make?” Have you ever asked yourself that question? I’m guessing it’s one that many people might ask themselves from time to time. Here at NICABM, we’re committed to making a difference in people’s lives by creating expert training programs for practitioners. But there’s more to it than that. From the very beginning, one of our core values has been to give back to people who are in need. So at this time of year, I like to take some time to look back and see how well we’ve lived up to that commitment. And I…

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Giving as We’ve Received . . .

Beginning at a young age, I was taught to give as I had received . . . . . . so when I began NICABM, I made it a cornerstone of our organization that we would give back to those who are in need. I always like to take some time at the end of the year to reflect on what we’ve accomplished professionally. At the same time, it’s important for me to hold myself accountable for that promise I made to make a difference while also making a profit. This past year, it’s been so rewarding to be able…

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Memorial Day Weekend: A Time to Celebrate and Honor

Poet Maya Angelou wrote, “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” Here in the United States, Memorial Day weekend serves as the traditional kick off for summertime and everything good that comes to mind about the season . . . . . . families and friends gathering for backyard barbecues, and the promise of seeing children running through green grass in their bare feet, lighting sparklers and catching fireflies. But for many, Memorial Day celebrations will also include a parade and, perhaps, a somber grave site ceremony because, at its heart, Memorial Day…

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A Reflection on This Season of Renewal

For weeks I’ve been staring out my window at bare forsythia branches, almost willing them to reveal the slightest whisper of yellow. Finally, the other day, I saw it—the hint of yellow I’d been squinting so hard to detect seems suddenly to have arrived in full flower. Snowdrops and purple and white crocus had already begun dotting neighbors’ lawns and, next, daffodils trumpeted the arrival of spring. I awoke to birdsong as robins, cardinals, and chickadees busied themselves in building nests to cradle new life. Then, of course, it snowed again. I know, some of you in sunnier parts of…

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My Favorite Staff Meeting of the Year

During the holidays, we spend a lot of time thinking about food – what kind of cookies to bake, where to find the perfect apples for pie, whether we want ham or turkey for the big family dinner… …and every gathering revolves around a table full of delicious treats (in fact, we’ve had a few here at the office last week). But when’s the last time you thought about where all that food actually came from? For farmers in Africa (many of whom are women), it’s a natural thought. That’s because they see the process through from start to finish…

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