January 1, 2021

Completing the Circle

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Dear Friends: Most of us crave clean-cut beginning and end points throughout life. Traditions guide us, or at least mark stages in our lives, helping us reflect on who we were, who we are, and…

November 30, 2020

2020 to 2021...Crisis, Unity, Possibilities

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Dear Friends: At the start of 2020 I shared with you my New Year’s resolutions. Yes, like many I wanted to capture the momentum and hope that came with ushering in a new decade. Those pi…

November 1, 2020

Gratitude Unexpectedly, Perfectly, On Time

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Dear Friends: Sitting in my home office this summer on what had become a typical pandemic day, the mail had an unexpected large manila envelope that intrigued me on that hot, hazy afternoon. M…

September 30, 2020

New Stages, Reimagined Futures, and the Art of Enduring Legacies

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Dear Friends: Our cultural calendars are quite different this Fall. Performances under the bright lights of theater stages now dazzle us from screens we are accessing with clicks and fire stic…

August 31, 2020

Drafting Our Story of Recovery with Season of Sharing

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Dear Friends: If journalism is our first rough draft of history, then caring for community is today’s frontpage headline. From neighbors embracing mask fashion to safely maneuver social…

July 30, 2020

Riding Toward Ambiguous Finish Lines

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Dear Friends: Normally, at this time of year I would be writing to you about how was I inspired by caring Iowans during my annual cycling trip across Iowa, RAGBRAI, Des Moines Register's Ann…

July 1, 2020

Listening and Learning from the Voices of Our Community

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Dear Friends and Family: The hearts and minds of our resilient community are resolute on the path forward for a thoughtful recovery. Recent COVID-19 crises have touched every family, individu…

June 4, 2020

Standing in Solidarity, Leading with Empathy

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Editor's Note: Nelle S. Miller is Board Chair, Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Roxie Jerde is President and CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota County. As we watch our nation grappl…

June 2, 2020

Forward Thinking at the Crossroads of Crisis

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Dear Friends and Family: From hurricanes and earthquakes, and now pandemics and civil unrest across our country, crises have often been viewed as a rare, if not fully welcomed opportunity for…