Sunshine through the walls

first_imgA few days ago I was enjoying a weekend with my husband and my son.We had taken a dip in our pool due to the hot summer day.We had watched a movie together.It was just one of those weekends that you tend to smile about long after they are done.We decided on Sunday evening to take another dip in the pool with friends when we heard a massive crash inside our home.My husband went to investigate and instantly came back outside.What was it? – I asked.Our son’s ceiling caved in – he replied calmly.BE SERIOUS! – I exclaimed.Little did I know at that point, that he was.I remember going into that room and picturing where all of our son’s things were.Where he most often was and how fatal it really could have been had he been in there.All of the sudden all of those “things” were truly just things.All of the sudden we had a vivid reminder of what was really important.Anyone that really knows me, knows that I have anxiety.Although I used to be quite hush hush about it, I have found that talking about it is not only therapeutic but a way to connect with others.Needless to say, this caused a meltdown of epic proportions.I placed a friendship SOS and was greeted with friends and family far and wide sending me votes of confidence and nuggets of faith.Why am I telling you this?Do you know who surrounded us with love and empathy immediately?My credit union family.The people that I have been blessed enough to meet in this movement.Some I have met.Some I just know through the community of financial superheroes.People I had never personally met offering to drive to my home and help the best that they could.Phone calls.Messages.Texts.As I was contemplating what to write about for my article this time, it occurred to me that THIS was exactly what I needed to say.The credit union movement surpasses the financial walls.It doesn’t end at the front door or when the last person leaves the office for the night.Credit union people seem to just carry this magical component with them.Maybe it’s because we learn what caring and empathy means.Maybe it’s because we have seen folks struggle and we have seen them come out the other side better than ever.Maybe it’s just because CU folks are just darn good people.All I know is that I am experiencing a low right now.I am worried, anxious, and every other adult word that makes your spine tingle.Despite all of those feelings, my credit union family continues to lift my spirits and restore my faith that everything will be okay.This is my shout out.My shout out to all of my CU people far and wide.You’re amazing people.You do amazing things.You make amazing connectionsYou make amazing differences in people’s lives.That hole in my son’s room is just potential for greater change.I know that because the credit union movement and the people within it taught me. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Nanci Wilson Nanci started her credit union journey due to lack of kindness.That fact is what led her to close her bank account and open up at a credit union.Ultimately … Web: https://www.universityfederalcu.org Detailslast_img read more

Hazard, Sanchez Set to Start as Chelsea Host Arsenal in London…

first_imgDespite winning the FA Cup in May, the heat is already being turned up on Wenger after the Gunners suffered two straight league defeats on the road against Liverpool and Stoke. The last time they lost their opening three league away games was in 1954.Chelsea – the Premier League champions – have been ticking over nicely since their opening weekend defeat at home to Burnley. Victories against Tottenham, Everton and Leicester followed which have put Antonio Conte’s men in a strong position going into this intriguing clash.Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is expected to be out until the October international break. Drinkwater was an unused substitute against his former club Leicester last Saturday and missed the midweek Champions League win over Qarabag with a calf problem which means he could be out for four weeks.Chelsea are likely to rotate their options after making changes for the Qarabag contest, with playmaker Eden Hazard in contention to start for the Blues for the first time this season.Arsenal are likely to recall a host of first-team regulars for the short trip. Wenger made nine alterations for the Europa League win over Cologne but the likes of Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette will all return to the squad at Stamford Bridge.Alexis Sanchez will feature after playing the whole game on Thursday night, where Theo Walcott (calf) hobbled off. Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are definitely out.After winning just four of the previous 16, Chelsea have won their last five home Premier League games against Arsenal, since a 3-5 defeat in October 2011. The Gunners haven’t kept a Premier League clean sheet at Stamford Bridge in their last 12 visits there, shipping at least twice in each of the eight.Arsenal have lost their last five away Premier League games versus Chelsea, their joint-longest away losing run in the competition against a single opponent (also 5 in a row vs Man Utd between 2009-2013).Chelsea have scored in 23 successive Premier League games at Stamford Bridge with over half of these (12) seeing them score three or more goals.Arsenal last won a Premier League away game against a side that finished in the top six last season, back in January 2015 (2-0 at Man City) – they’ve since lost eight and drawn five of their 13 matches on the road against these clubs.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chelsea host Arsenal in the first part of Super Sunday today knowing a victory will heap more pressure on Arsene Wenger’s shoulders. Arsenal have not won any of the last 13 Premier League away games against last season’s top-six teams and have suffered defeats on seven of their last eight visits to Stamford Bridge.Wenger last tasted victory on the road against one of the big boys nearly 1000 days ago when they saw off Manchester City 2-0 in 2015.last_img read more

Evergreen to Sign “Real Food Challenge” April 22

first_imgSubmitted by The Evergreen State CollegePhoto by Shauna Bittle, Courtesy of The Evergreen State College.On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, The Evergreen State College will sign the Real Food Campus Commitment, thereby committing the campus to source 28% of food for its dining program from local and sustainable vendors. Evergreen’s President, Dr. Les Purce, will sign the commitment at 5 p.m. in the Olympia Campus Longhouse, at a reception catered by Aramark, after which a conversation with international activists/pranksters/parodists, The Yes Men, will follow.The Real Food Campus Commitment is part of the The Real Food Challenge—a national, student-led movement to steer college dining service vendors away from highly processed food and industrial farms with unfair labor and inhumane farming practices. The Campus Food Coalition at Evergreen led the campaign for better school food.About The Real Food ChallengeThe Real Food Challenge encourages U.S. college campuses to source 20% of their food or more from humane, fair, ecologically sound, local and community-based farms, ranches and manufacturers. Already at 25% real food, Evergreen and its dining services vendor, Aramark, have set a goal of annually procuring 28% real food by 2020.Evergreen joins notable colleges already striving to meet the Real Food Challenge nationally, among them Johns Hopkins and Cornell. Evergreen will be the first public school in Washington State to make this commitment, and the second school that contracts with Aramark. Gonzaga University was the first school in Washington to join, and student leaders at Western Washington University and the University of Washington are campaigning for their universities to commit.Evergreen Celebrates Earth DayIn addition to the Real Food Challenge, Evergreen, a college known for its commitment to sustainability, will host a student-led Earth Day festival from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 22.Activities will range from tours of The Organic Farm, aquaponics facilities, and shellfish garden to an open mic and acoustic performances in the Student Art Gallery. There will be baby lambs visiting from the Evergreen Sheep Club, and trail maintenance, mushroom inoculation, and Generation Waking Up workshops, among others. Aramark will be on hand with their ‘real food’ vendors to hand out free samples.The Electronic Music Collective will DJ a dance party in the Longhouse from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.For the full schedule: www.evergreen.edu/activities/earthdayAll events are FREE and open to the public. Facebook15Tweet0Pin0last_img read more