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Inclusion: Why it's important for our community to move from diversity to being "upstanders"

Submitted 03-31-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Most everyone knows what it feels like to not be included: to not be chosen for the team or feeling out of place within a group. It’s hard to imagine not feeling part of a community where you live—but it happens—more often than we want to believe.

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Breastfeeding rights under scrutiny

Submitted 03-25-2015 under VOICES

As a nursing mother I was denied my right to nurse my child as needed. Despite Michigan's “Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act," I was directed to nurse only in a small study space. Grand Rapids Public Library needs to take steps to create a a safe, welcoming breastfeeding environment.

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Downtown discussions get real about "crip life"

Submitted 03-23-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

LaughFest used humor to open up conversation on differences, disability and the upcoming DisArt Festival.

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Running for the health of it

Submitted 03-18-2015 under OPINION

After running the half marathon, deciding to run a 5K can seem like no big deal. But sometimes the emotional barriers can make 3.1 miles feel like a marathon.

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My health journey: On running and having your s**t together

Submitted 03-11-2015 under VOICES

Running has always made me feel strong, mentally and physically. It’s always given me space to take, to occupy, when I felt like I was disappearing.

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My health journey: Motivating myself for family, community around me

Submitted 03-06-2015 under VOICES

When I went on a mission to start a new trend where healthy eating and living would be a priority, I brought that mission not only to myself but to my children, my grandmother and my community.

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No, that restaurant didn't give you food poisoning

Submitted 03-02-2015 under OPINION

Because the vast majority of food related sicknesses were due to something ingested 12-48 hours prior to feeling symptions, the last restaurant that you ate at likely did not cause your illness.

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Spice up your spring: Never too early to think spring

Submitted 02-25-2015 under NONPROFITS

Spice up Your Spring is a fundraiser for Tomorrow’s Child, a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to prevent infant death and support those affected by it.

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Placemaking as hospitality: How can we invite everyone to the table?

Submitted 02-24-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

If placemaking is about embracing the collective humanity in each other, then the best places and the best placemaking are not just cool things to do in cool places, but building a better city for all of us.

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The Right Place's economic outlook for West Michigan

Submitted 02-12-2015 under OPINION

The Right Place puts West Michigan on the map as a economic development hotspot.

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