There are many, many ways that our daily decisions drive the complexity or simplicity of our lives. Like so many other habits, they evolve over time almost invisibly and sometimes take us places we really don’t want to go.
The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) honored Ford and Marlys Barrett with the 2014 Humanitarian Award at its annual Auction for the Animals on Feb. 21. The Barretts have led by example as staunch supporters of WVHS, serving on the advisory council for the Raise the Roof capital campaign to build a new shelter. Together, they helped to “open the doors” to new fundraising opportunities and networking to promote the organization and its services.
Her stage is the classroom and her script jumps between teacher’s instructions and students’ responses. Coming into character, she must strip herself of opinions and influence to combine a dichotomy of objectivity and vivid animation.
A 6-year-old Jewlzz Howell woke up to a morning that changed her life forever. Her mom’s boyfriend at the time told her she had to go to school, but she refused because she didn’t want to. A slap to the face, stunned and sitting alone, her mom entered the room and held her, kissing her face as an apology.
The circumstances sound dire. A teenage mother who left Wenatchee High School in order to provide childcare for her daughter. A malignant brain tumor resulting in a surgery, infection and coma. A teenage death that leaves behind a child.