Fireflies, Butterflies and Birds

By Lisa B. Thomas  •  June 13, 2024

A few summers ago, my husband John and I made some changes in how we cared for our yard. It started when I saw an advertisement for an organic lawn care program that did not use chemical pesticides, weed killers or fungicides. Instead, it used a variety of chemical-free methods to promote a healthy yard. Using fewer chemicals on our lawn seemed like a good idea for our health as well as the health of our dogs, so we signed up.

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By Rev. Dr. Kenneth Daniel  •  July 20, 2023

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By Kim Moeller  •  July 13, 2023

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By Rev. Dr. Bobbie McKay  •  July 06, 2023

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You Have Permission to…Grow

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  June 29, 2023

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Jesus Christ Superstar

By Lisa B. Thomas  •  June 15, 2023

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