Amy Albrecht

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So far Amy Albrecht has created 37 blog entries.

Don’t throw it all away. Talk about it.

I’ll tell you right now – writing this particular column petrifies me. Unlike my past columns, which are mostly non-controversial, this one has a little something to offend nearly everyone if they try hard enough. But that’s why the CVC is hosting Community Conversations, constructive dialogue about difficult subjects. We’re tackling hard topics in a [...]

By | January 18th, 2019|Community, Community Events|0 Comments

Civility can and should reign

I’m proud and deeply grateful to live in a democracy.  It’s a privilege and most times a pleasure.  That is, until the political season. Then it’s a hideous slog through vitriol flung from all sides until election day. I don’t listen to talk radio (I don’t count NPR as talk radio), I don’t watch national [...]

By | November 12th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|0 Comments

No covered wagons, bonnets for me

I write this from the center of South Dakota on the road home from Illinois.  Yep, Cuz-o-Rama Road Trip 2018 has been a roaring success so far. There has certainly been some snarkiness and a marked lack of civility at times. However, considering we’ve got four adult-sized people and a lengthy 13-year old wedged into [...]

By | August 27th, 2018|Introspections|0 Comments

Treasure troves of knowledge, advice

Next month, I’m taking the McDougal and Albrecht kids to Peoria to see their grandparents. I hope it will be an epic adventure of cousinly bonding and laughter, motoring across the heartland.  In reality, it will probably be eighteen hours of unrestricted Snapchat, Youtube videos, and music in headphones.  All punctuated by snarling and sleeping. [...]

By | July 23rd, 2018|Introspections|0 Comments

Looking for hope? Look to our future leaders

Another year, another CampFIRE in the books.  The CVC’s youth leadership camp is the official start of summer for us. For those of you who have real fears about the country’s youth and our collective future, I urge you to drop into Camp Roberts some year and meet these graduating eighth graders.  You’ll feel much [...]

By | June 20th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|1 Comment

We want YOU (and your input)

Perhaps you’ll remember my last column - the civility and kindness-themed one where I illustrated the lack of both these qualities in my children and our nation’s current dialogue.  I’m sure you either posted it on your fridge as a cautionary tale to your own children or you added it to the scrapbook you’ve made [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|0 Comments

Let ‘kind and civil’ describe us

Kindness and civility.  Has anyone ever used those two terms to describe their children’s relationship with each other?  I doubt it.  And if they did, it would be the Chardonnay talking.  It doesn’t matter how much I try to instill the importance of being kind to the boys, apparently, it does not begin at home.  [...]

By | March 4th, 2018|Community, Community Events|2 Comments