There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

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As my cab emerged from the Midtown Tunnel into Manhattan, I noticed a Christmas tree lot at one end of an overpass. As long as I can remember, I’ve associated New York City with Christmas, though not on a personal level. Rockefeller Center, ornate department store windows and holiday musicals have always come to mind when thinking about holidays in the city.

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Cowgirl Reflections from Camp

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Before that summer, I was a girl who lived like a raindrop at the end of a pine needle. Playing fast and loose with time, a loner orb stained by rebellion, questioning my worthiness, searching for my voice. Funny how when God calls, plans melt. Mine dripped all over the points of the steely mountains while the wide Colorado sky opened in torrents of holiness.

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Everything Is New Again

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The reunion was just one event. But the opportunity to reunite with old traditions, landscapes, activities and friends through the broad spectrum of Adventure Unlimited’s programs and to “become new” exists throughout the year. From local DiscoveryBound Outreach events to Family Camp and Christmas Camp, everything old becomes new again. […]

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Feeling Loved, Accepted and Valued

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Being at the A/U Ranches again after all those years – seeing so many dear friends and reminiscing about old times – brought Adventure Unlimited to the forefront of my mind again. It was a reminder of how my experiences at the A/U Ranches, spanning the ages of 11 through 22, influenced my life and set me on a path that would have been very different otherwise. […]

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Linda Appleby: A Living Prayer

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It is clear that – like the wind we do not see, but which we observe in the way that it moves the leaves in an aspen grove or lifts the eagle on its thermals – Linda, too, continues to move our hearts and lift our expectations about generosity, joy and grace through her example. […]

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A Journey to Camp, Guided by Hope

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When I was a girl, my best friend would tell me all about the camp she went to each summer. It sounded like heaven on earth. But it came with a price tag that, for my family – with eight children to feed, clothe, and educate – was insurmountably out of reach. But, I was blessed. I had a friend, a best friend, who shared her camp experience with me in every way she could.

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