Doctors capture “Hearts and Minds” of African-American boys

Divine Intervention tapped me gently on the should about a year and a half ago, when I applied for a temporary job at Catholic Health World, a publication devoted to sharing news, innovation and inspiration among faith-based health systems. I served as a maternity replacement for four months, writing about the struggles and triumphs of keeping alive the dream of women religious who strove to serve the poor more than a century ago. Despite a harsh economic climate, these hospitals, clinics and health systems foster their spirit in projects across the globe.

The gift keeps on giving, as I continue to write for them. One of my favorite stories was just published: this one is about a partnership between Mercy Health in Ohio and an organization called Hearts and Minds. The program includes African-American doctors who serve as role models for boys with an interest in health- or science-related careers. The doctors spend time showing the boys the ins and outs of their careers and offer a helping hand with studies and science projects.

Would love to see more projects like this in cities across the country.

Two-for-one in “Terrain”

Terrain, the region’s premier source for news and features about outdoor and endurance sports, is growing up. What started as a quarterly publication has expanded to six issues a year. Working with them has been an honor and a ball, so it’s kinda neat to see the publication grow.

My work is well-represented in the January-February 2017 issue. Included is a feature on RAAM, the Race Across America. It profiles local cyclists who
competed and Joe Ferguson, the owner of Revolution Cycles in Washington, Mo.,  who serves as host of a timing station. Each of them can scolleen3pin a ripping yarn about the beauty, mayhem and suffering of a cross-country bike race.

The second story is a Q&A with Colleen Quigley, aka @steeple_squigs, a graduate of Nerinx Hall High who finished eighth in the steeplechase in the Rio Olympics. She is many things to many people: model, little sister, coach’s daughter. Most importantly, she has become her own woman.

I hope you enjoy getting to know each of them.

Raising an Outdoor Enthusiast in “Terrain”

Brad Kovach, editor of Terrain magazine, gave me another plumb assignment: 1,500 words on raising an outdoor enthusiast, which you can read here. Met some great people from the Ozark Trail Association, Camp Ondessonk, Girls on the Run and Upper Limits.  Thanks for your time and patience.

The common thread in their advice: Share your love of endurance sports and the outdoors with your little ones, and have the good sense to know when to follow their lead. Their message calls to mind the lyrics of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good-bye.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

In case you’re unfamiliar, take a listen.