Standing Together

American politics is extremely divisive these days, and the ticking up of tensions on all sides of the political spectrum has led to an alarming increase in senseless and devastating violence against historically marginalized groups in the United States. The need for allies has never been stronger. With the approaching Rosh Hashanah holiday this week,... Continue Reading →

When Action Leads to Hope

The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about. Unknown Leslie Weirich's son Austin had so much going for him. He was a standout student, athlete, and leader in high school and then went on to play football at Wabash College. In college he received an academic scholarship, managing to balance football... Continue Reading →

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I met my friend Patrick Riccards in 2006 when we were both working for Lipman Hearne, a boutique marketing firm serving mission-driven organizations. We had different areas of expertise, yet collaborated on a handful of client accounts. I've cultivated many workplace friendships over the years, each an opportunity to learn and grow. Patrick approached challenges... Continue Reading →

Making Time for Self-Care

This summer has felt a little less relaxing than most for me, and I don't think I'm alone in that feeling. After a few years of a slower pace and minimal crowds because of the pandemic, The Washington Post has called this summer “the busiest travel season in a generation." It's been great to see... Continue Reading →

Celebrating International Friendship Day 2022

Any day can be an excuse to celebrate a special friendship, but July 30th was designated by the United Nations as International Friendship Day to recognize the "importance of friendship...in the lives of human beings around the world." While we at LOF advocate making every day about friendship, we strongly support the UN's goal of... Continue Reading →

My Happy Place

When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you goAlexandra Stoddard Thinking about the places I’ve called home sometimes feels like recalling a lifelong friend. Much like a close friend can be counted on to provide companionship and solace, certain places can evoke the same emotions. As the setting for memorable... Continue Reading →

#HighlandParkStrong

On July 4th the community of Highland Park was attacked by gunfire. The reactions to the sudden violence and terror in this suburban Chicago community range from shock to sadness, and fear to anger. In the past decade, this kind of violence has become more common, and our collective response has been a futile attempt... Continue Reading →

Friendship Lessons from Dad

When I remember childhood Father’s Day celebrations with my dad, I think of a trip to one of our favorite Smithsonian museums when we were still living near Washington, D.C., or sharing some of his homemade pizza when I was a teen in Kentucky. Those were special moments with my dad that my siblings and... Continue Reading →

Summer Like It’s 2019!

With days getting longer and fewer COVID restrictions impacting events lately, it’s time to make 2022 a summer to remember! A recent article in the Washington Post about the coronavirus shared that, "Fewer than 3 in 10 Americans say it is a major factor in their summer vacation plans." However, the article goes on to... Continue Reading →

Trips with Friends

Good friends follow you anywhere. Winnie the Pooh I love to travel and can’t remember a time when the anticipation of a trip didn’t make my days a little brighter. Growing up in the Southeastern United States far from extended family meant annual summer road trips to see them in New England. While our destination... Continue Reading →

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