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A Moment to Say Thanks

In July 2013, three young women were discovered after being kidnaped for years. The  YouTube video statement, submitted by Cleveland kidnap survivors Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight was amazing. In the video, the three women expressed gratitude over recent support since they were freed and asked people to “continues to respect [their] privacy and give [them] time to have a normal life.”

Forgiveness, gratitude, and healing are so intertwined. I am happy to see the girls free not only physically – but emotionally. This is a Tru Story of Success. It will take time to heal, but for now I stand in awe of their courage and beautiful message of gratitude and forgiveness.

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Leslie discovered the power of the pen in the third grade after her family moved to a new school district. Writing became a way to sort out her new surroundings and escape to fantasy landscapes. That child, and voice, has matured into a poet, writer, blogger, journalist, online content creator and editor. Leslie is a social entrepreneur with a demonstrated commitment to community. She is an active community member in Washtenaw County (Michigan) with expertise in social media marketing and content management systems, volunteer coordination and writing and 19 years of experience in the areas of online community management, training, leadership development, and social networking. She is interested in facilitating connection with both community residents and businesses. Through this work, the economy of the community is improved and the organizations are financially successful. Her main mode of advocacy and online community, however, is through writing.

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