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Claiming the Most Special Hour of the Day

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Claiming the Most Special Hour of the Day
By Mark Thurston, PhD


The best hour for meditation is two o'clock in the morning. The better period would be that…in which the body and mind may be dedicated to that.
(Edgar Cayce Reading 2982-3)  


I am not sure when I first heard this strange idea about an optimal time for meditation. It was probably more than 45 years ago-at one of my first A.R.E. conferences, or perhaps at a meeting of my first A Search for God study group. Get up in the middle of the night and meditate at this time that is perfectly suited for attunement and personal transformation. I am sure my initial reaction was similar to what most anyone else would say or think, "Oh, sure, that sounds great, but there is no way that's going to happen for me!"


But in spite of my early reluctance to embrace such a radical project, I have had periods in my life where I did, in fact, become a devoted practitioner. And I have come to believe it may be one of the most powerful and accessible tools for transformation that Edgar Cayce ever mentioned. Let's consider what he had to say. I hope it will convince you to give it a try.


In one reading, a 35-year-old woman asked, "What are the best hours for meditation?" His answer gave a specific time and emphasized dedication:  "The best hour for meditation is two o'clock in the morning. The better period would be that which will be set as a period in which the body and mind may be dedicated to that." (2982-3) The same advice was given to the original A Search for God study group when they tried to find a time to meditate together daily. But was 2:00 a.m. the only time when everyone was available? Or was there a deeper spiritual or even physiological significance?  


Sleep meditation

Cayce may have been pointing to a profoundly important fact of our evolutionary history and the way our brains are designed to operate. Scientific evidence for this possibility emerged more than four decades after Cayce's death. In 1992, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr published a study in the Journal of Sleep Research in which he reported on a month-long study done with volunteers who were placed in a controlled environment that had 14 hours daily of darkness. For the first few days the subjects slept an average of 11 hours, seemingly compensating for their longstanding sleep deprivation. By the fourth week a new pattern emerged: approximately four hours of sleep followed by a natural awakening for one or two hours, followed by another phase of about four more hours of sleep. That intermediary period was characterized as a period of quiet wakefulness or calmness that could be likened to meditation.


Approaching this as a historical issue, Professor Roger Ekirch's book At Day's Close: Night in Times Past describes the extensive evidence that before the modern era of electric lighting, people naturally slept in a pattern like the one Wehr had discovered in his lab: a "first sleep" for four or five hours, then a calm, meditative-like wakefulness for an hour or two, and finally a "second sleep." It sounds like Cayce's advice about a best time to meditate was really just an invitation back to making the best possible use of an hour that is already embedded in our ancestral DNA.  


So why is it so hard to say "yes" to this advice? Surely, our modern culture of 24-hour news and entertainment provides a strong force to counter this innate tendency to 2:00 a.m. wakeful calm. In his recent book Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age, Clark Strand makes an impassioned plea for us to have the discipline to disengage from our computer screens and TVs in the evening and to reconnect with the natural rhythms of light and dark. In fact, he makes the case-without any reference to Edgar Cayce's work-that the survival of our civilization depends on our willingness to embrace the darkness, to reclaim the ancient wisdom of the goddess, and to make optimal use of that hour in the middle of the night when we are called to wakefulness.


meditation balanceMaybe you feel you want to experiment with this in your own life. Try it for 28 days. Even if you don't feel ready to make such a commitment, you'll probably still have those nights when you wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m., and perhaps you can reframe what is going on. Instead of insomnia, you can see it as an opportunity to commune with God in the silence of the night.


It's just the way that thousands of years of human history have programmed your brain and hormonal system. It's an opportunity to use that time wisely, and there's no better use than a meditation period on those nights.  


Mark Thurston blog 01162015Mark Thurston, PhD, is an author, psychologist, and educator who worked at A.R.E. and Atlantic University from 1973 through 2008. He is now a faculty member at George Mason University's Center for the Advancement of Well-Being where he teaches courses about consciousness, mindfulness, and spirituality; he is also the creator of "Discovering Your Mission In Life" on DVD. More about his work can be found at MarkThurston.com.


Join Mark in Virginia Beach for the Inner Life Retreat: Experiencing Your Sacred Self March 4-6, 2016. Learn more.


The Divine Name and Other Sacred Sounds

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The Divine Name and Other Sacred Sounds
By Jonathan and Andi Goldman

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Mantras are "words of power." They are sounds for personal and planetary healing. The word "mantra" is Sanskrit and may be translated as the "thoughts that liberate from samsara (the world of illusions)." Mantras are listened to or recited for many different purposes; as a means of achieving different states of consciousness; to create resonance with specific attributes of divine energy; and to manifest different qualities, from resonating the chakras to embodying compassion. Mantras are found in all the different sacred traditions including Judaism and Christianity—the "Hail Mary" or "Amen" in the Christian tradition, or the "Shema" [pronounced sh’mah] or "Shalom" in the Hebrew tradition are the equivalent of mantras, as is any repetition of prayer, chant, or sacred sound. The prayers, chants, and sacred sounds of the Native American tradition or the Islamic tradition may also be considered mantras. In fact, there is virtually no spiritual tradition, including those of indigenous peoples, in which the recitation of sacred sound as mantra does not occur.

While there are many mantras that are quite long and complex, people are often looking for short mantras that may be easily sounded together in a group. Please note that it does not seem to matter in what pitch, frequency, or keynote the mantra is chanted with regard to the effect of the sound.


body-mind-spiritOf all the sacred sounds on this planet, the one that is most often chanted is the OM. Undoubtedly, at any given moment, there is someone, somewhere, chanting this sacred mantra. The OM is considered one of the oldest vocal sounds in existence—many speculate that it has been chanted for untold thousands of years. It is considered to be the "first of all mantras," the original, primordial sound—the mantra of creation.

OM is a mantra from the Hindu tradition, a Sanskrit word said to be the sound from which the universe and all of creation first manifested. While pronounced OM, certain Sanskrit scholars state that it is written as AUM. Many consider the two words to be interchangeable. OM is said to be the sound that contains all sounds—it is the totality of all other sounds. Swami Sivananda Radha says, "The cosmic sound AUM, or its condensed form, OM, is the origin of all other sound. OM is everything. It is the name of God."

OM is a multi-dimensional sound and as such may be understood a number of different ways. One understanding is that OM (or AUM) represents attributes of the major trinity of Hindu gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Another understanding is that the A represents the physical plane, the U the mental and astral planes and the M, all that is beyond the reach of the intellect. AUM or OM is the initial syllable that begins almost all mantras. Thus OM represents the Infinite, the One Mind, the all-embracing Consciousness—that which is the very essence of existence.


The Divine Name is a newly rediscovered sound that is universal in its origin and said to be encoded within our DNA. This is not simply a word, but a vocalized sound that can shift the vibratory rate of all who experience it. In addition, many sources believe that the Divine Name was the most sacred of sounds found in the Old Testament—the foundational book of the Abrahamic traditions, which is responsible for over half the planet’s religions. The Divine Name was said to be so powerful that it became prohibited from the Old Testament and then became lost for over 2,500 years. The Divine Name is composed of a harmonically related series of vowel sounds that resonates all the chakras. This sacred sound begins at the crown chakra at the top of the head, goes down to the root chakra at the base of the spine, and then returns to the crown chakra.

The power of this sound is extraordinary. The Divine Name is composed of vowel sounds with specific resonances that can be experienced by anyone, regardless of their spiritual path, religion, or belief system. Because of the universality of this sound, knowledge of this sacred sound has now been found in many different traditions throughout the world, from Native American to ancient Egyptian.

The Divine Name puts the person chanting it into deep meditation with higher levels of consciousness. Along with the powerful spiritual effects of this self-created sound, the Divine Name can be used to create extraordinary health benefits for us on a personal level, balancing our chakras and our electro-magnetic field. Through learning to create this sound we’ll activate our innate God force; generating major positive changes and transformational healing for ourselves and the world.

Contained within the Divine Name are the sounds of three mantras OM/AUM, AH, and HU. Many perceive the Divine Name as not only a universal sound, but that it is also the personal name of God.

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Excerpt from the Jan-Mar 2016 issue of Venture Inward magazine, which is available online to A.R.E. Members at EdgarCayce.org/members. To learn more about membership, please visit EdgarCayce.org/Membership.

Watch the Reflections: Wisdom of Edgar Cayce interview with Jonathan and Andi Goldman.

Jonathan and Andi GoldmanJonathan Goldman, MA, an authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics, is the author of several books including his recent release, The Divine Name. His award-winning recordings include Chakra Chants" and "The Divine Name." He is Founder and Director of the Sound Healers Association and CEO of Spirit Music. Andi Goldman, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist specializing in holistic counseling and sound therapy, Director of the Healing Sounds® Seminars and Co-Director of the Sound Healers Association, and the wife and partner of Jonathan Goldman. Their website is healingsounds.com.

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The Teaching, Part 3 Atlanteans in Central America

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The Teachings, Part 3
Atlanteans in Central America
By John Fuhler

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You may also want to read The Teachings, Part 1: A Firm Foundation and The Teachings, Part II: Mosaic influence.

Several of Edgar Cayce’s readings relate the establishment of Atlantean culture in the Incal land.

…the entity was in the Inca land when there had been the journeyings of the Atlantean peoples for setting up…the Incal activities…The entity was a companion of the one that acted in the capacity of a leader in setting up the customs, rituals and activities in that land… (Edgar Cayce Reading 3345-1)i  

Elements of Atlantean rituals survive in contemporary mythologies of the Desana and their Tukanoan cousins, as well as among the Kogi Indians, all residents of modern day Colombia. Here is an example:

In Desana origin myths, the hero searches for the “center of the day,” or that place where the sun overhead casts no shadow. Earth and sky meet, and life unfolds around this center. The hexagon formed by the stars Pollux, Procyon, Canopus, Achernar, T3 Eridani, and Capella define this bounded space in which life unfolds. Epsilon Orionis, the star at the center of Orion’s belt, occupies the center.

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The celestial hexagon determines the terrestrial boundaries of the Desana and their Tukanoan cousins. "The image is that of an enormous transparent rock crystal standing upright, the six corners of which are the six stars…on earth, the corners are formed by six major waterfalls…The center, the axis of this crystal tower, is a vertical line between Epsilon Orionis and a large boulder covered with petroglyphs…" ii  

The Tukanoan Indians divide the hexagonal territory into six phratries, representing the six equilateral triangles of which the hexagon consists. And the celestial hexagon provides the model of the traditional Tukanoan longhouse; its central posts correspond to the stars of Orion. “(The Desana) shamans are quite explicit about the importance of the philosophical dimensions that capture the mind when contemplating the sky, and will insist that the celestial vault is the one and only model for (Humanity’s) material and spiritual well-being.”iii

The Kogi of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta believe the entire Sierra Nevada to be a magnificent hexagon. Six sacred sites mark the corners that correspond to the six stars surrounding Epsilon Orionis, the center star of Orion’s belt. The highest peak of the conically shaped Sierra Nevada demarcates the terrestrial center of the Kogi Territory. The very mountain represents the primordial sacred mountain. The sky over the mountain is a map of the land; and the temple architecture incorporates this cosmology.vi As with the Desana and their fellow Tukanoans, a great hexagonal crystal links the terrestrial and celestial hexagons. For these tribes the middle star of Orion’s belt represents the center of the sky.

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The Kogi mythology especially correlates to the imagery of the Temple Beautiful as reference in the Cayce readings; the temple was said to have the form of an ovate solid surrounded by a pyramid and topped by a hexagonal crystalline column.

It was in the form of the pyramid, within which was the globe… (Edgar Cayce Reading 281-25)

...the obelisk upon which the light is put, should be more in the shape of a six-sided figure…It is not the attempt, in the building of the Temple Beautiful, to indicate a spire but as a source of light… (Edgar Cayce Reading 5746-1)

The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta resembles a pyramid, itself corresponding to the primordial mound in Central American mythology. There the pyramid equates with the daytime sky. This seems to be an attribute of the Temple Beautiful, as well.

…an inside view of the Temple Beautiful; this indicating the seven stations, or seven centers…with the heavens seen in the dome or ceiling... (Edgar Cayce Reading 993-6)

The reading states the hexagonal crystalline column above the temple appeared as a beam of light; the Indians of Colombia envisioned this channel as surrounding the tribal boundaries completely. As with the Maya and Egyptians, Orion’s stars symbolize the channel linking the place of creation on earth with the spiritual heights of heaven.

The descriptions of these Colombian cosmologies bring to mind the Tuaoi stone mentioned in the Cayce readings as the source of energy in Atlantis until it was used for destructive purposes. Below is the answer a question asked about the shape and form of the Tuaoi stone:

…a six-sided figure, in which light appeared as the means of communication between infinity and the finite…In the beginning it was the source from which there was the spiritual and mental contact. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2072-10)

In time these teachings would find their way to the Yucatan and North America.

…in that land now known as the Peruvian…the entity…led a peoples into…Yucatan… (Edgar Cayce Reading 772-2)v  

…the entity was in…Florida…when there were those settlings from the Yucatan, from the lands of On…or the Inca… (Edgar Cayce Reading 1298-1)

…the entity was in the land of the present nativity…when there were the spreadings of those teachings from…Atlantis…Yucatan, the Inca…in…the central portion of Ohio… (Edgar Cayce Reading 1286-1)

…when those peoples first came from…the Peruvian country, to settle the plains of now Southwestern portion of North America. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2667-5)


And thereby tenets of the children of the Law of One persist to this day in diverse tribal beliefs throughout the Americas.

John Fuhler Blog 072-013John Fuhler has been involved in the field of alternative medicine for more than 25 years. He received his BA in anthropology from the University of Illinois and studied in Glasgow, Scotland, and Portland, Ore. As an amateur archaeologist, he participated in projects in Ariz., Calif., Hawaii, N.M., and Wis.; reporting discoveries in Ore. and Scotland. His tribal affiliations include: Saxon, Friesian, Bohemian, Irish (O'Meagher clan), and Wyandot. He volunteers his skills with organizations supporting the homeless, forest services, and families. He enjoys reading the bible in Greek and Latin.



i Cf. 845-1, 1208-1, and 5750-1.
ii Reichel-Dolmatoff, G. Astronomical Models of Social Behavior Among Some Indians of Colombia. In Aveni, A.F. and Urton, G. (1982). Ethnoastronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the American Tropics. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Volume 385. 167- 169; 175.
iii Op. cit. 167- 169; 175.
iv Op. cit. 177-178; 181 n.13.
vCf. 1730-1.
viCf. 5750-1.


January 2016 Update

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January 2016 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi

Hello and Happy New Year! This is the first update of 2016 to A.R.E. members and friends who are interested in the new and exciting trends occurring within Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., Atlantic University, and the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage. A number of exciting things are happening this month! Please share the following with your friends:

CREATELogoWe announced back in October that our multi-year CREATE Campaign had surpassed its $30 million goal as it made its way to a December 31 finish. Now we are proud to announce that – thanks to your generosity – we blew past the goal by more than $1 million! The final total was $31.6 million. This total includes $7.5 million for building projects, nearly $2 million to enhance our endowment, and more than $22 million in support over the years that went into underwriting our life-changing programs and initiatives. Congratulations to everyone who helped over these Campaign years… and THANK YOU to each and every one of you who contributed to the A.R.E., Atlantic University, and/or the Edgar Cayce Foundation over the years. Well done!

What now??? Well, we still have to raise a bit more money to finish our Visitor Center renovations and HQ landscaping (lighting, parking, and other such “glamorous” projects); we still have to build a new Dining Hall for A.R.E. Camp before this summer (another $100,000 or so is needed); and, of course, we always need financial support for our ongoing programs to thrive: Prison Outreach, Library, Camp, Prayer Services, Study Groups, and so on. For more info on these projects, contact Development Director Patrick Belisle at pat@edgarcayce.org or – to give now – go to:http://www.edgarcayce.org/support

prisonprogBlogLongtime member and benefactor Richard Copeland has established the Copeland Prison Outreach Fund – an endowment that will generate funds annually to support the operation of our transformational Prison Outreach program. In the short-term, funds generated by the Copeland Fund will allow us to expand our new Prison Libraries program and begin to purchase a new paperback edition of A Search for God, Book I to mail out to requesting inmates. Since most prisoners are denied hardback books, this is a huge step in getting this material back into the hands of those who are desperately seeking a new way of life. Most importantly, this endowment gives long-term financial stability to this important program. Thank you, Richard, for making a real difference in the lives of these seeking souls. And Happy 94th Birthday to you!

Now You Can Help A.R.E. and Save More on Taxes. This could be your opportunity to help "Make the World a Better Place" while saving on your taxes. Last month, Congress voted to make the IRA Charitable Rollover permanent! This law – revitalized and now permanently extended – allows anyone 70 ½ and older to contribute their Minimum Required Distribution from their IRA account (up to $100,000) directly to a non-profit (Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.), thereby reducing their yearly taxable income. For additional information on how you can take advantage of this opportunity, please contact: Marianna Theo, 757-457-7215 or email: marianna.theo@edgarcayce.org.

angels Faires Demons 120 x 80Excerpted from John Van Auken’s new book, we hope you’ll enjoy this blog post on the supernatural, what it is, and what it isn’t: Angels, Fairies, Demons, and the Elementals. We have a natural inclination to look outside of ourselves for the supernatural world. It is not out there. Well it is, but it is not visible. And it’s important to recognize that those who “see” the supernatural do not have additional parts to their eyes that you and I lack. You can also hear John talking about the book at our ARECatalog site: http://www.arecatalog.com/ProductCatalog/Product/6892/Angels-Fairies-Demons-and-the-Elementals.

For our Spanish speaking friends, members, and supporters, we offer regular posts—often translations of our English blog—on our Spanish Wordpress blog located at this link: https://edgarcayceespanol.wordpress.com/. Please share with your friends and family who may be interested!

AU logo 90Atlantic University would like to welcome Peter Woodbury, MSW, to our faculty. Peter is an accomplished psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. He is also a popular presenter for the A.R.E. and leads A.R.E. tours to South American sacred sites. Peter will be mentoring Integrated Imagery: Regression Hypnosis Level 1 in Summer 2016. This course can be taken as a Graduate Certificate or part of the Master’s in Transpersonal Studies degree.

PeterWoodbury2015Join Peter as he shares techniques and guides students into experiencing a psycho-spiritual experience. This experience makes deliberate use of altered states of consciousness to enable people to access the many dimensions of the unconscious mind. Classes are offered as a hybrid of online instruction mixed with a mandatory four day face-to-face residential in Virginia Beach. To register go to http://www.atlanticuniv.edu/integratedimagery.html or call 800-428-1512. Application deadline is March 27, 2016.


CayceReillyLogoThe Cayce/Reilly School of Massage will welcome its newest class of students on January 25, 2016 and will also celebrate a graduation of the June 2015 class on Sunday January 24. Our next class will start on June 20, 2016 – visit our website: www.caycereilly.edu for more details on our 700-hour program and to apply online today.

Our Continuing Education program includes many wonderful classes for massage therapists as well as a number of new courses available to the general public. Please visit CayceReilly.edu for more information. And come visit our Student Clinic to receive the unique Cayce/Reilly massage technique at a reduced price- call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment.

camp-blog0102016Registration is now open for the 2016 season at A.R.E. Camp! We have some fantastic programs lined up for our 2016 season, including two fantastic family camps, children’s sessions, and even young adult and adult programs too! Come spend some time in the sundrenched Blue Ridge Mountains this summer, creating magical memories with friends old and new, enjoy programs hosted by popular resource people, hike the surrounding mountains, swim in the cool crisp pond, and live life the Cayce way! To register now, or for more information, visit www.EdgarCayce.org/SummerCamp.

If you’ve been to A.R.E. Camp, you’ll know that the experience would be incomplete without the extraordinarily creative and joyful staff! Camp is so lucky to have so many people who come to help create the magic each year! If you, or someone you know, would like to join us in serving with joy on the A.R.E. Camp Staff this summer, the staff application can be found at www.EdgarCayce.org/SummerCamp, or you can contact Malenka Kaydan, A.R.E. Camp Manager, at Malenka@edgarcayce.org. 

Lindsay Wagner ThumbnailThe "Bionic Woman" is coming to A.R.E. Headquarters! Lindsay Wagner, known to many as an award-winning television star, is also a renowned spiritual teacher and author. She joins us April 1-3 for The Golden Thread of Wisdom and Oneness: The Great Teachings That Enlighten and Unite Us All along with Mitch Horowitz, Peter Woodbury MSW and others. Come discover the great spiritual teachings that unite us all, and explore the concept of Oneness, which is an important core teaching from the Edgar Cayce readings.

Experience a vacation for the soul at A.R.E.’s spring retreat at the beautiful Lakeview Conference Center in Palestine, Texas, featuring beloved presenters and Cayce researchers Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick, the March 17-20. True Tales from the Cayce Archives: Lives Touched & Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet will include lectures, hands-on activities, and workshops, plus time to be inspired by the lush nature trails, boating, fishing, and more. Enjoy delicious meals and cozy rustic lodging with like-minded friends old and new. For a listing of other Field Conferences near you, visit: http://www.edgarcayce.org/USA/calendar.aspx

TOURS CORRECTION: In January-March Venture Inward, page 61 the dates of two tours were reversed. The dates you will find below are correct. We apologize for any inconvience.

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  • Peru and Bolivia, Where Heaven Meets Earth .
    Led by Peter Woodbury with Andean Shaman, Juan de Dios Kucho, May 11 – 22, 2016, with optional extension to see and experience the Nazca Lines! This tour encompasses all the BEST in one remarkable program. Come this year and experience it for yourself!
  • Ireland, Land of Leprechauns, Fairies, and Elves! – Led by John Van Auken, July 10 - 24 2016! Walk the winding paths through quaint cottages, touch the standing stone circles, wander the lush green valleys, and raise a glass at a traditional Irish Pub to toast your latest adventure!
  • England, "The Sacred Mists of Avalon," led by popular tour leader, Don Carroll, September 24th to October 3rd, 2016. This tour includes exceptional, private access to the Temple of Stonehenge (where the general public is no longer allowed to visit).
  • Bermuda Cruise, "The Mysteries,"
    led by Patrick and Jane Belisle, October 23 to October 30, 2016. Departing from NYC on the fabulous, new, Norwegian Breakaway, enjoy past life regressions, meditations, and dream sharing on this economically priced "tour like no other." For more information and registration go to www.arebermudacruise.com.
  • And in the works for early November, our first ever A.R.E. Tour to beautiful Costa Rica. Join ever popular tour leader, Peter Woodbury, in this "Island Adventure" like no other. Visits to the Rain Forest, Quaker Peace Center, Zip Lining, Raft Adventures, and exploration of the mysterious Stone Domes. Sure to be a first-time adventure you won’t want to miss.

The first Psychic Fair of 2016 is Saturday, January 23. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Visitors Center, and the last appointment is 4:30 pm. We have some new readers, new vendors, and new speakers lined up for the new year! Space is limited so plan to arrive early! For more information, call Dalia Bassett at 757-457-7258.

Happy New Year 2016Wishing each of you a Blessed start to a Brand New Year!


Kevin J. Todeschi 
Executive Director and CEO


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