Dear Friends” is often the salutation used by Quakers.  It is also a shorthand way of acknowledging the historical title of “Friends in  Truth.”  For me, this greeting implies warmth and caring in equal measure to all.

I have borrowed from a famous Quaker, Issac Pennington (1667):

“Our  life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and not laying accusations one against another; but praying one for another, and helping one another up with a tender hand.”

“Dear Friends” is my attempt to build a kinder and peaceful community by: providing information and stimulating conversation about how to impact the lives of children by sharing gentle constructs with parents, caregivers and educators.

Welcome to “Dear Friends.” It is my sincere wish that you will find something that is helpful and hopeful here.  I look forward to your comments and your emails.  Connecting with a “tender hand” is vital for us all.

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