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Required Reading

by Beth Dolinar, Contributing Writer Remember “Silas Marner?”  That’s the book most seventh or eight graders were assigned to read back in the day. Over the years I’ve learned that George Eliot’s novel about a lonely weaver has, for generations, …

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2022 Teen Summer Camp

  Parents, believe it or not, summer is right around the corner and we need your help. For more than a decade, Luminari has been offering inspiring summer camps that provide opportunities for growth and skill development to local teens. …

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Face to Face, Heart to Heart

by Dana Wineland O’Rourke, contributing writer I don’t remember the jingle our neighborhood ice cream truck played when I was a child, but hearing it brought joy and anticipation. I can’t describe the ringtone my iPhone makes when a Facetime …

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Mindfulness, Does it Really Matter?

by Christina Pettinato, contributing writer RING! BUZZ! RING! BUZZ! There is a moment when you realize the sudden pulsing light is not part of your sweet, slumbering dream. Grasping at the air with foggy uncertainty, you reach out in a …

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Meet Our 2022 Luminari Scholars

by Patrice Lee, Operations Administrator It is not merely enough to gain knowledge and understanding of another’s position, but rather to view it from their perspective, this is the essence of diplomacy. Luminari from its inception, has strived to provide …

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Emerging from the Pandemic

by Beth Dolinar, Contributing Writer Maybe this is what a bear feels like when waking up after a long nap each spring. To me, it feels like I’ve been hibernating for two years, not so much asleep as tucked away …

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Congratulations Cara!

Congratulations to Cara Leonardi, 2019 Luminari Award Scholar and Ambassador camp alumna, who has been accepted for early admission to American University in Washington, DC, where she will be majoring in legal studies and political science. Now, “Cara is one …

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A Camp Like No Other

by Debbi Casini Klein, I Want to be an Ambassador Camp Director I Want to be an Ambassador!… a camp like no other in  Western Pennsylvania! Exciting speakers. Learning about leadership. Meeting amazing people. Making new friends. Traveling to Washington, …

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Cousins Cooking for Community

Story by Sofia Jahn and John Paradise, Camp Delicious! Alumns Hi! Sofia Jahn and John Paradise here to talk about our amazing experience cooking for the Neighborhood Resilience Project (NRP) on January 19, 2022. First, a little about Neighborhood Resilience …

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Seasonal Blues or Something Else

by Don Laird, contributing writer February is the shortest month on our calendars. However, psychologically it is also the longest month – especially in the shadow of a continuing pandemic. Leafless trees, barren landscapes, minimal sunlight, a low cloud ceiling …

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