back to where we wanted to be

So, after 15 hours
3 cups of coffee
3 entertainment magazines
22 phone calls
2800 calories
12 elevator rides
3 doctors
4 interns
2 bottles of lipton diet ice tea
and 2 surgeries,
we’re back to where we wanted to be with 2 thumbs up!


My dad is on his way to recovery.
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

Dear Dr. Zev Harel…


Thank you for creating and encouraging dreams

Thank you for finding value in your students

Thank you for honoring my thoughts and opinions

Thank you for molding me into a “future professional colleague” who would make you proud

Thank you for not allowing me to give second-best

Thank you for pushing me to do better

Thank you for requiring ethical practices

Thank you for seeing my success as your success

Thank you for showing me true social work practice through your example

Thank you for your “open door policy”

Thank you for your kind heart

Thank you for your lessons outside of the classroom

Thank you for your mutual respect

Thank you for your wise words

Zev, I am honored to be on the last leg of this race of yours as a professor here at CSU. I consider myself blessed to be cheering you on as you venture into yet another race with your favorite girlfriend. I am forever grateful for the social worker you have helped me to become and look forward to seeing how the lessons you have taught me will bear fruit in the future. Thank you, Zev, and keep running!
Your future professional colleague, 

Cathi C. Stegall

Dr. Harel is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and received graduate degrees from The University of Michigan (M.S. W.) and Washington University (Ph.D.), St. Louis, Missouri. He has been at C.S. U .for more than twenty-five years. He has been teaching gerontology and social work courses and has been serving as a consultant for service and educational institutions and on editorial boards of aging and social work journals.

Dr. Harel has conducted research, presented and written extensively on extreme stress and aging, ethnicity and aging and vulnerable populations. He has more than sixty refereed journal articles and book chapters and more than sixty invited national and international presentations.

Dr. Harel has been serving in leadership roles with local, state and national organizations in social work and aging. Dr. Harel, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, has been honored with the Arnold Heller Memorial Award by Menorah Park; the Outstanding Researcher in the State of Ohio; a NASW Lifetime Achievement Award; AGHE Distinguished Teacher Award; the Golden Achievement; and the Elie Wiesel Award.

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progressive revelation

So on Friday, Mark, Andy, Meri and I went to “The Prog”, as Andy affectionately calls Cleveland’s Progressive Field. After some good negotiating with a scalper [heavens, that sounds painful], Andy hooked us up and we all saw the Tribe spank the Yankees 6-4.

Here’s to the memories:

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Let. Us. Pray. {update. Oh God.}

Dear friends and family,

Last night at around 9pm [PDT] our father, Peter, went to be with Jesus. He and my mother, Debby, had been traveling in Zambia and South Africa doing agriculture training and visiting friends. At the time they were in Johannesburg on the last day of their trip. After a week of some concerning health symptoms, he stopped breathing early Wednesday morning and was unable to be revived.

Our family would covet your prayers during this difficult time. My mother was alone after his death, but by the grace of God and help from a few compassionate people, is returning to the US right now. Please pray for strength and peace in this time of grief and confusion.

In God’s Grace,
Brie & Erin