Listening to others’ stories can open your mind to ideas and experiences you might not have otherwise encountered, community blogger Monica Murphy says. This is particularly true of the wisdom and advice the elderly can share.

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 11:51 a.m.
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Community blogger Monica Murphy says a girl she met in Ghana taught her that no matter how alone people feel or how rough their circumstances are, it’s still possible for them to press on and dream.

Posted on Feb. 20, 2015 at 1:04 p.m.
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Community blogger Monica Murphy met a woman who started life as a teenage mom and has fought through adversity to find success. She says anyone can make life better with the right attitude and hard work.

Posted on Jan. 15, 2015 at 5:13 p.m.
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Some believe those living in poverty are doing so because of laziness or mistakes. But often this isn’t the case, community blogger Monica Murphy says. People who are struggling financially need our understanding and help.

Posted on Sept. 10, 2014 at 10:32 a.m.

Sometimes the hurdles we face in life can make things seem hopeless. However, there is always hope, and with determination and positivity, you can achieve your goals, community blogger Monica Murphy says.

Posted on Aug. 7, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.

A local teen who community blogger Monica Murphy recently met was viciously bullied in school. However, through her self-determination and resilience, she was able to identify as a survivor instead of as a victim.

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 2:20 p.m.

Community blogger Monica Murphy went straight from Ghana, where she taught English and did social work, to New York City, where she interned for a bestselling author. This is what she learned. 


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Monica Murphy
Monica Murphy is from South Bend, Ind., and graduated from Saint Mary's College with a degree in social work. She enjoys writing, storytelling and being with friends. She writes the stories and motivational columns that raise the bar for people.