Announcing A New Legacy Gift

By Alexandra Fotos Linnea and George Takacs have been involved with Touchstones for many years and recently decided to seal their commitment by including Touchstones Discussion Project in their estate plans. On September 8, I interviewed Linnea Takacs to learn what brought her and George to Touchstones and ultimately to make a gift for the

Screened-In Summer Programs

By Abraham Zhao Has everyone started using “Zoom”, “Google Meet,” or “Microsoft Teams” in their daily vocabulary yet? Zoom became a part of my daily vernacular when I ran two Touchstones Discussion Programs for middle schoolers this summer. During those sessions, I spent every weekday excitedly logging into Zoom meetings with groups of 5th-8th graders

Commitment To Civics

By Howard Zeiderman Early this year, the Mt. Desert Island Regional School System (MDIRSS) contacted Touchstones. They wanted to take a great step forward for their students and community by implementing a district-wide civics program. And they wanted Touchstones to be a core part of their new curriculum. When the pandemic struck, even the best

Hard Work And Bittersweet Fruit

By Stefanie Takacs In our April and July newsletters, we wrote about our Saturday community discussions—one of our early responses to being physically isolated from others. Six months into that program, which runs online every other weekend, it remains a serious commitment yielding bittersweet fruit. We’re committed to addressing the difficult issues each of us


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