We Always Take Care of Our Own

Tonight I went to visit my friend that is in rehab after having knee surgery. It so happens that it turned out to be one of the senior communities that we regularly deliver cards to that is also a rehab center. As I sat around the table with her mom and a mutual friend of ours I got to thinking. There is something that clicks inside us when we have a friend or family member in need. It is almost as is we have ESP or a second sense to anticipate what… Read More

No Is Not An Option

As we go through life, there are many instances where we set out to do something and seem to hit a brick wall. Or, we think we can do something and all people tell is us is that it isn’t possible or we can’t. We hear no so often that we start to doubt our own abilities and begin to believe that they may actually be right. Growing up this was a problem that I faced early on. I didn’t have the greatest self esteem and it wasn’t hard for me to… Read More


I was watching a movie the other night and it had a quote about hope in it. The quote was “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies.” This got me to thinking about how much hope plays a part in our every day lives. Just about everything we do has a degree of hope associated with it. We hope we are successful. We hope for a good life. We hope for health. When someone is sick we hope they are better. When we… Read More

Card Angels

Since the beginning of the Bring Smile to Seniors program, I have had the pleasure of interacting with some of the most talented people I have ever encountered. The handmade cards from card artists across the world have been unique, creative and beautiful. I have come to learn that the people behind the cards are equally as beautiful. When I started this program we bought cards from the stores anytime we could find them on sale. Then we made the decision to start a Facebook page and start advertising to try and… Read More

Remembering To Thank……..Yourself!

As we go throughout our day we are presented with many opportunities to thank people for their kindness and gestures. Shopping, work, play and almost everywhere we go something happens that requires us to thank someone for something that they did. It’s human nature, at least for most of us and it is usually expected, yet well received. However, do we ever take time in the day to thank ourselves? Throughout our normal routines we maintain an enormous level of responsibility. We work hard to meet the needs of our families, jobs,… Read More

A Bedside Manner Worth Noting

Over the years, I have had my share of interaction with doctors, hospitals, nurses and other medical personnel. Whether it be regular visits, hospitals for surgery or emergency situations, each and every event brought its own level of anxiety that is often not recognized by the professional taking care of you. I understand that many medical personnel are overworked, have to deal with unruly and rude patients and experience days that go much longer than the average person. However, it is in those moments that we are dealing with our own anxiety… Read More

The Power of Friendship

Have you ever had one of those days, or weeks for that matter, that nothing seems to go right? As hard as you try to get yourself out of the mire, you can’t quite seem to shake it. Then you look at your calendar and suddenly realize that you have a date scheduled with one of your friends. All of a sudden the mood starts to shift. Finally, when you get in their presence and the evening begins the troubles of the week start to melt away. There are people in our… Read More

It Comes Round

When I was a kid, one of my favorite times of the year was Labor Day Weekend. It was the one time of year when I got to stay up all night to watch the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. I would watch it from the beginning on my little black and white TV in my room and see it all the way through to the end when the final tote board would show what had been raised for the year. I was always amazed at how each and every year they… Read More

The Cardinal and the 1’s

They always say after the death of a loved one that there are signs that happen so that you know they are there and still with you. For me, with the loss of my grandmother, there are two ways that remind me that she will always be there. Maybe they are in my mind or my imagination, but they are the things that center me and keep me sane when times are craziest. My grandmothers favorite bird was a cardinal and her favorite color was red. Within weeks after she passed away… Read More

The Faces of Courage

Yesterday, I went with my dad for his first chemo appointment. It was an experience to say the least in so many ways. As we sat in a room with so many people getting IV infusions, my mind began to wonder and I of course began to think. As I looked around the room at all the empty chairs that I knew would soon be filled, I began to think of the lives that would occupy each one of them. One by one people came in and after a while it became… Read More

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