Imagine with me for a moment…….

It is pretty hard not to watch television these days and see that we live in a very different world than past generations. The parallels of past historical events are scary to the old and young alike, as we navigate a new world that is familiar to some and very unfamiliar to others. Think what it would be like if we lived in a world where love spread as quickly as hate and negativity. Imagine with me for a moment that we lived in a world where wars where not a possibility…. Read More

They remind us when we need them

We have all lost people in our lives that we loved and were close to. Some were such an ingrained part of our lives that even though they are gone, they always find a way to be there in one way or another. Such is the case with my grandmother, who was my inspiration for the Bring Smiles to Seniors program. You have probably read some of my previous posts about her. She was a strong, often strict, amazing women that raised three children on her own during some very difficult times…. Read More

Balancing helping with simply being there

As we travel through our life, we make plans, set our courses and expect things to follow the path we laid out with simple adjustments along the way. For the most part, things go along smoothly. Then, suddenly out of the blue, we are dealt a hand that we had no way of expecting. We do our best to do what we can to understand why, while starting the process to research, ask questions and do all the things that we are supposed to do to make sense of that which we… Read More

Showing us what humanity should look like

This past week I had the privilege of spending a couple of days with two of my favorite people, my niece Courtney and her mom Debbie. Every time I am around Courtney I am reminded of what we should all be, humans without preconceived notions and endless love and compassion. Humans who know no color or prejudices and simply see people for who they are, not for how they are taught to see them. If you have never experienced a child with Down’s Syndrome, then you are missing out. They have this… Read More

When giving back is ingrained in us

Often I think about how lucky I am to be a part of a family that has always given back. I grew up as a kid spending time with my grandmother visiting the sick and the elderly all over town. My mom and dad were known as the “go to” people whenever anyone needed anything. It was only natural that my brother and I would possess those genes that would keep us giving back as we maneuvered through our own lives. When you learn a compassion for people early on in life… Read More

The only limits are those that we place on ourself

We have enjoyed amazing success in the Bring Smiles to Seniors program. I always say that this was a little dream that turned into a very big reality. Yet, despite that success, I set a goal this year that had me shaking in my boots. I often talk about the importance of setting goals to stretch your perceived limits. However, even I initially questioned if I may have pushed our program a little too far beyond our capabilities. At the beginning of each year of the program, I set a goal for… Read More

Just caring makes a difference

There are many people that are at a certain place in their own life that they feel so exhausted in dealing with their situation that they just have nothing to give emotionally. Things are so dire for them that they feel that there is nothing within them that gives them the strength to make a difference in someone else’s life as they deal with their own. What we often fail to realize is that is is the very act of caring that injects new meaning into our lives as well. People often… Read More

Say it now

How many times in our lives have we really wanted to say something to someone and we just never get the chance or never take the opportunity? Our intentions are good, but we forget, things get in the way or circumstances happen that prevent us from being able to deliver that message that we so desired. That makes it all the more important to say what we feel, when we feel it and before it is too late. When we love someone, they need to be reminded and we need to tell… Read More

Here’s to you Rita Louise

Sometimes there are those people who come into your life that, from the instant you meet them, you know that there was always a place for them. Without you even knowing it, you had been waiting on them to fill that place and suddenly they are there and it feels right. Such is the case for me with my friend Rita Louise (no that is not her real name). Growing up there were only two children in my family, my brother and myself. As much as I love my brother, I always… Read More

True friendship makes life meaningful

We were having dinner with friends last night and we were talking about how our lives have changed since we have moved from our 20’s into our 50’s. The things around us, people still in our lives and even the way we live. We were especially talking about people who used to be in our lives regularly who have for one reason or another faded away, often not through anything that happened, but simply as a natural course of the friendship. Tim said something that resonated with me that I found to… Read More

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