We are a gift to the world

When I started the Bring Smiles to Seniors program, I did it because I wanted to make a difference in the life of seniors. I had no idea that in the process I was going to be making a difference in the lives of those who chose to participate and become a part of our smile journey. People from all walks of life that were looking for a way to be a part of something, a way to give back and a way to make a difference in our world. I believe… Read More

We are not glass

Last week I wrote about my utopian world. A world that we have the tools to realize, but fail to use those tools in the way that would make that world a reality. We are all born into this world with a clean slate. The person we become is molded by our experiences, influences and surroundings. We aren’t born with hate, prejudice, unkindness and lack of compassion. Those are all things that we learn as we maneuver through this thing we call life. In all my social interactions from as far back… Read More

Dealing with an unfamiliar world

I think that one of the hardest things that a family ever has to go through is dealing with a loved one who is suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Moving from loving family member to a person who does not even recognize you is an arduous journey for both parties that is impossible to prepare for. You hear of others going through it and feel their anguish, but living it becomes a whole other experience that is very hard to describe unless you have gone through it yourself. Looking back I suspect… Read More

Card Angels are awesome angels

When I started the Bring Smiles to Seniors program, I wanted to make sure that seniors would be remembered and not forgotten. I wanted those that paved the way for us to know that they were loved and cared for. That was my single purpose. What wound up happening was so much more and definitely more than I ever expected. I had no idea what the program was going to do for myself and the people that became a part of it. We created a community where we could experience the best… Read More

Bring Smiles to Seniors Journey Podcast

Ever wondered how the Bring Smiles to Seniors program got started, what we accomplished over the last three years or how this program has expanded?  Hear the Bring Smiles to Seniors story on this special podcast episode in Ron’s own words.  You can listen at anchor.fm/morningswithron or on iHeartRadio, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify or most podcast sites.  The podcast is titled Mornings with Ron.

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

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