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The Ultimate Sacrifice & Hope

This Memorial Day, I honor all of our fallen heroes for their ultimate sacrifice and hope for peace in our world.

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On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live. -Eric Burdon

 

 

 

 

 

Give the Gift that Gives

December 28, 2016 Leave a comment

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I had a lovely holiday and hope all my friends and family were able to spend time with family and friends during this holiday season (in person, over the phone or with holiday cards).

In this season of giving, I have to share one of my gifts because I hope it becomes a family tradition for us and for many others: giving gifts through Heifer International. My mom gave me a “Flock of Hope,” a flock of ducks, a flock of chicks and bees.

Please consider starting this gift-giving tradition for the holidays and throughout the year.

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and Peace to you and yours.

A Flock of Hope donation is a remarkable gift that can lift a family from hunger and poverty and ensure their future. –Heifer International Catalog

Thank You for Your Service, Veterans

November 11, 2016 Leave a comment

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To all those who have served and are serving, their families and their friends; thank you for your service and sacrifice. May you find strength, happiness and peace on this Veterans Day and in the years to come.

Happy Halloween, All!

October 31, 2016 Leave a comment
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It’s One Year on July 4th: How I Kicked the Habit

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While almost everyone seems to kick the habit as a new year’s resolution, I didn’t; instead, I chose a holiday in a month that celebrates independence: July 4th. It was so much easier to quit when I was active in places where you couldn’t smoke, so by the time winter came along, I already had months of not smoking under my belt. I’m not saying it was easy to quit, but it sure was a heck of a lot easier than previous goes, and this July 4th, I’ll be one year cigarette and cigar free. Other dates to consider quitting for you, your family, your friends and/or to honor someone or something are Memorial Day, Labor Day, a special birthday or anniversary. All you have to do is pick out a special day in your most active season and start the countdown! (And completely forget it on occasion just so you don’t drive yourself crazy.)

Oh and one other secret was starting a new activity. I boarded pets in my home; not only wouldn’t I smoke, but petting them and taking care of them took up tons of time and shunned the thought of smoking on more than one occasion! Since then, I adopted one of my boarder pets, so it’s a done deal. I’m committed.

Lastly, I wrote things down I didn’t like that I associated with the habit, such as smells and other adverse effects. I left the list where I could easily access it if I felt my resolve slipping.

Well, I hope these wee secrets help! Good luck and the best of health to you and yours!

Fact: From quitting smoking to skiing, we succeed to the degree we try, fail, and learn. Studies show that people who worry about mistakes shut down, but those who are relaxed about doing badly soon learn to do well. Success is built on failure. – Martha Beck, Sociologist

 

In Honor of Our Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

May 25, 2015 3 comments

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

Please take a moment on this Memorial Day to remember the soldiers who have given their lives to defend our country.

The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. – Douglas MacArthur

NPR Presents Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris

December 28, 2014 Leave a comment
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As a writer, David Sedaris is phenomenal, and his audios are hysterical. A friend of mine introduced me to David Sedaris’ work via spoken word, and “Santaland Diaries” left me crying-laughing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. For your listening pleasure, please click: Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris. My thanks to NPR for sharing his work.

For more about David’s experience as Crumpet the elf, you can read his New York Times article: ‘Holidays on Ice’ By DAVID SEDARIS, Published: December 5, 2008.

 

 What other people call dark and despairing, I call funny. – David Sedaris

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