Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Pandemic Has Taught Me

Compassion for those suffering.
Empathy for grieving loved ones left behind.

Understanding about the fragility of existence.
Insight into myself and my purpose in life.

To slow down and enjoy quiet moments.
To make a phone call to say ‘I love you.’

Remember moments of connection.
To feel the beauty of the sunshine

Smell the newness of Spring.
To express gratitude for life.

Monday, January 6, 2020

50 Read Heroes for Boys

New Book

I loved writing this book. I hope everyone is inspired by the real life heroes in this book as I am.

I am inspired by Jackie Robinson standing with his team mates on  the baseball field amidst the jeering fans to be come one of the best players in the history of the game.

I cheer Mary Manning on as she continued to find fossils to help us understand prehistoric creatures even though she got no credit because she was a woman.

I laugh with Jim Henson and his lovable puppets that entertained and changed the world.

I admire Dav Pilkey who stuck to his dream of becoming a children's author even though teachers ridiculed him as a youth.

The book is available on Amazon

and through the publisher

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Tips to Minimize Holiday Stress

1.     Spend a few minutes each morning before you begin your day in a manner of gratitude and thanksgiving. You might do this in the form of
a.     Meditation
b.     Sketching—art journals are great.
c.     Keeping a journal
d.     Making a list that fits with the day’s activities.
e.     Giving thanks to your higher power.

2.     Make a priority list for the day. Jot things down in the order of importance. If you don’t get through the whole list, finish it tomorrow.

3.     Remember: you are making memories for those around you. What kind of recollections to you want to create?

4.     I love giving experience gifts—it greatly reduces my shopping trips:
a.     Symphony tickets
b.     Museum passes
c.     Theater or movie gifts
d.     Activity evenings such as bowling with the kids or a golf date.
e.     You get the idea.

5.     Make a planning list, and begin shopping today. Look for bargains now and have your shopping done ahead of time.

6.     Give gifts of service to those around you.
a.     Family coupon books for each member of the family.
b.     Give Christmas to a poor inner-city family.
c.     Rake the leaves from a neighbor’s yard.
d.     Take cookies to a rehab center or a care facility.

Make the holiday enjoyable for everyone. Don’t run faster than you have strength. Choose to order your life with things that really matter.

You’ll have a great holiday if you remember that: 

People are more important than things.