Don’t Fret the Wrinkles

“Are you really who you say you want to be?” ~John Pavlovitz~ The woman in the photo may be worrying about the answer. Is she who she wants to be? Or simply worried about a pimple? Fretting over a wrinkle? Upset that her compact will not tell her she’s the fairest? What if that’s who she wants to be? The fairest… And she’s not? In the context of John’s quote, he had asked the question, “What is the way forwardRead more

Dear Santa,

This Christmas… I have a very long wish list, but it’s not all for me I do not desire pretty boxes under the faux needles of a tree I do not desire jewelry, a new bike or clothes or an expensive SoundTouch system they call Bose No, my list is for the intangible things that only the heart of Santa can bring The miracles that make small children beam and the positivity that encourages people to dream The things youRead more

#WATWB: Arising from the Ashes

The California wildfires have been the worst in the state’s history, with the City of Paradise being virtually destroyed. An update from CNN as of November 23rd: “After more than two weeks of a raging inferno, firefighters are getting closer to containing the Camp Fire that has killed 84 people in Northern California. At least 475 people remain unaccounted for, down from more than 1,000 days earlier, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said. California’s deadliest wildfire, which started November 8, remainedRead more

Fear and Tribalism

Who among us doesn’t have the fear emotion? Fear of spiders, swimming in the ocean (sharks!), angry clowns, scary movies, speaking to a large group, dark basements, being alone, etc. I have a fear of June bugs, leeches and failure in critical situations. Who among us doesn’t equate ourselves with a tribe? Tribe of artists, philanthropists, religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, athletes, TV enthusiasts (couch potatoes), chocolatiers, sommeliers, etc. I am in the tribe of government employees, as well as theRead more

#WATWB: Civility and Reward in the Workplace

I attended a meeting last week with members of the Employee Services Program Committee. I’ve been on this committee for many years and it’s one of the assignments I have been honored to be part of, a true joy. Our group actively shares ideas for employee wellness in the form of health challenges, training events, recognition/award events, a special “giving” challenge during the holiday season, and whatever we can come up with to make work life better within the organization.Read more

SoCS: Precious

Precious Is the congregation of people under a church’s steeple in a mosque praying in a temple Precious Are the poor and meek and technology geek daughters of the rich sons of middle class Precious Multi-colored range of hues those whose boundaries refuse to hate the hateful or exist with intolerance Precious Righteous sinners lottery winners the far-flung right and the liberal left Precious Moms, dads, sisters, brothers grandpa, grandma, plenty of others family and friends acquaintances, neighbors Precious WisdomRead more

#WATWB: Purr-adise

If you were watching CBS Sunday morning on September 16th, you may know this story. The Lanai Cat Sanctuary of Hawaii is on a mission to save feral cats and their prey. “We wanted to find a way to love and protect the cats, love and protect the birds, and help the community.” Keoni Vaughn and Kathy Carroll are doing their part to house 600 (and counting) feral cats and keep them fed. They’ve also opened up the sanctuary toRead more

SoCS: Enthusiastic Kindness

Kindness is epic it’s fuel for a smile Affection is magic and longer than a mile Care seems ethical In right application Warmth remains critical in human admiration Compassion weaves the fabric of a sympathetic heart Giving sings poetic A philanthropist’s part Generosity reigns apolitical and takes no sides Benevolence shuns technical when a free spirit abides Kindness is gigantic within the human soul and spreads itself enthusiastic through rocks, don’t you know Postscript: During this past week at myRead more

The Right for All to Live

I was sitting on the patio Saturday morning, reading the book of James and tears welled in my eyes. Then I swore a little…or maybe a lot. Sorry God. I’m a tad bit angry these days. It’s about life and the right to live life. It seems that humans forget it’s not just about your unborn babies. It’s about all of your children. We’re supposed to love and protect everyone. Correct? Love our neighbors as ourselves. Right? Follow in theRead more

#WATWB: Musical Art

By the time that this post is read, the pianos will be gone from New York City until next June. However, in keeping with the theme of We are the World Blogfest, which is to spread light over the dark of the world, this initiative was too good not to share. From http://www.metro.us: There are many signs that summer’s practically upon New York City, but one of the most colorful — and creative — is the annual roll out ofRead more

#WATWB: A Mobile Movement

“A new type of volunteer opportunity is coming to the Fox Cities this spring in the form of the Give Back Bus. For a small donation, the Give Back Bus will transport riders on altruistic adventures around the Fox Cities area. But there’s a twist – destinations will not be revealed until the bus arrives at its final stop. Trips are generally four hours long and there is no limit to the scope of projects planned. Volunteers could help clean up a localRead more

#WATWB: Inscribed in a Sidewalk

What has surprised me about participating in We are the World Blogfest is that I have learned much about my own community – from the Cycling Without Age program at Brewster Village to the Fox Valley Memory Project to the work that Habitat for Humanity does in the Appleton area. This has been an eye-opening experience in how I have not paid attention to the events and organizations that are doing good things for people in the Fox Valley community.Read more