Impacting Others Along the Way

So Many Dreams Deferred

Sometimes you look into the eyes of children you see a sense of hopelessness, fear, or just confusion.  It could be about their current situation, their past or not seeing a difference between the two because they have never been taught or allowed to dream.  Dreams awaken us to the possibilities of what life could …

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Happy New Year!

As we take the leap from 2017 into 2018, I hope that each and everyone of you is looking forward to the new year with anticipation.  We get not a “do over” but a “get it done”!  By that I mean, all those things we did not get to last year we can put on …

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Why I Still Send Christmas Cards

Yes, I am one of a dying bred – people who still actually mail Christmas cards.  Not only Christmas cards but birthday cards, anniversary cards, “Hello” my friend cards, “Thinking of You” cards, etc.  Yes, I am doing my part to keep the paper card industry thriving in this country.  Well, that’s not exactly the …

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Election Results Are In! Girls, Inc. Has a New Mayor!

Earlier this week we had an exciting event at Girls, Inc.  You may recall from an earlier post that I am volunteering there and thoroughly enjoying it!  For the most part, the Fall program involves after school care, help with homework, literacy and, as always, running their town of “Dream Harbor” where all of the …

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There Is Good In Every Day!

There is a saying that has been around for years.  It’s been embroidered on pillows, quoted in books, used in movies – so long that I am not sure who said it first but it still resonates every time I hear it.  It goes “Every day might not be good.  But there is good in …

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Life is a “Marathon” Not a “Race”

Little did I know when I booked a trip home to Baltimore about six weeks ago that the day I would be leaving was also the day of the 17th Annual Baltimore Running Festival.  Staying in a downtown hotel right in the center of the festivities was going to make it impossible to get out …

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Coming Together – Before, During and After Irma

It’s almost two weeks after Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean and Florida leaving a path of devastation, despair and sadness.  But if we take a moment to look back on the storm we can find examples of incredible kindness, sensitivity and hope where we rose to be our best selves even in the midst …

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Girls? Girls? Girls? Yes! Yes! Yes!!

“Inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold!” When you are trying to get the attention of approximately 180-200 girls between the ages of 5-14 on any given day at Girls, Inc., you will often hear the leaders proclaim “Girls? Girls?  Girls?” to which the girls quickly respond “Yes! Yes! Yes!”  Then all eyes and …

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Thank You, Viola Davis!

The actress Viola Davis won the best Oscar for best supporting actress earlier this year for her phenomenal performance in the movie “Fences” with Denzel Washington.  She brought me to tears as I witnessed the dignity with which she portrayed her character’s anguish and pain. Outstanding in every way! Just as stirring as her performance …

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A Little Kindness Makes A Huge Difference!

It’s been said before and certainly has not gone unnoticed everywhere you look.  We are suffering from a serious lack of kindness in the way we treat each other. As I was stepping outside of a restaurant last week to stretch a little, I opened the door and saw two women approaching.  The first (“Mary”) was …

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