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Spread the Red

The American Heart Association and Macy’s have teamed up to support the the fight against heart disease.  This February marks the 10th year of the “Go Red for Women“movement.  Despite a lot of progress, there’s still a long way to go because heart disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all kinds of cancer combined.  I’m living with a survivor of three major heart attacks who decided to get educated by living healthier, learning the risks and sharing her story to help her children…thanks Mom.

This year we celebrated the movement with a day of shopping at Macy’s in red, which helped to raise awareness of heart disease.  The strength of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends, fighting side by side is more powerful than any killer. It’s time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change.  We will continue to spread the red.

Embracing the Spirit of Giving,

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26 Acts of Kindness

Leaving a lottery ticket on someones windshield, paying for someone’s groceries, deliver pizza to the fire station, were just a few of thousands of small acts, people are sharing all over the world.  There has been an unexpected movement of good will from a social media post of one simple idea that said, “Imagine if we all committed one act of kindness for each precious life lost in Newtown Connecticut.  This effort, “26 Acts of Kindness” on Facebook and Twitter has gone viral.  We anxiously joined and completed all 26 acts within three days.  The note card above was included with each gift.

My favorite was #21, when we paid for the groceries of a person in front of us… As I was passing the woman the note card, the toddler in the cart said, “thank you”, and gave me a wave.  There was not a dry eyeball in that line, that moment was priceless.

As more and more people join the Kindness Revolution, the downward spiral of society fueled by selfishness, materialism and greed will be slowed, and even reversed. As this happens it will promote an enhanced feeling of ‘belonging’ in the community, and give a greater sense of meaning and purpose.  Acts of kindness should be a way of life.

Embracing the Spirit of Giving,

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Rachael’s Auntie Is Bald-Headed

How do you approach tough, sensitive topics with your children?  Do you ever wonder how they would handle illness or divorce?  How about the topic of “breast cancer”?  We met a young lady named Amber, who had the same questions, but decided to tackle those tough subjects by writing.

Her first published work titled “Rachel’s Auntie is Bald-Headed“is on Amazon. This is the first book of a series that is designed to gently familiarize children with issues that require healing for their minds and hearts. It is about a 9 year old girl who discovers that her favorite aunt is bald-headed, as a result of Cancer.

She struggles with the fears of teasing, thinking Cancer is contagious, and wondering how to fix it, all during Thanksgiving weekend.

Readers may identify with Rachael’s fears or gain sensitivity for others who may have this experience. The book has an open ending to encourage each reader to develop his/her own conclusion. At the end of the story are a vocabulary list, creative writing assignments, and opportunities to promote the support of a charity, community service, or other selfless activities relating to the story.

Embracing the Spirit of Giving,

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