A Scottish Festive Holiday Grace

My Scottish parents taught us to lift our glasses as grace was recited at any important family gathering.  Be it a holiday or a family gathering, everyone joined together at the supper table ready to eat.  The Scottish prayer was recited by my Dad in a manner that was more of a toast than a standard blessing on a meal. He commanded everyone’s attention, waited for silence, then raised his glass and reverently spoke in his thick Glaswegian brogue:

“Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thanket.”

Growing up in Pennsylvania, we recited this Scottish grace year after year, chiming in as we learned the words.  It was my understanding that the Continue reading “A Scottish Festive Holiday Grace”

Voters Want the Truth – Read this Before You Vote

Before casting your vote, I would like to draw your attention to a little book by Andy Andrews.  It addresses the issue of why the truth matters more than you think.

We all want the best for our country – and a secure and prosperous future for our children.  This is not a partisan issue no matter how we tend to vote. Continue reading “Voters Want the Truth – Read this Before You Vote”

Family Secrets – A Follow Up On Dirty Laundry

On October 7, 2016 I published a post about Family Secrets and posed the question of whether you should air dirty laundry.

This post has been removed from this site. I made this decision out of respect for family privacy. Continue reading “Family Secrets – A Follow Up On Dirty Laundry”

Eight Ways to Preserve Your Family Legacy

A family legacy can mean different things to different people.  Even the way you live life to the fullest can be a legacy in itself.  But,  it often takes some thought to preserve the legacy of your family to be cherished for generations to come.

Since ancient times families have passed on their heritage, family histories, and traditions by word of mouth.  Today, I wish I had recordings or video of all the stories Mom and Dad passed along so many years ago.

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Leaving a Legacy That Lasts

A legacy for the rich and famous can very different from the average person. But, no matter who you are, you can leave a lasting impression that will be remembered by those whose lives you have touched. Continue reading “Leaving a Legacy That Lasts”

How to Be Happy? Be a Rainbow!

Yesterday’s post focused on getting out of our own way and asking for help when we are in need.  Today, I want to talk about how you can be a help — a blessing, a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

Growing up we were taught not to be selfish, to share and be generous — to help one another.  “Love your neighbor”.

Mother Teresa, just canonized as a saint by the Pope said:

Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.

Now, we are learning with scientific research in neuroscience that helping others actually helps us — it makes us happy.

How to be Happy is About Helping Others

Judy is a 50 year old caretaker for my Down Syndrome son, Bob.  Judy is a Christian and she has a boatload of problems that would drown many people in despair.  Her faith helps to anchor her and give her life direction.  Continue reading “How to Be Happy? Be a Rainbow!”