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”

Heroes -How Important Are They?

Christopher Reeves once defined a hero as “an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”  No doubt, Reeves was an American star –  an actor, director, and producer who was beloved by his fans.

Amazingly, the tragic accident, that left Reeves a quadriplegic, did not stop him from getting in front of an audience – even though he required a portable ventilator as well as a wheel chair and body support.  He leveraged his fame to lobby on behalf of people with spinal-cord injuries and for human embryonic stem cell research.

He played the cards he was dealt.  Reeves became a true hero by his own definition and the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation continues the work he started.  Thus, Christopher Reeves made his final chapter of life the legacy of a lifetime.

Heroes Make a Difference in the World

And, everyone of us makes a difference in the world, too!  Now, what kind of difference is entirely up to us. Continue reading “Heroes -How Important Are They?”