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Don’t Let the Bad Guys Win. Stand up, Participate and Take Action

Posted on 01/9/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeLast week, my blog was about New Year’s resolutions, but it had a Tuohy twist. I wanted to drive home the point that I had hopes many people would make declarations that weren’t so self-centered and went beyond their own desire to better just themselves. Many of you liked it, and some of you did not. One reader declared it lame. Of course, I wanted to tell her to pick up a pen and see what she could come up with and then let me …

2012: A Year to Get in the Game and Make Good Plays

Posted on 01/4/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeLet’s start 2012 out on the right foot, the correct path, a good mindset, have the best intentions, etc etc, etc. No, I’m not going to talk to you about personal resolutions. I’m not going to give you five steps to healthier living or have you add blueberries to you daily food pyramid. Nor am I going to tell you to drink more water, eat less red meat, walk faster or sleep more. However, all those are excellent recommendations; I should …

Holiday Tip: Think Outside the Shirt Box and Give the Gift of Service

Posted on 12/20/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeDo you remember when you were a child and the Sears catalog would arrive right before the holidays and you, or at least I would, go through and circle everything you wanted for Christmas? It had all the presents you could want in one place. I can hear my father right now saying, “Did you leave anything for anyone else?” I would always have a split second of guilt, but it quickly passed. The holidays can be like a juggling act, …

Poverty: Be A Part of the Solution

Posted on 11/22/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeShock, disbelief, fear, guilt, and empathy…you ask what is she talking about now. Those are the emotions that went through me as I sat this week in the Chicago airport mindlessly gazing up at the TV waiting for my delayed flight to board. CNN had just reported the poverty level has risen to 16% in this country. I certainly don’t think that CNN is an authority on anything so that percentage could vary a bit in either direction, but however …

Invest in a Life: Adopt!

Posted on 11/15/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeUpdated on Nov. 12, 2013 November is known for Thanksgiving, but did you also know that it’s National Adoption Month? This year, Nov. 23 is National Adoption Day. We don’t put up a tree with lights, or look for eggs, or ask for candy, but it still is a life changing day for so many. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter My husband Sean and I truly believe the heroes of this world are our military, police officers, …

Inspiration, it Can Stir the Soul

Posted on 11/8/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeWhere do you get your inspiration? What excites, enriches and engages you? I hope your response is not accumulating more wealth, larger houses, more land, stocks, bonds or pursuit of fame. What drives you to achieve your goals? Goals will or will not be achieved according to how we, as individuals, are inspired. As insignificant and trivial as this may sound to you, especially in terms of the bigger picture of “saving mankind, “I will tell you what motivates me …