Category: giving back

  • Au Revoir 2013 ! Welcome 2014! A Look Back

    2013 was less than dull,  and my hunch is 2014 will be just as full. As I look behind to write this post, some things were dreadful, while others I loved most. Mother Nature took her toll reminding us all  that when push comes to shove, she makes the call. Sadly war continues in far…

  • Why I Love Nelson Mandela

      I live in Chicago, a very long way from South Africa.  About four years ago I had the privilege of visiting South Africa and it was there that I learned a lot more about this incredible warrior and liberator, Nelson Mandela. I’m embarrassed to admit that in 1993, I was so busy raising my…

  • Charlie Trotter’s Quiet Inspiration

    Over 10 years ago I bid on and won an auction item that made a dream of mine come true. I won a day in the kitchen at the infamous Charlie Trotter’s restaurant. I felt like I had hit  the jackpot. I showed up at  the restaurant at the requested time,  11 a.m. I was…

  • Success Driven by Passion

      I have always believed that in order to be successful, you must be engaged with something you’re passionate about. That goes for all aspects of life, not just work, but everyday life. Keeping passion alive is what makes every day an adventure. How I love adventures! Some say that optimism is inherited while others…

  • Boston- This Runs for You!

    As runner’s crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon, the last thing on their mind was to duck and cover. They were focused on crossing the line that would mark a personal victory. A victory that came from months and for some years of training and dedication. The feelings of success, exhilaration, accomplishment all…

  • What if Your Daughter Were Homeless?

    As a mother of four children, it was mandatory that they attend college. I didn’t have the luxury of that kind of support, so I made sure that all of my children had the gift of a loving home and a college education. But what about those who don’t start off with a solid foundation?…

  • Forgetting Christmas

    My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”  ~ Bob Hope, American film actor and comedian. As Christmas inches closer, the holiday spirit makes its presence known through family gatherings, gift giving and grudges…

  • Inspired to Do More!

      In the aftermath of Sandy, those of us not directly affected continue on with our daily lives. We live as usual without a thought about what will happen to those that are homeless or have a house to piece back together, or worse, the loss of a loved one. We observe the tragedy on…