The Best Gifts are Given from the Heart

Hello, December! Tis the season for the hustle and bustle of gift giving and getting. But the best gift is given from the heart. Consider volunteering or giving to worthy charities instead of purchasing that impulse buy you’re thinking of gifting to yourself. Or ask your friends and family to donate in lieu of buying you a gift this season. But let’s talk about how you choose a worthy charity and about one of the charities I support, the American Humane Society. Give Wisely There are many, many worthy charities out there. Unfortunately, there are some organizations that call themselves charities but are less than well-organized or downright dishonest. Before you give to any charity, check them out. There are three charity watch organizations. BBB Wise Giving Alliance  Charity Navigator  Charity Watch Be certain to understand their rating system. Obviously, the watch organizations can’t cover every single charity, especially the small ones. But the ones they don’t cover, you can ask the questions yourself. Ask for the kind of information these charity watch organizations do. Too much work to look up the organization on three different sites? Consumer Reports looked at each of the three charity watches to come up […]

Stand Up for Affordable Insulin

It’s the last week of November and I can’t let the month pass without talking about diabetes. I have a personal relationship with the devastation that diabetes can bring to a person and a family. The disease is terrible. Its toll on the body is all encompassing and can be life-limiting. We have no cure. If you have diabetes the treatment is to boost or replace your body’s insulin. But rising prices of insulin force some people to choose between essentials and insulin. Some people ration their insulin at lower than effective doses. This leads to significant consequences, including death. Please join me in signing the American Diabetes Association’s petition “Stand Up for Affordable Insulin.” Don’t understand why this is important? Please read on. 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. What is Diabetes? It’s actually a collection of diseases where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin. There’s Type I diabetes, type II diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Diabetes causes more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined and having diabetes nearly doubles your chance of having a heart attack.—The American Diabetes Association) What is Insulin? Insulin a hormone produced by your pancreas. Your body turns the […]

8 Inspirational Quotes About Patience

We aren’t born patient. In fact, patience doesn’t come easily to most of us. Is that a fluke, a flaw in God’s plan? Or is it part of the design?  Perhaps, that’s the point. What if it’s not perfect patience one must acquire? Practicing patience might be all we need to do. Maybe, like me, you need some inspirational quotes about patience to remind you why the practice is worth it. (Saw the video? Skip to here.) Unable to view the video? Here are the quotations: Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind. ~David G. Allen Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.~Bruce Lee Have patience. All things become difficult before they become easy.~Saadi It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with the problems longer.~Albert Einstein All great achievements require time.~Maya Angelou Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.~Napoleon Hill Maybe that’s why life is so precious. No rewind or fast forward…just patience and faith.~Christina Marrero Every dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to […]