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On 17 April 2015 - 5:05pm


You can volunteer all over the world — get involved now! Our American heritage is founded on surviving in the frontier, and that meant making many associations. We had to help one another. It wasn’t that easy, and “volunteering” was essential. We shared food, dug each other out of buried homes during snowstorms, and protected our communities together.


On 16 April 2015 - 5:05pm

addtext_com_MTIxOTMxMTMyMDQzHi Team Living and Giving,

Here is a helpful list from one of the smartest games we have available to us, chess. Let’s see what we can learn, and how it applies to our lives.

1. Learn the basics. Keep life simple.

2. Think before you do. Being thoughtful saves a lot of angst in our hearts…

3. Think possibilities and outcomes. Excited about a new step? Super! What does the end result look like? What are the different ways your life could turn out? Think big, think possible; and think with care.  ...more

On 15 April 2015 - 5:05pm

blue_realse_clouds_220520_lOne of the biggest things humans have trouble doing is sacrificing.

The art of giving up and letting go for the long haul seems almost foreign to us. Why, after all, would you give up something of value when you don’t have to?

By playing chess, I’ve gained a deeper understanding on how to sacrifice.

Often in life it has to get worse before it gets better, or at least that’s how it may seem. You need to understand the value of your assets; if you can afford giving it up, sometimes it might just be a blessing instead of a hindrance to do so. No one ever gets where they want in life without giving up something they would rather hold onto, but that’s life. Chess ...more

On 14 April 2015 - 5:05pm


“And lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs; the habit of hoping for a favorable chance…”

-Morrison Waite

Dear Reader,

Is today a low day?

Then, you are looking too low.

You are only looking at this moment.

But as with life, or chess, one move can change your life.


And then the game ...more

On 13 April 2015 - 5:05pm


It was my joy to be visiting a friend and for a business trip in Kansas City and there… I stumbled upon the story of the founder of Hallmark cards. Joyce Clyde Hall grew up in Nebraska, his two older brothers opened up a post card store, which were then very much in vogue. He worked for them for awhile and then thought perhaps he would move and open up distribution and send bulk postcards to retailers. A friend, who later became a top salesman for him, deterred him from going to Omaha and said, “You should go to Kansas City! There you will find such spirit and receptivity!”

At the age of 18, Joyce Hall moved there to begin his enterprise but he soon found that it wasn’t a good situation, instead he slightly altered course. Inspired by quotes he used to ...more

On 10 April 2015 - 5:05pm


Marine corps officer Robert J. Wicks shares with us some important lessons on life and nature.

Rather than read, he encourages us to reflect.  If we face a challenge, we can act not from anger but from joy and grounded peace.

From his book, Streams of Contentment, here are three tips on living a natural, and successful life.

* Be clear about what is truly essential.

* Appreciate everything and everyone in your life right now.

* Recognize that a little silence and solitude is no small thing.

– Robert J. Wicks

When we appreciate what is important, right now, we honor life and everyone around ...more

On 9 April 2015 - 5:05pm

meadow-680607_640Do Good, Feel Good. What Kind of Ethics is That?

It’s straight from our esteemed President Lincoln, who is referring to that still small voice that tells us right and wrong. Everyone has it within…and we hear that gentle voice urging us one way or not.  So President Lincoln is not calling for a marvelous free for all where anyone follows their whim.  He’s calling us to listen to an internal guide of Truth.

It’s about truly doing good, authentic, down home, core, natural goodness.   This is something which is in all of us.  And it’s available to us all.   Do Good, feel that confirmation in your heart that it is the right thing. Then you feel good, and you know it is right. And then I’d add, keep on doing ...more

On 8 April 2015 - 5:05pm


As a woman social entrepreneur myself, I find it exciting to see the strong women working in the nonprofit sector. There are so many inspiring stories. One of my favorites is Frances Hesselbein.

She was a mentee of Peter Drucker. This 90-something leader is still going strong, speaking internationally, and helping women leaders and entrepreneurs all over the world. She has written two very insightful books geared towards non-profit/for-profit leaders: The Leader of ...more

On 7 April 2015 - 5:05pm


“There is a place for every star, and they all blend together.”

–Alexandra Hawley

This is a lovely quote from my mom, which was simply a part of an email to me.  I love the analogy of stars, for they all shine, and all uniquely so;  each one has its enduring place.  The light of each star is their unique, special contribution to this world.

Here is where the star power comes in. With each star’s combined light, we create a greater luminescence which brightens everyone’s experience, and therefore the world.

Thank you, Mom, for seeing the star in everyone!


On 6 April 2015 - 5:05pm


“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”

– Bertie C. Forbes


Bertie C. Forbes (1880-1954) was the founder of Forbes magazine.  He was born in Scotland, spent time in South Africa, and emigrated to New York in 1904.  He worked at several journals and founded Forbes in 1917.  He was the Editor-in-Chief for almost 40 years, up until his death. (Biosource: B.C.Forbes)