Archive for the ‘God’ Category

Pope Francis Blesses Child With Disabilities on Easter

April 4, 2013


“The moving images of this Easter Sunday moment at the Vatican have spread around the world over the last few days. Greeting followers in St. Peter’s Square from the “Popemobile,” Pope Francis called for 8-year-old Dominic Gondreau, who suffers from cerebral palsy, to be raised up to him. He proceeded to hug Dominic, giving him a kiss on the cheek.

Paul Gondreau, a theology professor at Providence College, had traveled with his wife and children to Rome to teach for a semester. He was shocked to see his son in the arms of the newly elected pontiff, and he shared the amazing experience with Megyn Kelly on America Live.

Gondreau said he was seated with his four other children further away from the pope. Dominic and his mother, Christina, had been summoned earlier by the Swiss Guards to move into a closer seating area with other disabled children.

Gondreau said one of his other sons pointed out what was happening, telling him it was actually Dominic that was being held by Pope Francis.

“(My son) said the pope is holding Dominic! That’s when I looked up at the Jumbotron and beheld  this grand moment and was immediately moved to tears with my son. I will cherish that memory forever,” he said.”


This moved me to tears, just had to share. May God Bless them both.

Tis the Season for Kind Giving

December 3, 2012


Officer Lawrence DePrimo of Long Island, N.Y. shared on “Good Morning America.” “To look down at this gentleman’s feet and see that he had no socks. And when he told me he never had a pair of shoes. …My heart went out to him.”

So the officer bought this man some thermal socks and new boots.

Tourist Jennifer Foster of Florence, Ariz., captured this generous, kind act moment on camera while visiting Times Square with her husband on the cold night of Nov. 14, 2012.–abc-news-topstories.html

Would like to see more of this genuine behavior.

The Major Effects of Hurricane Sandy on New Jersey

November 19, 2012

A picture speaks a thousand words…
A video speaks volumes …

I live and work in NJ.

I know and have visited these areas… Environments and lives have been drastically changed.

The more inland NJ counties suffered  wind damage , downed trees/ poles and power outages for up to 10 days. Though the NJ shore and bay towns suffered far worse damage.

Mother nature was in control here.

Please HELP the relief effort!

By Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and specify NJ Storm Relief
By Text: Text STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation

By Check: Made payable to The Salvation Army, with NJ Storm Relief specified in the memo.

Mail to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 3170
Union, NJ 07083

Donate to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund today

Your donations make a real difference!

Salvation Army Bell Ringers- the Gift of Giving

December 12, 2010

What is on my mind today ? The gift of giving.


Every year during the Christmas season, I donate money to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers. I give the Salvation Army and their volunteer helpers much credit for trying to raise money for the needy that they serve.

Some ring just a bell, some play holiday music with a brass instrument or a few times I have seen a flutist, others may play Christmas carols on a CD player.

During these past few weekends in New Jersey the weather has been quite COLD .One day it was 30 degrees with a wind chill factor of 17 degrees. I was in route to enter a major retail store to get out of the blustery cold though lo and behold, I heard the bell ringing. I turned and there  was a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, all bundled up and out in the cold. I thought , why can’t they at least be in the entrance/exit foyer for some weather protection????

So thus I heed the major retail stores- thank you for allowing the fundraising though please have a warm heart and at least allow the Salvation Army helpers some refuge from the cold.

To all those who come by my blog and or pass by the Bell Ringer, please have a generous heart and put some change in the Salvation Army’s kettle to help those who are less fortunate than us this Christmas season. Thank you.

Thanksgiving Thoughts …

November 25, 2010


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron

He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
~J.A. Shedd

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

It is my hope that many during this holiday remember to be truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Children with Disabilities and Their Dads

November 10, 2010

I recently came across a wonderful story of a Dad who shares his story and insight about the struggles and joy of  raising  his child with disabilities.

I wanted to feature this story since fathers speaking out about their children with disabilities is quite a minority, but very important.

Chris Gabbard and his son August

As explained by his Dad, “August has cerebral palsy, is a spastic quadriplegic, has cortical visual impairment (meaning he is legally blind), is completely nonverbal and cognitively disabled, has a microcephalic head, and must wear a diaper. Moreover, he is immobile—he can’t crawl or scoot around or hold himself up or even sit in a chair without being strapped in it. …

At home, in the eyes of my wife, Ilene; our 7-year-old daughter, Clio; and me, he seems merely a little eccentric, possessor of a few odd quirks, as I said. We don’t think of him as being different; he is August, just another member of an already quirky family.”

The important part – via August’s Dad –  

“That is not to deny that August, along with my daughter and my wife, is the most amazing and wonderful thing that has ever happened to me, for he has allowed me an additional opportunity to profoundly love another human being. A person such as Peter Singer well may conclude, reasonably, that I have become overpowered by parental sentiment. So be it. I can live with that. There are limits to reason.”

A very worthwhile story to read. Chris allows the reader to travel through his fatherhood journey. Please read it, I highly recommend it !

America’s Got Talent – Jackie Evancho Sings Pie Jesu

September 9, 2010

I have to confess, I really like this show. Especially when they have lots of real talent to enjoy.  I truly appreciate Art, Music and Creativity.

During this 2010 season, America’s Got Talent  has featured and opened many doors of opportunities for a variety of very talented people.

I’ll talk more about this show later on in a future post.

But I must post this.

Jackie Evancho, a 10 year old opera singer.

WOW, she sings like an Angel Glitter Text

Superb talent!

She sings so beautifully.

Good luck to Jackie, she made it to the finals!

Celebrity Apprentice – 3rd Season – Good luck to Bret Michaels

May 23, 2010

I have to admit I love watching the Celebrity Apprentice. Though I know that the celebrities are ‘reacting’ to the cameras, it still has the ‘reality’ situations coming into play.

During this season, I had picked Bret Michaels to be a strong player and he has proven it too.

Additionally, it has been interesting to see the business / more personal sides of this group of celebrities.

Overall, Bret has been very creative, a go getter, has not thrown people under the bus, has worked hard, suffers from Diabetes, his daughter was diagnosed with Diabetes as well.  He actually showed a side of himself that was more interesting – being charismatic and intelligent in the pursuit to win money for his Diabetes charity versus the Rock of Love show that was in the conquest of just fooling around. Hey Bret, your creative, compassioniate and intelligent side of you is sooooo much more attractive = )  Also, some of the aerobic  moves for the exercise class task were good too lol.

Though during the month of April 2010, Bret had to have surgery to remove his appendix, then he had a near-fatal brain hemorrhage that thankfully and luckily he can recover from. Next in May he had a minor stroke which led to being diagnosed with a hole in his heart that will require future heart surgery. But the music man is not lying down, Bret Michaels has things to do like win Celebrity Apprentice.

Bret’s rep, Janna Elias, states “Bret wants everyone to know he cannot thank you enough for all of the well wishes, prayers, and good vibes you have sent his way. Even though these last few months have been tough on him and his family, especially this most recent setback, he is in good spirits, great medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be OK. He is up, walking, talking, continuing his daily rehab and very happy to be alive but he has made it clear he is sick and tired of being in the hospital and is ready to rock again.” 

As for Holly Robinson Peete –  WOW, what a strong lady. I give her alot of credit for making it to the final two and beating out Sharon Osbourne. Of course I love her charity for Autism though Bret has been a more well rounded player. He demonstrated via the tasks that he was a better project manager and team player than Holly.

As for Trump wondering where is Bret’s passion for his charity compared to Holly ? Well Mr Trump he would not be there if he did not want to win, he stayed and continued on with the game when his daughter was diagnosed, he deals with Diabetes himself and now other medical issues.  I define Bret’s attitude during this game as a ‘collective and progressive’ passion, he had set his goal of winning and becoming the next Celebrity Apprentice. His game playing against the other celebrities has been impressive and rock solid.

So of course I think Donald Trump needs to make the right choice which is to HIRE Bret Michaels as the next Celebrity Apprentice !!!

Tune in Sunday May 23, 2010
9pm EDT on NBC

By the way, the charities of both Celebrity Apprentice Finalists are worthwhile. They both have brought more positive awareness to Diabetes and Autism. Please donate to these good causes.

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Bret’s charity is the American Diabetes Association (Sponsor of Camps for Kids With Diabetes)

When Bret was six years old he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Today, he must take four shots of insulin a day and must always be in control of his blood sugars, oftentimes testing his blood up to six times a day. Because diabetes is such a major part of his life, Bret feels it’s his duty to raise money and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. With the ADA, Bret has a fund which sponsors diabetic kids and sends them to camp where they can meet other kids with similar conditions and have unlimited access to nurses and doctors who are there to help. When Bret was initially diagnosed with diabetes, his mother was an integral part in forming these diabetic camps, so Bret hopes to carry on the tradition.  ”

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Holly’s charity is the HollyRod Foundation

After watching her father struggle with Parkinson’s disease, Holly focused her attention on forming the HollyRod Foundation with her husband, Rodney. The HollyRod foundation sets out to support families who may not have the means to treat a loved one with a serious medical condition. When their eldest son, RJ, was diagnosed with autism, Holly and Rodney expanded their foundation and started to focus on autism. Autism affects one in 91 children and treatment can put an enormous emotional and financial strain on the family. The HollyRod Foundation paves its road through the simple act of providing comfort along the way with medical, physical, and emotional support to achieve a better quality of life for individuals and their families.

Bestselling author, actress, and national autism spokesperson Holly Robinson Peete has paired with her daughter Ryan to co-author this uplifting book based on their own personal experiences with Holly’s son and Ryan’s brother RJ, who has autism. Holly and Ryan will donate a percentage of the proceeds of “My Brother Charlie” to the HollyRod4Kids Foundation, to help children with autism gain access to affordable treatments and therapies. For information about HollyRod4Kids visit   “

Good Deeds Teach Good Behaviors

July 29, 2009

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Last June Phoebe did a good deed, she raised $3,736 that expanded to over $33,000 to feed poor families in San Francisco.

After seeing a man begging for food while her parents’ car drove her to preschool, this 5 year old girl was inspired to help feed the needy. She decided to do a community service project and mandated it for all the students in her school.

She originally came up with a $1,000 goal. Her teacher Kathleen Albert thought that was great but cautioned it was too ambitious. Phoebe remained determined anyway to help those in need.

Her project spurred on other agencies to do matching donations for her good cause.

End result from one good deed initiated by Phoebe?

$33,624 worth of food — or 17,971 meals — for the city’s hungry.

Her teacher, Kathleen Albert said, “I think it is very important to teach children to give back to the community. I see so many adults who walk around and have no idea of that. It doesn’t matter your wealth, you can still give back. It teaches kids that small donations can add up to big donations.”


I say, IMPRESSIVE and may God Bless this child for her good deeds. Phoebe is a very good kid.

Good deeds help others, it also helps the one who does the good deed. By doing good deeds, it positively shapes one’s character. Good deeds shape future behaviors.

So think about it parents-

What good deeds has your child done lately????

Note: Food banks are in greater need of food and cash donations. Those needing food have risen due to the poor economy. Please do a good deed today and donate to your local food bank or food pantry.

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Good Behavior for Memorial Day

May 24, 2009