I love doing acts of kindness for family, friends and strangers alike, but just now, my grandfather and I were the unexpected recipients! He had gone outside to pick up some of the palm branches that went on the sidewalk after yesterday’s wind. As soon as I saw what he was doing, I too went out, worried about him doing it alone, due to fairly frequent dizziness.  read more →

There was a time in my life when I saw nothing but darkness ahead. I was spiraling out of control, drinking and partying everyday simply to dull the pain. I was headed into an abyss, and it seemed nothing could stop me from falling over the edge. read more →

We went down to the VA Hospital on Friday to hand out cards, letters, etc., and hang a banner from my daughter Lulu’s school. What an awesome experience! 

The Veterans were so grateful and happy to talk and share stories. I was really happy to see all of the things that had been sent over from schools, groups etc. I learned a lot of interesting things, one being about the POW•MIA table that is always set, and all of the things that are put on the table and why. read more →

As long as I can remember I have dreamed of traveling and one of the places I have always wanted to go was Ireland. Another thing that had tagged along with this dream was the question: “How am I going to get to there?”

When I was in my early 40s, I had saved a bit of money, and I thought that I was finally on my way to getting to Ireland! I had started a bank account. I called my “travel fund”. Cute name I thought! One day my life partner, who was also my car mechanic, announced that my car needed a new transmission. “How much?” I asked and almost cried when he told me the amount. It was the exact amount that was in my travel fund. I thought that God had a funny sense of humor. Yeah, it was a travel fund alright, but not to Ireland. My dream was dead! read more →

In late 2012 my children were kidnapped and slated for the (then unknown) child/sex slavery auction block effectively running in the underbelly of our society. read more →

On Fridays, I treat myself to Dunkin Dounuts and I use the drive-thru. When I pay at the window, I also pay for the person’s order behind me in line and they won’t know it until they pull up to the window and I’ve already left by then. I just want to it anonymously to make someone’s day brighter. I do this because someone once did it for me and it helped restore my faith in the world. read more →

Today I really needed, more than anything else, a reminder that there are still kind and thoughtful people in this world… and wouldn’t you know? THIS happened: read more →

I learned a long time ago, when any family member had to go to hospital for anything, to make a goody bag for the nurses. So having my dad in the hospital last week, I went and got some healthy snacks and some unhealthy snacks for both the night shift and day shift.  read more →

At the start of the new season, my son and his mates realized their basketball team had been split up again. Four boys from the old team had been paired with four new boys, and after the first training session, they realized there were two different levels of ability. As the club they play for hadn’t kept their team together for many seasons, the boys felt disheartened at once again not standing much of a chance of making it to grand final.  read more →

To whoever you are, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The last few weeks have been bloody rough, and the cherry on the turd cake was when I broke my right arm last week. I have been left pretty useless as my left arm is a flaming idiot. read more →

I was at the Post Office a few years ago, around Christmas, and there were so many people trying to send their packages and get their stamps. I got my numbered ticket from the machine and waited, looking at the displays. An older couple came in, and they looked so ill and tired. The lady had a walker and the man had thrown a coat over his sweat pants, and it seemed that, even though they didn’t feel well, they were determined to do their mailing for the season. I thought, how courageous you are, how inspiring…. read more →

I live in rural QLD Australia. We have been in terrible drought for several years. My farm has suffered, my business has suffered. read more →