The Power of a Choice




The Good, The Bad, and The Lovely



Bad News is: You cannot make people like, love, understand, validate, accept, or be nice to you. You can’t control them either. Good News Is: It  Doesn’t Matter.  —author unknown


Giving Growth



“When we give of our self for others, we grow in ways that cannot be quantified tangibly. It’s amazing, however, how much our self-worth, self-image, self-confidence, and self-respect seem to expand at just about the same time.” —Paul Mark Sutherland 

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The Quest…


Enjoy …and don’t forget to give something today!

“If you resist or avoid what you do not know or understand, you have forfeited your defense when you are called ignorant. The quest to explore, to understand, to know, is the core of a vibrant, informed, and evolving life.”  —Paul Mark Sutherland

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…Then Another Step

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What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. —C. S. Lewis

Thanks to Kristin Barton Cuthriell and her blog


Testing, 1-2-3

 When was the last time you did something for the first time?Better_Be_In_Beta


“You better be in beta …because if you’re final, you’re finished!” —Paul Mark Sutherland

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Talk About Spunk…

Once again, determination, attitude, and spunk win the day. Good news is  …well, GOOD NEWS. Last month we heard about Shawana Machado, a 40-year-old woman overcoming homelessness to earn her college degree. Also, there was the story about Gac Filipaj, a 52-year-old immigrant who became a janitor when he arrived in the U.S., learned English, was accepted as a Classics student at his work place (Columbia University), and graduated from the Ivy League school, with honors no less, all while still working as a janitor.

Now we hear of Dawn Loggins, 18 years old, both homeless and a janitor at her own high school, and abandoned by her parents, but now headed to Harvard. We wish her well, of course, but this beautiful determined young woman really doesn’t need our well wishes, because she creates her own luck, and she creates it boldly.

Here’s her story told by CNN’s Martin Savidge.

Congratulations, Dawn. All the best as you set off in August to conquer Cambridge!

more about Dawn:
see Shawana’s story here.
see Gac’s story here.