When stories of success are told, the most important parts are usually left out. Two brothers, Frank and Dan Carney, borrowed less than a thousand dollars from their mother because they wanted to own their own pizza shop. Then we jump ahead to “and thus Pizza Hut, the largest pizza company in the world, was … Continue reading The Path between Humble Beginnings and Great Success
The editor of the newspaper I write for asked if I would do a Memorial Day feature, and I thought about this stone monument erected in honor of the men and women from the area who served in WWI and WWII. Those of us who live here drive by it often without giving pause or … Continue reading “We Shall Never Forget”
There is no right or wrong way to deal with grief. It strikes each of us differently, and when it does, it steals all of our energy and concentration. People who care try to find ways to make us feel better. Perhaps they have forgotten that there is no way to make us feel better, … Continue reading Trigger Warning: This Entry Is about Grief
Dear Mom, Today you apologized again for needing me. “I’m sorry you have to do so much for me,” you said. “I know how busy you are.” “I figure that if I keep doing things for you, Mom,” I answered, “in about fifty-nine years we might be close to being even.” How many times did … Continue reading Love Letter to Mom
“That’s just the way it is,” one of my students said recently. “We can’t do anything about it, so why worry about it?” We were talking about privacy issues. I had mentioned that there are many new search engines on the internet that promise not to “track your searches,” and I wanted to make a … Continue reading Stand Up for What You Believe In!
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the connections we make. In a great TED Talk, Brene Brown explained, “So where I started was with connections because, by the time you’re a social worker for ten years, what you realize is that connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our … Continue reading Making Connections