He plays his sweet saxophone every day by my local grocery store. He stands on the street, because he’s not allowed to play in front of the store, but I always hear him. I know when he’s there, because in spite of the noise from traffic, I hear him because he plays from his heart. I don’t know his name, but I do know his sound and he gives me hope. I’ve often wondered why this lone saxophone player gives me hope? I can’t really explain it except that he embodies goodness. I can see it in his face and I feel it when he plays. His music moves me. I always give him a dollar and he’s incredibly grateful. But he gives me something far more valuable than what I give to him. Today he was playing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and it brought me to tears. At first I couldn’t figure out why today was so different from any other day and then I realized that he was my connection to what is still good in our world, that he helped me find some hope in the face of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Read More…
I love the art of communication. Nothing excites me more than having a wonderful conversation with someone, but when you are a caregiver and trying to find new subjects to discuss with your loved one day in and day out, sometimes conversation is really challenging. What do you talk about? How long will the conversation [...]
I’m a little behind in reflecting on the last year but I wrote and posted this on my blog last night and wanted to share it with you too (especially since you all figure so prominently in my 2011). I intended to do 2011 reflections on December 31. A reasonable date for such things. However, between [...]
How about those New Years Resolutions? It’s that time of year, the time when everybody looks back on the old year and wonders where it all went. 2011 was going to be the year where your life finally came together; … Continue reading →
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Don’t be coy! Ask for what you want. And have yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Social BookmarkingTake a lesson this Christmas is a post from: Ralph Carlson Blog If you like this post stop by Ralph Carlson Blog – How to create your own unique retirement lifestyle. for more.
Take a lesson this Christmas is a post from: Ralph Carlson Blog If you like this post stop by Ralph Carlson Blog – How to create your own unique retirement lifestyle. for more.
On a recent trip to Monterey, CA, I packed along a leather-bound journal that I had received as a birthday gift some years ago. I thought this would be a good opportunity to write down some ideas for future blog … Continue reading →
Wow! I am honored, thrilled and grateful to have Forever a Caregiver chosen as the October Book of the Month Club pick on caregiving.com. Denise will talk with me about the book tomorrow (Tuesday, October 25) at 12:00 p.m. PDT. You can listen here. Forever a Caregiver is a book that took me ten years to [...]
This was intended to be a quick video but I’m learning a new video production program and it took forever. Not to mention the definition is off. I can’t take any more time just now but when I get a chance I’ll figure out what went wrong. Life gets messy sometimes. Social BookmarkingRetirement Lifestyle:Riding [...]
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I told you that last week I was heading to The Enlightened Entrepreneur Experience and indeed, it was just THAT…but not just enlightening… powerful on so many levels. There was the business level, of course. There was the emotional level, but then therewas also the inspirational “Take Hold Get Going” level that is difficult to [...]
This week I’m heading off to San Diego to attend The Enlightened Entrepreneur Experience, a conference designed to help entrepreneurs fine-tune their message and also rejuvenate. I’m really looking forward to these three days for many reasons, but mostly because it gives me a chance to meet new people who are on a path to [...]
This past Saturday I had the amazing pleasure and joy of attending Dolly Parton’s debut performance at The Hollywood Bowl! It was a perfect summer evening in Los Angeles…the Bowl was abuzz…the company was great….and everyone was excited for the long-awaited, much-anticipated Dolly concert! At 8:30pm sharp she appeared on stage singing “Walking on Sunshine” [...]
One of the greatest joys in my life is interacting with people who are involved with The Care Company community. I love receiving emails and feedback. Sometimes someone needs a little help. Sometimes someone needs A LOT of help and sometimes someone wants to share a story. This story crossed my desk today and I [...]
Today a new social network was launched, but this one has a twist: it’s designed to encourage you to write your memoirs by using prompts in the spirit of the Proust Questionnaire. Then, if you wish, you can share them online with … Continue reading →
The Class of ’46 Talk about outrageous retirement lifestyle. My wife and I stumbled upon something remarkable yesterday. On the way back from our personal trainer we stopped for breakfast. We had heard good things about this restaurant but we had never managed to get there because it’s in the next town over and a [...]
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