Tuesday, September 24, 2013

First Pets

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” ~ Anatole France

While visiting my parent’s house a couple of weekends ago, we were reminiscing about my first pet. He was a Border Collie named Boxie. He lived to be 13 years old. He was such a lovable dog and I have so many fond memories of him. He made me realize how powerful the love of an animal can be. They really do become family don’t they?

I’ll never forget Boxie and I was so glad that my mother held onto that picture :)
What was your very first pet? What was their name? Share your stories.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My Favorite Things about Autumn

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”Albert Camus

The leaves will soon be making their transition from green to the dazzling yellows, oranges and reds, and the chill in the air during some of the most recent mornings makes it clear that autumn is finally on its way.

I mean really, what’s not to like about Autumn? Here is but a short list:

Halloween! The number of people who consider Halloween their favorite holiday seems to be growing rapidly. Perhaps it’s because it brings out a childlike enthusiasm in us, or perhaps it’s simply that we love the scary movie marathons and haunted houses. Whatever the case, Halloween rocks!

Falling leaves. I love raking leaves in the fall. Sure it’s a chore, but there’s something fun about it. The sound of the leaves crunching as you walk through your yard is an oddly soothing sound. And as a kid, there was nothing like jumping into that mound of recently-raked leaves! It’s been years since I have partaken in that ritual, but it is one of my fondest memories.

Fresh air. Autumn’s cooler breezes arrive like a breath of fresh air, quite literally. There’s just something indescribable about the cleanliness of the autumn air. It brings with it the scent of rain, damp grass, and harvested fruits.

Football!! It has surpassed baseball as American’s pastime. College football on Saturdays and the NFL on Sundays...Yes please. P.S. Go Bengals.

Pumpkins. Whether you’re carving them for Halloween, or eating them in pie form for Thanksgiving, pumpkins are a stable of fall.

Autumn festivals. I love going to the small-town autumn festivals that take place in late September/early October. Live bands, funnel cakes, corn dogs, balloon lightings. It’s a wonderful time.

FALL BACK (You get an extra hour of sleep - need I say more?)

Thanksgiving. Family, food, and football…what more could you ask for?

Colors. The boundless green of summer transitions into a sizzling display of, scarlets, golds, and yellows! It doesn’t last long, but for those three weeks the forests come alive with a display of colors unlike anything on the planet.

Each season has its own list of things to love, but autumn is by far my favorite.

What is your favorite thing about autumn?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

4,383 Days Ago...

9/11 picture: United Airlines Flight 175 crashing into the World Trade Center's south tower
I can’t believe it’s been 12 years since that fateful day. Since I hadn’t turned my TV on that morning while getting dressed, I walked out my door not having any idea what was transpiring. I’ll never forget turning on my car radio a few minutes later while driving to my job at Sonny’s BBQ Pit in Richmond, KY. It was surreal. I heard things like “Nationwide air travel has been suspended” and “There may be more planes in the air that have been hijacked”.

When I arrived at work a few minutes later, everyone was huddled around the manager’s office, where he had a small TV. It was then that I saw the magnitude of what was happening. The second plane had hit a few minutes earlier. Everyone was numb. I, along much most of the world, spent the rest of the day glued to the TV coverage.
It’s one of those moments in history in which everyone remembers where they were.

Where were you when the towers were hit?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness...

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

If each of us did one small, random act of kindness for a complete stranger, the ripple effect would be immense and life-altering.  Whether it’s paying for the car behind you in the drive-thru, helping someone put groceries in their car, or even just opening doors or holding the elevator for people, these small acts make a huge difference.

Think of this for a second: You pay for the lady in the car behind you in the drive thru. She is so touched that she pays for the family behind her. That family is so touched that they pay for the gentleman behind them at the toll booth the following week.  That gentleman is so touched that, an hour later, he anonymously decides to pick up the tab for a young couple at the restaurant where he’s having lunch.  

See how contagious it can be?
Your decision to create that first random act of kindness has reached people that you would have never crossed paths with. It’s amazing isn’t it?

Have you ever been touched by a random act of kindness? Do you ever perform these acts of kindness?