Trick or Treat

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With Halloween right around the corner, all of you must have costumes on your mind! When I was a little girl, my costume had to be perfect. I usually was a princess, and the same one three years in a row, but I have to say, my all time favorite costume was when I was tinker bell. Now, I was five, and did actually think I was tinker bell in real life, but that was the one night where I could run around and people actually went along with it!

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Throughout the years I have been 80’s workout girls, superheroes, Disney princesses, ladybugs, and of course my favorite, the cute little fairy with the green sparkles in her hair.

This year I will be Sandy, the good girl gone bad for her biker boyfriend, Danny, in the movie “Grease”. My boyfriend will be playing the handsome bad boy as well. That was one of my favorite movies growing up, so I must be the leather, red lipstick wearing, curly haired Sandy! My search for the perfect leather leggings, and off the shoulder black top has not started yet, but you better believe that I will be going anywhere and everywhere to look like I am out of that movie.

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What are your costume ideas for this Halloween? I know there are some hip new ideas out there, and many come from Pinterest! I think that the DIY costumes are always the best, because you know that you will never look like anybody else, even if they went with the same exact costume!

With Katniss Everdeen fighting crime, and Miley Cyrus…well, maybe not, there are a wide range of people and “things” you can be this Halloween. Get those creative minds pumping and have some fun this Halloween! I know I will!!!!!

Out of the Darkness

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Today I had the pleasure of participating in an “Out of the Darkness” walk near my college. One of my close friends, Morgan, lost her brother to suicide, and she put together a team to help raise money and awareness for it.

Suicide claimed 39, 518 lives in 2011 in the United States alone. Someone dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes.

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By participating in walks such as the Out of the Darkness walk, you are joining efforts with people nationwide in hopes to raise money for AFSP’s research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives.

Not only do these walks help people to spread awareness about depression and suicide, but it helps to comfort those who have been impacted.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  is a non-profit agency that works to prevent suicide all over.

Their mission statement reads: 

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), which began in 1987, is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. 

To fully achieve their mission, AFSP raises money to fund scientific research, provide educational programs, educate the public, and promote policies that impact suicide and prevention. When I arrived to the walk with my friend, I was not surprised to see how many people showed up for Morgan and her family. Morgan participated in a lot of different groups throughout Wilkes, but she is also loved by many. Lots of her friends showed up to support the cause. Not only that, but many of Morgans brothers friends showed up. You could tell that so many people loved him.

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As I walked through the crowd, I felt so much love from everyone. So many stories were shared, and I could tell that Morgan’s brother was really something special. I know that I didn’t directly know him, but he must have been pretty wonderful.

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I woke up today concerned that the weather was not going to be so great, and that people would be bundled up for this walk. I put on my layers and prepared myself for the cold. But as I walked over to the pavilion where the sign up table was, the sun came out! It turned into a really beautiful day, and I thank Morgan’s brother for that.

I learned a lot from today. Not only did I learn about the organization, but I learned how much Morgan’s family loves one another, as well as those around them. I continue to keep them in my thoughts each day.

I hope that you guys can take some time to donate to AFSP in hopes that research and prevention can grow.

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 http://www.afsp.org/ways-to-give/make-a-donation

Matt Greene…His Thoughts on Beauty

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Beauty…When the word comes to mind for many the first thought is the physical. After all we live in a physical world. A world built of consumerism and appreciating items and physical appearances and not so much the inner beauty of the human race.

People were created to be loved, to appreciate each other, to feel empathically towards others, to care, laugh and love each other is real beauty. Don’t get me wrong beauty can represent the physical of people but I feel like with social media such as Facebook or even Tinder as a human species we are conditioned to only think of beauty in terms of the outer physical appearance.

We stray away from what makes us human and the beauty of human connection and empathic relationships, which is real beauty. So to me beauty is not just the physical but beauty is the relationships we build, the time we spend together, the fulfilling feeling when you help someone live better. That is beauty.

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            I have lived in three different continents, traveled to twenty different countries and all over the USA seeing the good, bad, and ugly. I have worked with people in trailer homes and have worked with some living in the 3% of the world so to me beauty is not and should not be based off of the physical outer shell of human beings but seeing the connections built within.

Seeing the 3% helping and working with the less fortunate is beauty, getting food for a homeless man outside is beauty, making someone laugh is beauty, living a fulfilling life that is not based on a paycheck but based on bettering those around you is the real beauty. So to me beauty is not so much a physical word but it describes the center of all human connection.

Real beauty is the positive impact you have on those around you and I will always stand by that.

27th Act of Kindness

23ee306628ee075e97d319fe0e6292abAt my school we have this cafe’ called Rifkin. Everyone makes frequent stops there in between classes to grab something quick to eat before their next class is scheduled. It is a pretty popular spot because the food ranges anywhere from sandwiches to burgers to salads. There are also chips and drinks and candy and what not. 

I like to stay on campus for most of the day because I have a little bit of a walk to get back to my house. I would rather just stay on campus, sit at the cafe’, and get some work done. It seems like a lot of other people do that same thing. 

Well, I know that a lot of people have been having trouble getting “rifkin money” added to their swipes. Our swipes are what get us into buildings, events, and the cafeteria and places like that. I usually just purchase flex dollars because they work only at Rifkin, where I usually am. 

Anyway, like I said, a lot of people have been having trouble. I am not sure if the system has been down or what, but so many people haven’t been able to purchase the food they order because of this problem. 

Well, today was like any other day. I went to Rifkin to order my usual plain bagel with butter. I went and got my naked juice and waited for my bagel to get ready. There was a girl behind me in line who ordered a sub and grabbed chips and a gatorade. When I finished paying for my chips I noticed that she was having trouble paying for hers. I offered to pay for her lunch because I knew so many people were having issues lately. 

She was so appreciative and told me that she would repay me when her card started working! I could tell she was really stressed, probably with classes and her card not working, so I figured it was just a nice thing to do. I would really appreciate it if someone did that for me as well. 

I enjoyed this random act because it really was random. I didn’t have anything planned, I was just helping a stranger out. 

I hope that that led her to do something nice for someone else today, as well. 

20th Act of Kindness

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 Today, while I was on my way home from my annual appointment at the dermatologist with my mom, we decided to indulge ourselves with some McDonalds snack wraps, fries, and cokes. I was seriously craving some salty fries today. So bad, but so good. Don’t judge me… 

Anyway, as we were stuffing our faces at a red light, we noticed a young boy, probably 20, standing on the median, with a sign for an animal rescue shelter that was raising money and awareness. Being the animal lover that I am, I quickly went into my wallet and pulled out a couple bucks for the kid. He ran up to the car and gave us a quick lowdown of the foundation he was a part of, and then we got to talking about our animals that we rescued. 

My cat, Taz, was found on the streets of Baltimore as a kitten. When he was found, his face was covered in duck tape. Apparently some young boys tried to suffocate Taz by wrapping his face. You can tell that the tape was on for a long time because his whiskers are all bent and crooked. 

The thing that makes me so sad is that these kids were probably able to do this to him very easily because he is so trusting. He will jump into anybodies lap, roll over, and fall asleep. Its just how he is…I do not understand how people can be so cruel to such beautiful animals. 

Taz is this crazy cat, with a bunch of energy. We lost our other cat “Orange Kitty” (don’t laugh at his name, we love it) a couple years because to cancer and it really took us a while to want another cat. My family, like any other, gets super attached to their animals, and when we lose them, its like losing a member of the family. Taz has definitely been a blessing in disguise because he is so rambunctious and wild, but so sweet at the same time. We had such a hard time figuring out what his name would be, because we couldn’t all agree on something that perfectly fit his personality. Finally, we picked “Taz” which is short for Tasmanian Devil”. 

Any who, let me get back on track here…. So the kid was rambling on and on about the foundation and as he was talking I noticed the other, young boy, standing behind him, holding a sign stating that he was homeless and needed money.

This sign was different though. 

He said he needed some money so he could buy himself a suit. A suit for an interview. You see, he didn’t want people to just hand him money. He wanted to be able to be successful on his own, he just needed a little push. I quickly grabbed some money out of my purse, again, and yelled for him to come over! He was surprised, I am sure, because it took me so long to notice him. 

This kid seemed determined to better his living conditions, so I was determined to help. I know that I only gave him a couple dollars, but maybe it was the push necessary to get him in the right direction. 

A little can most definitely go a long way.

Ps. Here is a picture of Taz and me!

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19th Act of Kindness

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Like I said before, even the smallest things count.

My friend Sam Calkins, and daughter of Laurie Calkins (my boss!) just started a new job at a restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, as a PR floor manager. She is awesome when it comes to dealing with people, so I am really excited for her with this new environment.

Today, as she was arriving at work, she bumped into a couple of the girls that she works with. They were all walking into the restaurant when a couple of the girls noticed that the usual guy who dropped off the beer and alcohol dropped all of it everywhere. He was scrambling to pick it all up, so they ran over to help him.

As you can see in the picture, these girls are in dresses, and they were over there heavy lifting for this guy. Sam caught it on camera and sent me the picture right away, because she felt that this act of kindness should not go unnoticed.

I am sure that the guy truly appreciated that they helped him, and his day got just a little bit better 🙂

Obviously they didn’t have to help him, but they felt it was the right thing to do. They went out of their way to help a random stranger, and that is just awesome!

YOU GO GIRLS, you deserve a pat on the back.

18th Random Act of Kindness

A whole lot of stuff…

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A Mama, Daddy, newborn, kids, Grandma and Grandpa with a whole lot of stuff.

We go to the same place everyday at the beach in Rehoboth, DE and we always sit where no one can swim. It is designated for fisherman only. It is smack dab to the entrance of the beach at the very end of the boardwalk on the North side.

We see the same thing everyday. People come and set up not realizing the kids cannot play in the water. The reason they do this is because of a rock wall you can’t see when the tide is high. A place that someone can get hurt if they do not know this. So everyday we go and tell them, “You might want to move”.

We wanted to tell them this before they set the tent, chairs, blankets, toys and just everything else that goes into a beach day with the kids. Boy, I remember those days chasing my little angels around, making sand castles and playing in the water.

Jessica walks over to tell them and she says that the Grandma and Grandpa are coming and that is why they chose this spot so close to the entrance. They were older and walking fifty feet would be hard enough.

We sat there for a little bit an watched as they looked at each other trying to decide what they should do. I could see them start to pack up as I saw the Grandparents start to come down the hill. “Come on kids” I said, “lets help”.

I know how hard it is to just get to the beach with a chair and towel with grown children that can carry their own stuff but imagine a huge tent and everything else.

We helped move them to a different spot and they helped with getting the Grandparents safely to the spot they chose.

A day of fun in the sun ends happily…

16th Random Act of Kindness

Act like a duck

My homage to ducks…

I thought this was the sweetest thing as I walked through a park and noticed they had actually constructed a ramp for ducks to easily get into the water fountain. In everyday life we can find the beauty in bridges, ramps and just simply your hand. I have certainly used the analogy of a duck many, many times and I have been told, “Laurie, when you walk, you waddle “like a duck”! I do have a certain style and if it is a duck walk, then I love it because it is me…

You know you love ducks.  How many times have you said this?

“If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck”

“With a rubber duck, one’s never alone”

“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”

“A few feathers short of a whole duck”

And my personal favorite!

“Let it roll off, like a duck”