Good afternoon!

Like so many others, I ventured out this weekend to begin my holiday shopping.   OK, I didn’t really shop, I simply enjoyed going out, grabbing a cup of coffee, walking in West Reading and watching others get into the bargains.  As I was going through one store I overheard a conversation between a salesperson and a potential customer.  She was making a full-blown pitch for a particular item because it was “authentic”; “You really want this one, it’s not one of the knock-offs or look-alikes seen on-line and in other stores. 


Good Afternoon!  Some food for thought

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude.  Gratitude is the completion of kindness.  Thankfulness may consist merely of words.  Gratitude is shown in Acts!” – Henri Frederic Ariel

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them” – John F. Kennedy

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time when family gathers and we express our thanks and gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon us, but as both Kennedy and Ariel point out, true gratitude is expressed through our actions, or perhaps you could say, “Through what we give back.”  


Good afternoon!  I don’t normally share till Sunday afternoon, but this is timely……..

Earlier today I stopped by a coffee shop near my home.  It’s a small business in the community where I live.  There were about eight to ten people just sitting and discussing the outcome of the election.  This was not a planned meeting, but simply a discussion among those who happened to be grabbing a cup of coffee.   I knew some of them and met others for the first time.  


How was your week? Did you try to give out compliments? I mentally noted people’s reaction. Some where surprised and one was even a bit taken back, however I did notice one common reaction – a smile! Don’t let it be an experiment anymore. Make it a part of your life. Embrace the Challenge!

What a beautiful weekend. It was the perfect and needed end to a tumultuous week; one which left many rejoicing at the election of our president-elect, Donald Trump.…


Good afternoon!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend and found some time to simply relax and be mindful of the beauty that surrounds us in the Fall.

We have an interesting week ahead of us. On Wednesday morning we will wake-up to a new President-elect. Unfortunately, the path to this election has been one of the most divisive ever witnessed in our history. Perhaps our greatest challenge will be to look beyond the election, embrace it as a sign of a truly democratic country, and move ahead together.…