Thomas A. Edison

Thomas A. Edison – School Drop to Creative Genius

One reason I am so drawn to the biography of Thomas A. Edison is that his story begins in my home state of Ohio. Becoming an inventor was in his DNA.  His great-grandfather, John Edison, was an inventor in the early 1700’s in New Jersey. Having sided with the Loyalists in the Revolutionary War, John Edison was imprisoned and faced execution until prominent Whig leader saved him from that fate. Edison’s great-grandfather’s land was confiscated […]

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Jeff Hanson – A Better World One Painting at a Time

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller Every act of kindness helps create kinder communities, more compassionate nations and a better world for all … even one painting at a time.  Jeffrey Hanson Jeffrey Owen Hanson is a celebrity in philanthropy circles. By his 20th birthday in 2013 he had generated $1 million for various charities from the sale […]

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Smile - It Could Save a Life

Smile: It Could Save a Life

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. (Mother Teresa) I met Len Leatherwood, author of this guest blog, at a Story Circle writer’s conference. Given what we’ve experienced recently in the great divide between those who celebrate the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and those who mourn the reaction to Dr. Ford’s testimony, here is a powerful example of how smile therapy can impact […]

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Memory care - dementia

An Open Letter to Dementia Caregivers

“A million tomorrows shall all pass away, ‘ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today.” (From Today by John Denver) For reasons I’ll leave for others to explain, we are witnessing an increase in the number of people that do forget all the joy that was theirs. My circle of family and friends struggling to care for someone with dementia has been steadily growing over the past few years. Last week the challenges of […]

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prune and bloom - Jen Halligan

Prune and Bloom Your Life with Jen Slaski Halligan’s Help

Jen Slaski Halligan titled her workshop at the Story Circle Network Conference I attended last month “Prune & Bloom: How to Create Space for What Matters Most.” From the brief description of it I expected tips on how to write a novel in only ten uninterrupted minutes a day. Or perhaps, I thought, she’ll show me how to declutter my writing environment so I can write away the hours with fewer distractions. That is not what […]

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