Category Archives: Friends

Touching and changing lives!!!

I was talking to a volunteer at equine therapy and she said she had given her copy of Learning to Make Toast to a friend whose son had a brain injury. The mom read the part about when you were trying to make toast to her son, and her son burst into tears. He said it was the first time he’d ever had a way to explain to his mom what it was really like to have a brain injury.

THAT’S WHY I DO WHAT I DO!!! 🤟

Learning, Doing, Teaching!!

My new speech “Putting The Calm in a Crisis” went really well today with the Portland Kiwanis Club. The people in this club have great energy and their questions were thought provoking. They are all about learning and it most definitely showed today. Ideas were tossed around that many people benefited from. I even got a referral from Connie Jean Shipley to one of the members in hopes of getting me speaking up at OHSU!

A friend in need is a friend indeed!!!

I’m looking forward to, and rehearsing my speech for this Wednesday I’ll be delivering at Civil Tongues Toastmasters. It’s about the importance of mentoring and how a particular friend and mentor in my life helped shaped me into becoming a better speaker. Thank you Susan Lehr!

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He’s the magic man………….he’s got the magic hands – Fleetwood Mac

I just got off the phone with Dr. Blake Welling of McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden UT. He is the neurosurgeon who saved my life 20 years ago yesterday. For 20 yrs. now I’ve called him on my birthday to thank him for giving me another one. He told me today how much he looks forward to it, and how happy it makes him feel. Like Dr. Bruce, another brilliant Dr. with absolutely no ego!!!

God is sooooo good!!!

A different spin on ‘One stop shopping’

What a great surprise it was to run into Connie Jean Shipley at Fred Meyer today! I mentioned I had a new presentation I was putting together that I’d love to share with her Kiwanis group. She gave me that big smile of hers and said she has two spots in August.

We’ll be firming it up after the Rose Festival festivities!

To this day it still hurts :(

Happy Birthday Tom McGill! Or ‘Gilligan’ as you were known to many of your friends. Your parents, family and the world for that matter, had no idea what would be coming their way for the next 18 years making your entry on Halloween. You touched many lives, one of those was mine. I know you and Greg are partying in heaven today. You never could resist a good party, possibly because you were the life of so many of them. I’ll eat a Butterfinger today in your honor! Rest In Peace 🙏😇

I think it’s just common sense!!!

For the record, if you’re employed in a large Medical building, and a patient who just steps out of a room asks your help in finding her way to the lobby, telling her it’s the same way that she came in, is NOT the correct answer. If I remembered how I came in, I wouldn’t have asked how to get out!

There’s your lesson for the day in common courtesy!!

It was beautiful….from start to finish!

What a fabulous day!! I met a friend at NW EyeCare Professionals, and introduced her to Dr. Macson Lee, who would be her Behavioral / Neurological Optometrist. Both she and her husband were beside themselves with his knowledge, understanding, and how one visit made such a huge difference!! I met & had a great conversation with a wonderful man in the waiting room who left carrying a signed copy of ‘Learning to Make Toast’. He was thrilled!! Then Husband & I picked up some donations for Oregon Impact’s fundraiser, Merry & Bright that’s being held on November 30th at the Abernathy Center in Oregon City.