Category Archives: Out in the community

Civil Tongues Toastmasters!!!

My speech today, “It’s All About Choice” at my Civil Tongues Toastmasters Club went very well. I got lots of great evaluations and really good suggestions to make it even more powerful. I’m looking forward to my next speech this Wednesday Sept. 11th titled “The Universe is Expanding” Come join us at the PDX State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon – room 1C on Wednesday’s from 12:05 to 1:00.


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.


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!

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!!