Random acts of kindness


Last Thursday, I came home from work and found 3 new plants in my front yard? At first – I thought it might be a nice gesture of a neighbor or even my father or our gardner. All of these likely sources denied planting anything in our yard. It was quite a mystery to my husband and I….we kept asking family members, neighbors and none of them owned up to the mystery planting.

The three little plants are lovely and it appears that they might be plumerias or fuschias. Needless to say we are enjoying them – and we still don’t know who did the good deed – there was no note or message; just freshly raked dirt and lovely plants. Below is a quick snapshot from my iPhone of the plants.

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There is another group of gardeners that perform yard work in our neighborhood and usually on Saturdays; often my husband will take them out some cold drinks and says hello to them in Spanish. I am now thinking it might be their good deed.

Random acts of kindness are just that….good deeds at random and most of time they are anonymous. No matter when they occur – the lesson is to treat others with kindness everyday. Happy July 8th, here’s your official invitation to treat someone with kindness.

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Role Models, Values and Relationships


Few of us have role models or leaders we look up to; but today I was re-united with a former co-worker and friend and my ultimate role model. We have something unique in common we both performed the same job role ….but our jobs were 15 years apart. Many of you know from reading my blog – that I am currently in my dream job at work. I love my job, I won’t lie it is hard but it is about building relationships, having teamwork and treating all with respect.

Frankie Walters is one of those special people, with a genuine need to develop and pass on what she learned over her 24 year career. She has coached numerous clients and teaches professional image and workplace etiquette.

One of her favorite quotes is….”the best jobs don’t always go to the most skilled applicants but to those who present their qualifications the best.” Her book is called, “Country Values…City Wise”, Lessons in personal development and workplace savvy.

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Today was an incredible day to be able to have lunch with Frankie and spend some time with her, I can honestly say she is one of my heroes.

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Experiences…


“experiences are the only possessions that count”
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Sharing images


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The year was 1984, the summer Olympics were being hosted in Southern California. HRH Princess Anne came to Disneyland for an official tour, I was the lucky one to spend the day with her.

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Memorial Day 2014


My husband and I were off from work for four incredible days together; which rarely happens ever. We did some DIY projects in the backyard, we had dinner out & saw the new “Blended” movie with Drew Barrymore.
My puppy, Duke kept looking at us and wondering when are they going back to work? At 16 mos. – he is still counting on two long naps per day.
He is the “prince” of the house and we love him so – our Bernese Mt. dog.

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Celebrating May Day


This week, I am getting together with my girlfriends for dinner and some girl talk. I am excited to see them and catch up on the current events.
When I wrote down the date or actually when I entered the date of Thursday on my iPhone to meet my gal pals – I then realized it is May 1st or rather May Day.

May 1st (May Day) is celebrated in many places around the world. The annual traditions may vary from country to country; however one thing we all have in common about May Day is celebrating with flowers. When I was a small child in the 1960′s attending Catholic School in California; a popular activity was to bring flowers to school and decorate a May Day pole with colorful flowers and ribbons. I have fond memories of asking my Mom and Dad for some flowers from the Garden to bring to school.
we also would bring flowers to lay at the Virgin Mary statue at school – that was over 50 years ago and I can still remember it vividly. What memories do you have of May Day?

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What’s better than a field trip to Disneyland on St.Patrick’s Day with your Catholic School


Poisematters:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2014 – this story first ran last year, enjoy.
- Lori

Originally posted on Poise Matters:

tumblr_lq1sclHCRA1qf6jy9o1_1280 I grew up in Southern California during the 1960′s and went to Catholic School with my brothers for 7 years. Each year on St. Patrick’s Day we were able to attend a school sponsored field trip and went to Disneyland with our lay teachers, Nuns and Priests for a day of fun.

Many things have changed today in schools – but attending Disneyland as a child with your teacher was a lot of fun.  I especially remember the Nuns (ours were from Ireland, and belonged to the Sisters of Charity) riding the attractions in their habits.

I am not sure – if we had the park to ourselves, or if the general public was also allowed in; but a good time was had by all. Those were great childhood memories that I will never forget.

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Kevin – saying goodbye to a lifelong friend


This evening my family and I attended a memorial service for a dear friend, Kevin Geier. He had lost his battle with cancer and passed away last week – he was a wonderful man of 62 years.

We lived across the street from one another and later in life he married one of my dearest friends, Heidi. We shared many memories throughout the years – as he did with many of his friends. The common thread we had was that we grew up on Tonia Court and our families spent time together celebrating holidays such as Fourth of July, Christmas, New Years Eve.
There were rights of passage – when I turned 21 years old – he and my older brother took me to my first nightclub to buy me the first alcoholic beverage.
Heidi and Kevin married in 1980 and one year later I had married in 1981; our first born children were one day apart. We shared raising our kids together (he was my son’s Little League coach) and his wife and I remained close through years of working together at Disney.
Why is it so hard to say goodbye? Rest in peace my friend – we will miss you!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Family


My older brother, Gary (seen here in back row with beard) recently had his DNA analyzed for ethnicity.  It was pretty interesting to see the break down in percentages; and since my brother and I share the same Mom and Dad – I believe my DNA is exactly the same!  Thanks dear brother for doing all the work.  Now we know our ethnic origins and where our ancestors once lived. 

Since the weekly photo challenge is FAMILY – Here is our family from 2010.  My two good looking sons are in first row on the two ends.  Don’t all Mothers believe there children are the most fabulous in the world?IMG_0134

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Some Polite New Year’s Resolutions


Poisematters:

This is a great blog on courtesy from my friends at WordPress.com !
Thank you –

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Pop some champagne and let’s resolve to be better people this year.
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While you are coming up with your 2014 New Year’s resolutions, why not consider resolving to be more polite and considerate in the coming year? You’re already ahead of the game by reading this website!

Some ideas:

  • Write thank you notes in a timely manner.
  • Be more aware of people who might need a seat on the subway and offer yours to them.
  • Be cheerful and polite when dealing with others, especially in the service industry. Say please and thank you.
  • Finally learn which bread plate is yours! (Hint, it’s on the left).
  • RSVP for every event you are invited to.
  • Maybe this year you will be on time for everything.

Tell us your New Year’s Resolutions (polite or otherwise) in the comments!

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