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On Labor Day or Any Day

09/07/2015

On Labor Day or any day, what is the best way to honor and motivate your employees? Bob Nelson author of the bestselling book, 1001 Ways to Reward Employees,  says  it’s not a raise that motivates an employee, and it’s not a promotion—what really sparks a person to perform are those unexpected gestures that say, […]

Was He Proud of Me?

06/21/2015

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.” ~Jim Valvano

Fathers’ Day is June 16; so Fathers don’t forget that Fathers’ Day is a perfect time to tell your children that you are proud of them. Yes you heard me right: Fathers’ Day is a perfect time to tell your children that you are proud of them.

A Friend Loves At All Times

10/28/2015

There is so much bad news—just listen to the news or read a paper—yes there is so much bad news. So I especially love to hear good news stories of individuals helping other individuals. Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.”  I love the following two […]

I am a real person!

02/17/2016

I was born legally blind and became functionally blind at age thrity-two. I have a very supportive husband, two children , and a leader dog. I function very well as director of disabled students at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Although I have obviously become sensitized to people with disabilities, I still make mistakes in dealing with my students. I have learned caregiving in an area that takes constant correction. I have found that it is important to give myself permission to make mistakes.

At All Times

10/05/2014

There is so much bad news—just listen to the news or read a paper—yes there is so much bad news. So I especially love to hear good news stories of individuals helping other individuals. Proverbs 17:7 says, “A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.” I love the following story […]

He Believed In Me

10/02/2014

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano I believe that no matter what a person’s age, we still want to know that our dads are proud of us.  My Dad died nearly thirty three years ago.  Previous to his death, he told me […]

How can we offer hope to someone who is suffering?

09/15/2014

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Providing hope to someone whose days are dark with worry or who is suffering with a serious illness is also giving them courage and the vitality to keep moving. What are some things we can do to bring that touch of hope?