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Do Unto Others

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Pope Francis paid a visit to the U.S. this week.   He literally made a stop in my neighborhood of Brookland  DC in fact I can see the Basillica from my house and yes I hear the bells on the hour..  Truth be told the vibe in my neighborhood aka “Little Rome,” is always pretty positive but it took on an added “feel good” air during his visit.  One thing the Pope  quoted the Bible Luke 6:31  to a joint session of Congress  “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.”   Interesting in a culture where it’s usually do unto others before they Do unto you.  Unfortunately in Congress, as well as other parts of the city the latter creed seems to persist, the real question is why.   All the back-stabbing, undermining and belittling – why?  Does it really mean success for those who engage in small acts of emotional terrorism?  I like to believe the answer is NO.  I’m with Pope Francis on this one. Ultimately a higher power decides.

Pope Francis in Washington, D.C.

Pope Francis in Washington, D.C.

Accepting Yourself

Cats are fascinating creatures. They learn from their mistakes and never spend time wallowing in what went wrong. If Jean-Claude is hungry and I’m not responding, he just bides his time because he knows at some point I will wake up and feed him.

We humans tend to shy away from broadcasting our mistakes. We keep them to ourselves because we don’t want to be judged or ridiculed by others. But, it is those mistakes that allow us to grow (only if you don’t repeat the same mistakes). I can say for absolute certainty that my spirit wouldn’t be where it is today if not for the mistakes I’ve made over the past seven years.

First, it’s hard because we have to admit some very hard truths about ourselves and our past. It’s not easy to say that you’ve been influenced and shaped by certain forces that aren’t pleasant. We create shells around our hurts instead of letting the scars stay exposed so they can be worn down by love.

Second, we all make mistakes. In today’s internet lynch mob culture everyone is very quick to state that “Well, I would have NEVER done that.” But you did something else that you would never want anyone else to know. Confession is great. Once you let it out and start to figure out that you are okay with your mistakes and bullocks to what anyone else thinks.

If Koko misses a leap, she doesn’t try to hide it. She goes and licks herself and then goes to make the leap again from a different vantage point and succeeds!

Memories from Talford Street: A Mentor Extradonaire

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Originally posted on Small Biz Boomer:

I grew up on Cleveland’s East Side in a middle class  neighborhood.   My mom and her girlfriends would play bridge  at  one of the homes on Talford Street while us kids played outdoors  rode our bikes, played kickball in the street,  caught lightning bugs or would gather in the basement to watch “The Twilight Zone” or “Ghoulardi.”     On weekends our Dads would gather at Mr Pace’s house on Talford Street to watch sports and barbecue.   Often my family would join the families of Talford Street on   trips to the West Side  Euclid Beach Amusement Park or , Punderson State Park Lodge  in the winter and the Jersey Shore in the summer.

The  families central hangout on Talford Street was the home of   Louis and Gloria Chapmon .  I came to know the couple as Mr. Chapmon and Aunt Gloria.  Later “Gloria” would become a lifelong…

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Lonely Is As Lonely Does

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All of us feel lonely sometimes.  Some people more than others.    I’ve noticed a trend though people who tend to be selfish or braggish often find themselves without friends or confidants at the  end of the day.  I’m not just talking about someone who can pick you up from the airport, but it does help when the taxi or Uber drops you off if there is a brunch invitation or  your newspapers are inside your mail chute.


For some work is all they have –   they really don’t want any more.  Perhaps they just know better than the rest of us who are blessed to know we need people

Hugs Can Save the World

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This photo of two dogs hugging each other is a hit on social media. The dogs were just hours away from being euthanized at the shelter where they stayed. They still need a permanent home.  Contact the Etowah Valley Humane Society.


For those of you who live in the Washington, D.C. area you can adopt a pet at the Washington Humane Society.  (That’s where we found Jean Claude and Koko) .


Kala and Keira Still Need A Home

Kala and Keira Still Need A Home

Here are more photos in the Today Show story:


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