Now That Thanksgiving is Gone

The preparations of making lists that include whom to invite, what to serve and cook, what type of table cloth or table decorations are needed, are now behind us. Until the next big holiday, Christmas. Then the process begins all over again. The stress of the seasons are upon us.  Holidays are meant to give and receive joy, not make us a bundle of nerves.

Thanksgiving is such a warm holiday. We acknowledge the fact as to how lucky we all are. We see others who are less fortunate than us and we thank God that our life is what it is.  We would like to help others, whether physically or monetarily, but we always say we will, but we mostly never do.

I want to take this time to have everyone think of one small thing they can do to make someone happy. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or time, but one small thing that would make a difference in someone’s life.

Maybe it’s a chore, handing someone a few dollars so that they can buy a meal or perhaps pay a bill that has been haunting them.  Even offering to do a service to help them through the day. Taking someone to their doctor’s visit, picking up a prescriptions for them at the pharmacy, walking their dog, helping with grocery shopping or even helping to write out Christmas Cards.

Whatever the gift or offer, it isn’t little if you are at the receiving line.

My friends, to be thankful for what you have, you have to show it through the deeds you do for others. You yourself will feel uplifted and good about yourself even more, when you see the smile on someone’s face you have helped or assisted. Although some may not show outwardly, in their hearts they appreciate what you have done. Don’t let their attitude stop you or prevent you from asking if they would like some help.  Picture yourself in their position, it can be tough at times, needing help or assistance, but being shy or afraid to ask.  Do the asking and watch a smile appear on a strangers face or perhaps get a ‘thank you’ for a deed well appreciated.

Enjoy your holidays my friends.  Remember every day is a gift, why not share it with others.

And Thank You All for taking the time to read this post.


HAVEN OF KINDNESS is a story of a nurse, whose love, dedication and caring for others shows over the years and even after retirement, she finds room in her heart to still care.


Kim, an RN, who has dedicated most of her life in the caring of others, has now come to realize that she should start thinking of retiring and leaving that part of her life behind her. Kim now wants to fulfill her dream while she still can in order to enjoy the rest of her life. While doing so, she finds herself once again involved in the caring of two people, Beatrice, an elderly yet feisty woman, whose life consisted of many personal tragedies and Bill, a strong and proud minded man, whose past haunts him and who is now stricken with a debilitating disease. Beatrice and Bill haven’t spoken to each other in years and while Kim can help them physically, emotionally they will have to heal themselves. A sweet and tender story of dedication, love and forgiving that will warm your heart.

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Francesca is a woman whose life had always been full of worry and fear. Her pessimistic lifestyle had shunned all her childhood friends throughout her young and teenage years. Her fears and concerns had created a marriage that she didn’t fully enjoy. Her husband, Larry, was her complete opposite. He loved life to the fullest and wanted the same for Francesca. Oddly his enthusiasm and self-esteem were the qualities that attracted her.

After Larry’s sudden death, she makes a change and moves into a condo. While living there she comes upon a garden, which no one seems to realize is present. She experiences a strange encounter with a young girl, who turns her life around for the better and one who she eventually discovers was distantly related to her.

A story of faith, trust, encouragement and strong determination to find oneself through innocent eyes.

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Have you ever been disillusioned or discouraged when you were young?  Did the scar of not doing what you want follow you through your adult life? TEA CAN WAIT is the story of one such woman, who was determined to follow her passion.

Olivia is now in her sixties and widowed. She had been disillusioned by her parents when she was young and discouraged by her late husband, Jack, to follow her dreams. Now when she enters the gazebo that was once a place of romance and intimate moments for Jack and Olivia, she finds it just a place to reminisce about her past life. A mysterious letter not only changes Olivia’s thinking, it changes her life in more ways than she could ever imagine.

A sweet and tender story that will warm your heart and stir the dreams again that you once had for yourself.

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