Some things are worth waiting for

Keep it Real Wednesday March 3, 2021 Some things are worth waiting for When I was about 6 years old, there was a popular TV show called “Family Affair”. The show was about Bill Davis, a wealthy bachelor living alone in New York City with his butler Mr. French.  Mr. Davis’s life suddenly changed when he became the guardians for …

Making Friends

Keep It Real WednesdayMaking FriendsFebruary 24, 2021 A few months back, we received an email from a film production company inquiring about doing an episode on Making Good about the Blessing Bike.  Wade and I watched a few episodes of the show and were so impressed with the format and concept and responded with an overwhelming YES. Weeks of phone …

Brotherly Love

Last weekend my brother Mike drove from Phoenix to visit for the weekend.  Wade, Mike, and I spent endless hours in the garage building bikes (well they did), catching up on life and spending time with Rosemary. My brother is the youngest of Rosemary’s three children. He is 23 months younger than me and Rosemary fondly introduces him as the …

Back to Basics

Sometimes we run across people who make an imprint in our lives we will likely never forget.  I was fortunate to have that experience in the last few weeks. The man I met is certainly one of the kindest and most generous people I have met in a long time.  However, he didn’t see himself that way.  He described himself …

French Onion Soup

Keep it Real Wednesday February 3, 2021 French Onion Soup Last week was a bit cold and blustery in Boise, Idaho and Rosemary and I were spending less time on the bike and more time inside.  What a great opportunity to make a hearty and warm soup! I searched for a good recipe for homemade French Onion soup and was …

Frank

Keep it Real Wednesday January 27, 2021 Frank The absolutely best conversations with Rosemary happen on the Blessing Bike.  I am not sure what part of her brain is triggered by the fresh air, but memories start spilling as she smiles and waves to strangers on the road. Today, our conversation when something like this. “Jill, did you know I …

Like peas and carrots

Keep it Real Wednesday January 20, 2021 Like peas and carrots, In 2008, we lost our dear canine companion Angus, a golden retriever whose heart was too big for his body.  A week after we lost Angus, the sadness in our home was too much to bear and we decided to adopt Cooper, a 6-week-old Labradoodle, to bring some joy …

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100 weeks

Keep it Real Wednesday 100 weeks January 13, 2021 As many of you know, the Blessing Bike evolved from Wade’s caring heart (and genius) in seeing the potential of an old rusted cargo bike on Craig’s List.  Within weeks of picking up the old bike, Wade transformed it into a beautiful passenger bike for Rosemary and me to enjoy together.  …

Resilience

Keep it Real Wednesday January 6, 2021 Resilience Anyone who knows Rosemary knows she is a life-long Cleveland Browns fan. Like many Browns fans, she has been by their side through all the ups (1940’s, 1950’s and 1980’s) and downs (the last 18 years). She loves to talk about Paul Brown, the team’s namesake and very first coach for the …

90 years of friendship

Keep it real Wednesday December 30, 2020 90 years of friendship A few days ago, Rosemary’s best friend Joy called and they had a nice chat. Joy Muldoon is otherwise known as Sister Anne Cecile, a lifelong Ursuline Nun in Cleveland.  Joy and Rosemary have talked on the phone every month for as long as I can remember. They giggled, …