Goodnight, God Bless

Keep it Real Wednesday May 13, 2020 Goodnight, God Bless Ever since I was a little girl, my mother would always end the day with “Good night, God Bless”.  Well, it’s become “GoodnightGodBless” in one big word. I asked Rosemary when this phrase started for her. She said as a child her father said it to her every single night …

Happy Nurses Day

Keep it Real Wednesday May 6, 2020 Happy Nurses Day Nurses Day 2020 has taken on an entirely different meaning this year under the current global health crisis.    I would like to dedicate this post to nurse’s past, present and future.  I would especially like to highlight the nurses we have failed to recognize over the years, and to the …

Forgiveness

Keep it Real Wednesday April 29, 2020 Forgiveness The word forgiveness has been haunting me this past week, like a smudge on my glasses that I just can’t quite clean and it is always in my vision.  If we are honest, we all know our own Achilles heel, and mine is forgiveness, or perhaps, lack of forgiveness. Forgiveness is one …

Congratulations Class of 2020

Keep it Real Wednesday April 23, 2020 Congratulations Class of 2020 Yesterday I heard some loud, joyous music with screams of delight echoing through our neighborhood.  Curiosity got the best of me and I took a short drive to see where this music was coming from. I found the source about ½ mile from our home. I put Rosemary on …

It Started with a YES

Keep it real Wednesday April 15, 2020 It started with a Yes A few weeks ago our first podcast was aired by a local radio station.  During the interview, one of the announcers asked me how it all started. Naturally, I started sharing the story of the bike, and how we built it and got the parts and so forth.  …

Front Porch Time

Keep it Real Wednesday Front Porch Time April 8, 2020 This weekend, I asked Rosemary to tell me about one of her favorite memories growing up in Cleveland in the 1930’s and 1940’s.   Without any hesitation, she shouted, “Front porch time” and her face softened a bit as she reflected. The stories soon followed about the families gathering on front porches, sharing …

Keep your JOY

Keep it real Wednesday Keep your JOY Wednesday, April 1, 2020 I was telling Rosemary this morning that it is tremendously hard to continue to write weekly blogs when our world is in so much turmoil right now with COVID-19.  How do we continue to live life as normal in the middle of a pandemic? Her response was:  How do …

What a time to be alive right now!

What a time to be alive right now At 93 years old, Rosemary has been through many world crises. She has survived world wars, a depression, and economic recessions and do you know what her insight is? In Rosemary’s own words “Anything can be overcome if everyone takes care of each other.  To the next generation, this is your time …

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The Irish Wake

Keep it real Wednesday Irish Wake Wednesday, March 18, 2020 During this week of St Patrick’s Day, I thought I would spend a few minutes reflecting on an Irish tradition…the Irish Wake. I realize death is not something people like to talk about, but why not?  Isn’t death just a transition from one place to another?  Isn’t a life well …

It’s all in the name

A year and a half ago, when the first story about the little bike we built for Rosemary aired on our local KTVB channel, the news anchor suggested we come up with a name for our bike. I had little time to collaborate with others and instead just blurted out to her… THE BLESSING BIKE. There, it just happened. Really and truly. …