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50 Acts of Kindness – 11-20


Here’s some more of the 50 Acts of Kindness from my 50th birthday ….

#11 – Babies & Kids –  I stashed $5.00 in these mini-purses to be given to some little girls we found along the way. My friend Lisa saw these cuties while delivering the diaper bags to a McDonalds. They were excited to pick the cute little purses and find the treat inside.

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#12 Sick & Needy:  Gave a gift card to a needy person to help toward their prescriptions.

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#13 Those Who Serve:  I visited a veteran and spent some time talking to her about her service. Her name is Gerry and she is a quiet-spoken woman who has served in the Army. She was happy for the company, although she had issues with her eyes and the lights so that’s why she has her eyes shut. She was hoping to go home soon. I hope so too!

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#14 Just Because:  Babysat my niece so my sister and her husband could have a date night. Gotta support the parents out there! Although… she was such a help in preparing for the Kindness Inspires Kindness day that I think we both received a kindness from this. Here she is with my girl Maria who was also a big help in preparing for the day!

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#15 Babies & Kids – Donated books to preschool and the library. We had quite a few good books to share with little minds. I remember reading to my kids every day of their lives until they could read to me. How fun to share the joy of stories with other children.

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#16 Sick & Needy – donated blankets to the women’s shelter/homeless. This reminded me of a project I did with my daughter when she was in high school where we made “quillows”, which are quilts that fold up into themselves to become pillows. We donated those to the women’s shelter and I thought this would be a good reminder of that earlier project.

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#17 Those Who Serve – Gave some sweet treats to some teachers for the first day of school. Goodness knows they need a little boost as they head into the craziness of another school year.

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#18 Just Because – We taped money for the vending machines around emergency rooms and other random vending machines so those without enough change could still get a treat. I remember a time taking one of my kids to the ER and forgot my wallet in the rush. I figured this was a good way to do a small thing at a time of crisis.

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#19 For Those Who Serve:  Gave a gift card to a teacher to help out with the supplies she buys for her students. It’s so easy to forget how little teachers are paid and how much they give of their own money to help out their students.

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#20 Babies & Kids – Gave newborn diapers and some wipes to parents of newborns at Christ Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati – these are the 2 hospitals where my own children were born. This is Scott, a proud Daddy of a newborn girl who was thrilled by the gift. He promised to pay it forward. Isn’t that a cute “proud papa” smile? He was heading to get his wife and baby girl and take them home.

Scott - Dad of new baby Christ Hospital

 

Stay tuned tomorrow for the next set of Acts of Kindness. Be kind in your corner of the world and be blessed!

 

50 Acts of Kindness – 1-10


Well I’ve decided to post the acts of kindness in no particular order because some were big and some were small, and yet, they all had an impact. Enjoy the journey with me! I’m posting the category and the pictures below.

#1 – Sick & Needy:  Toiletries to the homeless. So many people shared their extra items from travels and trips around the globe. Bethany House in Cincinnati is an organization that many people in my family have volunteered for through the years so we donated bags and boxes full of goodies to them.

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#2 – Babies & Children: Bags of spare diapers were placed in restrooms near highways and at parks for those times when nature calls and supplies are low:

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#3 – Those Who Serve: Yummy treats for the Police Dept. Weren’t able to get any pictures with the officers but here’s the 2 big trays of baked goods that we delivered:

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#4  Just Because – Food, treats and tennis balls delivered to the SPCA. This was a favorite stop as my friend volunteers there and was able to let us interact with one of the dogs. If anyone in Cincinnati is looking for a dog, this one named DARGO at the SPCA in Sharonville was a sweetheart. He really liked my daughter and was more than happy to sit pretty for a treat or to run and catch a ball. Please check out the SPCA for wonderful animals who come ready to pour love into your family.

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#5 Babies & Children – Donated beads for the American Heritage Girls kindergarten group who make bracelets to symbolize their projects and accomplishments. Sometimes the little things that aren’t covered in the budget make a difference. Here’s my niece accepting them on behalf of American Heritage Girls.

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#6 – Those Who Serve – Gave the waitress at breakfast a 50% tip. She was so cute and enthusiastic about our adventure of the day that I couldn’t resist bringing her into it as one of the acts of kindness.

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#7 Those Who Serve – Donated gift bags to the workers at the hospice center. We weren’t able to get a picture inside and I wouldn’t want to invade the privacy of any people going through these times but I have a picture of my friend Shelly out front of the building. The funny thing is, the gift sets were given to the workers there as part of the group that serve and they graciously turned and gave them to the families who are going through the hospice experience. Those who give never cease to honor that kindness within.

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#8 Just Because – Donated miscellaneous items to a woman who voluntarily does bingo each week at one of the area nursing homes. It’s just a few things but every bit counts.

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#9 Sick & Needy – Gave stained glass night light lamps to women at the nursing home who don’t receive many visitors – some just don’t have family and it’s sad to know that they are living day by day with no-one to visit. They lit up like kids at Christmas. Here’s just a few of the many. A special thanks to River of Goods & Margie Commerford for her generous donation of 3 cases of these lovely lamps.  There’s a little more light in the world of these ladies now!

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#10 Just Because – Gave water bottles to crews working on the highway and to childcare center. Don’t have pictures of this one.

Stay tuned tomorrow for 10 more of the 50 Acts of Kindness. Be kind in your area of the world and be blessed!!

Comments for a Cause – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital


April’s Comments for a Cause – Guide Dogs of America was a sweet charity that brings both joy and assistance to those who need a guide. I hope that you will click on the link (name) above and check them out. We sometimes forget that these service dogs work so hard and those that train them are bringing a loving service into our world. Kudos to them and I’ve made my donation. :-)

logoMay’s Comment for a Cause Charity:  CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

This cause holds a dear spot in my heart. Both of my children found themselves needing the assistance of this hospital throughout their growing years, and I know that they saved the lives of both of my children at critical and emergent times. I am forever grateful for the service that this organization brings to children in every family I know. They care for our greatest treasure, our children, during times of injury, critical illness, mental illness, and so much more. They are located in multiple locations throughout Cincinnati.

I feel honored to have been associated with them before being a member of their Kindervelt volunteer organization when my children were young, and volunteering in their gift shop for several years when transitioning from part-time to full time work. I saw first hand the hearts of those that work there – their care is so evident when you watch them interact with the children, and also the loving compassion they give the families.

Even if this is not your local children’s hospital, I hope that you will leave a comment, and share this blog for additional comments, on behalf of every child in every hospital.

I am blessed to call out Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for my May charity. Leave a note – it’s free for you and my donation (per comment) is fulfilling for me. Be blessed!

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Spring in Cincinnati


The weather is finally starting to feel like Spring might possibly, maybe, hopefully be springing. To celebrate I thought I’d share some spring color from my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. May your spring be just as bright and beautiful! Be blessed!!

Public Library of Cincinnati

Public Library of Cincinnati

 

Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo

Krohn Conservatory

Krohn Conservatory

P&G Gardens

P&G Gardens

And just so I don’t forget some other fun colors – here’s one more:

Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments for a Cause – Guide Dogs of America!


CFC_logotagMarch was a good month and I am making my donation to the Cancer Family Care organization for my Comments for a Cause. Cincinnati’s Cancer Family Care has done so much for individuals and their families who are living with and dealing with the ravages of this disease. I received many messages telling me of the blessings that this organization has been for people. It’s my pleasure to bring a bit of awareness to this great organization. Please check out their website and join me in supporting this great cause.

April Comments for a Cause charity – GUIDE DOGS OF AMERICA.
GDAlogo (1)I’ve been collecting suggestions and looking forward to doing something related to animals this month. I’ve always loved animals and have had guinea pigs, fish, birds, and dogs in my family. My favorites have always been dogs, which is why I have 2 fur babies in my home now. They love without hesitation and bring joy just in their presence. They also provide support and assistance when trained appropriately. So, in honor of my little Gracie and Bella, I’m choosing an animal charity this month. I believe in helping Guide Dogs of America, I am also helping the people they serve.  Here’s their link for you to check it out!

Don’t forget to leave a comment and share this blog and encourage your family and friends to leave a comment. It’s free for you and fulfilling for me – for every comment anywhere on my blog posts in April, I’ll be making a donation to Guide Dogs of America.

Pass it on and be blessed!!!

 

 

Kindness Inspires Kindness – It’s coming!


KIK logo 8-13-13I simply can’t wait! I’m like a child at Christmas that suddenly hears the jingle of Santa’s bells or the hoofs upon the rooftop. The excitement is intoxicating!

What am I anxiously waiting for, you ask? Well, it’s my 50th Birthday KINDNESS INSPIRES KINDNESS Day!

What started all this was a simple inspiration that jumped to me via my dear friend Anita. She had read a blog that inspired her. See how this is going? Here’s the link to Making Life Whimsical. Amy from MLW had blogged about her 40th birthday and celebrating with a KINDNESS INSPIRES KINDNESS Day. As Anita was reading Amy’s blog she said “I can do that.” And as soon as she shared the idea with me I knew I would do this too. I had been pondering what I could do to make my 50th special. The best way I can think of to make my day special is to make it meaningful. I can use that day to help change the world in small ways here in my community. I try to spread kindness every day and this will be a concentrated day full of gift giving – from me, not to me!

Anita’s good news is that she had a KINDNESS INSPIRES KINDNESS day last week. Here’s a link to Anita’s blog about her day. I’m so blown away by the positive outcome she had. My excitement is growing even more!!

Now the plans are coming together for me. I have my list of kindnesses almost complete. I’ll be meeting with my friend Barb H. to create a plan and a schedule to make it possible. I’ll be calling on friends, family, fans, and my peeps of all sorts to join me in planning, gathering donations, and hoofing it around Cincinnati spreading our kindness gifts. I’ll be taking pictures and blogging here as the plans come together and as the day materializes.

I invite you to join in too. Either on my birthday (Aug 13, 2013) or on yours, do an act of kindness that makes your heart sing and makes your soul celebrate. Then take some pictures and sent me a note describing it. I’ll share your kindnesses on my blog as well.

My desires are big but very doable. I want to make my KINDNESS INSPIRES KINDNESS day a huge success. I want to light the eyes and brighten the smiles of many, many people. And I want to inspire more acts, gifts, and day that are even grander than mine. Are you in?

Tell me what you plan to do …. and be blessed!

Comments for a Cause for March – Cancer Family Care


Have you discovered more about Mesothelioma?  Thanks to Heather Von St. James and her blog I certainly have and am honored to be able to share my February “Comments for a Cause” donation to help. If you’d like to donate as well, here’s a link to allow you to do so easily here online:  www.curemeso.org

CFC_logotagMarch Cause:  Cancer Family Care in Cincinnati, OH

I recently met with my dear friend Mar who is a counselor at Cancer Family Care here in Cincinnati. We met up in her office – I had never been there before and I could feel such energy, compassion, and hope just by entering the space there. While I am blessed to be living a cancer free life, I know there are countless people in my life who have or are suffering right now. I know and love some who are survivors and others who lost the battle and I see the absolute devastation this disease can bring. Knowing that this great organization is helping family members to live and thrive and survive is such a great cause. I’m excited to add them as my “Comments for a Cause” organization for March.

So please share this page with your friends and family and encourage them all to leave a comment anywhere on any post. I will count their comments towards my March donation to Cancer Family Care.

Thanks and be blessed!!

Small town life on the world-wide web


online communityI have found myself a bit surprised over the years to realize that the world-wide web is both vast and daunting, as well as small and inviting. It has elements of a huge city and at the same time, characteristics of a small town.

The blossoming of all the social networking pages like Facebook and this blog has connected me to people in the virtual community that I would have zero chance to meet and mingle with in the physical community. Here I have readers from 113 countries to-date that read and communicate with me. I have friends who I’ve met from FB – some of the groups like “I Love My Margie Home” as well as private groups of people I know in Cincinnati. I have connected with long-lost relatives, reconnected with grade school and high school friends. I have celebrated faith and family, and giggled with moments of humor. Each of these types of venues and virtual connections actually fill a space in my heart.

I have found inspiration, compassion, prayer connections, encouragement, challenging and thoughtful conversation, played games and so much more. Do you feel the small town feel in your walk through the world wide web? Do you find yourself calling physical strangers your virtual friends?

I feel blessed today because of my connections. Be blessed too!

Comments for a Cause – Mesothelioma Research


It’s that time of the month again when I close out my Comments for a Cause for last month and declare my charity for this month.

Last month I did see a significant increase in comments, leading to me making a healthy donation to St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Cincinnati. It’s the orphanage where I was raised and I’m thrilled, throughout my life, to look for ways to give back to them.

This month, I hope to receive more, and more, and more comments to help me make a difference in the world. Remember – comments are free for you, and donating is fulfilling for me! Invite your family and friends to come, read, comment, joke, nudge, and simply smile in a comment in order for it to count.

heather-bio-photogrunge_tattoo_butterfly_6_1_mesothelioma_sticker-p217721819615573652en7l1_216FEBRUARY’S CAUSE: Mesothelioma Researach

In January I received a touching email from one of my dear readers, Heather Von St. James. She shared with me her story and a link to her blog. Heather is a self proclaimed “poster child for hope after mesothelioma” for those suffering from asbestos disease. Here’s the link to her blog:

Read more: http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/heather/fear.htm#ixzz2JficdJUf

You know, I never heard of mesothelioma except for an occasional legal commercial. I didn’t personally know anyone who was a sufferer, and like so many of us, the awareness went right past me. I regret that it happens when we are unaware. Now that I know one of my dear readers is affected, I won’t ignore it any more. Why don’t you take a moment to learn more as well by visiting Heather’s blog (above).

Here’s a bit of Heather’s story, in her own words:

“I am 44 and a mother to a quirky little 7 year old, Lily. She is my only child and I couldn’t imagine my world without her. When Lily was just 3 ½ months old, I was diagnosed with Mesothelioma; a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure, which kills 90-95% of those who have it. After intense treatment and a long recovery, almost 7 years later I’m still here and cancer free! My journey through cancer was quite a terrifying one and I’d like to turn my struggles and obstacles into inspiration and hope for others. One of many things that came out of my battle with cancer is a holiday I created called Lungleavin Day. This is the anniversary of my surgery (Feb 2nd) in which my entire left lung was removed. Lungleavin Day is a celebration of life and facing your fears. Each year we celebrate with nearly 100 loved ones. The idea of this day is for everyone to fill a blank plate with their fears and smash it into a bonfire at my Lungleavin day party, symbolizing people throwing their fears to the fire. I also use Lungleavin day as a fundraiser for mesothelioma research.”

Thank you Heather for the courage to share your story! Thank you for turning your fears and suffering into hope for others! You inspired me. You touched my heart. And I wish to shine the light on your cause in return. I say, Happy Lungleavin Day to you as you celebrate tomorrow! I will celebrate in your honor as well!

Be healthy, be aware, be gracious, be hopeful … and be blessed!!!!!

Celebrating fleeting beauty …


sunrise CincinnatiI don’t know about your corner of the world, but the last few days here in Cincinnati has seen an explosion of color in the sunrises and sunsets. The science of it I’m sure is fascinating, but I see the glorious colors of God’s palette. The Master’s hand is of course, perfect!

What is it about blazing fuchsias, kissed by buttery golds and royal purples that makes hope and optimism spring forth so boldly in my soul? In those precious few moments of the day when the grey shadows recede and the blackness of night backs away I feel like there is nothing wrong in the world. There is only beauty. There is only a light show that is created simply to kiss us good morning or wish us a sweet dream at night.

I feel blessed to see the artwork of nature and know that this moment, this masterpiece will never appear in this same way ever again. It is much like the masterpiece that you are. In an existence of many sunrises and many sunsets, or many men and many women, there is only one unique and glorious you.

Today, I celebrate the fleeting beauty of nature, and I celebrate you! Be blessed!

 

Comments for a Cause – St. Joseph’s Orphanage


30thanks-for-add4Well, I made my first donation in my “Comments for a Cause” project to my December 2012 Cause – Heartprints. It’s fun to go back and review the comments my blog has received over the last month and take action because of it. Heartprints in Cincinnati is such a great cause because it combines impacting physical needs, educational needs, and employment needs. It’s a holistic way to impact poverty locally. Kudos to Brian Siegel and the Heartprints team for their powerful impact in the Cincinnati community and beyond!!!

JANUARY 2013’s CAUSE: St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Cincinnati, Ohio

This is one of my favorite causes – for personal reasons. St. Joe’s is the orphanage I grew up in from age 3-8. That organization impacted my life directly, and I often seek ways to give back as a gesture of appreciation. When I was there, it was indeed an orphanage. There were nuns (who were very kind and compassionate) and it’s where I found shelter in the storm of life. In the years since, sometime in the 1970’s, it was converted to be a mental health support for children. By highlighting and donating to this cause I feel I can continue to support this much-needed area that is a root cause for so much suffering in the world. Mental health issues are catalysts for so much destruction to an individual’s life, a family’s dynamics, and the community at large.

I8F15P6QB9W2KCRXSQGYou can read more here: St. Joseph’s Orphanage.

Will you join me in my work? Remember – all you have to do is comment on my blog in January. Comment often – every comment counts. I will again be donating 50 cents per comment to the month’s cause. So read, and comment away – together we are impacting the world!

Comment and be blessed!

Comments for a Cause – HEARTPRINTS.ORG


Hi all,

Today I heard about a totally cool idea and have decided to jump in with both feet. A fellow blogger that I follow, Beth Ann shared this with me. Check out her blog “It’s Just Life”. She’s been doing this for many months and feels the gratitude of her giving. I can’t help but catch the idea and carry it on.

So here’s how it works – the first day of each month I will pick a charity or cause and write about it here on my blog. At the end of the month I’ll count up all the legitimate comments I receive on that one blog and donate 50 cents per comment. I’m a day late to start but promise not to be a dollar short.  :-)

DECEMBER 2012 CHARITY is:   HEARTPRINTS  HP_mark

Heartprints is a wonderful, fledgling charity started by my friend Brian Siegel here in Cincinnati. I met Brian a couple of years ago by accidental connection. Well, I don’t believe in coincidences but I do believe in God and I know this chance meeting was at His hand! Brian had a vision to eradicate poverty of education. And as a pioneer always does, he put his money and actions where his mouth (and heart and dreams) is. He started this charity as a way to change lives of poor children – with a 3 pronged approach – tutoring, charitable giving, and job assistance.  After our connection Brian asked me to be on the Board of Directors. I did that willingly and with all my heart. I loved being a part of the early days.  And while my schedule doesn’t allow me to be as involved as my heart wants to be, I certainly can spread the word.

Heartprints is growing and evolving and I’m proud that he is bringing his dream to life. Check out the website, and donate your time, talent, or treasure if you so feel called.   www.heartprints.org

And in the meantime, don’t forget to leave your comments here on the blog so I can give the maximum donation with your help. Every comment counts so rack ‘em up folks and help me, help my cause.

Be blessed!!!!

 

I have witnessed a coup!


The World Choir Games have come to the U.S. for the first time in their history. And lucky for us, they came to Cincinnati. What a cultural coup!! Cincinnati is already a wonderful city from an arts and culture standpoint. The influx of international musical talent has taken it to another level. Affectionately now known as the “City that Sings”, we have been fortunate to host over 200 events, with 23 categories. Choirs ranged from very young to seniors and came to our fair town from all corners of the globe.

I was fortunate to attend 2 of the events – the first was one of the free Friendship concerts where I got to see the talents from my alma mater, McAuley High School and my son’s alma mater, LaSalle High School. That was a fun way to support the local talent and get a “dip” into the World Choir Games festivities. Congratulations for winning the Silver in your category McAuley & LaSalle!

Today I was thrilled to see the Champion’s Concert featuring this week’s winners.  I enjoyed the humor of our MC, Drew Lachey, former singer in the boy band 98 Degrees, and winner of season 2 of Dancing with the Stars. Drew and his brother Nick, who is one of the Masters of Ceremonies for the entire event, are local singing talent that add a modern musical touch to our city. And the performances we saw today – all I can say is WOW!!!! It was so apparent why each of these groups was judged to be the best of their category. I was brought to tears a couple of times as the groups laid their talents and their voices on the stage for the sold-out crowd to appreciate. I was honored to see all of these performers of the 2012 World Choir Games! The ending was especially grand with the Kearsney College Choir of South Africa who won the Folk category. The power, passion, dance, and voices made a spectacular end to the day. STUNNING!

Only the closing ceremonies are left and I wish I could be there to see it.

Yes, indeed, the World Choir Games was a positive coup that allowed us to build bridges between cultures and create a positive musical atmosphere for all who participated.

Sing a song, make a joyful noise, and be blessed!

Freaky Friday


Well, yesterday was indeed a “freaky Friday”! First the weather was 104 then a strange storm system or rather group of storms sweeps in and an hour later it’s 77 degrees. That storm was so odd. I was on the eastern side of town and noticed the skies were so dark and it rained very hard, very quickly and then it seemed to pass. So off I went from one event to get home for my niece’s birthday.

A drive that typically takes 30 minutes took 90 minutes! Yikes! The sun is shining like nothing happened. But so many lights were out along the way – last I heard it was about 25 lights out in my area alone. That means slow stop-sign like progress at every turn. As I finally pull into my neighborhood I see the electricity was out, trees and limbs down everywhere and neighbors scurrying around helping clean up. Not sure if it had even rained as the streets were dry. Strange.

Then I get the knock on the door to come look at the side of my house where the winds sheared off the siding. Double weird as that is the protected side of the house – not exposed to winds but facing, about 8 feet away, from my neighbor’s house.  Not a scratch on his siding across that huge 8 foot abyss but mine was strewn or hanging off all over the side. Thankfully it will be minimal damage that may or may not require me to tap my homeowner’s insurance.

And if that wasn’t strange enough I heard today that there are so many houses all over the state without power from this freaky storm that Ohio is now a state emergency area. The governor is concerned because the power companies are saying it could take a week to get everyone up and running. They don’t really know why the power is out all over the place but it’ll take a long time to get to it all.  Mother Nature is keeping us in the high 90’s for that period of time – thus the emergency. Reminds me of when the hurricane Ike came inland and hit Cincinnati about 3 years ago. I think I know alot of folks who need a Calgon break – at least the cool water in a tub might help in this heat!!

So, I’ve declared yesterday as Freaky Friday. One more example of either 1) Mother Nature going through the change of life; 2) the end of the world is coming and this is one of many, many strange natural predictors; or 3) Al Gore was right and global warming is ruining everything! Darn you Al Gore!  lol Who knows!

Hope you survived Freaky Friday unscathed! Stay cool and be blessed!

Summer Song Challenge


It’s HOT, HOT, HOT here in the US. We hit 104 F yesterday in Cincinnati, which is pretty rare. The next few days won’t be much better. With the heat outside, the heat of tempers seems to be rising as well. People are testier and crankier … myself included. What we need is a change in focus. Music always does that for me.

So … I challenge you to share a song that reminds you of some summer fun and relief. Here’s my contribution.

Post a link to your favorite summer time song … and be blessed!