Saturday, December 15, 2012

There is Light Shining Through the Cracks

"There is a crack in everything - that's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen

The events of the past day have left a huge crack in our world. Our hearts ache for the families in Newton, Connecticut who are suffering. I have shed tears and felt the sadness shared by so many of us. I hugged my children and held them a little closer last night.

In the wake of the news coverage, I have heard so many people express their pain with questions."What is the world coming to?" "What has happened to our humanity?" "Why are people so horrible?"

While I share the anger,disbelief, and sadness, I refuse to believe that this horrible tragedy is a sign of the future. I can't accept that this awful, heart-breaking event is an example of what our society has become.

There is still good in the world. There is still light shining through the cracks. 

Here's one of my favorites: #19 - The famous rugby player who visited his biggest fan in the hospital
So, as we remember and grieve with those who are suffering, keep your loved ones close to you, and remember the good in the world.  And don't ever give up on HOPE. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Addicted to Love Letters

I have been enjoying the 12 Days of Love Letter Writing so much! 

This past weekend (days 6 and 7) were dedicated to writing to people living in the Rockaways area of New York, which was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy. 

This writing project has even inspired me to write a few love letters to be left at random spots around town here at home. Now I wish I would have taken one with me when I went to a doctor's appointment today. Who couldn't use a love letter while waiting in a doctor's office?

In any case, it's so wonderful to spread a little love and cheer! It's becoming addicting. But in a good way. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I Know That Voice!

I don't brag about many things, but I am very (unashamedly) proud of one unique skill I possess. I have the ability to identify voices.

You know, you're in the car and you hear a commercial and you think, 'I know that voice.' Well, I almost always DO know it! Okay, so maybe everyone could tell that Morgan Freeman was the velvety voice behind the summer Olympics. But did you recognize Julia Roberts for the AOL ad and Nationwide Insurance??? Hmmmm..... did you? 

Sorry, I told ya I would brag.

So, now that you know this about me (and that I may or may not be a little cocky about it) imagine my delight at this news: I am going to be doing voice-over work! 

No, it's not a commercial or a feature animated film. My gig will entail the narration of an educational film for doctors. (I saw you just roll your eyes.) 

I'm pretty darn excited about it! I've been practicing my "mad scientist" accent for days. I hope they like it.

Just kidding. Really.

I'm just hoping they give me a pronunciation key for all those medical terms.  Wish me luck!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Amy & Anthony's Summer Wedding at the Shedd

This summer I had the joy of marrying two lovely people, Amy and Anthony. We met when they were checking out the Shedd Aquarium as a potential venue and I was getting ready to officiate a ceremony

Anthony and Amy were so great to work with - sweet, thoughtful, and really fun! 

The photos of their wedding are featured on the Angel Eyes Photography blog, so be sure to check them out HERE. Hilda knows how to get people to relax and have fun and you can see it in her beautiful pictures.

Here are a few that you just have to see:

And did you notice the gorgeous flowers? Can you believe they were silk?? Neither could I - as you can see by my reaction. 

Congratulations, Amy & Anthony. I wish you a lifetime of love and laughter!

Hope to run into you at Panera some time! 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

12 Days of Love Letters

So, the holiday season is upon us. Even if it is supposed to reach 60 degrees tomorrow, I promise that it really is December. And most of us have begun holiday shopping. 

Okay, I haven't started shopping, but I have started thinking about it. 

But, maybe you're looking for a more meaningful way to usher in the holidays. If so, you may want to consider The 12 Days of Love Letter Writing. This letter writing campaign is an effort to make the holiday season brighter for some folks who need a little kindness and love right now.                                              
It's pretty simple. For 12 days in a row- starting this Monday, Dec. 3rd - you are emailed with a letter request from someone who needs some holiday cheer. You write a letter or a card and send it to the lovely people at The World Needs More Love Letters. They bundle up all the warm wishes and send them to their merry way.

What a wonderful way to spread some love and joy.... and to make a real difference in someone's life.

Ready to write? Click HERE to join the effort. And don't forget to pick up some nice stationery when you're out running errands this weekend.