Knight A Kiplinger normally writes for investors and executives. In his December 19, 2014 letter, he actually wrote a letter to his first grandson who was born in 2014 in the same fashion as his grandfather did for him and three other grandsons back in 1963. He also gave permission to share his special letter which is what I am now doing with you.
Way to go, Pete!! Congrats to you, your teams and your very, very special family and family ties! So proud of your achievements! Never in my days of sitting in Jim Rees’ math classes in 1968-1971 or babysitting your wife, Deb, and her brothers when they were little, would I have expected to be so proud of her hubby, the tennis teams at Downers Grove South, DGHSS itself, and the impact you have made for all the world – i.e. sharing your son with Central College ! Fine accomplishment! I thoroughly enjoyed the Suburban Life article!
Last Saturday we had a wonderful evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific Ocean Conservation Awards which honored Magellanic Penguin expert P. Dee Boersma, Ph.D. and the City of Long Beach. We had lovely conversation with humans and fun interaction with some of the aquarium residents. Here are some photos from the evening. Enjoy!
I just found food beautifully photographed to make your mouth water on a wonderful website for people having to or trying to live gluten-free. You must check out Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef! Shauna’s story on her About page is endearing. Her writing style is easy to read. And those photos!!!! And recipes!! And lots and lots of stories!! The website is VERY informative. She has lots of links for further information as well. AWESOME!
I have been going through my own medical mire. So, I’m re-reading my Dr Mark Hyman books (because I have been following his Ultra- concepts for several years now – but not completely to the letter – more as they meld into the Mediterranean diet and more protein/less bad fat/more good fat diets), re-assessing my daily supplements and routines, and getting all kinds of tests done. I found Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef as a link on Hyman’s website. Hopefully, we’ll figure my problem all out soon. In the meantime, since my gastroenterologist told me to stop all medicines, vitamins and supplements in prep for “the procedure,” I figured what’s one more thing – I’ll stop the gluten and the high fructose corn syrup even more than I already had, too. It seemed to be making a difference but then I had to change my diet in preparation for today’s colonoscopy. Since my follow-up appointment is in two weeks, I’m going to use these two weeks to cut out gluten and high fructose corn syrup to see what happens.
Inspired by my friend Rob’s Facebook status today about Special Education Week, I decided today had to be the day I shared an old article I ran across the other day. I had saved it because I wanted to share it with friends whose new baby has spina bifida. It is Ticket to Ride in the October 4th People Magazine.
Because I know several families with special needs kids, the article struck me as very special. Here was a dad who could do something – and DID it – to make the world a better place for not only his own special needs daughter Morgan, but for others as well.
Gordon and Maggie Hartman created Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas. It is a place where kids can ride a train, a carousel, a swing or they can experience sensory activities such as the interactive music garden – all independent of their physical or mental abilities. Actually it is even better than that because special needs adults can also have these great experiences – maybe even for the first time in their lives.
We totally enjoyed yesterday’s session of the 2010 Women’s Conference in Long Beach, CA. We didn’t get tickets again (last year we missed out, too) so we are logged in to the White House blog site to get the streaming from the main day of the women’s conference to our conference room at work. You can do so from here. I have enclosed the blog from the White House here: Women’s Conference Live Streaming
I hope you are able to watch at least some of it because it is truly an awesome experience.
Jimmy Carter declared Grandparents Day a national holiday in 1978. Grandparents Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day. Read the history on Grandparents.com. There is a whole page of info and activities all about it!
What impact have grandparents had on you?
If you are a grandparent, what impact have you made on the younger generations?
One of Grandpa Ron’s most favorite people is Warren Buffett. I also thoroughly enjoyed his comments at the 2008 Women’s Conference. He is another person who stands out as a mentor and teacher for more people than he’ll ever personally know that he’s helped. This interview posted by Willow Bay (Anna Robertson and Erin Green produced the interview for Yahoo! News.) highlights his attitude and approach for life. In an exclusive interview with Yahoo! News and The Huffington Post, “he credited his father for teaching him how to live, and explained that all parents can make a “better human being” by offering their children unconditional love.”
Here are Google results for remembrances and special stories about John Wooden. He was a beloved mentor and character builder with many, many admirers and followers. His Pyramid of Success has been a guide for many leaders. An interactive version of it is at www.coachwooden.com – just click on the Pyramid of Success tab after you have clicked off the welcome page.
Here are some of John Wooden’s quips of wisdom as listed on BrainyQuote.
Totally Awesome with a Capital A! The parents of the Cupertino, CA Union School District got together and raised 2 million dollars to save 107 teachers from lay-off! – The money was raised in 2 months! The story is here from NBC Bay Area. CBS 5 video also tells the story. Here is the video off the Their Future Is Now (TFIN) website. Cupertino is near San Jose in the San Franciso Bay area. Cupertino is known for its excellent schools. Involved parents DO make a difference! 🙂