Month: March 2018

What does The Ice Bucket Challenge, Run for the Cure & the Volcano Challenge have in common?

In the same vein as the Ice Bucket Challenge, or the Run for the Cure, my partners and I are about to embark upon the first annual Volcano Challenge. What do these three (seemingly) unrelated things have in common? Ok, imagine if I just came right out and said, “Hey guys, let’s raise money for breast cancer, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or impoverished orphans!” You might want to slap me, feel guilt-tripped, and at the very least would’ve already deleted this. These extreme events (people throwing buckets of ice over their heads, grown women in pink strutting their stuff all over kingdom come, and people running up and down volcanos-hopefully not being chased by lava) are created so that fundraising can become “Fun-raising.” Why […]

I love me a good “rags to riches” story-especially when feeling the most raggedy!

I have to admit I notice a resistance to getting back to life after a week spent honoring the passing of not one, but two beloved people in my world. It’s as if, on some level, I erroneously feel I’m betraying the memory of Teresa Swanson Sielck and Glenna D Walden by diving back into life. But, I imagine, if they were alive they would say that they’d want me (and those of us whose lives have been tossed around because of their loss) to get back to life…that being fully engaged in life, while we’re alive, is what would honor them. I can’t imagine either of these amazing ladies/angels wanting me or any of us to dive into a cave of deep depression and […]