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Archive for the ‘Pass It On’ Category


Your Hidden Super Power

Posted by Sooz on Monday, February 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

  What if you had Super Powers? What if you had them, but didn’t use them? As children we dream of having amazing super-human abilities. I pretended I could fly – maybe you did too, or maybe you imagined you could shoot laser beams from your fingertips.  As an adult you are more likely to [...]


Authentic Austrian Apple Strudel – A Gift Worth Sharing

Posted by Sooz on Monday, January 23, 2012 | 5 Comments

“Handed down from generation to generation…”  I love the sound of it; one generation living, loving and teaching the next – sharing what matters. I feel a twinge of jealousy as I imagine what it’s like to grow up with this reality, knowing that my culture has generally forgotten it. History is something vital to [...]


The Beauty of Being Special – Relating to People with Special Needs

Posted by Sooz on Monday, October 31, 2011 | 3 Comments

My nephew Jon Alex has been one of the most influential people in my life. The remarkable thing is that he has never spoken a word to me… or anyone. He lives his life by example, and he constantly amazes me. Jon Alex (J.A.) was born 14 years ago to my sister Becky and her [...]


Jack’s Candy Stand

Posted by Sooz on Monday, September 26, 2011 | 2 Comments

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” Lady Bird Johnson, former U.S. first lady Years ago, when I was in school to become a social worker, I was taught a truth that has never left me.  I remember my professor in human development looking at us earnestly, and with great conviction [...]


Cherished Beads

Posted by Sooz on Thursday, September 15, 2011 | No Comments

It is so important for our hearts to remember… the people we love, once-in-a-lifetime moments, joyful celebrations, and special occasions. Life is full of cherished things, but in the hustle and bustle we often forget to focus on them. What if you had a way to mark and remember these occasions? Weddings, funerals, the prom, [...]


The Antidote

Posted by Sooz on Monday, September 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

Typically, America teaches lessons, not learns them. We are a nation who leads, and we feel most comfortable in that role.  We also tend to believe that as leaders, we should be exempt from hardship and suffering.  We seem to forget the tremendous personal sacrifices that were made to establish us as a nation, the [...]


The Help

Posted by Sooz on Thursday, August 18, 2011 | 3 Comments

Distance often gives us better perspective on the events of our lives. You can also see things more clearly through the eyes of another. I recall the feeling I had when we met to discuss the bestseller, The Help in book club. I remember the mystified looks and utter disbelief of some members who had not grown [...]


Sangria Surprise! Using things on hand to make Something Special

Posted by Sooz on Monday, August 15, 2011 | 4 Comments

One thing I love about goodness is that it is resourceful. Let me give you a perfect example. On my birthday, my wonderful neighbor Angela arrived with a beautiful pitcher of Sangria. I was delighted to receive this fruity concoction for several reasons. One, Sangria is a cool delicious drink, especially on a sweltering August day. [...]


Family Goodness: “DIY Drive-in”

Posted by Sooz on Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

Keeping with our drive-in theme this week, today we want to show you how to make an indoor “DYI Drive-In.” Did you know that the first drive-in consisted of a Kodak projector on the hood of Richard Hollingshead Jr’s car. The screen was nailed to trees in his backyard, and a radio served as the sound [...]


It’s All in Their Story

Posted by Sooz on Monday, July 11, 2011 | No Comments

What do you do when someone just bugs the stuffing out of you? You know the person I’m talking about…you work with her or he coaches the little league team. Something about them just makes you crazy! I mean really crazy. What do you do when that person lives next door or teaches your child? [...]