What To Say: To A Cancer Survivor

So many people have said to me, “You look fantastic!”

Why focus on how I look? You probably have little idea about my quality of life compromises that you cannot see on the outside. For me, I had bilateral vocal chord polyps and nodules, basal cell carcinoma in my radiated field, ringing in my ears, […]

Humanity is Abundant

“I am lucky enough to have a front row seat for Humanitarian Acts,” proclaimed my new friend Ida Huneault who chaired the dental hygiene conference in Ottawa at which I was the keynote speaker.

Her 15 year old son Tyler Huneault has Sialidosis, a very rare enzyme disorder from which few children survive more than a […]

By |October 20th, 2014|Making Life Meaningful, Survivorship, Talk for Hope|3 Comments

Creative Bank Commercial Tells a Story

This commercial by Fifth Third Bank tells a compelling story. They are not selling bank services. They are selling their passion to make a difference through STORY. No better vehicle to engage listeners and be memorable than through a story. It certainly worked with me! It’s a story about a healthy active woman diagnosed with […]

By |September 28th, 2014|Storytelling|0 Comments

Talk4Hope: Small Gesture Best Friend

Canada is a huge country and not too populated so they open their doors to loads of people from all corners of the world who are young enough to add to the work force and hopefully add to the population by starting a family there.

My taxi driver from downtown Saskatoon to the airport told me […]

By |September 14th, 2014|Making Life Meaningful, Simply Story, Talk for Hope|0 Comments

Little Kindness Big Opportunities

Two years ago, after my lecture for the National Oral Health Conference in Huntsville Alabama, I grabbed some dinner at the hotel restaurant. When I went to pay my bill,  the server told me it was taken care of. I inquired by whom. I walked over to the ‘lady over there.’ Shelly Spoeth, […]

By |August 21st, 2014|Making Life Meaningful, Simply Story, Storytelling|0 Comments

Talk 4 Hope: A Love Story

“We were engaged 35 years ago, but never married. Now, we are engaged again,” explained the couple sitting at the next table at the restaurant. I started talking to them when the server rolled the cooking table over with the ingredients to prepare my favorite dessert in the world, bananas foster, which is served […]

Talk For Hope: Turning Loneliness into a Business

When I meet a person, I’m anxious to know their story. What do they stand for? How has their life experience shaped them? I met Samantha through this article in Business Insider and her story is worth telling. She is a professional hugger. She hugs people for $60/hour and makes $7200 a month. Soon she […]

Talk For Hope: Overcoming Limitations from Cerebral Palsy

A story not silenced. When I spoke to this radio interviewer, I heard words are slightly slurred  and others annunciated with a struggle. Very quickly into the conversation, I got past the struggle and heard the strong vice and smart mind of this man who has a passion to improve the world by being an example himself […]

Talk for Hope: Foster Child Asking For What She Needs

A story not silenced. She was raised by a single mother in upstate NY. She was a ‘good kid’ and stood out as a great dancer. By age 12, she knew she was gay and became outspoken about her discovery, causing unmanageable friction in the house. In this day and age, there are still parents who just […]

Talk For Hope: Given a Second Chance

A story not silenced. A story can change worlds. Mr Gillard shares his story, inspiring us with how to turn adversity into opportunity.

“In my heart of hearts, I wanted to do the right thing, but selling drugs was easy. Everyone was doing it. I mean, I’m not using that as an excuse, I made my […]