9-11. Two numbers can conjure such emotion. Today, I am attending a graveside funeral for a friend. Death is inevitable and reminds us we are mortal. I challenge you to think about how you end things, whether it’s a meal, a day, a relationship. The way you handle endings is a good marker for how [...]
Is there a difference between hearing and listening? When someone says, ‘Hear me out,’ do they really want you to just hear them? Or, are they looking for something more? Hearing is a simple act. Listening is an essential part of hearing. When a teacher asks, ‘Are you listening?’ they are seeking more than just [...]
From "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" Mr. Rogers met a 14-year-old boy whose cerebral palsy left him unable to walk or barely talk. Rogers asked the boy to pray for him. The boy was thunderstruck. He had been the object of prayers many times, but nobody had asked him to pray for another. [...]
When audiences hear Motivational Speaker Eva Grayzel, a take-away message is 'never give up.'
A friend is sick....what to say in a card, when you call, in person? How do you show empathy? “If you need anything, call me. And if you don’t call me, I promise I’ll call you. And I’ll keep calling,” – bestguess, N.Y. “Don’t feel like talking? Me either. Let’s sit here and not [...]
At the St Barnabas Hospital Survivorship event at which I was the keynote speaker, I sat next to the Reverend Dr. Valerie Griffin who gave the convocation. After hearing my talk that included some messages about faith, she wished me a happy new year (Jewish). She told me at the hospital, the shofar was sounded. [...]
Hope means different things to cancer survivors.
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, [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]