Tag: christmas

Sunny Side Up: Volunteerism

sunnysideupI’ve decided to try a new feature in my blog: Sunny Side Up (I actually like over medium eggs lol) me trying to be my funny, sarcastic, positive, uplifting, grateful, off the wall self! I am going to show my positive side. My life is not all doom and gloom, And WovenEclipse helped me see that. So, thank you Rebecca!


Over the Christmas weekend I got to do some of my first volunteering.  On Christmas day, I volunteered to help with a Christmas party that was held in Building 4.

Building 4 is this VA’s hospice.  Most of the old soldiers who come here are coming to die.  Some of them will get better and leave, but the majority of them will not leave here conscious.

I helped set up a wonderful celebration for these Vets.  There were Veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and up through all our modern conflicts.  It was a humbling experience to see these Veterans in this situation.  It reminded me of the old saying

“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

On Monday I also volunteered for Bingo in Building 8.  Building 8 is where old soldiers who are severely handicapped reside.  I helped a man name Dan monitor his Bingo cards.  We won 8 of the 12 games!  He was so excited.

Volunteering at both of these events was very therapeutic for me.  It puts your perspective in perspective very quickly.  I came away with feelings of gratitude and humility.  And who can’t use a bit more of both of those?  I know I can.

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My Christmas Tree

I am so happy I found this in my Google Pictures! I wanted to share it with you all. It was a poem I wrote after my children left my visitation 16 years ago. Happy Holidays!

You Are Missed John

My brother John was hit by a car and killed on Christmas morning, 1975.  I was with him.  He was 8 and I was 11.  I found the only picture I have of him.  I wanted to post it up here in his memory as a message of love, not sadness.

Be grateful for who you have in your life this Christmas!  If you don’t have anyone, treasure a stranger!  Treasure a homeless person.  Treasure a Veteran.  Life is too short, we are gone in a moment.

Don’t wait to let someone know you love them!  Let go of petty jealousies, perceived injustices, resentments…Be brave in your love.  Be the bigger man or woman.  Reach out with gratitude and lovingkindess this holiday!  We all know that Christmas is not about Santa Claus, Reindeer, candy canes and Christmas trees.  It’s about love.

This is a message of love for you.  Don’t wait until it’s too late!  That is why I am posting his picture, as a reminder that Christmas isn’t about what you have, it’s who you have in your life.  Gods bless each and every one of you today, tomorrow, Christmas, and beyond.

I think John is 1 or 1 1/2 years old in this photo.  I am 3 or 3 1/2 and my half brother Joey was 6 maybe?

John, Me, Joey

apoeticlife: blue christmas

Thought I’d start a new section of my blog using my newfound passion for photography. I see poetry all around me, I’d like to share my views of the world using just my Samsung phone for now–horrendous camera fyi.  Then I’m using a basic photo editor to manipulate them into apoeticlife!

Blue Christmas

Broken Santa in VA hallway