​little things…BIG DIFFERENCE

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” Marian Wright Edelman, American activist for children’s rights and author Imagine for a minute you’re a hospital patient. Perhaps

Krafting Konnections Continued

People rarely succeed at anything unless they have fun doing it. Dale Carnegie, American writer, lecturer, and inspirational speaker The Krafting Konnections crafters certainly did have fun at our last meeting! We shared stories, kept our hands and minds busy, and we laughed…a lot, enjoying each other’s company. These ladies were busy creating crochet blankets,

Music Therapy: Touching an Inner Chord

Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind, and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul. Author Unknown During the holiday season in 2022, I wrote about “Angelo’s Harp.”  Angelo De Lorenzo was a chaplain at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, PA.  He was also a talented harpist.

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The Healing Power of Animals: Pet Therapy for Humans

If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty, and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans. James Herriot Science is catching up with philosophers and pet lovers of every kind. It turns out that dogs (and cats, horses, and many other animals) are human’s best friends. Animal-assisted – or Pet Therapy – helps people recover from physical

You’re Allowed to Ask Why

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Rainbows Everywhere

Many patients I tried to visit one morning were out of their rooms or sleeping. But finally, I came to a room where a patient was lying in bed. A woman I was to learn was his wife was sitting quietly close by. I stepped in and smiled as I told them briefly why I

Challah and Comfort

“Human greatness doesn’t lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness.” Anne Frank, German-born Dutch-Jewish diarist and Holocaust victim In May of 2008, Iris’s granddaughter Ruby was born at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Sadly, Ruby was never able to leave the hospital and died four months later. Iris and her family were

Heritage (Part II)

“Knowledge is the power that gives us wings to soar.” George W. Douglas, American economist, and member of the Federal Trade Commission Baby Quilt This first photo shows a baby quilt made by our Great Aunt Alice Hall (redwork style 1908,09, embroidered nursery graphics). Alice used a photograph of my cousin Karen’s mother (Gladys Hall