Hearts and Courage

In honor of Tara’s birthday, I made a donation to Hearts and Courage, the Tara Troy Gambardella Foundation.

Thank You For Serving

I made a donation to the disabled vets at their table outside the supermarket.

Reporting a Fraudulant Offer

The other day I received a postcard in the mail for a free $50 Chilis/Applebee’s giftcard. I recognized the sketchiness of the promotion immediately, but I decided to call the number on the back of the postcard anyway to see what the scammers had to say. They told me that they had to come into my home to test the quality of my water supply. After their test was over, then they’d give me a free giftcard. I replied on the phone to them, “You know what? I have an even better idea. How about you meet me on the deck outside my house and you can test the quality of my home’s water from my garden hose. This way I don’t have to let complete strangers from the phone into my home.” The lady hung up on me in response.

The next day I called my local police department informing them of this scam. I told them that I didn’t want the scam happening to anyone’s unsuspecting grandparent. Hopefully the cops end up busting these losers.

Gregg Love

Checking In

I tried to be extra aware of what those I know might need today. I called a friend who was worried about an upcoming doctor’s appointment, checked in with someone getting ready to move, and emailed someone I knew was having a hard day to let them know I was thinking of them. 

The Caboose

I have been hiking with a group this summer and the outings are organized and enjoyable and I have met lots of people. One thing I have noticed, though, is the group does not appear to wait for slow hikers. Twice in the last week and once a few weeks back, I have hung back and hiked with the slow hiker so that this person is not hiking alone.

Positive Words

I learned recently that a business acquaintance was separating from her husband. At a social function last week she looked like she was struggling emotionally, so I made a point of speaking with her that evening. I told her how she had helped me professionally and personally with her advice and leadership over the past 6 months. And it was true. She knew which situations I was talking about and I know it made her feel good to hear the impact she had made on me. Her mood visibly brightened.

I volunteered to help serve food to the donors at the blood drive at work.

Also, at work they were asking for donations of soup for the needy in the area and I donated several cans.

Education-Back to School

I always want to buy the back to school supplies. The feeling

does not go away since childhood.

Excitement is in the air, Oh Yeah! but this year I have an opportunity to help The Veteran’s Haven with items they

need for veterans that have lost their way and have

decided to go back to school this fall. Great 1/2 price sales,

so I filled my trunk with items they can use. 


My son’s 12 year old baseball team is in the midst of a Regional Tournament in Massachusetts. A friend and I laundered 12 very stinky baseball uniforms for the players.

When it rains it pours

A friend’s sister in law passed away from cancer so we donated money to her charity of choice honoring her. A week later the widow ( my friend’s brother) had a massive stroke so we (mike & I) had out friends over for dinner to cheer them up and distract them.

Another friend’s father had a stroke last weekend so we (mike and I)offered to watch their son whenever they need us to as it’s a lot for a 6 year old to handle hearing/seeing his grandfather paralyzed.

Today someone I work with left work almost immediately bc her husband suffered a heart attack. I texted her a couple times just so that she knows people are thinking of them.

I remember how much it meant to Tara when friends gave her gifts, and more importantly caring words and quality time after each of her surgeries and how good it made me feel to be with her. I hope I helped my friends who are going through hard times have a little bit of an easier time.

Lauren C.