Posts Tagged ‘friendship’

A Photo Shoot for Gerdi

June 14, 2014



In February 2014, a few months after Gerdi McKenna was diagnosed with breast cancer, one of her friends organized a photo shoot for a (more…)

This Is What Beauty and Courage Look Like

April 14, 2014
Cancer patients Rylie, Rheann and Ainsley (photo by Lora Scantling)

Cancer patients Rylie, Rheann and Ainsley (photo by Lora Scantling)


This stunning photograph shows three-year-old Rylie, six-year-old Rheann and four-year-old Ainsley sharing a special moment. Incredibly, the three girls hadn’t met each other before the photo shoot.

Photographer Lora Scantling conceived the photo shoot to raise awareness about the struggle faced by children who are diagnosed with cancer. “I just wanted something that showed the strength and the bond and that they weren’t alone,” she told Oklahoma City’s KOCO News. Watch KOCO’s video report here.

As for the girls, Rheann is stricken with brain cancer, Rylie is (more…)

The Breath of Kindness

January 24, 2012

Nineteeth-century English novelist Dinah Maria Craik masterfully put into words the joy and beauty of friendship. Her description is spot-on. A real friend is on the same wavelength, so you need not guard your words; even if you do not say what you mean, your friend will know what you mean to say. May those you love and feel safe with be with you always.

Oh, the comfort—the inexpressible comfort of (more…)

An Angel Named Mandana

March 8, 2011

This story in the March 2010 issue of Guideposts by Aline Alexander Newman of Turin, New York, brought tears to my eyes. What Mandana did for Aline is something that any of us can do. But how many of us would go out of our way and devote that kind of effort to helping someone we just met? Aline’s story inspired me to be aware of opportunities to step in and help others when they are in need of assistance. I hope it inspires you to do the same.

AN ANGEL NAMED MANDANA
A chance encounter at a New York City store blossoms into a beautiful friendship

Mandana

I pulled a red knit top from the rack and held it in front of me.

“What do you think?” I asked my husband, Neil, who was sitting in a chair waiting patiently. We were at the Chico’s boutique on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a world away from our tiny village in upstate New York.

“Can I help you?”

I turned to see a beautiful olive-skinned woman. She was wearing an elegant blue dress, set off by a gold necklace and earrings. Her dark hair was short and spiky. She had a sort of glow about her and looked like no one I had ever seen back in Turin. But what held my attention was her accent. It sounded like music.

If only there was some way you could help, I thought.

Neil had bladder (more…)

Let Your Mind Dwell on These Things

August 15, 2010

Live a life of integrity and you not only conduct yourself with honor, you honor the divine essence that connects us all by your compassionate, respectful conduct toward others.



You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
James D. Miles

Unless they give you a reason not to, you treat every person who crosses your path as if their level of integrity matches your own.

Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Just as every person unconsciously yields to the gravitational (more…)

The Orangutan and the Hound

April 7, 2010

I love this four-minute National Geographic video that celebrates the unlikely but beautiful friendship between an orangutan and a hound dog. It’s just (more…)

The Courage, Grace and Loving Friendship of Carla Meyers

February 21, 2010



There is no magic formula for friendship. The bond that unites friends is as mysterious as it is certain.

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.
Michel de Montaigne




True friends imprint their essences on each other’s souls. Even as your tears and laughter recede into the swirling mists of memories lost, the heart holds dear every unspoken expression of love that passed between you.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.
Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;
For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered
When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more.

Kahlil Gibran




Cyn Bolsta, Carla Meyers and Sandy Bolsta enjoying one of their frequent outings

Carla Meyers, my mother’s very best friend, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2010 after a five-year struggle with ovarian cancer. Carla, who had just turned fifty-seven the month before, leaves behind her loving and attentive  husband, Greg, and two gifted college-age children, Elissa and Andy.

Carla, my mom Sandy and my sister Cyn shared many wonderful memories together over the past twenty years. My mom feels grateful and blessed that she was able to stay with Carla and Greg for three weeks last month caring for them both as Carla’s condition worsened and Greg was recovering from hip surgery.

In a testament to Carla’s boundless courage and endless grace in accepting and facing the inevitable, Cyn wrote the following lovely tribute to Carla.


Being Carla’s friend over the years has been a joy and a privilage, but it’s the way she lived her life since her diagnosis that has re-taught me a lesson I should have learned a long time ago. I had just graduated (more…)

The Very Thought of You Makes Me Smile

January 5, 2010

Imagine this: You retrieve the day’s mail and, among the bills and ads, you find an envelope from someone you actually know. You rip it open and find a note that says, “I don’t know if you realize this but you made a tremendous difference in my life.” or “I don’t think I ever told you how much I admire you.” or “I just wanted to let you know that the very thought of you makes me smile.”

How would reading a note like that make you feel? Yeah, pretty amazing. I’d bet you’d save it and reflect on it from time to time, especially whenever you thought of the person who sent it to you. In short, you’d treasure the note, the person who wrote it, and the memory of how reading it made your day.

Well, guess what? You have the (more…)

A True Friend Is a Priceless Gift

July 18, 2009

two-little-girls-huggingJust as each soul is a unique gift to the world, every friend is a priceless gift in your life. A friend is a walking, talking embodiment of God’s love for you. Friends expand your capacity to love and are a constant reminder of God’s blessings.

True friends imprint their essences on each other’s souls. Even as your tears and laughter recede into the swirling mists of memories lost, the heart holds dear every unspoken expression of love that passed between you.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.
Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;
For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered
When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more.

Kahlil Gibran

A real friend is (more…)

An Elephant Never Forgets . . . Her BFF

January 15, 2009




The above video is a story of love and devotion . . . between Tarra the elephant and Bella the dog. The bond they share is as deep as it is authentic. Sadly, the story has (more…)

Brighten Someone’s Day!

September 19, 2008

It only takes a few seconds to send someone you care about an e-mail or text or handwritten note with a heartfelt, genuine sentiment that will make their day . . .  their week . . . their year! Here are sentiments in three categories—for your romantic partner, for your child, and for a good friend.


SENTIMENTS FOR YOUR ROMANTIC PARTNER

• Your love is a blessing in my life.

• Your love fills a void in my soul.

• Sometimes I get overwhelmed with love for you. Like right now.

• You’re the wind that guides my sails.

• You have no idea how much I love you.

• Your love is the answer to my prayers.

• I’m very curious. Do you ever NOT look gorgeous?

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