Posts Tagged ‘loved ones’

Embrace Life. Buckle Up!

May 4, 2010

As you can see in this video, when you strap on your seat belt, you are protected by love itself. This one-minute commercial is the centerpiece of the Embrace Life campaign created by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership,


Here’s how Writer/director Daniel Cox explained his creative process:

I wanted to create a visual metaphor addressing how a single decision in a person’s day can greatly influence both their own and their loved ones’ lives. Choosing to film the story inside the family living room represents the (more…)

Too Young to be Gone

April 6, 2010

In a long session at Ecopolitan last night with a University of Minnesota student who asked to interview me for her senior anthropology thesis on raw food, I mentioned that the author of a book on healthy eating had written over a decade ago that too many people were dying at fifty. Of course, I thought of my best friend, Neil, who even though he tried to stay fit, died of a massive heart attack last May just days after his fiftieth birthday.

Just hours after last night’s interview, I learned that my former brother-in-law, Tim, died unexpectedly in (more…)

Another Friend Leaves This Earth Far Too Soon

September 10, 2009

two-boys-playing-on-a-raftThis is not a post I wanted to write. My mom called to tell me that Scott, the first friend I made after we moved to St. Cloud, Minnesota in the summer before I entered eighth grade, dropped dead on his 49th birthday after getting out of a boat at a lake cabin on Sunday. He leaves behind a wife and two school-age daughters.

Scott was three years younger than me but we were inseparable for a couple of years before his family moved a few blocks away and our age difference sent us in different directions. I hadn’t had any contact with Scott in more than thirty years until I called him last year just to say hi and see how he was doing.

It was just three months ago that one of my best friends in the world, whom I had known since high school, dropped dead eight days after turning fifty. Neil’s death prompted me to write a post urging people to leave no words unspoken with those you care about.

The older we get, the (more…)

Best. Gift. Ever.

September 8, 2008

Two years ago, my mom, Sandy, and my daughter, Erin, each said that the present I put together for their birthday was the best gift they had ever received.

If you’re searching for that perfect gift for a loved one, I hope you give this a shot. It’s the ideal present for birthdays, holidays or just because.

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My mom reads her Appreciation Album

What is it? An Appreciation Album filled with letters from friends and loved ones telling the recipient how much he or she means to them.

Start by making a list of everyone who the recipient is or has been close to. Reach far back into the past and cast a wide net in the present. For both my mom and my daughter, I was able to collect around 50 letters.

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