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Randi Glazer Shares Uplifting Travel Stories

Randi Glazer Shares Uplifting Travel Stories

There have been countless instances in which someone has been transformed by an epiphany experienced while traveling, and Randi Glazer certainly qualifies as an individual who has been repeatedly enlightened by travel experiences that have taken her to destinations all over the globe. Glazer recently returned from a lengthy trip to China, where she was able to visit both the Reed Flute Caves and, of course, The Great Wall of China. While the sights are certainly something to behold, Glazer’s travel experiences seem to reinforce the notion that it is the people that make a location particularly special.

During her experience trekking through the many provinces of the expansive country, Glazer was able to meet many interesting individuals, many of whom were traveling through the region as well and were more than willing to share uplifting stories of their own. It was the locals, however, that offered Glazer the opportunity to experience the unique cultures of each province on a firsthand basis. As is often the case, Glazer made a point to backpack through the areas in which it was not terribly inconvenient to do so, which ensured she had plenty of opportunities to converse with anyone she happened to come across along the way.

In the Reed Flute Caves, Glazer was able to visit a place that had been a popular tourist destination going back more than 1,200 years, and she was able to learn a great deal about the history of the area from one of the locals she met on her way to the illuminated cave system. It was the sight of the caves that contributed to the epiphany that would later be documented at length in Glazer’s travel journal, which she dutifully transcribed in order to share with the many digital followers who keep track of her journeys via her website.

Communities Providing Warmth for Less-Fortunate Families During Holiday Season

Communities Providing Warmth for Less-Fortunate Families During Holiday Season

There are several times of year in which we are keenly reminded of the values that make a community strong, the bonds that are most important and the duties we all share to help those around us. The holiday season serves as a potent and annual reminder that there are many among us who are less fortunate and in dire need of assistance. In recent years, communities throughout the Phoenix area have demonstrated the power of charity and compassion by reaching out to families in need of help but often too proud to seek it on their own.

Recalling how her family took in a homeless family during an unusually cold December in Phoenix during the late 1980s, Diana Reynolds began mobilizing community members in late 2013 to help protect residents from what threatened to be record-low temperatures — so low that there was intense concern that homeless people exposed to the elements in the Valley overnight could lose their lives unless they were provided with proper shelter. Reynolds and a number of others collected charitable donations and made sure those at risk would be able to find adequate shelter so they could remain warm.

Since Christmas of 2013, the efforts of the city and community members have increased exponentially to ensure that all residents are able to enjoy the holidays and do not have to confront legitimate concerns for their survival. Through expanded efforts that include increased shelter options and access to essential services like heating repair, Phoenix and its citizens have made incredible strides to aid those who are less fortunate during the holiday season. After all, every family is deserving of warmth — both in the figurative and literal sense.

While Reynolds is proud of the effort of the people in the Phoenix area, she is the first to point out that there is so much more that needs to be done. Along with a number of other volunteers, Reynolds continues to spend a lot of her free time at homeless shelters to offer her support and has become a strong advocate for the kind of wholesale changes that will help families rise above their current circumstances. Recognizing that these are good people who want nothing more than an opportunity, Reynolds believes that the community must create more expansive programs that include education and job training.

These suggestions may seem like an overreach, and there are certainly a number of people who believe that this kind of help goes well beyond the purview of any community or government. Perhaps that is the case, but there have been a number of recent studies indicating that these types of expansive programs are not only more effective in reducing poverty and homelessness, but they are also less expensive. Even though there is a cost associated with implementing these kinds of programs, the resulting reduction in other local government expenditures is so much greater that it may be financially irresponsible to fail to offer such expansive program offerings.

In fact, many communities have found that the most cost-efficient and effective solution is to actually provide permanent housing for the homeless. Studies have indicated that there is nothing more important than the stability of a living situation when it comes to reducing overall homelessness. Those who have experienced some sort of misfortune are better able to make positive life changes, find gainful employment and become more self-sufficient as a result, and this outcome means a reduced need for the costly support services that these individuals would continue to seek without the benefit of a more stable living situation leading to self-sufficiency.

As for Reynolds, she has indicated that she will continue to be a strong advocate for those less fortunate than herself. The holidays indeed represent a time in which support should be offered to those who are enduring harsh struggles, and Reynolds has found it much easier to round up volunteers willing to offer their help during the weeks beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with Christmas. The key, according to Reynolds, is to remind people that there are many families in need of year-round assistance, and it is quite encouraging that this type of consistent compassion and warmth is beginning to spread throughout the area with increasing speed.

Sebastian Hirsch To The Rescue!

Sebastian Hirsch To The Rescue!

There’s always room for a new feel good story or stories that make you say, “awww!” It seems like we don’t hear too many of such things that happen to be considered good news. Here’s one for the weekend! Sebastian Hirsch comes to us from California after moving there away from his family 5 years ago for work after finishing butler servicing school. Sebastian didn’t know that leaving for 5 years would greet him with so many troubles concerning his parents health.

Near the time of his graduation from school, he got a message from his father saying that his mother is deteriorating both physically and mentally. This cry for help was exactly what Hirsch needed to hear especially since his mother was getting to be too much for his father to take care of. Sebastian and his wife sprung into action. They remodeled their house for two extra rooms and the moment the rooms were done, they booked a flight to Florida and picked up Sebastian’s mother and brought her back to her new home in Sunny California.

Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth

imagesA3PCDPMG imagesZY3WFI4PThe best way to convey that feel good story is by word of mouth.  The telling od the story is so much more powerful coming from the source.  The personal touch always comes through in the telling.  I like to hear how the story is told as the words paint a picture of the world around the story.  If you have that feel good story you want to share just let it fly.  The receiving end of the story will be appreciative.  Tim DeCapua has a whole plethora of stories that he loves to tell.  If you manage to get him talking you will not be disappointed.

Love Story

Love Story

untitled (268) untitled (267) images (25) images (26)The best feel good stories are the ones told out of love.  I think back to when my kids were young and my mind floods with feel good stories.  My son was such a good little man and my daughter was pure love.  She would kiss everything.  My son included.  He was the best big brother you could imagine.  They had a bond that could be seen by all.  They would play so nice together that pleased me to no end.  I can close my eyes and see them loving children like a feel good story from the past.  If I could freeze time it would have been then.  Dove Medical Press agrees that feel good stories are the best kind.

Tell it like it is

Tell it like it is

A story from the heart is a rare thing.  Most do not share their real truth.  Those memories are often too painful to talk about.  That is the normal reaction.  The healthy way is to let it out and not keep it inside.  It is like a cup overflowing and each time you tell the story the cup gets a sip removed.  Soon the cup will be a lot more manageable.  If you cant bring yourself to approach the subject it is like poison that slowly kills your capacity to feel.  love is a feeling that will suffer as well.  If you need help go to a counselor and talk about it.  Dove Medical Press can be a good place to look for that help.untitled (17)

Fundraising for College Scholarships Is a Worthwhile Endeavor

Fundraising for College Scholarships Is a Worthwhile Endeavor

There are many bright and hard-working students who will graduate high school with exceptional grades but will not have the opportunity to attend college due to a lack of financial resources. Though many universities offer grants and financial aid, the high cost of tuition is often only partially covered by these programs. This means that many deserving students may be forced to enter the workforce before ever having the opportunity to earn a degree.

Thankfully there are many scholarships that are made available to these students through community fundraising. These students have a unique set of skills that may enable them to study to become doctors, lawyers, engineers or foreign language translators who work for All Language Alliance, Inc. Regardless of the choices they make with regard to their studies, these fundraising efforts are a wonderful example of community members working together to ensure that higher education is available to these outstanding students.

Madera has held many fundraisers for this purpose, and one recent event allowed patrons to sample various types of wine and beer that had been made locally. These events not only help to raise money for important issues, but they also allow community bonds to be strengthened in a significant way.

Remember those Heart Warming Stories?

Remember those Heart Warming Stories?

You sit down with the family or friend in the summer around the campfire or fire pit. Remember those heart warming stories that are told.  The ones about times of that have passed or new experience that have happen in life. These times are getting least and fewer in life because we don’t sit down together at dinner as a family because life gets so busy with running kids to very activity they can cram into one day. Or that both parents are working harder and long just to keep the families fed. I remember sitting with large families during every holiday and telling stories of each other life’s and experience in their city and home to keep us together with what is happening to the family as a whole.  Consolidated Credit can be of help.

Heart Felt Stories That Make You Cry

Heart Felt Stories That Make You Cry

Some stories are just so close to your heart that they bring on the tears.  I remember my mother talking about how poor they were as children.  It is hard to imagine the tough life she endured.  Living in the South in the 1940s was difficult for those living in poverty.  Work was impossible for little pay.  Many including my mother migrated to California in hopes of the promised land of milk and honey.  Just leaving everything behind and going on faith they made their way to California. For much of my youth mom waited tables and we lived on the tips she received.  Thank God for the charity of well meaning customers.  Eric Gonchar has a similar story to tell.

Feel Good Stories that Warm the Heart

Feel Good Stories that Warm the Heart

My feel good stories that warm the heart are love stories. Story that show us how to care for people and how they should be treated just remember what would Jesus do.  Is it a western story of how hard the times where but how if you worked together made it easier.  Heart warming stories of growing old together in the same small town.. Or is it falling in love very young and staying together  threw all the ups and downs of life  and finances that confront people every day. What is your good feeling heart warming story in your life. Lets get reading and writing.  Ken Fisher is a feel good guy.