Monthly Archives: November 2009

A Reiteration

26 November 2009

Today was the American day of Thanksgiving.  It’s a busy day.  I’ll just reiterate a blog entry I wrote a few years ago:!F92952EA9124A41B!2257.entry


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Fundraiser, Please Click On The Link to help a GOOD CAUSE!

November 12, 2009



Thanks to your clicks, the nonprofit nursing home that cares for my father will receive approximately $50,000 in corporate donations!  And just to clarify, my stepmother does NOT KEEP THE CAR!  This fundraiser was a method of advertising by Cadillac, but no, they are not giving away the cars!  She just got to use it for a week and write about it. 


November 4, 2009


My dad has a debilitating illness, called Multiple System Atrophy.  He can no longer be cared for at home, and he resides in a skilled nursing center called The Pines of Sarasota, in Sarasota, Florida. The Pines gives very high quality care for people even after they have exhausted their resources.  It is also a nonprofit which depends on private fundraising efforts. 

My dad’s wife, Marjorie, has a great opportunity to raise funds for The Pines, but it depends on her getting clicks on an internet site.  Can you help by clicking on her site, HERE

Please read her story, below, then click on the link she gives.  Please click often in the next few days!  You will be treated to photos of Marjorie’s life as she drives a 2010 Cadillac SRX, a car she has been loaned for the purpose of getting people to read about! 

2010 Cadillac SRX



Please bookmark

and click often

this week!!!


Here is a photo of my Dad and Marjorie, taken about three years ago, before this illness struck.  He and Marjorie love their dogs.  The white dog in this photo is named Bentley, and he’s still an inseparable companion.  Bentley can’t live with my Dad at the Pines, but he visits often, and he rides in the car with Marjorie.  For this fundraiser, Marjorie is planning to write about her adventures in the SRX with Bentley along for the ride! 

Marjorie writes: 

Hello All,

I have been given use of a 2010 Cadillac SRX for a week. The only “string” attached is that I blog about the SRX and my activities using it each day. I’m competing with seven other women in this region of Florida. Whoever gets the most clicks on their blog will win all the proceeds to benefit their charity.

I hope that you’ll find my blog to be interesting and that you’ll click on it frequently throughout the next few days to see what I’m up to, and to help me win the funds for my charity!

The charity I’ve chosen is The Pines of Sarasota. There is a very personal story behind my choice of The Pines.

My husband, Bill, has a catastrophic illness. After more than a year of home care, he now lives at The Pines.  The Pines is a 61-year-old not for profit nursing center. It is home to several hundred folks who need rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. I have recently been elected to the corporate board of the Pines. I am donating (with your help) 100% of the charitable donation to them.

Our family can vouch for the top quality and compassionate care provided to all Pines residents regardless of ability to pay, including residents who have outlived their financial resources.

There are several matching donors.  Thus, a lot is “riding” on your taking the time to see where the SRX and I are and what we are doing. Please, click often on the link 

The more clicks, the more chance we have of winning the competition and helping The Pines! 

Thank you in advance for your support!

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I’m Famous!

2 November 2009

Actually, another busy lawyer just wrote a very kind write up in the blog of the S.C. Women Lawyers Association, about my brand new, solo mediation practice. 

Repatriation is the end of a journey.  Or is it the beginning?  When I went to China, I was a particular person with thoughts, hopes, and dreams.  China changed me.  Living overseas, in a different culture, does that to people!  I imagine that the further we are, culturally, from our home culture, the more changed we become.  When we return, however, we find that we have changed but our native culture has not.  We must learn a new way of fitting into it. 

When I returned from China, I knew intellectually that this would be the case, but living through something is different from knowing about it.  I’m glad I was aware ahead of time that it might be a challenging adjustment! 

I decided to take my time and be very "intentional" about my next move in life.  I wanted to do something that was fully in keeping with my values and goals.  To make a long story short, I decided to devote my time and energies to peacemaking.  (Unfortunately, my new blog devoted to peacemaking   is not accessible to my friends in China (because blogger web site is blocked), but I usually cross post, so you won’t miss too much!)  As a practical manifestation of work as a peacemaker, I decided to work as a mediator in my professional life. 

Click HERE for the article about my new mediation practice, written by Eve Ross of McNair Law Firm, and contained in the blog of the S.C. Women Lawyers Association:

It’s very interesting to begin a solo practice.  I’m drawing on experience that I never realized would ever be beneficial in my future life.  For example, when I graduated from college I worked at a newspaper for two years before I went to law school.  Long story, but I worked in ad layout and design, and guess what:  Businesses need logos and marketing materials, so thirty years later here I am looking at fonts and layouts!  As a young lawyer I was always the "computer guru" in the office, the first lawyer to type their own work (advised not to on the basis that it might cause me to be viewed as a secretary), the first lawyer in the office to do research on the web or to create a web page for my office.  Then, blogging for three years while I lived in China taught me a lot (though my old blog looks rather dated now).  So now, I’ve just done my own web page for my business, which I’ve named Just Mediation, LLC (on the web at! 

I enjoy being creative, even if it’s not as slick and professional as it could be.  It’s my goal to bring a degree of professionalism to my work that is very evident, a tangible difference.  Peacemaking is serious business!  Now that I’ve jumped off the high dive, here’s crossing my fingers that I’ll find the wings I know are there.   😀 


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