Inspirational advice for job seekers and college grads

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Here's an inspiring excerpt I read from God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours by Regina Brett.

Graduates: Go after your own grail with gusto

The parents are starting to panic.

As college seniors prepare to graduate, their loved ones call and write me for advice: My daughter, my son, is graduating from college and there are no jobs. They spent all that time and money to prepare for a career that might not exist. What can I say or do to give them hope?

Before you start making room in your basement for them to move in, give them the greatest graduation gift there is: believe in them.

Hope for the next generation isn't found in the want ads. You make your own hope.
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Grandma’s Hands – a beautiful poem


Grandma's Hands - Photo by Pamela McFarland Walsh

Grandma's Hands - Photo by Pamela McFarland Walsh

My sister shared this poem she received in an e-mail. It touched me enough to want to share it with you. This story was written by Melinda Clements and is at:

Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. She didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands.

When I sat down beside her she didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if she was OK.

Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She raised her head and looked at me and smiled. ‘Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking,' she said in a clear voice strong.

‘I didn't mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,' I explained to her.  Continue reading

Another photo of Mel

Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph Mel, a sweetheart of a dog that had a leg amputated about a month ago. He was such a great creture to work with.

Mel is undergoing chemo treatment to knock out the cancer that cost him is leg. His best friend, Catie Wightman, is accepting donations for the chemo and the amputation. Check out Mel’s blog at and his Facebook page at!/pages/Mel/206416653352?v=wall&ref=sgm