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12/27/11 5:20 pm CST
Joe Hock, my father’s 1st named executor of his will just called me via blocked phone number, and said, “Lark, you have caused your Dad so much grief, and so has your mother & brother.” I then said, “Joe, I’m going to hang up now.”

Wow! This man should have stepped up to be the executor. He did not.

Joe Hock, I pray for you. You have been taken by a sociopath in my opinion. I pray for you and your family.

My Dad is safe. Elder abuse continues.

10 Ways to Volunteer with Family Caregivers

This is a guest post by Heather Taylor. Taylor is a freelance writer, consultant and radio producer.  Since January 2011, she’s also happily served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program,  helping adults aged 50+ who are unemployed, underemployed or career-changers to find satisfying work.   You can follow her on twitter at @findingthejobs

10 Ways to Volunteer with Family Caregivers

Quick!  What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word November?  For lots of us, November means the Thanksgiving feast.  It’s also a month we associate with the sights, tastes and smells of delicious food and spending time with family and friends.  But there’s an “extra helping” of the Thanksgiving spirit that Suzanne Mintz would like us to consider.  And that’s in recognition of the more than 65 million unsung heroes of family life:  family caregivers.

Mintz is co-founder, President and CEO of the National Family Caregivers Association,  a nonprofit that focuses on supporting family caregiving.  NFCA coordinates National Family Caregivers Month, “a time to offer thanks, support, education and empowerment to family caregivers.”

How can you get started volunteering to help family caregivers?  Mintz and the NFCA offer these 10 simple ways to do it:

  • 1. Offer a few hours of respite time to a family caregiver so they spend time with friends, or simply relax.
  • 2. Send a card of appreciation or a bouquet of flowers to brighten up a family caregiver’s day.
  • 3. Encourage local businesses to offer a free service for family caregivers through the month of November.
  • 4. Help a family caregiver decorate their home for the holidays or offer to address envelopes for their holiday cards.
  • 5. Offer comic relief! Purchase tickets to a local comedy club, give a family caregiver your favorite funny movie to view, or provide them an amusing audio book to listen to while doing their caregiving activities.
  • 6. Find 12 different family photos and have a copy center create a monthly calendar that the family caregiver can use to keep track of appointments and events.
  • 7. Offer to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for a caregiving family in your community, so they can just relax and enjoy the holiday.
  • 8. A United States postage stamp honoring the more than 50 million family caregivers in America is officially “under consideration” by the U.S. Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee. Sign the petition and ask others to sign the petition letter.
  • 9. Help a family caregiver find information and resources on the internet or to locate a local support group.
  • 10. Ask your local elected official to issue a proclamation celebrating National Family Caregivers Month.

See original post at : AARP

Rest peacefully my loving Dad

Ronald Richard Kirkwood September 19, 1942 - June 21, 2011 I love you Dad! I know you are happy now.Your heart will forever live on through mine.

Cool People Care: “5 Minutes Can Change the World”

I'm Cool Because Cool People Care

It was supposed to be a conversation about T-shirts. It turned into a conversation about how to change the world for the better. Then, Cool People Care was born.

In May of 2006, Sam Davidson had just returned from Washington, D.C., where he attended a rally on the National Mall to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Feeling motivated to do something meaningful, he approached his friend and nonprofit colleague, Stephen Moseley.

Two hours later with a dry-erase board full of ideas, the core of Cool People Care’s Web site was in place. Instead of just making a T-shirt with three simple and catchy words, the pair launched an online resource aimed at encouraging people to take the necessary actions to change the world for the better.

The two believed that if people are told how they can make a difference in less than five minutes a day, they just might do it. Just like tiny water droplets make a tidal wave, if enough people care for five minutes a day, something positive might result. This became the core idea behind “5 Minutes of Caring,”’s daily article, which describes how anyone can make a difference in less time than it takes to brew coffee.

But also knowing that five minutes wouldn’t save the world alone, Davidson and Moseley wanted to offer their site visitors more. They wanted to offer readers the inspiration of a great idea and a good example, so they supplemented their 99-word “5 Minutes of Caring” articles with longer how-to articles, a community calendar and nonprofit directory for their hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

After a summer of writing, planning and testing, the site officially launched on August 17, 2006. The two breathed a sigh of relief. Proud of their hard work, they went back to their day jobs.
But then things got busy.

The word spread about what the site offered and was seen by many as a valuable resource that showcased the ideas that so many needed, as well as empathized with the thoughts and stress that so many have. Yes, people do want to make a difference, but they feel pressed for time and inspiration. Cool People Care clearly demonstrated that a significant impact could be made in a small amount of time, and it highlighted world-changing ideas of every kind.

Within six months, had to expand its community calendar to cover events happening anywhere in Tennessee, and when not even a year old, the site offered event listings for 40 U.S. cities. Traffic to the Web site and e-mail subscriptions increased, and the pair had their hands full and left their nonprofit jobs. They started a movement, assembling do-gooders of every age who needed ideas and direction.
The company soon began selling merchandise, focusing on items that helped people live a more caring lifestyle – reusable organic coffee mugs, canvas grocery bags and sweatshop-free T-shirts. Cool People Care began building a brand.

Now, over three years since the idea was first shared, the site has listed more than 6,100 events, partnered with more than 2,300 nonprofit organizations and has been visited by people in more than 150 countries. And it keeps growing!

I'm Cool Because Cool People Care

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