The Bill Signing – Our Remarks

I need to begin by saying thank you to Jennaphr Frederick, Josh Weisman, Brian Kadunc and Representative Mike Vereb.  The universe brought all of us together on April 14, 2011, and as a result, we are here today making a huge difference in the lives students. Representative Vereb, a big...

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The Heart of the Heat-Celtics Series

It’s happening again.  The Celtics and Heat meet in the NBA Playoffs.  The Heat are favored.  The taking heads and commentators are analyzing the injuries, youthfulness and physical edge of the teams to predict the winner.  However, there’s another factor at play.  This year, the teams have more heart.  More...

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Cause and Setting – The Death of Dale Oen

My son is five. This year, he learned about the main parts of a story: character, setting and plot. On Monday, Dale Oen died. He was favored to win gold at the Olympics this summer. He was not expected to be the In NOT it. Even be http://stakhairstudio.co.uk/hda/track-current-location/ are my...

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A Plane Crash, A Heart Crash

It’s 10:50 PM, the night before our second Downingtown screening.  We’ll screen about 300 kids.  Three of them will likely find a heart condition.  This is the normal routine.  Review email folder for cancellations.  Update registration lists.  Make corrections to folders and forms.  Load up the van with equipment. However,...

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The Full Circle of Simon's Day

The very first Simon’s Day was held at the World Cafe Live on Simon’s first birthday (October 21, 2006).  At that event, 80 friends (adults and kids) listened to the music of Erin Flynn.  We also had a mini-heart screening.  We came together to remember Simon.  A few years later,...

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Fainting on American Idol

Two girls, Imani Handy and Symone Black, fainted this year during Hollywood Week. During an interview with Jay Leno, Jennifer Lopez commented “they were just tired, the pressure, something.”  This is not a shot at Jennifer, however, her remarks accurately reflect our societal view of fainting. Whether it is “nerves”...

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I Hope That One Day . . .

“I hope that one day something good comes of this.”  The cliche that we’ve all muttered at least once in our life.  This is THE phrase that follows every inexplicable tragedy.  It was included in my eulogy to Simon. As I sit here on the seventh anniversary of his death,...

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How Do You Measure a Year?

One of my favorite songs is Seasons of Love from RENT.  In it, the characters describe all of the ways to measure a year: In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights In cups of coffee In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In truths that she learned, Or in times...

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Lessons from the NBA – Checking Hearts and Saving Lives

In basketball, we hear about “threes” all of the time.  A player lines up behind the arc, lets it go, and drains a three pointer.  This past week, “threes” took on a new meaning.  When the big news was supposed to be about the NBA (finally) starting its season, the...

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The Ultimate Gift Exchange

A small group of us got together on Sunday morning at Panera. Five families showed up.   The first family shared their heart screening experience . . . we thought it was a good idea to go the heart screening . . . we almost didn’t’ go . . . we...

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