When she reconnected with wounded warrior Kevin Pitts, a former sweetheart, archery served as a bridge between Kevin and Michelle's children, especially then 8-year-old Emma, who took to the sport and is now pursuing the Olympic archery dream.
It's not unusual to find artists donating their art to a charitable auction, or someone donating their used car for a tax donation. But what happens when someone donates their vehicle to an artist to create a one of a kind "art car" to help a good cause?
I have been blessed with this ESP. I gladly concede to this clairvoyant gift so long as my husband remains untouched -- but that is impossible. The demon is sewn to my husband's soul. We can lock him up, but he will never leave us.
I have never served in our nation's military. My father served in the Navy during the Korean War but completed his service long before I was born. He never spoke about his experiences. I never asked. It was just not on my radar.
Many of us who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have survived injuries that would have killed us in previous wars, and while that is of course a cause for celebration, it also demands incredible sacrifices by our caregivers.
Acceptance is not the same as compliance. It's about experiencing the emotions and trusting that you will bounce back. Ultimately, emotional resilience is about attitude. By focusing on the positive they live more in the solution than the problem. Gratitude does go a long way.
For me, the collaboration is sort of akin to working with a lyricist. There's no lyrics in the score, so you're basically working with the scenes as lyric and trying to find a way to emotionally support what's going on with that.
Admittedly, I found Michael & Sarah before they were "officially" @TheVerardos. Their outrageously cute Golden Retrievers and wedding preparation details initially drew me in, but this is not a story about wedding dresses or sweet dogs.
Seven Score and Ten Years Ago, Louisa May Alcott brought forth a collection of letters conceived in her relatively brief service as a volunteer nurse, and dedicated to the proposition that not all military hospitals were created equal.
As our nation's heroes fight to recover, they should not have to face the additional stress resulting from poor lodging and financial burdens. These men and women have served our country in times of war and in peace, from World War II to the present. Now they need our help.
In this age of reckless and ballooning entitlement spending, it is equal parts puzzling and dismaying that we as a nation have put so little emphasis on caring for the needs of the bravest and most patriotic among us.