Christmas is a time when we can rediscover and reconnect with the innocence that is inside each one of us and allow ourselves to become more open. When we do so, we start to see the innocence in everyone around us and we become more kind and compassionate.
Our children are brave. They take in horrific news, and like us, they try to cope with grief and to seek solutions. They are aware of the world that awaits them as adults and yet they keep moving towards light. Here at midlife, they bring me comfort and give me hope.
This year, Christmas is different from any other I have ever known. So much that once was is gone. Almost nothing of the life I once knew remains the same as it used to be, as it was for so many years.
Not long ago I was reintroduced to angels -- not the kind with rosy cheeks or gauzy, transparent wings, but the angels in real life. You know, the people who come into your life with special support, a gift of wisdom, full-hearted support.
As many know, the ASPCA works tirelessly across the country to protect dogs, cats and horses. What some might not know is that we also help many other types of animals, in part by supporting other organizations through our grants program.
Every animated child's movie has some sort of moral to the story. Generally they are predictable and revolve around the basic things that we teach our kids about good guys always winning and bad guy always losing in the end. But "Wreck-It Ralph" has more.
The Offering of Angels is now touring four museums in the United States. Currently the exhibit is at the Chazen Museum in Madison, Wisconsin, and next it will travel to the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia.
Accepting gratitude, the thanks of someone else, even a stranger, lights us up -- it makes us feel good. It helps us, even for a second, to see the light and love that is within us. When we give thanks, we open up spiritually.
America is meant to be a major force for good in our world. America does lots of good things now, but when America starts to show it's true character and does the right thing even more often, it will truly shine as a beacon of hope for the world.
Even as more people appear to be turning away from organized religion, a new study finds that the number of Americans who definitely believe in religious miracles increased 22 percent in the past two decades.
The Angel of Hope and other angels can fill us with hope and prompt us to do the right things but we have to take action. We have to listen; the angels cannot overstep our free will. They can help us to keep the light of hope burning in our lives, but they can do nothing unless we play our part.
Men are more inclined than women to want to do things on their own. They want to claim success as their own. However, I know that if only more men would step down from their high horses a little and ask the angels for help, their lives and our world would be so much better.
I don't ever try to change anyone's beliefs, but I know how much angels can help us. I see it every day and it seems to me to be such a waste when people don't ask for this help. Angels can help us so much, particularly in these challenging times.