Linda Funk’s life of helping others began when she volunteered for a mentoring program during her college days at Eastern Kentucky University.
She thought she would be a physical therapist but after meeting the two slightly hyper boys she mentored through the program, she knew she wanted be involved in social work. Visits to the boys’ home, where they experienced poor living conditions, first exposed her to the life of those in poverty.
As a parent, I hate being mostly responsible for making sure my children are given the nutrition they require.
I mean, no matter how many kale and spinach-infused fruit smoothies I force down their little throats, I’m not sure it makes up for the ridiculous amounts of plain macaroni noodles they eat. Or the peanut butter sandwiches.
Donna Stringer, 53, often can be found in the middle of a squad of cheerleaders. Since 2004, she has coached a Special Olympics cheerleading team.
She became involved with the program when she worked in a special needs classroom in Hardin County Schools. The first group she worked with included five girls. The person who oversaw the program had to leave and Stringer helped take over the squad.
Stringer finds her work with cheerleaders exciting. She looks forward to her work with the squad every year and wishes the season was year-round.
Before the Christmas decorations are down the Valentine’s Day hearts are out, and we rush from Jingle Bells to Open Hearts jewelry.
I was thinking about how most of us race around trying to find that perfect card and gift when all of us have the perfect gift — our hearts. And we have that perfect gift all the time, not just in February.
The most popular request for a topic from Speakers With Spark speakers last year was stress management. Maybe it’s a sign of the times, maybe it’s the economy. Whatever it is, below are five tips to help you reduce stress in your life and insert more joy.
The symptoms of stress include insomnia, tiredness, headaches, poor skin, short temper and inclination to cry, just to name a few. Stress can affect you physically, emotionally and will eventually make you sick. Therefore, it’s very important to get stress under control.
I’m tired of cold. And it hasn’t even been that bad this year.
But man, I spend a little too much time daydreaming about long, warm days filled with running and playing and swimming and better behavior. That last one is for my 3-year-old, who currently thinks he is in charge of everything and we all should do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. It’s been lots of fun.