10 things I know for sure that I don’t know

My intent is to share with you 10 things I know for sure that I don’t know. Please understand, I know for sure that I don’t know more than 10 things. I am not making a claim that there are only 10 things I don’t know for sure I don’t know.

Should I add the fact that you don’t know what I am trying to say to my list of things I know for sure that I don’t know? Then again, I don’t know if you do know what I am trying to say. Well, add that unknown to the list of things I know for sure that I don’t know.

Not knowing things is confusing! I hope I know more and don’t know less in my next life. I also want to live in Maine in my next life. But, because I know for sure that I want to live in Maine in my next life, the information does not belong within a post specifically about things I know for sure that I don’t know. You know? Read more

My Inspiration

Today, I am answering phones for the WSB Radio Care-a-Thon, benefiting the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta AFLAC Cancer Center and Blood Disorder Services. The Care-a-Thon started this morning at 5am, Thur. Aug 26th, and it runs through 5pm (ET) Fri. Aug 27th. You can listen live on WSB Radio AM 750 and/or FM 95.5, or by streaming online through WSB Radio’s website.

The purpose of this post today is to share some artwork created by my boys. I am thankful for my boys, and I am thankful for their good health. The Care-a-Thon allows me the opportunity to help raise money for the kids that aren’t healthy. Too many kids are battling ‘adult-size’ illnesses, and these kids need your help.

The artwork created by my boys inspires me. I hope you will take a moment and think about your loved ones: young and old. Be thankful for the health of your family, and please consider giving for those battling ‘adult-size’ illnesses. Pick up the phone or go online (which you are now) and make a donation to the AFLAC Cancer Center and Blood Disorder Services. Children need Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Children’s needs you.

Happy Hellos, by Joe
Happy Bug, by Charlie
Little Man, by Charlie
Pirate Ship, by Joe
Joe with his Mom, Dad and a Sunflower, by Joe
Happy Face, by Charlie
Joe in Sunglasses, a Self-Portrait made with scraps of paper glued together

Kids, Music, Puppies and Watches

Two weeks from tomorrow, I am volunteering in the call center during the Atlanta radio station WSB’s Care-A-Thon. The Care-A-Thon benefits the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I have made monetary donations to the Aflac Cancer Center during the Care-A-Thon for the past 8yrs. This year, which is the 10th year of the Care-A-Thon I am thrilled to donate my time alongside the other volunteers.

Though neither one of our boys has experienced a life threatening illness, Rob and I have used other resources provided by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), including their outpatient centers, nurse advise line and CHOA’s emergency room at Egleston. We believe donating to CHOA is investing in an insurance plan, should our boys ever be diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The more money this not-for-profit organization has to spend, the greater the research, the more likely the breakthroughs, and the increased success in finding cures.

I hope you’ll consider donating to CHOA. If you don’t want to donate today, mark your calendar, and be sure to have your radio set to WSB AM 750 on Thursday morning August 26th starting at 5:00 AM. The Care-A-Thon lasts until Friday August 27th at 5:00 PM. Oh, and I’ll be helping with the phones from 5:00 AM – 9:00 AM on Thursday and 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM on Friday. Call me!!


If you are local to Atlanta, you’ve probably heard about Eddie’s Attic, a music venue in Decatur, GA. In fact, if you are a music fan, you’ve probably heard of Eddie’s Attic. The music venue has had many famous acts perform on its stage, including The Indigo Girls, Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush, The Verve Pipe, Lowen & Navarro, Shawn Mullins, Kristen Hall, John Mayer, etc. You get my drift, I hope.

Recently, Five Star Iris performed on stage at Eddie’s Attic. And, as is common with Eddie’s performers, Alan Schaefer and Five Star Iris have shown their kind and giving heart. These guys are donating their live performance at Eddie’s Attic to Pick of the Litter, an animal rescue group. Make a donation to Pick of the Litter (any dollar amount) by clicking the ‘buy now’ button, and you will be given a link to download Five Star Iris ‘Live at Eddie’s Attic’ on the donation confirmation page.

Check out the second track on Five Star Iris’ live performance, “02 World Needs Now“.


And now that you’ve helped to put a smile on a child’s face, as well as ensure some animals have a safe place to call home, buy a little something for yourself. Sporty watches are available through HopeWatch.org.

Oh, did I mention HopeWatch contributes a percentage of the purchase to various organizations? They do. When you select a watch, there is a drop down list of charitable organizations you may chose to receive a percentage of your purchase. Some of the charities included are CURE Childhood Cancer, United Way, and Golsen/Susan G. Komen for the cure 3-day.

So, while you listen to your music and keep track of the time of day, you’ll be reminded of how you helped the lives of others. And, I thank you for your support.