Archive for November, 2009

HOPE begins with Thanks

Thursday, November 26th, 2009


To all the people who have supported this crazy idea of spreading hope.

To all the people who have taken the time to look around themselves and discovered that as tough as things are, they still have the capacity to help someone else.

HOPE IS IN THE CARDS began with thanks. It’s what makes it possible to see new ways to reach out and lift someone else’s spirits.

I may not be especially eloquent, but I am deeply appreciative for all that has been given to me.

So thank you everyone and everything. And let’s make HOPE the center of 2010.

189 Artists Create HOPE On Skateboards

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I’ve mentioned this effort before, but I just can’t get enough of it.

The people at After Hours Gallery sent blank skateboard decks to nearly 200 artists.

The artists were asked to create artwork on the boards, send them to the gallery, and the gallery would auction them off and donate the proceeds to support Autism research.

This is just a FEW of the amazing boards people created.

This is just a FEW of the amazing boards people created.

How refreshing to see so much creativity, focused to help others. And a small business willing to give up making money for two months to help those who need it.

A closer look.....WOW!!!

A closer look.....WOW!!!

Inspiring. PLEASE, check out their site. Bid on the boards. And share the word. I know it’s not HOPE on an envelope, but it’s HOPE nonetheless.


Skateboard Grandma Brings HOPE To Autism Show

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

This just made my day. My grandmother (who just turned 90!) heard about this skateboard exhibition that is raising money to support autism research.

She printed out the information, and sent a donation to the cause, along with a hysterical note about how she’s not bidding on the new boards because the board she ‘has’ is still in good condition (never been used).

Grandma's keeping her old board, but sending support to the show!

Grandma's keeping her old board, but sending support to the show!

90. Sense of humor. Takes the time to write. Sends financial support to others. Has a giant heart filled with love and kindness.

This is what makes me so so proud of the hearts and souls of so many people, and so optimistic for the potential good we can all do.

Thanks Grandma. You’re an inspiration.

Oh, and if YOU want to check out this incredible show of creativity, just go to It will blow you away.

HOPE Isn’t Always Easy

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Sometimes I forget that I’m one of the luckiest people I know.

I’m not cold.
There is food (ramen, mind you, but food nonetheless) in the cabinet. Heck, I HAVE cabinets, which means there’s still a roof over my head.
I’m not sick (physically anyway).
My family is loving and supportive.
It’s not even raining.

So why not feel hopeful?

Sometimes we just get into our own worlds of self-doubt, worries, crazy comparisons with what other folks are doing and so on. That’s where my head was. I didn’t even post here for a while.

Then out of the blue, I got a card in the mail. From someone who simply said THANKS FOR SPREADING HOPE. And here I was, not even doing it.

So I’m back. Hope’s on the way. Bigger and better than ever. Can’t wait to see what happens when we get everyone in this country on board.

HOPE happens, even on Halloween!

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

There was a pumpkin carving contest in the office this year, so I had to find a way to make it relate to Hope Is In The Cards….

Can a squash spread HOPE?

Can a squash spread HOPE?

Well….I tried…but a terminally cute pumpkin made into a Monkey won the contest.

Well, it made ME smile. Hope it does for you too. HOPEY HALLOWEEN!

Well, it made ME smile. Hope it does for you too. HOPEY HALLOWEEN!

The good news is we all shared some pumpkin cheesecake just for entering!