Wednesday, September 24, 2008


This is a special blog in memory of my nephew who passed away three years ago today from a blood clot at the age of 20. Klayton Baer was a special person who brought much sunshine into the lives of others. I helped my brother and sister-in-law create the Klayton Baer Sunshine Scholarship Fund to assist students from the Lenape VoTech School with their post high school education. Kathi, my sister-in-law, is in constant fund-raising mode.

I believe we should all get more exercise by reaching down and helping someone up. Kathi and my brother Ken do that. To date, they have reached out to four Lenape seniors, donating scholarships toward their college/trade school educations. What a wonderful way to honor Klayton’s memory. To learn more about this wonderful young man, visit his special memory page at

Friday, September 12, 2008

See You in September

Ahh...September. The start of school and routines.

For many people September is also a time to renew old acquaintances that fell by the summer wayside. Students starting back to school see their former classmates. Parents reconnect with other parents they have not seen during the summer. Those starting new schools and jobs make new friendships while trying to balance the old ones.

In the next few months, find yourself a new acquaintance and offer a kind word or comment on something he/she is doing. For instance, tell the bagger at the grocery store you appreciate his attention to your fresh fruits and vegetables. Tell the teller at your bank you like her new hairdo. Tell another parent at your child's after school activity that you admire her enthusiasm.

Boosting someone else's spirits will in turn boost yours. Have a fun September spreading the happiness.