Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lev Starkt

My son's school (Montessori) had 30 plus Danish students to visit this week. We invited a couple of the boys to stay with us for a night and it was truly an experience. It was their first time to come to America and our first time to meet anyone from Denmark. We learned a lot about each other's countries and customs. We came to the conclusion that our countries had a lot of differences, but then one of the boys (Robin, who was the only one who could speak English), told me that his grandfather was battling cancer. Cancer, the common denominator? This disease truly knows no boundaries. This enemy is global, therefore this war should be global. These kids knew about the Livestrong Foundation and even had Livestrong wristbands. It was exciting for me that just as the kids were all so familiar with this enemy - they also knew the army - the Livestrong Army.
By the way, Livestrong in Danish is Lev Starkt (though a is written a little different than our a).

I want to invite anyone who can to come to our (Livestrong Army Upstate SC) Livestrong Workshops being held at Anmed Campus in the Cancer Center Conference Room and learn how you can get involved.

Workshops will be:

"Advocacy & You" - Feb. 26th at 2pm

"Advocacy & the Government" - March 25th at 2pm

"Advocacy in Action" - April 29th at 2pm
Livestrong Day is May 13th and we are planning now for our event that will also be held at the campus. I will write more about that in the very near future.
Hope to see you at our workshops.

So "Lev Starkt!"............

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I Luv New York

New York was GREAT!
We really took in the city this year. We took a walk through Central Park, ending up at the Metro Museum of Arts where we saw the original "Washington crossing the Delaware" painting, several Van Goghs, and really amazing Egyptian artifacts. Caleb, my son, was in an Artist's Heaven. We indulged in the tallest sandwich of corned beef and the biggest slice of cheesecake I have ever seen at the famous Carnegie Deli. We walked through Trump Towers, walked across Brooklyn Bridge, shopped in China town, hung out in Time Square, revisited the Today Show and saw an Off Broadway show - STOMP (which was incredible). We took in the view from the top of the Empire State Building while the sun was setting and I cannot tell you how inspiring that particular experience was. We met Al Roker and visited Chelsea's Market and Food Network. We played WII at Nintendo World and went skating at Rockefeller Center.
My son has hopes of making New York his home one day upon completing his education and I have to admit after a couple of visits, I understand why - there really is massive opportunity in that great city. New York gets a bad wrap. They really know how to enjoy life from their food to their street musicians and by the way, they love Southerners. I can't put my finger on it, but I really felt motivated and inspired upon returning home. Sometimes I guess we get caught up in everyday routines and a city like New York just reminds you that there really is life out there.
God intends for us to live it, not just dream it.