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Humor Therapy: Bring in the Clowns

Humor Therapy: Bring in the Clowns — Injecting Healing Humor in the Healthcare Venue How can you entertain in a place like this? “The question often comes up. In fact, it seems only natural that folks would wonder how in the world anyone could entertain — let alone “clown” in the midst of sickness, sadness, sometimes even dying. Not an unusual query at all. Even as the seasoned hospital/caring clown that I am (13 years, at this writing), I must…

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Beautiful Gift Delivered by an Angel

There are Angels Among Us We were sure she’d live to be 100 years old. It wasn’t long. She remained vibrant, clear-minded, armed with a spirit and spunk that let you know she’s got this — no problem. Our last visit with her convinced us, with certainty. Her amazing schedule of gatherings, luncheons, meetings and activities belied her age. Far more active than folks even 20 years younger, we were thrilled to know she was still living an incredibly engaging,…

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Kindness Changes Everything

Kindness makes all the difference. Christmastime brings with it traditions, surprises, special gatherings and beautiful blessings… About 22 years ago, a group of ladies gathered to give an abused woman a gift shower to help her in settling into a new, safer life. Every year since then, I’ve received a Christmas card and update from this sweet lady. Her life hasn’t been easy, but she shares with me how this year  was for her, assuring me that she’s getting on…

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Transformations Surround Us

Transformations… surround us. Because life is dynamic, things change every day. Transformative events occur, creating a world we never dreamed of before this moment. We’ve been known to have a change of heart… often change our minds… sometimes, we even change directions in midstream! As sure as we are of things. consistent and stable as we may try to live our lives, it’s obvious we exist in the midst of change. These are the unexpected spaces in our lifetime where…

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Happy Friday!

Happy-Happy Friday! I love celebrating the weekend, don’t you? There’s something special about them! I still look forward to the week’s end even when I have no big plans or events scheduled.   Not long ago, as we were all embarking on a long holiday weekend, a lady I know wished me a nice, long weekend [appreciated] — and, she added — to give me “a break from work.” Her comment made me chuckle, because my life blends work into…

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Showers of Blessings

It seems the weather is almost always a popular topic of conversation — maybe in part because it’s something we can agree upon*. Highly unpredictable twists and turns during the 2016 growing season certainly provided endless soundbites and sharing.   According to USDA Drought Monitoring, my area of North Carolina is experiencing drought conditions. This we knew. It was especially evident when our garden went unattended during a recent trip.   While our garden took the turn it did this…

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Funny Smile Makerz Kit

Create Endless Smiles ‘n Memories with Funny Smile Makerz Kit! Designed especially for those who want to spread laughter and cheer, make happy memories for others. Always a hit with all ages, Funny Smile Makerz Smiles communicate clearly in all languages! Share Smiles everywhere — anytime! Once purchased, print as many as you want, as often as you need. Just for FUN — share Funny Smiles wherever you go!   Create a simple, special leave-behind for patients or residents of…

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Creative Arts Ministry

Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve? Christian creative arts ministry provides a means to touch hearts with ideas, lessons and uplifting messages. In today’s entertainment-driven society, this ministry form is viable, with endless opportunities.   Fear not! Although the name may imply requiring great creativity — it does not. Simply, a heart to serve is essential. This inspiring guide is presented as a springboard to spark imagination by Becky Cortino, based on her experience as a family…

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Healing Humor in the Healthcare Setting

    From the Heart: Injecting Healing Humor in the Healthcare Setting by Becky Cortino While it is said the longest journey begins with a single step, the adventures of a hospital or caring clown into the Great Clown Unknown may comprise the most incredible experience of a lifetime, in every step taken by those funny shoes and in the true heart behind that nose.   This book is written based upon personal experience, explorations and interest-directed research serving in…

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