Globalization of Love Ambassador Maggie Sylva

5 things I am grateful for: ° I am most grateful for my husband, a person who I look up to more than anyone else. ° I am grateful for the family and friends that have loved and supported me, no matter what throughout my life. ° I am grateful to have gotten to know my Dad as … Continue reading

Globalization of Love Ambassador Shelley Seyler

5 things I am grateful for: ° my amazing, incredible, and supportive friends and family ° the opportunity to leave this world a better place than when I came in it. ° the opportunity to be a lawyer. ° the ability to see the light in the dark. ° my sense of humor. Life aspirations: ° to be a … Continue reading

Celebrating Mother’s Day Without My Father

By Rachel Levitin I woke up Sunday, May 8 knowing full well it was Mother’s Day. I knew the whole week. Somehow, though, I hadn’t managed to buy my mother a gift to celebrate the day. After my dad passed away, we all knew it was essential to send my mom a Mother’s Day gift. … Continue reading

Post-Loss Revelations

By Tara Shlimowitz Getting older is underrated. Well, maybe not every aspect. But time and experience allow a person to appreciate and understand more. Take, for example, my recent encounter with some home videos from my childhood. At my request, my mom found and passed along three JVC camcorder tapes, which my kind and tech-savvy … Continue reading

A Way to Stay Healthy and Give Back

By Rachel Levitin Some people lose weight when stricken with grief. They can’t eat because of their constant state of depression. Their grief-ridden minds have stressed their body to a point where meals aren’t eaten on a regular basis and the recommended caloric diet isn’t met. I had the opposite problem the year that my … Continue reading

Monumental: The National Mall and Memories

The following is an excerpt Rachel Levitin wrote about a memory with her late father in Washington, D.C. The article first appeared on We Love DC, an awesome resource for Washingtonians featuring everything you need to know about our nation’s capital. My first physical encounter with the ivory American tower that is the Lincoln Memorial … Continue reading

Honoring My Father’s Memory by Pursuing My Passions

By Rachel Levitin Memories, both bitter and sweet, find a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect them too. My commute home from work every day reminds me how silly my friends and I were in college for never realizing that there was a bus right in front of our apartment that … Continue reading

Remembering My Father

Maggie lost her father in June of 2010. Full discloser, she is also one of my best friends. Since the passing of her father, we’ve spent a lot of time talking and sorting out the feelings that come along with significant loss. Maggie told me when she drew this picture that she starting crying, and … Continue reading

My Wish for Denis: “Blue Skies and Soft Landings”

By Shelley Seyler There are those people in our lives who are angels in human form. I recently lost one such angel after a long battle with brain cancer. Denis, the father of my best friend from high school, died January 10, 2011. This one’s for you, Denis. Snapshots My best friend Sheila and I … Continue reading

Getting By With a Little Help From Our Friends

By Rachel Levitin [Rachel’s Tell My Story] There’s a saying that, “The universe works in mysterious ways.” I like to believe that’s true. Even when faced with personal despair and utter tragedy, it would be foolish to try and run away from what the universe has in-store. You can’t change what happened in your past. … Continue reading