Donna Smaldone
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Thursday / May 07 / 2015

5 reasons we’re so enthralled with #TBT

Throwback Thursday (aka: #TBT) is possibly the most popular hashtag ever. Many of us plan ahead what we’re going to post from week to week. We get excited as if celebrating a holiday. Are you among the masses? Read the full story…

Monday / June 25 / 2012

3 things you can learn by taking the hand of a toddler

Silhouettes on a sidewalk (left-to-right: my daughter Brittany, her lil cherub Brody Jo (22 months), and me) June 2012
Silhouettes on a sidewalk (left-to-right: my daughter Brittany, her lil cherub Brody Jo (22 months), and me) June 2012

Silhouettes on a sidewalk spelled L-O-V-E that glorious Adirondacks day, reminding me of the words of Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order (1181-1226), who said, “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.”

If necessaryuse words. I love that.

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Wednesday / December 14 / 2011

Why a 20-second KISS matters

Beaming parents Skip-n-Donna with our son Grant, graduate of the Charleston School of Law
Beaming parents Skip-n-Donna with our son Grant, graduate of the Charleston School of Law

As we pulled away from our gate in Myrtle Beach, the captain’s voice came over the speakers noting we were Number One for take-off, but would have to wait ten minutes as requested by the tower in Charlotte due to excessive traffic.

Arms linked, Skip-n-I closed our eyes and rested in our non-reclinable seats. Read the full story…

Tuesday / August 09 / 2011

Are you fluent in random words of kindness?

You know those days when you feel like you’ve been hit by a Mack truck? When your body yanks the emergency brake in an attempt to stop you from running a-hundred-miles-an-hour? When you (and others) begin to liken you to a zombie?

Yesterday was one of those days for me. Read the full story…

Friday / July 29 / 2011

Words mirror the inner you: choose wisely

Photo by Laurin-Jade, photobucket.com

In 2011, I am so troubled by words I often find myself pausing to find the appropriate one before finishing a sentence. This works fine as a writer, but seems silly in verbal conversation. Just ask my friends and co-workers how many times in recent months I’ve apologized for said pauses noting, “I’ve got no words left.” (Although if you ask my husband, he’ll refer you to our first video blog, where I admitted I often use more words in the first hour than he does in the whole day.) Read the full story…