October 2, 2014
My father and I have never agreed on political candidates. We’ve ruined many a Thanksgiving dinner in misguided attempts at convincing one another to swing towards the opposite end of the political spectrum. Inevitably, the good-natured ribbing leads to good-natured complaining, which escalates to good-natured shouting before ending with some good-natured pouting over a slice of pecan pie.
September 18, 2014
Yesterday at my Vistage meeting (small business CEO group) I learned that great leaders are great because they have great followers. As I reflect over these past thirty years at HoG, I wholeheartedly agree with the statement. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest followers in the world.
July 28, 2014
My experience at Georgia Teen Institute (GTI) was like no other. I met so many caring and generous leaders. My favorite moments at GTI were with my family group and with my team. I was truly blessed to be paired with such amazing people that week.
June 19, 2014
The spring event season at HoG was one big fun-filled adventure. Our days were jam-packed with detailed checklists, planning meetings, storage runs and lots of packing in order to properly prepare for our upcoming events. Three fabulous Trot to Clot Walk/Runs, one lovely Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Reception, and an exciting new event at the Gwinnett Braves game all took place in two quick months.
May 7, 2014
In April, we celebrated Ruth Brown’s 25th anniversary at Hemophilia of Georgia. Ruth serves as Vice President of Programs at HoG. When I first met Ruth, I was a newly transplanted Yankee and she appeared to be a Southern Belle.
March 27, 2014
Whether you are dating someone new or wondering which friends to tell, talking about your bleeding disorder might feel like an important moment of truth in your relationship with a significant other. After all, you are not only sharing personal information which could come as a big surprise to the person to whom you are speaking, but it also might be an opportunity to learn something important about the person you are with.
February 19, 2014
When was the last time you educated someone about bleeding disorders? Some of you may have educated a family member on what it means to have hemophilia. Some of you may have spoken to a school nurse about von Willebrand Disease. Or, maybe you've shared a post on Facebook with friends, explaining some of the myths surrounding bleeding disorders. As members of the bleeding disorder community, education and advocacy come along with everything else: it's something
that you do so often, you almost forget you are doing it!
February 6, 2014
SnowJam 2014: the Kindness of Strangers, the Generosity of Friends and the Power of a Very Large SUV
The HoG offices closed at noon on Tuesday as the snow storm began in earnest. I was attending a luncheon and left early, but it was too late. It took me 3 hours to drive to the exit nearest the office, normally a 15 minute trip. I knew there was no way I could make it all the way home.
January 15, 2014
June of 1989 was my first experience with volunteering. In May of that year I completed middle school and was anxiously looking forward to beginning high school in the fall. As with most soon-to-be 14 year old boys, I was filled with anxiety about starting a new school. To make matters worse I was facing an entire summer of sitting around my house worried about the upcoming change.
December 16, 2013
We all have family holiday traditions. Often traditions seem to happen spontaneously and evolve from year to year on their own. Sometimes, as family dynamics change, we find it difficult to keep those traditions intact and they come to an end. So how do you fill that void? How do you create a meaningful and enduring tradition?