Stop Complaining! Take a Positive Action

Go for some positive action.

I could go on for hours about how ridiculous I think all the moaning, groaning, bitching, kvetching, whining and complaining that seems to be so many people’s “new normal” is these days, but don’t worry, I won’t.

Instead, I’d just like to make a suggestion: Stop complaining!  Pick just one cause you care about and DO SOMETHING about it instead!

Get off your butts, folks!  Do you think if you complain endlessly that somehow, by magic, you’re changing the world for the better?  Ha!  It’s more like you’re just driving your long-suffering friends, family members, and online contacts crazy with your negativity.  The smart ones will block you.  The masochists won’t, but do you really want a masochist to claim you as a friend?  I mean, one likes you, what does that say about you?

My favorite cause is Operation Smile.  That’s the wonderful organization that provides free, life-enhancing corrective surgery to impoverished children born with facial deformities all over the world.  The children’s entire lives are transformed for the better.  They go from being ridiculed outcasts to regular, adorable kids, all thanks to a quick medical procedure that changes their everything.

You can change a life with a surgery for $240.00, but if that’s above and beyond what you can give at the moment, you can also provide transportation for four families to get surgeries for their children for just $20.00.  Don’t wait for some other entity to help the poor around the world.  Get off your rumps.  Step up to the plate.

Here’s Operation Smile’s website:

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

What a difference a smile makes!


‘Tis the Season to Create Smiles

Eugenie, Before...and After!

Eugenie, Before…and After!

It’s that time of the year again, folks!  It’s the time when we sing of silent nights, Holly Jolly Christmases, Santa Claus coming down the chimney, and the lights of Hanukkah.

It’s the happiest time of the year, especially for those with little ones who will soon be hanging up their stockings.

But it’s also a time of giving.  If you’re looking for a charitable contribution to make before 2014 ends, please consider my favorite organization, Operation Smile.  They are the organization that repairs facial deformities like cleft palates in children from Third World countries whose parents can’t afford the surgeries that will change their lives while the rest of us are here, playing Santa to the tots in our families.

Take a look at the story of this little girl, Eugenie, an orphan.  Especially watch the ending.  What a difference Operation Smile makes!

Operation Smile: Give the Gift of a Smile Bag

What a great holiday donation this is: to give a child restored after facial surgery the gift of their first mirror!

What a great holiday donation this is: to give a child restored after facial surgery the gift of their first mirror!

My favorite charity is Operation Smile.  They’re the one that sends medical teams all over the world to perform facial reconstruction surgery on impoverished children who otherwise could not afford it – and, as result, grow up ridiculed and shunned.

Well, it’s that time of the year again, folks: time to make a tax-deductible charitable donation before the year is out, and have I got a recommendation for  you!  One of the donation options listed on their website is for the shipment of “Smile Bags” to their little patients.  For $50.00 you can finance the shipment of 75 Smile Bags, and for $100, you send off 150.

Smile Bags are created by volunteers.  They’re little draw-string bags that are filled with crayons, a coloring book, a little Beanie Bag toy – in many cases, the first toys some of these children will ever receive.  A few other items are included as well, including perhaps the best one of all for little kids with facial deformities: their first post-surgery mirror, in which they’ll be able to see for themselves that their faces – and dignity – have been restored.

Operation Smile’s website can be found at

Want to see the expression of wonder on one precious little girl’s face when she sees how great she looks after awakening from surgery?  Take a look here.  Meet a little girl named Talita who once hid her face behind a smiling doll.  You’ll see why I think there’s no finer charity than Operation Smile!