Announcing Our Kindness Grant Winners for May 2024

Kindness Grant Winner Annie's Kindness Blankets
Left to Right, Aubrianne (Annie’s cousin, Barbara’s daughter), Annie, Barbara, Christina (in front) and Angela, (Mia not pictured).

Barbara Buckley and her great-nieces, Christina Varney, Angela Varney, and Mia Varney (Abington, MA) are the founders of Annie’s Kindness Blankets (AKB). They make no-sew blankets that have labels ironed on that speak of kindness and come in their own tote bag and they give them to anyone who needs a hug and to know they are not alone. Continue reading Announcing Our Kindness Grant Winners for May 2024

Help for Serious Mental Illness and Matt’s 39th Birthday

Resource Guide for Serious Mental Illness

Today, Matt would be 39 years old. We’ve had to live 6 years and 9 months without his presence in our lives, without new memories, without his touch and his effervescent smile. We’ve learned how to live and find some happiness despite our grief, but there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t hurt from missing him. We’re grateful for the 32 years of wonderful memories we shared with Matt that make us smile and warm our aching hearts, but we miss him so much.

Brian, Shadow and Matt
Brian, Shadow and Matt.

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Two Must See Movies

Two Must See Movies

Palmer and Somewhere In Queens. If you do nothing else this year, watch these two movies. They run the gamut of emotions, the acting is phenomenal and they will melt your heart. I’d never heard of either of these movies, we just happened upon them when looking for something to watch. I’m so grateful we found them. These movies will stay with me forever. They both touch on families that are struggling,  albeit, each very, differently. They will have you rooting for them, laughing with them, afraid for them, and crying with them. Continue reading Two Must See Movies

Announcing our Matt Kurtz Kindness Award Winner for May 2023

Susan Melton Kindness Award Winner

Susan Melton, (Cheboygan, MI), spreads positivity with chalk art. Every day she leaves a positive message on sidewalks for everyone to see. What started as a summer project in 2011, has turned into 12 years of chalking and she’s still going strong. Amazingly, she hasn’t missed a day, she’s out there chalking positivity, even in wind, rain, or snow.  When asked how she dealt with the snow, she said,I scrape off the snow and I chalk fast.” Continue reading Announcing our Matt Kurtz Kindness Award Winner for May 2023

Help for Serious Mental Illness and Matt’s 38th Birthday

Resource Guide for Serious Mental Illness

Today, Matt would be 38 years old. We’ve had to live 5 years and 9 months without his presence in our lives, without new memories, without his touch and his effervescent smile. We’ve learned how to live and find some happiness in spite of our grief, but there’s not a day that goes by that we don’t hurt from missing him.  We’re grateful for the 32 years of wonderful memories we shared with Matt that make us smile and warm our aching hearts, but we miss him so much.   Continue reading Help for Serious Mental Illness and Matt’s 38th Birthday

Pickleball is Therapy

Ocean Pines Pickleball Community
Ocean Pines, MD, Pink Ribbon Event

Pickleball has been all over the news for the last few years. It even made it to the front page of the Washington Post. It’s been called the fastest-growing sport in America and people of all ages, shapes, and sizes have been jumping in to play. I’ve been playing pickleball for 10 years but it wasn’t until Matt died that I appreciated the therapeutic effects of pickleball.    

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