Season of Hope. Remember that if you are reading this- you’ve got it pretty good.

We can call get so engrossed with our own lives and problems that we forget that others may need a helping hand. Not just this year, not just this time of year but every day, every year.

For the most part our biggest issues are overeating during the holiday season. Finding time to workout, making time to cook and buy presents.

We can help others. We can extend a helping hand. Take a minute to help someone. We will always be one world and we must be a world full of hope. That is what I want my legacy to be.

In 1984 I was in my first year of college.  Bob Geldof and Midge Ure formed the supergroup Band Aid  to raise money for anti-famine efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”  On 25 November 1984, the song was recorded at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, and was released in the UK four days later.[4][5] The single surpassed the hopes of the producers to become the Christmas number one on that release.

Looking back it seemed like an obvious hit but at the time, it was a risk and a chance taken to help others.

The group reunited with current stars in 2014 to bring help to the Ebola Crisis in West Africa.


You don’t need to be a superstar to help those around you. You can get involved with groups within your community.

Habitat for Humanity, No Kid Hungry ,  The Salvation Army and one I just learned about in my town, The Community Toolbox 

GIVING, like politics starts local. You do not need to think big to have a big impact.  One of my employees travels with bags of sandwiches that she gives out to people asking for money at the side of the road. She has passed this lesson on to her daughters.

I fully believe that no man stands so tall as when he stoops down to help another.


Season of Hope. Community.


Each of us does not exist as an island. It takes a community. Working together towards common goals.

Portsmouth is a pretty great place to live, to raise a family and to own a business in. I am a big believer in supporting local businesses year round. There are so many wonderful businesses out there.

In the past I have done a scavenger hunt with my businesses. Encouraging my employees to go out and visit local businesses. To realize that “we are all in this together”.

This year I am taking part in the SECOND ANNUAL PORTSMOUTH BUSINESS SECRET SANTA. What a great Idea! Not only is someone going to give my business a present- I get to find out about other businesses! I want to go in, look around, get to know them so that I can secretly leave meaningful gift.

YESTERDAY, a hat with all of the participating names was sent to the box office at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.  I went down at lunch at drew a name.

Obviously I am not going to tell you who I picked until AFTER Christmas.

Price Range for gifts – $25 – $40

I am excited to get to know more people and businesses in the community.


14890594_413208335733344_4624939710379322969_oBusinesses who participated:

Seacoast Rep
Oomph Salon
Kennebunk Savings
Sneak Peek Baby Boutique
Firefly Pottery LLC
South Street and Vine
The Music Hall
The Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce
Edge Streaming Radio
City Shoes
Off Piste
Rudi’s Portsmouth
Atlantic Grill
The River House
Community Toolbox, Inc.
Nick Gray Builders LLC
Left Bank Films
Rocket Fuel Only Screenprinting Co.
Janegee Store
Puttin’ on the Glitz
Atlantic Gymnastics
Portsmouth Escape Room
CJ Physical Therapy and Wellness
The Clip Joint Barbers
Vanity Hair Studio
PPMtv – Portsmouth Public Media
QA Cafe
Port City Makerspace
Megan Stelzer