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Miracles and Coincidences

“The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.”
~ G. K. Chesterton

In This Issue

  • A Message From Shelley
  • Don't Just Take My Word for It
  • What's New?
  • Did You Know?
  • Questions? We Provide Answers!

A Message from Shelley

Dear Friends,

Sometimes things happen that make me wonder if there are such things as angels. I don't know how else to explain certain coincidences that I have experienced in my life.

Like the time my traveling companion, Patti, and I had gone down to Chicago to the Merchandise Mart to look at a universal workstation for my office. We found a convenient parking spot on the street and were walking the two blocks to our destination when I hit a bump in the sidewalk and my trusty little Amigo® scooter stopped working. It was completely dead and no matter what I tried, it would not come back to life.

Patti and I looked at each other in disbelief, "Now what?" We looked around in every direction but saw only huge office buildings; we were on a side street which had no foot traffic. I thought if we could find a place where I could get off of my scooter seat and onto a chair, perhaps Patti could tip over the scooter and see if a wire or something had become disconnected.

Coincidence number one: a delivery truck drove up and parked a few feet from where we were stopped and it had a platform in the back where I could sit. I boldly asked the driver if he and Patti could put me on the platform while she looked under my disabled scooter. He was glad to help.

Once I was settled on the platform, Patti and the truck driver turned over the scooter to see if they could identify the problem. After a minute or two, it became clear that they couldn't. While we planning our next move, coincidence number two happened — a man in a suit and tie came out of nowhere and began looking over the scooter. In the blink of an eye and without saying a word, he turned the scooter over, fiddled a little, and voila’, the scooter began working! We were in awe!

I asked Patti and the truck driver to put me back in the scooter, and when I looked up to thank the gentleman for rescuing us, he was gone — it was like he had vanished into thin air! The three of us looked up and down the street but there was no place for him to have gone, no doorways, driveways, or alleys. If the three of us hadn’t witnessed the man together, I would have truly questioned my sanity.

That day was more than 10 years ago, but I remember it as clearly as if it had happened 10 minutes ago. Miracle or coincidence?

As you pause to reflect on the year gone by, take time to observe the miracles in your own life and remember what Albert Einstein said, “Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.”

Tell me about your miracles and coincidences; e-mail Shelley@MakingLifeEasier.com

Thank you,


Don't Just Take My Word for It

“A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.”
~ Patricia Neal

“Miracles: You do not have to look for them. They are there, 24-7, beaming like radio waves all around you. Put up the antenna, turn up the volume - snap... crackle... this just in, every person you talk to is a chance to change the world...”
~ Hugh Elliott, Standing Room Only weblog, May 6, 2003

"Miracles don't just happen, people make them happen."
~ Misato Katsuragi, Neon Genesis Evangelion

“In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles."
~ Henry Christopher Bailey

What's New?

I am working on a new book, Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier. When completed, it will offer a one-stop resource of tips, strategies, and ideas for living in your home despite limitations. This book is a little different than others I have written in that it will encompass the entire world of disability from new devices for the Deaf, blind, hard of hearing and visually impaired, to mobility challenges, and limitations due to age or chronic illness.

How do you make your home more accessible for you or someone you love? Send me your ideas and I’ll put your name in a drawing for one of three free copies of my book to be published in late 2011. E-mail Shelley@MakingLifeEasier.com; be sure to put Affordable Home Accessibility idea in the topic line. I look forward to hearing from you.

Purchase a copy from your favorite local or online bookstore or from the publisher, Demos Health.

Did You Know?

The holidays are almost here. Perhaps you have cards to mail but you need postage; or packages to send but you can’t get out to the post office; if so, the US Postal Service (USPS) will come to your rescue by delivering stamps and shipping boxes to your door. To order stamps, boxes, stamped personalized stationary, and more, contact your local post office, or go to the USPS on-line store. When your packages are ready to ship, they will even pick them up at your door.

The USPS is not your parent’s postal service, now you can design and print custom cards, add a personal message, and have it mailed without leaving your home. To see all that today’s postal service offers, visit www.usps.com

Questions? We've Got Answers!

Do you have questions you would like answered about living with a chronic illness? Is there a topic you would like discussed? Tell me what you want to hear; e-mail: Shelley@MakingLifeEasier.com

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