Thursday, April 30, 2009

Quilting for Kids

Kyle Petty posted a picture on Twitter a bit ago of three lovely ladies donating quilts that they had made to Victory Junction Camp.  They are Frances Palmer, Betty Motley and Lou Daniel.

According to the Victory Junction website, the camp is "Victory Junction Gang enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment."

I am reminded that each of can do something to help others, no matter what our talents or gifts.  These three ladies worked hours to produce a lovely quilt that will bring joy to many children.

We can each do many small deeds daily to bring love to those around us.  A simple smile, a patient attitude when in the grocery store or a forgiving attitude when driving in heavy traffic can all go a long way to spreading love.  I know it sounds corny but it really works.  Try it and let me know how it makes you feel and those around you.


David Poole's Influence

I read a very moving tribute to David Poole written by a young man whom Poole took under his wing and helped along in his career.  How David Poole Changed a Young Sportswriter's Life.

Sam Bundy was a young boy struggling because his parent's personal problems were overflowing and affecting their children.   He says, 

"Here's the truth: Without David Poole, there's a pretty good chance my life would not have turned out as fruitful as it has.

I have a wonderful wife I've been married to for 15 years. We have a wonderful son, a sweet little Lhasa Apso and a nice home. It's my American Dream come true, really, and it can all be traced back to David."

Poole gave this young man opportunites that Bundy followed. He was a sports writer for the Gaston Gazette and is now the sports editor at the Morning News in Florence, SC.

Reading this article shows how just how much the little actions in life can be a blessing and a help to others.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

David Poole

David Poole, the NASCAR reporter for the Charlotte Observer and the author of Life in the Turn Lane blog, passed away today, April 28, 2009.  Details of the cause of death have not been released but Mr. Poole apparently collapsed after his radio program earlier today.

I feel that David Poole was the level head of NASCAR reporting-not always taking the popular viewpoint.  He was willing to speak his mind knowing full-well he was going to be thoroughly criticized by his readers.

I have been following and writing about NASCAR for a short time but I definitely followed and respected Mr. Poole's writing and viewpoint.  He was a level head in a cacophony of voices in NASCAR media reporting and opinion.

I venture to say that he was the "Tim Russert of NASCAR."  A talented writer who was taken too early and had much to offer.

However, we must keep this in perspective.  As important as David was to NASCAR, we can't forget that David Poole was also a family man who wrote affectionately about his family.  My heart sends out love and blessings to them at this very sad time.