Chad's Chatters

United as a Team

Just a few weeks ago, a blaze swept through a Zinc Mine in New Market, Tennessee, trapping three miners.  Thanks to the amazing efforts from the Volunteer Fire Department, the trio was rescued.  This required teamwork.   For most of us, teamwork is a part of everyday life, whether it’s at home, in the community,

Jan 18, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

“The Wind Beneath My Wings”

“Look Dad, you’re flying!” Those wonderful words spoken by my three-year-old son, Christian, while I struggled to regain my balance, inspired the theme of my speaking business: “Who needs legs, when you have wings?” Flights of fancy, I believe, are as important as real flight. Of course, I will never really fly. That’s impossible. Or

Jan 17, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / 2 Comments

A Wonderful Life

Many people contributed to the “fairly wonderful” life I enjoy today; emergency medical teams, doctors, rehab professionals, family, friends… The examples of determination and perseverance in particular of Art Berg and Christopher Reeve have encouraged me each and every day. I knew Art Berg personally; Christopher Reeve I did not. However, I consider them both

Jan 16, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Or So I Thought

I believe we are sent here to make a difference – I always felt it.  Now I know it.  We are given essential tools and talents.  It is our job to make something of what we have.  And what do we have? We have this:  eyes to see; ears to hear; a brain to think;

Jan 13, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Safe Driving Saves Lives

Driving in the winter means snow, sleet and ice that can lead to slower traffic, hazardous conditions and unforeseen dangers.  A slick highway road can easily lead to a tragic accident due to hydroplaning. Of all dangerous weather conditions to drive in, wet pavement accounts for 5,500 yearly deaths. Just a week ago, there was

Jan 11, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

The Call To Courage

Scotland’s Olympic champion runner Eric Liddell from “Chariots of Fire” was once asked this: “Where does the power come from to see the race to its end?” His response was to say: “From within.” The call to courage comes differently to each of us. However, what it requires is always the same. It requires everything.

Jan 10, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / 2 Comments

Driving Distraction

Society is becoming more and more aware of the dangers of texting while driving.  Not only is text messaging one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents; it’s one of the fastest growing distractions while driving.  The National Safety Council has urged several state and federal lawmakers to ban the use of cell phones and

Jan 04, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Take Some Time for ‘Me ’

I was talking with a friend the other day about the pros and cons of setting New Year’s Resolutions. She has put a lot of thought into this year’s goals, as she had been unable to achieve those she had set last year. Looking back, she discovered she just hadn’t had the time to do

Jan 03, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Cheers To A New Year

When asked what they want for the New Year, 2012, most people state quite simply that they want to be happy. The state of being content is definitely possible and a goal worth shooting for.  There are some things we can do to help us accomplish this. I believe it’s vital to establish a positive

Dec 29, 2011 / by Alisa Hafen / 1 Comment

Fire Takes No Holiday

More than one third of Americans use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as primary heat sources in their homes.  Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the fire risks when heating with wood and solid fuels. This is a time of year when fireplaces are used much more frequently, as well as chimneys and

Dec 28, 2011 / by Alisa Hafen / 3 Comments
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