We Need Your Help

"Become a possibilitarian.  No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they're always there." ~ Norman Vincent Peale

May 22nd, 2011

A tornado tears through the city of Joplin, Missouri – one of the deadliest tornadoes on record.  Over 100 people lose their lives, many more are injured, and physical destruction is evident everywhere.

Can you imagine how difficult that must be?  And with so much devastation, how do you even begin to recover?


The people of Joplin have begun this process of healing and rebuilding – with renewed strength in what is possible.  These citizens and all the volunteers helping out are true examples of the power of the human spirit in action.

There is still much to do – the destruction that happened in mere minutes will take months and possibly years to fully restore.

Today, you have the opportunity to help support this healing and rebuilding that is happening in Joplin.

Together with friend and colleague Lance Ekum we have teamed up to create an e-book. 

Love Care Donate

This is no ordinary e-book.  This is the collective effort of over 60 writers from throughout the world.  Writers uniting together and bringing hope to Joplin. 

Every one of these writers has contributed a favorite article to this e-book, creating a wonderful collection of stories.  Stories of inspiration, humor, growth, and love. 

Today, Tess and I are asking for your help. 

Please visit the Love Care Donate, a donation page we have created to raise funds to support the Heart of Missouri United Way in their mission to bring caring funds to the good people of Joplin.  In addition, you'll find information on how to receive this Love Care Donate e-book, our gift to you. 

There is much hope in a future filled with possibility.  Together, we all can make a difference!

With deep gratitude,
Tess and Lance 

To all our contributors, thank you!

Jen Louden ~ Jennifer Louden

Neil Pasricha ~ 1000 Awesome Things

Raam Dev ~ Raam Dev

Stuart Mills ~ Unlock The Door

Guy Finley ~ Life of Learning Foundation

Farnoosh Brock ~ Prolific Living

Patricia Hamiltion ~ Patricia’s Wisdom

Cathy Taughinbaugh ~ Treatment Talk

Holly Latty-Mann ~ The Leadership Trust®

Courtney Carver ~ Be More With Less

Maia Duerr ~ The Liberated Life Project

Evan Hadkins ~ Living Authentically

Justin Mazza ~ Mazzastick

J.D. Meier ~ Sources of Insight

Katie Tallo ~ Momentum Gathering

Peggy Nolan ~ Serendipity Smiles

Esther van der Wal ~ Identitales

Angela Artemis ~ Powered by Intuition

Marci Payne ~ Liberating Choices

Jeanie Witcraft ~ Embracing Change

Manal Ghosain ~ One With Now

Karen C.L. Anderson ~ Before & After: A Real Life Story

Sue Chambers ~ Sage Wit

Melody Fletcher ~ Deliberate Receiving

Brenda Hoffman ~ Life Tapestry Creations

Jo Billheimer ~ Jo’s Creative Corner

Alex Blackwell ~ The Bridgemaker

Suzie Cheel ~ Suzie Cheel

Joe Wilner ~ Shake off the Grind

Jean Burman ~ Jean Burman: Artist-Writer-Curious Dreamer

Christian Hollingsworth ~ Smart Boy Designs

Michael Bungay Stanier ~ Box of Crayons

Gail Brenner ~ A Flourishing Life

Dave Ursillo ~ Lead Without Followers, Live from Within

Robin Easton ~ Naked In Eden

Gina Johnson ~ goodthingz

Tess Marshall ~ The Bold Life

David Stevens ~ Personalpower4me

Leah McClellan ~ Peaceful Planet

Sibyl Chavis ~ The Possibility of Today

Vitaly Tennant ~ My Time Matters Blog

Sid Savara ~ Personal Development Training with Sid Savara

Brenda Strausz ~ Live Your Magnificence

Marlee Ward ~ Metamorphoself

Barbara Swanson Sherman ~ Barbara Swanson Sherman

Dave Rowley ~ Creative Chai

Adrienne Jurado ~ Experience Life Fully

Stacy Reck ~ Dessert First

Melissa Fernandez ~ SpiritGoddess

Srinivas Rao ~ The Skool of Life

Charlie Gilkey ~ Productive Flourishing

Cheryl Craigie ~ The Manageable Life

Lance Ekum ~ Jungle of Life

Danielle LaPorte ~ Whitehot Truth

Maya Zaido ~ Finding you in every THING

Katherine Nuyens ~ Empowering Change in You

Patti Foy ~ Lightspirited Being

Deborah Kinney ~ ReVive

Harriet Cabelly ~ Rebuild Your Life Coach

Steven Aitchison ~ Change Your Thoughts

Joy Christin ~ Unfolding Your Path to Joy

Gilbert Ross ~ Soul Hiker

Jana Miller ~ Homeschool Jungle

Nature Walker ~ Forever Young & Happy

Jannie Funster ~ Jannie Funster

Michelle Manning-Kogler ~ Quantum Soul Clearing

Design by Sue Alexander ~ Inspired Type

{ 18 comments… add one }

  • Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord July 5, 2011, 6:43 am

    I loved this idea when Lance posted it on his blog, and am so glad to see the final results. Thank you – everyone – for coming together in the name of love!

    • Tess July 6, 2011, 8:51 pm

      Thank YOU for being such a loving friend and support. xoxo

  • Galen Pearl July 5, 2011, 8:13 am

    Great idea! My “people” come from this part of the country. Some of my cousins who now live in Kansas City have gone done to volunteer a few times. I was encouraged by their reports of how well organized the volunteers are. Americorps volunteers are there to direct folks who show up to needed sites and tasks. However, their first hand reports of the devastation are so overwhelming. Irving the Vizier recently wrote about small successes. I think that is the way you have to approach such a huge task–cleaning up, fixing, rebuilding one thing at a time. Thanks to you and Lance for your efforts to help.

    • Tess July 6, 2011, 8:54 pm

      Yes no act of love is small. Small successes with big LOVE! I’m familiar with Americorps and am not surprised they’re doing such a great job. My prayers are out to your ‘people.’

  • jonathanfigaro July 5, 2011, 5:44 pm

    Can’t Wait to READ It!. Hella Excited!

    • Tess July 6, 2011, 8:54 pm

      Thanks Jonathan for your support. We’re making those ripples spread out!

  • Vitaly Tennant July 5, 2011, 7:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Tess, it’s definitely a great gift that’s gonna keep on giving!

    • Tess July 6, 2011, 8:56 pm

      Your welcome. Thank you for being part of the joy of a job well done.

  • Sue Alexander | Inspired Type July 6, 2011, 7:30 am

    Tess ~ Thank you so much for contacting me to design this amazing book… it has been such a rewarding experience! :~D

    • Tess July 6, 2011, 8:55 pm

      Thank you for saying YES. Without you and your brilliance it wouldn’t be the same! xxox

  • Clhristopher Foster July 6, 2011, 1:00 pm

    Thank you Tess and Lance for making this wonderful gift possible. And thank you to each one who has contributed to it. Love is a remarkable force. The more Love we ourselves express from a pure and uncluttered heart and the more we give thanks for it in others the stronger Love becomes. No doubt what will triumph.

    • Tess July 6, 2011, 8:58 pm

      Thanks for expressing your love about our project. It means a lot to us. You’re a great friend and I appreciate your presence in my online life.

  • Anita July 6, 2011, 1:33 pm

    Wow looks like an amazing ebook. Unfortunately I don’t have any money to donate since I’ve lost my job recently but I’ve shared your “love care donate” website on my facebook. Hope this helps.

  • Tess July 6, 2011, 8:59 pm

    We appreciate your support and I hope you find the perfect employment soon. Blessings!

  • sheila July 7, 2011, 4:07 pm

    This is very, very cool Tess!

  • Tess July 7, 2011, 8:46 pm

    I think so! Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate you.

  • Lea G July 18, 2011, 9:07 pm

    This is for a good cause. I am happy to know that people like you exist. Anyways, how can I help?

  • sandeep @ Free Animation tutorials November 8, 2011, 3:52 am

    Great idea.he more Love we ourselves express from a pure and uncluttered heart and the more we give thanks for it in others the stronger Love becomes.
    That will help me….


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