Creating The Life You Love

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Mother Teresa

Join us Wednesday, December 17th at 7:00 pm (est) on Health Cafe Live for a conversation with nationally recognized and award-winning speaker, Judy Ryan.
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Judy Ryan

Judy is the founder of Life Work Systems and has been delivering personal and professional development services since 1999.
LifeWork_Logo_PRINT On Wednesday’s episode of Healing Ties, Judy Ryan and I will be discussing the topic of Creating the Life You Love because there is nothing more important than enjoying the life we have, whether at work, at home, at school, in our communities, and with those we have, no matter what circumstances we face.  This topic is timely for anyone listening, especially our Caregivers.  As Judy says: “Now, you (Caregivers) are a group that knows what is really important and you are hungry to enjoy living into your most loving, expanded human potential.”
To listen live at 7:00 pm (est) simply follow this link to Health Cafe LIVE W4HCPROOF3
Cannot listen live?  NO WORRIES!  Healing Ties in ON DEMAND at iHeart Radio by clicking on the iHeart Icon download
TieHands ‘Healing Ties’ is a radio show about your Health, Happiness and Prosperity, hosted by Chris MacLellan, ‘The Bow-Tie-Guy.’  Interested in being a sponsor of the show, contact Chris at  Healing Ties is apart of  the Whole Care Network

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Lost Dreams

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. Napoleon Hill

Nobody can escape the agonizing losses that are part of our everyday existence —the loss of our dreams.  We had thought so long of ourselves as successful, liked and  deeply loved.  We had hoped for a life of generosity, service and self-sacrifice.  We had planned to become forgiving, caring and always gentle people. We have a vision of ourselves as reconcilers and peacemakers. But somehow—we aren’t even sure what happened—we lost our dreams.  We became worrying, anxious people clinging to the few things we had collected and exchanging with one another news of political, social and ecclesiastical scandals of our day.  It is the loss of spirit that is often hardest to acknowledge and most difficult to confess.  ~ Author Unknown

Never Give Up On Your Dreams




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A Whole Heap of Goodness on Healing Ties Radio

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy

If you are like me and million of others, you have a life long dream, a passion that you want to follow? Then join us on Wednesday, December 10th at 7 pm EST on Health Cafe LIVE for a conversation with Author, TV Chef, and Entrepreneur Chad Thilborger for a conversation about living your dream. Chad is not only living his dream, Chad is changing lives and creating ‘Healing Ties’ all around us! And Chad just might have a few recipe tips and home business ideas to share with us on Wednesday! This is A Whole Heap of Goodness you don’t want to miss!
Can’t listen live…NO WORRIES! Healing Ties is On Demand on iHeart Radio by clicking here! 



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Holiday Progressive Blog Party with

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

blog_party_2014_350Welcome to the 2014 Holiday Progressive Blog party with  This is the third year that ‘The Purple Jacket’ has participated in the progressive holiday blog party; this event is always a great way to connect with old friends and new ones who are on their Caregiving journey. One of the many great things about being part of the extended family at is the ability to connect with people from all over the world who instantly understand your caregiving plight.  Caregivers have this innate ability to understand each others journey, even when the paths are different.

There is still time to join holiday progressive blog party by clicking here! 


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For those who are visiting The Purple Jacket for the first time…Welcome! For those friends who have been here before, it is great to see you again! I know many of you realize that this years Holiday Progressive Blog Party has a much different meaning for me.   So with that, here is a new description for The Purple Jacket.

The Purple Jacket is a real-life Caregiving blog about two people who were partners in life, Chris MacLellan and Bernard Richard Schiffer. Richard lost his battle with cancer on March 9th, 2014: Cancer was not the winner, Love was the winner! Now that our Caregiving journey has ended, The Purple Jacket is dedicated in memory to Richard, and to all Caregivers who have lost the one they loved, because in the end, Love, Care and Commitment is the same for any two people who are joined together as one.

Now, I am learning to be a caregiver to myself.  This new journey I find myself on is filled with some of the same bumpy roads, yet with a different twist or two along the way.  Yet what is constant is the continuous love, care and support I receive from all my Caregiving friends from around the world and I thank Denise Brown and my extended family at and for that comfort.

What am I up to now?  Well, I have a new radio show, ‘Healing Ties’ from “The Bow Tie Guy” on Health Cafe and on On Demand at  iHeart Radio.  (You’ll see all the information on the main page of the Purple Jacket) I am starting to blog again on The Purple Jacket and on and later in 2015, I will be leading some groups cruises for Caregivers and those who like me, are no longer Caregivers.

But one thing is for sure, no matter where my next Caregiving journey takes me, my roots will always come back to my extended family at, for without you, TLO and I knew that we were never, ever alone!

Follow the YOU TUBE link below to a video tribute to Richard for…I hope you like it!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Holiday Blog Party and joyful holiday season!


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Follow Up on Re-Branding The Purple Jacket Blog?

The starting point of all achievement is desire. Napoleon Hill

The Purple Jacket

Chris and his Purple Jacket circa 2006

 Thank you for all who have voted in our poll about re-branding The Purple Jacket Blog to Healing Ties!

Up today Monday December 8th, here are the poll results up to Monday, December 8th.

Question 1: Should the blog be re branded from The Purple Jacket to Healing Ties? 63% said YES: 25% said NO: 2% said other

Question 2: On first look, did you identify The Purple Jacket as a Caregivers Blog,70% said YES: Alzheimer Blog, 10 % said YES: Clothing Blog 10% said Yes: Other, 10% said yes!

Question 3: What makes a blog, the title or its contents?   87% responded contents/ 13% responded both

I appreciate your vote and yes, there is still time to cast your vote at


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Don’t Worry, Be Happy and The Law of Attraction: Healing Ties Radio

By the Law of Attraction you summon the Energy through you, and that is what life is. Ester Hicks

Join us LIVE on Wednesday, for “Healing Tie” radio at 7:00pm on Health Cafe LIVE as The Bow Tie Guy engages with life enthusiast, Betty Rosse on Abraham – Hicks theory of ‘The Law of Attraction.’ Remember the song, ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’…well that describes our guest Betty Rosse! Can’t listen live…NO WORRIES! You can listen to Healing Ties on demand at iHeart Radio!

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Re-Branding The Purple Jacket?

  The starting point of all achievement is desire.  Napoleon Hill

I often get asked; ‘Why did you name your blog, ‘The Purple Jacket?’  The short answer is the symbolism of ‘The Purple Jacket’ is about life changing events and how life changing events can affect our life.  My life changing events happened around weight loss, weight gain and then around Caregiving. Yes, I actually do

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Yes, there is a Purple Jacket; circa 2006

own a Purple Jacket, and for quite some time now, the purple jacket has been about the only thing in my life which as stayed in the closet!

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Yep, that’s me in 2002

When I purchased The Purple Jacket in 2005, I had just lost 85 lbs over a two-year period.  Purchasing that jacket was out of character for me, not only was  it an expensive, spur of the moment purchase, there was nothing in my wardrobe which even  came close to looking like this jacket.  Wearing that jacket as a life changing experience: I just loved wearing that purple jacket on special occasions!

Before Richard made his life transition in March, he made me promise him that I would take better care of myself.  I am really 10401392_10152689856867819_6644878810826409650_ntrying to take better care of myself,  however some days are better than others.  Like many of us do, I deal with stress by eating.  Sure, I’ve tried a diet here a diet there.  I’ve been on the bike and on the walking path, each time I tried, that little voice in the back of my head seem to take control.

As I create a new path in life,  I wonder if it is not time to re-brand the blog? Re-branding the blog does not mean that I will give up on wearing the Purple Jacket, but in order to wear that jacket again, I wonder if it is not time to create some ‘Healing Ties’ in order to do so?

So as my faithful readers to the Purple Jacket,and listeners to my new radio show, ‘Healing Ties’ if you could answer some quick questions in our poll about re-branding ‘The Purple Jacket’ to ‘Healing Ties’ I would be most appreciative.

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