Push Digital is a political internet firm (founded by my dashingly handsome husband). While priding themselves in innovating politics, they don’t want to stop there. That’s why we have started the Push Back program. Giving back to the community by helping people and organizations that are making a difference.

We opened the application process for the 2013 year and were overwhelmed by the number of applications that we received.

It has been fun learning about each group and seeing how many people are hard at work making a difference in our community.

It was difficult selecting just 9 groups but, the Push Digital team has voted and the results are in; We will be working with the following organizations for Push Back 2013:


Carolina Hearts Aussie Rescue
Haiti Orphan Foundation
Healing Families
Heritage Community Services
Hidden Wounds
Katie’s Krops
Miracle Hill Ministries 
Need By Need 
Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter









The importance of an introduction is simple; it brings people together by providing social context. The objective is to provide ease amongst strangers. Let us discuss how proper introductions are made.


Determine the person of honor

The first step in making introductions is to determine who should be introduced to whom. Basic protocol calls for speaking first to the person you wish to honor. The person who is named first is being shown a degree of respect or deference and is having the introduction made to them.


Remember the hierarchy: rank, gender, age

A person of high rank or special prominence is named first and receives the introduction. The lesser rank is introduced to them.


Highest up the corporate ladder takes the place of honor. Additionally a person of importance such as a general, senator, or preacher would take the place of honor over a civilian. If the parties are of the same position, the female takes the place of honor. If they are of same rank and both female, the elder takes the place of honor.


With that hierarchy in mind, once you have established whom you wish to honor, you are ready to make the introduction.


Make the introduction

Firstly, say the name of the person of honor and look at them. Unless you are in an informal setting, introductions should be made using first and last names, as well as titles such as “Dr.” when appropriate. Note that you should always stand for introductions.


Next, say, “This is, ” “I’d like to introduce,” or most formal “I’d like to present.”


Then, state the name of the person being introduced.


Finally, add a snippet of information about each person so they will know why they are being introduced and will have information with which to start a conversation.


Group Introductions

In a group setting, you should introduce a person to the group first. For example, “Alice, these are my friends Katherine, Lindsay, Sallie, and Kristin. Everyone, this is Alice.”


Forgetting A Name

At some point, everyone forgets a name or title. If this happens to you, politely explain that you have had a brief memory lapse. It is more polite and less awkward to simply acknowledge the fact than to avoid an introduction. Apologize and move on.



If you are in a situation with others and no one attempts to introduce you wait for a pause in the conversation, extend your hand and simply introduce yourself.


You will find that the ability to make proper introductions will prove useful in both professional and social settings. Fortunately, making them gets easier with practice. Do not worry about making small mistakes-just remembering to make introductions will set you apart from the rest.




Seen my column in the SPRING 2013 Azalea Magazine? Be sure to check it out for tips on making introductions.






Saturday was my birthday.

I challenged friends and family with a simple request- to help me celebrate by making a donation to Katie’s Krops.

What is Katie’s Krops you ask?
The idea for Katie’s Krops began with a 9 year old girl and a 40 pound cabbage.  In 2008 Katie brought home a tiny cabbage seedling from school as part of the Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program.  She tended to her cabbage and cared for it until it grew to an amazing 40 pounds. Knowing her cabbage was special she donated to a soup kitchen where it helped to feed over 275 people.  Moved by the experience of seeing how many people could benefit from the donation of fresh produce to soup kitchens, Katie decided to start vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to help feed people in need.

Katie, now 14 has numerous gardens and has donated thousands of pounds of fresh produce to organizations that help people in need.  The mission of Katie’s Krops is to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes and donate the harvest to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire others to do the same. The problem of hunger is real, Katie’s Krops mission is simple, we all can help because… it only takes a seedling!

I was blown away by the tremendous outpuring of support by friends and family. Thank you to each and every one of you who participated in raising over $1,000 for Katie Krops.
Katie is a lovely young lady who will be an excellent steward of your donations.
Blessed by you!

six points for crafting a thank you note



There are few words more elementary or more welcomed than please and thank you- in fact, we introduce these words to our children as “magic words.” Even as children, we learn the grace of those magic words and the art of using them at appropriate times.


It is a simple concept, but the reality is that gracious living is being compromised in the digital age. While it is easier than ever to stay connected, one of our most gracious traditions, the thank you note, is a dying art.


A thank you letter, or note, is a gesture of appreciation for a thoughtful act, expression, or gift. Thank you correspondence need not be a daunting task.  Stationary, proper postage, and black ink are all the materials required.


There are six points to the proper thank you: learn them, know them, use them— they will not fail you.


Greet the Giver

“Dearest Grandmother,”

Begin with a greeting. While it seems simple, it is often overlooked.


Express Your Gratitude

“Thank you for the hand-knitted scarf.”

Open the letter by simply thanking the giver for the gift, hospitality, or kindness offered.


Discuss Use

“It gets quite chilly here, so it will get a lot of use when winter comes.”

Say something nice about the item and how you will use it.


Mention the Past, Allude to the Future

 “It was great to see you at my birthday party, and I hope to see you at the family reunion in October.”

Mention the occasion for which the gift was given. Try to build towards a future connection. Let them know that they are special to you.


Be Gracious

“Thank you again for the gift.”

Mentioning “thank you ” again is a good idea, as it will emphasize the point of the letter.


Close Kindly

“With Love,


Simply wrap it up. Use whatever works for you: Love, Yours Truly, Regards, et cetera. Finally, remember to sign your name.


Add a stamp and drop your letter in the mail.  Your friends and relatives may not be thank you note writers, but remember that no matter the occasion or reason, a few quick sentences on stationary can mean the world. So—antiquated or not—it is a tradition worth keeping. In an attempt to revive gracious living, let’s bring back those magic words…please and thank you!

azalea magazine: winter 2012

Seen my column in the Winter 2012 Azalea Magazine? Be sure to check it out for points on crafting a thank you note.

a guide to toasting: tips for raising your glass


Toasting to love, friendship, health, wealth, and happiness has been practiced by almost every culture from the beginning of recorded history. The longstanding custom of the dinner table toast dates back earlier than the 17th century – offering a toast at the table was considered both good manners and a way of enlightening the evening. To this day, a well-made toast can make a simple moment special. This gracious gesture can be delivered by anyone. All it takes is a little forethought, practice, and a familiarity with basic toast protocol.


While there are no hard-fast rules to toasting, what follows are guidelines to get you started:


Toasting should begin when first drinks are served at the beginning of a meal. Traditionally, the first toast is offered by the host as a welcome to guests. It has become common practice at formal occasions for toasts offered by others to start at the dessert course over champagne.


While traditionally, the host or hostess should be the first to offer a toast, especially in a formal setting, the more informal the occasion the less this tenet applies. If it appears that the host has no intention of offering a toast, ask his or her permission to do so yourself. Around a dinner table with friends, a guest can offer the first toast as a way of thanking the host for bringing everyone together.


You should always stand when offering a toast unless it is a small informal occasion. Standing can help you to get the group’s attention. It is best not to signal for quiet by tapping on a glass. Instead, simply stand tall and begin. People will take notice. If absolutely necessary, say in a loud projecting voice, “May I have your attention please.” Repeat as needed.


Be Prepared

A toast is a miniature speech. Craft your lines; know what you plan to say before speaking.


Be Yourself


Be Brief, Stay Simple

Keep your toast short and to the point.


Make Use of Eloquence and Whit



Know when to stop and take your seat. End on a positive note.

Clearly define the end by saying “Cheers,” asking your audience to “Raise your glass.”


Never stand or drink to a toast, when it is being offered to you. Do give the speaker your full attention, make eye contact, and give thanks when the toast is complete. This is the most gracious way to receive the compliment.


If there is a large group of people toasting an honoree, the clinking of glasses is not performed. Instead, while holding your glass by the stem, simply raise it to shoulder height in front of you, gently gesture toward the honoree, and take a sip. If it is a small group of people, and you are clinking glasses, you should always look the person in the eyes when doing so.


Never refuse to participate in a toast. It is perfectly acceptable to participate with a non-alcoholic beverage or even an empty glass than not at all.


The beverage being used or the clink of the glass is not as important as the bestowing of honor. The power of acknowledgment contained in a raised glass can be portrayed most eloquently by the words of Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” So, join me now in raising a glass to well-executed toasts!

azalea magazine: fall 2012

Seen my column in the Fall 2012 Azalea Magazine? If you have not picked up a copy of this fabulous magazine, do so!

7th annual irmo community prayer breakfast

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