Following are some excerpts from an article ‘Your Presence is needed’ by Shanna Johnson, Editor of U.S. Catholic that I would like to share with you. Even as we are present in others’ lives, it is equally as important to be present in our own. Another article in the magazine argues in favor of taking time for a vacation. I hope you enjoy some leisure time reflection as you read these short excerpts from July’s issue of US Catholic focusing on why your presence is needed.

Being present is integral to our faith as Catholics. We go to church on Sundays, and we are urged to be spiritually present outside parish walls to one another. In another article found in the magazine, Sarah Butler suggests options that allow us to be more present in the ways we give back, rather than just purchasing a pair of shoes, tote bag or a pound of coffee. As Mother Teresa said, “Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So spread your love everywhere you go.”

Author Jonathan Ryan writes that vacation is a good time for spiritual reflection and being present to ourselves. He writes, “In the life of a Catholic and a Christian, taking vacation means we can reconnect with the two chief commandments that God has given us: to love God and to love other people.” It offers a way to take a break from the daily grind of work and family stress to appreciate the small things in life and in doing so strengthens our relationship with God.

Pope Francis urges Christians to encounter each other in the present. He calls on Catholics to bring themselves in person to others. With the busyness of modern life, there is perhaps nothing more critical to our spiritual lives than finding a way to cancel out the noise and meet others where they need us and, in turn, meet God and our spirituality where we need them as well. This requires being present to those we serve.

Most of all enjoy your plans for a summer vacation and realize the need to be present as you relax and rest with family and friends. Let your spirit shine through as you visit new places and make new friends in your travels. Thinking of you as you celebrate our country’s Independence Day, an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism!


Give the Gift of Peace of Mind

I would like to suggest something that will give peace of mind to both you and a loved one as time flies quickly by.  Please consider updating your advance directives such as a power of attorney for finances or health as well as wills, trusts, etc. These documents are only needed when a person is not able to take care of personal business or communicate their wishes regarding health care. In caring for or about someone, it is best to know how they would like to be taken care of when a disabling situation arises. Because our notaries travel to the client’s location, they deal with many extreme situations in hospitals or assisted living facilities when families are faced with decisions they are not able to make because no advance directives have been completed. The law prohibits doctors, banks or other institutions from sharing private information with anyone unless they are named as the “agent” who is the person the patient has given permission to act on their behalf when they are not able to do so on their own.

The frustration a family endures from attempting to help a loved one during these trying times is overwhelming. Most of you will think this only happens to an older person. Unfortunately, we encounter many families with adult children who have never thought they needed to have advance directives because they were healthy young adults, but now they’ve been in an accident and Mom and Dad no longer can make decisions for their child. It is never too early to complete these documents to let your family and friends know your wishes. TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR PLANNING! Please don’t wait until an unforeseen situation occurs and you are no longer able to make those decisions for yourself. Our notaries are not lawyers and therefore cannot create documents or give legal advice including describing, interpreting, explaining content or the legal implication of any document. However, as full-time mobile notaries, we can make it easy to have these documents notarized if you are unable to travel to a notary’s office. We travel throughout Pennsylvania – Allegheny County and surrounding areas.

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Carmella Wehrle, Notary Public


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3 Things You Should Know About Mobile Notary Services

3 Things You Should Know About  Mobile Notary Services

A mobile notary is an ideal service when you need fast, convenient, and accurate notarized signings for legally binding documents. Notary in Your Neighborhood is a full-time mobile notary business designed to travel to your location whenever you need a document notarized for yourself, your business, a client, or a loved one.  Efficiently meeting your scheduling needs is a priority of Notary in Your Neighborhood. When you or your business needs notary services, consider these three specific facts:

1.  A Mobile Notary Provides Comprehensive Services

Mobile notary professionals provide services for most industries. That is, you can trust them for any type of signing your organization needs.  Our notaries are licensed and bonded through the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries  and are able to work with attorneys of all types, real estate agents, lenders, banks, Hospitals, Health Care Organizations, debt consolidation companies, and even structured settlement organizations. We can help you with the documents you need to have notarized including:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Wills
  • Handicap Parking Applications
  • Debt consolidation documents
  • Affidavits
  • Acknowledgements
  • Retirement and insurance verification documents
  • Notary documents for individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations.

2. Using a Mobile Notary Can Save Your Business Money

With the investment in this outsourced notary service, you drastically save money on the signing process. You don’t have to vet and train new employees to handle notary services; and you don’t have to pay employee compensation, healthcare benefits, and other benefits. This frees your company up to use every dollar on employees who can help grow your company instead of those handling notary needs. Mobile notaries such as Notary in Your Neighborhood can reduce your stress and your overhead because:

  • You pay for notary services only when you need them
  • You don’t have to hire employees to do the work.
  • You don’t have to pay for training or commission costs.
  • You don’t pay wages or benefits or travel rates.
  • You don’t have to pay workers compensation for outsourced services.

3.   We Are Available

Today’s world isn’t traditional…Things happen. Communications and agreements happen through digital means throughout the day and across time zones. There are plenty of instances when you just cannot or prefer not to wait to process documents. When you select mobile notaries for this service, we are available when you are.

  • Mobile services are available for last minute needs.
  • You can schedule at a time that works for your clients.

The utilization of a mobile notary service can significantly improve business and customer relations, improve bottom lines, and enhance a company’s ability to conduct business in a digital, always-on world. Ideally suited for most industry needs, notaries at Notary in Your Neighborhood are readily available to meet the specific goals of the client, resulting in swift and competent completion of documents  in the most cost-effective manner.


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Disclaimer:  I am not an attorney.  I cannot by law, interpret or explain the contents of any documents to you.  If you have any important questions about your documents, please contact an attorney or the person who provided the documents to you.







The Prescription You Do Not Need

Thank You, John B Payne for your insite

Off the Top o' My Head

Among the clues that one is no longer young can be proliferation of prescription drugs in the medicine cabinet. In this age of miracle drugs you do not even have to be “older” to be taking a regimen of four, five, or more prescriptions, daily. Aggravating this tendency for Americans to take more and more prescriptions is the fact that there is no central registry of an individual’s prescriptions, so doctors are often unaware of all the drugs a patient is taking.

Once, while volunteering as a drug crisis counselor in the ‘70s, I was called to the home of a factory worker. This was unusual because most of our calls were for overdoses of psychedelics or “downers” by students and those who tuned in, turned on and dropped out.

The man was sitting at his dining room table staring out at his back yard, catatonic. He had been seeing…

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Should I Accept Certified Mail?

Thanks, for the clear explanation John B. Payne –

Off the Top o' My Head

Collection agencies like AscensionPoint Recovery Services and Expert Global Solutions and their nefarious smaller cousins are still pursuing the families of the deceased. A reader posted the following query on the post, “Deceased Estate Collection Services,” on March 9, 2016:

I’m a little late to the party, but I also have received a letter from Ascension Point regarding a credit card that my mother had before her death. They do list a creditor and an amount – however, after speaking with the original creditor, they informed me that the debt was cleared due to her passing. She has very minimal estate and everything is split equally between my brother and I. They have recently begun sending certified letters to my home (of which I was not home to receive so they were sent back). Am I obligated to pay these idiots? What steps should I take?

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Sleep or simply Rejuvenation?

Thank You Lisa Purk for helping me to see things a little differently                                                   A Note from Lisa…
After several weeks (months???) of my own winter illness challenges and serious health issues of close family members, I was fatigued .  I found myself frequently thinking ( ….saying….) “If I could just get some sleep I would feel so much better.” 

But, was it sleep that I truly needed?

These past few months I was sick more often than I am accustomed to being.  I wasn’t ill with anything serious – just your typical winter time flu and never-ending sinus infections. At the same time, another close family member was seriously ill and had three hospital stays stacked up within two months.  Of course, there was the on-going day-to-day activities that don’t stop just because other things have invaded life.

As I began to feel better and healthier days began to return to all,  I found myself, in a word, exhausted.  I wanted sleep and extended hours of it.

Or did I?

Was I truly physically fatigued or was it more that I mentally tired?   Was sleep what I needed?  Or was it something else?

Could it be that what I most needed was rejuvenation?

Sometimes rest is needed and sometimes rejuvenation is what will prove to be most beneficial.  But these are two very different things.

When you feel tired it is easy to think “I really need to get some sleep.”  You get a good night’s rest and maybe even find time for a bonus nap but you still feel lethargic and lacking focus.  You get more sleep but it doesn’t help.  During these times, you might notice yourself trying to get some extra rest but find it difficult to even fall asleep.

When you find yourself in this type of “I just need some sleep” cycle, consider that it’s not sleep that will bring you the result you’re craving.  Maybe it’s rejuvenation.

What’s the difference?

I believe that rest and sleep speak for themselves.  But what about rejuvenation?

Rejuvenation is doing things that help you relax and re-energize.  It is doing things that bring you a sense of calmness; a renewed spirit; and greater clarity of heart and mind.    Rejuvenation is doing things you enjoy.

Some examples of rejuvenation activities include:

  • Coffee or lunch with a friend
  • Planting/tending your garden
  • Reading
  • Watching a movie
  • Attending a sporting event or concert
  • Walking your dogs at your favorite park
  • Picnic by a lake
  • Biking and hiking
  • Any hobby

In talking with my clients, I find they often sleep when what they really desire is rejuvenation. They want some down time.

But rejuvenation requires they give themselves permission for the activities.  The lack of permission (i.e. guilt-free permission) is often what stands between them and truly re-energizing themselves body and mind; heart and soul.

It’s not rest they need.  It’s permission to rejuvenate.
To truly rejuvenate and re-energize
you must first give yourself guilt-free permission to do so
I discovered for myself that it was indeed rejuvenation that I was craving.  For me, I found it with some quiet hibernation and a good book plus a couple of lunches with good friends.  I also upped my morning prayer and meditation time.

All an equation for rejuvenation.

Next time you find yourself “tired,” consider if you need sleep …. Or is it rejuvenation you’re craving.

Sleep won’t help when it’s rejuvenation you’re craving

“No one can be truly great until he has gained a knowledge of himself, a knowledge which can only be acquired by occasional retirement.”

~  Johann Georg von Zimmermann