Giving feels good

life is a pretty word post; giving feels good; Photo by  Evan Kirby  on  Unsplash

life is a pretty word post; giving feels good; Photo by Evan Kirby on Unsplash

Recently we asked for suggestions on where to expend funds from the Lena Kay Rufus Memorial Scholarship Fund in the areas of education and literacy, both near to Lena's heart. The community surrounding life is a pretty word and Hoofen Floofen Island came through with so many options, I had to start a spreadsheet. 

It was exceptionally rewarding to hear of so many organizations doing good work across America. A pleasant change from the sometimes dismal daily news. 

This round of giving happened to go to two northern Wisconsin organizations:

CESA 12 (Cooperative Educational Service Agency), provides a Young Author's/Writing Workshop program through the Gifted and Talented initiative. Students in grades 3-12 participate throughout the school year learning to storyboard, develop plot and characters, and the technical aspects of creating a book. This grant will support these students and the educators' efforts. 

WITC (Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College) Foundation, provides a Student Emergency Fund to help learning adults stay in college when financial trouble happens. Paying for an unexpected car repair, a tank of gas, or groceries in the refrigerator can make all the difference in making ends meet and whether a student's education can remain a priority.

Thank you for your part in making these gifts possible. 


Monica Sword

Monica Sword is an aspiring author and artist living a deeply heartfelt life. Following the early death of three family members, including her daughter, she struggled to balance home and work life. Once she discovered how to apply her conscientious and high-achieving personality to honor her passions, be mindful of her emotional reactions and focus on self-care, she developed a creative mindset that produces her most meaningful life work. On her website,, Monica inspires and encourages others to honor their heart and soul in mindful ways.