A Tribute to Michael Hager

Dearest Michael,

Happy, gorgeous and now 18! Click on Mike for more!

This web page is dedicated to you so you’ll always have a reference of your time before entering your college years and creating your future success.

I wanted to create this because I’ve come across some great pearls of wisdom that I want to share with you. I would have wanted to know this before I ventured out so I hope you find it helpful and, when you’re struggling or wondering what’s it all about –you’ll find this uplifting.

You’ve already created wonderful friendships that you want to nurture as you’ll find the people you “collect” and care for along your journey will be among your most cherished possessions. Hold onto them tight. Here are some of their pictures.

Now. Lesson #1. Jelly Beans

Do you know that we can calculate in jelly beans, how most people spend their lives? While highly entertaining, the question is, “What are you going to do with you jelly beans?”

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Let’s start with some dates: You’re born on October 26, 1995.  Luckily, you were so young you weren’t aware at the time of the tragedy of 9/11.  The U.S.  was shocked that something so awful could happen on its soil, something that unfortunately happens too often in other countries.  Not too long after, you were just starting school, adorable as you discovered your mark on your first walkway in life and learning given to you by Halmony.


You’ve lived through the Great Recession and watched so many lose their jobs, homes and security.  You’ve also been around to see the first black President elected, gays obtain their right to marriage and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest  change the way we meet, communicate and socialize.

Mike the Artist

Mike the Artist

Lesson #2. Art and Write a Six-Lined Poem

Most likely change will become more rapid, especially as you enter college and prepare for your career. It’s exciting.  But, if you’re not careful, you can just move too fast and forget the joy and happiness along the way.  I did for about 15 years, when all I wanted to be was a TV reporter.  It was a blur.

So, with that in mind, I thought you’d like to read this letter from Kurt Vonnegut, a prolific writer of “Slaughterhouse Five”, “Cat’s Cradle”, “A Man Without a Country”.   He wrote it to a graduating high school class .

Write a six line poem.

Write a six line poem.

Now, we couldn’t talk about high school without seeing you in the limelight.  OK. I goofed and didn’t get your name when it was announced. Folks, Mike’s the dude walking onto the stage to the cheers. Just look for the BIG white shoes and you’ll know it’s him!


Lesson #3. Benefits of Failure/Imagination


Pure Joy!!

Michael, so far, you’ve been fortunate to not be hungry or worry how you’re going to pay the bills.  Your parents made sure about that.  But, you may find you face failure or setbacks that can feel debilitating.

I know when you were younger, you liked the Harry Potter books written by J.K. Rowling.

Well, she gave a commencement speech to Harvard graduates in 2008 about being poor, fearing failure, empathy,imagination and personal responsibility. There’s a lot of wisdom here!

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Well, that’s it for now. I hope you enjoy this and it helps you in your journey to make an impact on the world.

I love you,

Aunt Helen

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