The Land of the Free

A few years ago we went to Washington D.C.  The Revolutionary War has always been intriguing to me, and Washington is full of history.  What you can see and learn there is amazing.  I have always wondered how so many people with like thoughts could gather together at that time in history. How could these people collaborate to write the Constitution. Why did people like Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin become part of this movement that formed America?  How did they have the foresight?  Why did they even do it?  They were wealthy professionals.  For sure they had a good life and didn’t really need to start what they did.  It is very thought provoking.

So, in Washington, D.C., standing at the Jefferson Memorial at the foot of the monstrous Thomas Jefferson statue, you can’t help but feel insignificant (I imagine you wondered why I mentioned Washington, DC. See, there was a reason). —

Today I think of all the men, women and families who sacrifice or sacrificed to keep the dream of the United States alive.  The fight for freedom, the land of the free, for free speech, for equality among all persons who live here.  And I think of how lucky we each are.

I think of all the organizations that fight for causes and the people that make up those organizations.  Yesterday I had the pleasure to meet a group of Blue Star moms, moms who had lost a child in recent combat.  They were at a benefit motorcycle rally we attended for, a benefit that was to bring awareness and funding for post traumatic stress disorder that many of our soldiers deal with upon their return from service.

I think of these people, each and every one, who joins together in a cause — and they do have the right to join together with like beliefs or goals because we live in the United States, the land of the free. In these organizations they have a goal to help make another’s life better.  I realize that is what our Country’s founding fathers did, too.  Working together you can get far.  Even against all odds.

If you have a chance, please visit  It is my goal to bring together people — regular citizens — who have something to offer someone else to make lives better.  From the posting of an event to providing knowledge as a “professional resource”, or listing a club or organization so another can find out about it and join the fun.  Resources for a better life.  A 5′ 2″ woman from Long Island is throwing a pebble in a pond to start a ripple effect with the hopes to help others.

We’d love to have you contribute to this project.  After all, see what happened with just a spark of an idea.

God Bless America — Let Freedom Ring.

Happy 4th of July.

– Doreen

Authored by: Doreen Guma

Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC 

Doreen holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, a Masters in Business and Policy Studies, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (a board certified healthcare executive), a Certified Professional Coach and a Certified Life Coach.

Doreen is the founder of Time to Play, a place to find resources for a better life.  She came up with the Time to Play Philosophy that you have to be happy, healthy, have money and a work / life balance to have quality of life, and believes everyone has the right and the ability to enjoy life.

Doreen has worked in healthcare since 1987, 14 years in a hospital and since 2001 in skilled nursing facilities.  She has held positions in administration, as the Director of Quality Improvement, Risk Manager and Director of Medical Records.

In 2005 she and her husband opened D. James Marketing, a healthcare specific consulting firm which assists healthcare organizations with new program generation, quality improvement, staff and client satisfaction, event coordination, coordinating educational symposiums and more to help spread the message about the healthcare servics they provide. The primary goal of D. James Marketing is to educate the community about resources that are available so people may know where to seek help in the event of a health need or a health crisis with a focus on proactive prevention. 

Contact: 631-331-2675 


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