Monthly Archives: January 2012

What’s Your Choice?

“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the … Continue reading

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Making Peace, Making Cookies

Peacemaking means making peace. It can also mean making cookies. And when there is a quibble, one just needs to take … a … nibble. (oh gads, that’s a terrible rhyme) We had a little bit of a neighborly dog … Continue reading

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It’s My Neighborhood, Too

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” –  Fred Rogers It’s easy to drive through our neighborhoods thinking about the day ahead or the day behind us. It’s easy to take a walk to our favorite park without thinking about … Continue reading

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A Bowl Full of Science

“There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.” – George Washington Before the sun came up on what would turn out … Continue reading

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Success Comes One Toilet Lid At A Time

“Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.” – Brian Tracy After my run at lunch was done, and as I was standing in the men’s bathroom waiting for the shower to open up, the janitor … Continue reading

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Where Should We Eat Tonight?

“A hungry man can’t see right or wrong. He just sees food.” – Pearl S. Buck A few months ago, a church here on the west side of Portland was faced with the real possibility that it would have to end it’s … Continue reading

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It’s The Same Here Or 1,154 Miles Away

“Fundamentally, volunteering is about giving time, energy and skills freely. In return, it satisfies a burning desire to help, to feel genuinely needed and valued” – The Lake Havasu City, Arizona News Herald Take a glance at this short article, a … Continue reading

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