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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Hobby Time

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” – William Shakespeare I finished, sweat pouring from my face, my son sitting next to me. We had just finished up a lesson at The Dragon’s Way Academy of Chung … Continue reading

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An Endless Parade Of Strangers

“A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.” – old saying I walked home alone on a Monday night. No one else was walking. Tv’s and computers flickered in the windows. An occasional car drove by. The moon shone … Continue reading

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A Few Ideas On How To Follow-Up After Volunteering

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso Follow-up is action. And action is the foundation to success. No matter what kind of volunteer activity it is, it’s up to us to take action afterwards. It will … Continue reading

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