Category Archives: In the Neighborhood

Helping neighbors or the neighborhood

To Those Who Pickup The Trash

“The trash and litter of nature disappears into the ground with the passing of each year, but man’s litter has more permanence.” – John Steinbeck Rubbish. Junk. Trash. Garbage. Refuse. Litter. No matter what you call it, someone has to … Continue reading

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It’s Not News

“There ain’t any news in being good.  You might write the doings of all the convents of the world on the back of a postage stamp, and have room to spare.” – Finley Peter Dunne Late tonight, my neighbor and … Continue reading

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“… who leaves the world better than he found it …”

Thinking more about this Robert Louis Stevenson quote I ran across yesterday in my mother’s papers, “… who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; …” I … Continue reading

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The Gifts We Don’t Give: Appreciating The In-Betweeners Day 3

“You only lose what you cling to.” – Buddha Our values are reflected in what we give. Some of us give things. Some give money. Some give talent and time. The causes to which we contribute speak to the heart … Continue reading

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The Distorted Map Of Generosity

“Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.” – Hans Margolius During the last election cycle, I’m sure you saw the distorted United States maps that depicted everything … Continue reading

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Should I Get Involved?

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:  “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”  But… the good Samaritan reversed the question:  “If I do not stop to help this man, what will … Continue reading

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Freezing Hands. Warming Hearts.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama The temperature dipped below freezing, but a heart was just warming up. My daughters and I were on our way to martial arts. It was cold, … Continue reading

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Which Problem?

“Never worry about numbers.  Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” – Mother Teresa Everyday, we read about tragedies and wish we could help. Many of these are problems – poverty, homelessness, violence, … Continue reading

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Generosity Rarely Knocks At The Door

“If we should deal out justice only, in this world, who would escape?  No, it is better to be generous, and in the end more profitable, for it gains gratitude for us, and love.” – Mark Twain Last night millions … Continue reading

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Better View

“People who look through keyholes are apt to get the idea that most things are keyhole shaped.” – Author Unknown The irony of picking up trash is that the view is pretty good. Yesterday, donning my waders, gloves and Solv bag, … Continue reading

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