Tag Archives: Connections

Because It’s My Home

“I give. Because it’s my home.” – requoted by Melia, HandsOn Portland Program Manager There’s a lot of talk about community. We work in communities, we shop in communities, we exercise in communities, we drive in communities, we worship in … Continue reading

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Fixing The Awkward Social Situation

“I can feel the twinkle of his eye in his handshake.” – Helen Keller Giving Time is a path toward something better in one’s life – being more satisfied, having more time, being happier, and connecting with people. That connection … Continue reading

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Watered Down Connection

“A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.” – Richard Whately When bacteria was found in one of the reservoirs that feed the west side of the Portland metro area, a robo-call … Continue reading

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A Postcard Says Far More Than A Text Message

“The postcard is a great neglected literary form about fifty words in length.” – Garrison Keillor The postcard is dead. Just like the scroll, the tablet, and the sheepskin, it’s dead as a communication form. That does not mean the … Continue reading

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Daily Choice

“Everything is something you decide to do, and there is nothing you have to do.” – Denis Waitley As parents, we have a daily choice. We can choose to get involved in our kids’ schools. To be on the parent-teacher … Continue reading

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The Places We Don’t Go

“If you want to control someone, all you have to do is to make them feel afraid.” – Paulo Coelho There’s never a McDonald’s when you need one. Yesterday, I ran out of cards that I hand out to people who … Continue reading

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A Customer Service Story

“Be alert to give service. What counts a great deal in life is what we do for others.” – Anonymous The phone rang at quarter to four… … in the morning. It was the cabbie from Radio Cab. He was … Continue reading

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When I Am Old, I Won’t Care How Much TV I Watched

“When I’m old, I won’t care how much TV I watched.” – Gary, from the Tigard Good Neighbor Center That’s what Gary, an employee at the Good Neighbor Center, told me this morning as I finished up painting over the … Continue reading

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Reach Out And Listen To Someone

“If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?” – Stephen Levine I listened to a webinar recently at my company. … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 365 – It’s About Community

“We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” – Herman Melville The end of my year-long project to give time has arrived. It is only fitting that it concludes with perhaps the most important … Continue reading

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