Tag Archives: Making A Difference

The Cost And Value Of Giving Time

“Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.” – Buddha There is a direct relationship between the cost and … Continue reading

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If It Matters

Last Thursday morning, Valentine’s Day, at about 7am as I dropped her off at school, my nearly 13-year-old, absolutely-adolescent, totally-teenage, Taylor-Swift-adoring, yell-at-her-sister, too-cool-for-school daughter Hayle got out of the car. Before shutting the door, she paused then said, “Dad, if … 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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Subtle Messages

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – Neil Postman, The Disappearance of Childhood I took it upon myself to change the reader board at my daughter’s school tonight. When the kids come streaming … Continue reading

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We Can Do Better, America

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”  – Erma Bombeck There’s a sad statistic buried in this info graphic by CNCS, … Continue reading

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Looking Inward – The Culmination Of Two Years Of Giving

“We *do* have time to make a difference.” – GiveOurTime.com Two years ago today, the day after Christmas, I sat at our dining room table. The kids were fighting, there was wrapping paper everywhere, and the Christmas tree was at … Continue reading

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What To Do With Your Extra Gas Money

“We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.” – Gloria Steinem At the end of May 2012, the average gas price in Oregon reached $4.25. Today, it hovers around $3.27.  That’s nearly $1 per gallon less and, … Continue reading

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Utter Failure

Dedicated to anyone who feels they failed to make a difference. Utter Failure I didn’t make the sun shine, There wasn’t a single ray; No matter what I do, I can’t make a sunny day. I didn’t win the lotto, … Continue reading

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The Dawn Always Comes

“Through the blackest night, morning gently tiptoes, feeling its way to dawn.” – Robert Brault Dawn always comes. In different ways it comes, but it follows a tragedy, a miracle, a loss, a win, a success, or a failure. It’s the … Continue reading

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The Leaves Don’t Hesitate

“The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible.  That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière … Continue reading

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