Monthly Archives: March 2011

Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 86 – Everyone Deserves A Treat

Bought some chocolates and gave them to a homeless person. A few days ago, I re-posted some tips for giving to the homeless. I was happy I had read them, because being here in San Francisco gives me the opportunity … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 85 – Does Giving Have To Stop On Vacation?

Did some trash pickup at several rest stops. Also drove a heck a lot of hours today so my family can take a few days vacation. Vacation is a time for relaxation and recharging. But it doesn’t have to mean … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 84 – The Cleaning Lesson

Did a 6-hour marathon clean of my son’s room. I’m a big believer in learning by doing. So, for the past several years we’ve insisted our kids clean their own rooms. The results have been less than spectacular. Today, I could … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 83 – Advice For Volunteering To Teach A Class

Ten fourth graders just completed their engineering class focused on gears by giving presentations to all the fourth grade classes. Teaching a class was a great experience! The goal was to take ten talented fourth graders and give them an … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 82 – Help Yourself By Helping Others

The fourth grade engineering kids met, had pizza, and finished their presentations with a little guidance from me. Tomorrow is presentation day. Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, has some observations on engineering happiness. I agree with most of them. Except … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 81 – After Disaster Strikes How Quickly We Forget

Our family finally has a complete emergency kit in case of a disaster. Haiti, January 13, 2011, a year after the quake. “…at least 810,000 people still sleep outside each night…” Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2011, almost one month … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 80 – Missing Your Child’s Events Makes An Impression

My son will have his whole family in the audience for his band concert tonight. Normally I wouldn’t mention attending your child’s events as a time to give because its common sense to a lot of parents. Nonetheless, its very … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 79 – Some Ideas To Help A Homeless Person

Engineering students in fourth grade are finishing up their presentations with a little of my guidance. Also, we had a large gathering and excellent participation tonight for the Beaverton Together Town Hall on teen substance at which I volunteered to … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 78 – Giving, Smiling, Or At Least Trying

Two hour post-DI house cleaning and bought a couple boxes of girl scout cookies. Most happily though, I was able to help a guy load up his truck in the rain in the parking lot at Lowe’s. I woke up … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 77 – Why Destination Imagination Is Great

Eight kids went to the Destination Imagination Oregon regional tournament. My wife and I have been managing two teams of neighborhood kids the past four months. Yesterday, I wrote a short summary of what the Destination Imagination program is all about. … Continue reading

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