Monthly Archives: April 2011

Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 117 – Micro Volunteering

Did a short audit of the website kidneysocal.org to help them find better ways to serve people who have accessibility challenges to web pages.  Thanks to a heads-up from a post on  Year Of Giving, I found sparked.com  today. It’s a clever idea … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 116 – “He Listened to Me Like He Cared”

Took four kids to the school’s Family Fitness and Math night. Also, more networking and grassroots efforts in support of the upcoming Beaverton Educational Foundation campaign.  I was talking to my mother the other day. She had been unable to … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 115 – Another Person Taking Up The Giving Challenge

Attended a parent chaperone meeting for middle school “outdoor school” coming up. Also, gathered video footage for a promotional video Beaverton Education Foundation’s upcoming fundraiser for teachers.  Today I was pointed to a new site http://yearofkindness.wordpress.com/. Great to see another person … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 114 – DI Year-End Awards

Held the middle school DI team’s end of year party tonight. The awards were a big hit, and they emphasized how much the kids’ grew this year – in leadership, persistence, organization, focus, and initiative. I also made them a … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 113 – Change Your Environment And It All Changes

Spent the day making DI awards for my son’s team. In a program as creative as Destination Imagination it behooves me to make creative awards for our end of year party tomorrow!  Before everyone got up today, I visited New … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 112 – Analysis Paralysis

Mentored a fellow Toastmaster, giving some advice on a speech and evaluations.  “Analysis Paralysis” is the term an old boss of mine liked to use if I over thought a problem. Giving our time is susceptible to the same problem. … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 111 – The Coolest Goodbye Email Ever

Together with the Beaverton Education Foundation,  we’ve been working on a fundraiser to span all of Beaverton that shows our appreciation of our schools’ teachers and staff. No direct help for anyone yet, but we’re trying.  Also, one of my … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 110 – The Bridge Between Altruism And Personal Reward

Long after it should have been bedtime, my girls heard a chapter read of The Call Of the Wild, by Jack London. Since I started this blog, I’ve been struggling with my reasons I give. Am I giving to help … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 109 – Initiating Contact (A Follow Up)

Sought out input from a member of my Toastmasters club. Got some good feedback and hopefully gave some quality input to her. The other day, I wrote about initiating contact with your constituents. Today I did exactly that for our … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 108 – Hopefully Saved A Life

Hopefully saved the life of a red tailed hawk that we found injured by our house tonight. A neighbor girl spotted a red tail hawk down with a broken wing by our house. We called several animal shelters and they … Continue reading

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