Monthly Archives: August 2011

Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 250 – This Is Not Genghis Khan’s Charity

Suubileg in Mongolia got a loan to help move his family to a safer location thanks in part to Kiva and thanks in part to funding from me.  Kiva is not charity. Kiva is an organization that makes tiny loans … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 249 – What Makes Our Communities Strong

Today I took 1/2 day off work to help out a fellow Toastmaster with a Speechcraft class. I was happy to see that many other Toastmasters volunteered to help as well.  A fellow Toastmaster asked me to give the opening … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 248 – We Are All Librarians

Responded to a non-profit’s question about membership only to make me realize that there is another intangible thing besides time which we can give.  Sparked.com once again provided me an opportunity to help out a non-profit. Today it was the Wilderness Education … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 247 – Harvesting Experience

Offered up fifty cents for a lady at the Tigard farmer’s market so that she did not have to break a twenty dollar bill … Also, reaped the rewards of friendship and harvested a fun experience.  This afternoon, I got … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 246 – A Couple Of Travelers

My daughter and I worked for a few hours at the Beaverton Giving Gardens. While we were there we met a couple of travelers with an interesting story to tell.  This morning, my daughter Tessa and I volunteered at the … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 245 – The Key To Overcoming The Fear Of Public Speaking

As District 7 Toastmaster Area 95 Governor, I visited TV Toastmasters. For the first time, I got to speak on t.v. As an area governor for Toastmasters, I have the responsibility of overseeing four clubs. Oversight means making sure the … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 244 – It’s Not About What We Lose. It’s About What We Have Left

Spent the night at the Tigard Good Neighbor Center as the overnight volunteer host.  Spending the night at a family shelter is a brief look at what it might be like to be homeless. Families have lost their home, or apartment. … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 243 – Pick Up Some Extra School Supplies

Taking some extra school supplies to the Tigard Good Neighbor Center tonight.  If you are at one of the discount retailers and see some good deals on school supplies, go ahead and pick some up and drop them off at … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 242 – A Giving Chain

Spent some time on the phone with a friend of my father’s giving iPad technical support.  One of the great tragedies of aging is the decrease in physical capabilities. Things that were once easy are now hard. As my mother … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 241 – A Trashy Story

Picked up trash in our neighborhood with my daughter tonight.  I started picking up trash in our neighborhood not for any noble intent, but simply because I was tired of garbage lining our streets. McDonald’s wrappers, liquor bottles, and a few … Continue reading

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