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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