Monthly Archives: September 2011

Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 280 – No Response

Imagine you called your bank and they did not answer. What if you dropped off your car for service and they did not tell you when the car was done? Could you imagine submitting an insurance claim and receiving no … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 279 – She Won!

She won even though she did not cross the finish line first. She won because she showed up. She won because she finished. She won because she persisted. She won because she smiled. She won because she cheered on her … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 278 – Organization, The Wonder Drug

Having twin girls starting the 6th grade is, err, challenging. To be polite. For each girl, there is a new school, a locker, new friends, boys, and for one of my girls — Lots and lots of homework. In our … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 277 – Too Many Choices

“I got thirteen channels of shit on the T.V. to choose from.” — Pink Floyd, Nobody Home Bob Geldof had thirteen channels. When I was young, we had four channels. Tonight, I had dinner with a man who grew up with … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 276 – You’d Never Need Help, Right?

“Urban Ministries of Durham serves over 6,000 people every year. But you’d never need help, right?” — Introduction to Spent The game Spent is a clever way of understanding what it is like to be among the working poor. After reading … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 275 – We All Need To Feel Appreciated

While picking up trash in our neighborhood this morning, a cyclist rode by me. Cyclist: “Thank you for doing this.” Me: “You are welcome.” Cyclist: “Is this just volunteer?” Me: “It’s just me today.” Cyclist: “Wow! Thank you.” Everyone likes … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 274 – To Get The Treasure You First Have To Dig

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” –Charles Dickens,  A Tale Of Two Cities Today, my son and I ventured over to the Beaverton Giving Gardens again. And like all good gardens in autumn, there was … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 273 – Seeing A Better World

In 1917, a Chicago businessman wondered what would happen if people put their energy together to build better communities. Melvin Jones would go on to form the Lions Club, a century-old organization that continues to strive to improve local communities … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 272 – Creating Reality Through Connections

We cannot be in two places at once. While I am at the office my children are at their new schools. Although I can and do make trips over to the school to help out, I really do not know … Continue reading

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Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 271 – The Prison Of Our Minds

“There’s a general sense of a society disintegrating. I think [the novel] also anticipates the kind of absurdity of fanaticism — the kind of making a prison for the mind, which makes the world easier to deal with. They sort … Continue reading

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