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Subtle Messages

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” — Neil Postman, The Disappearance of Childhood I took it upon myself to change the reader board at my daughter’s school tonight. When the kids come streaming … Continue reading

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We Are All Travelers

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” — Herman Melville When we travel, we never really travel alone. Yesterday, my kids and I volunteered at the Tigard Public Library for a break from our winter break. Our … Continue reading

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We Can Do Better, America

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”  — Erma Bombeck There’s a sad statistic buried in this info graphic by CNCS, … Continue reading

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Squeezing Ever Tighter

“The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.” — Thomas Merton There will be many goals set tomorrow on New Year’s Day. Goals like learning a new language, writing a book, cleaning out the garage, and being more productive are at … Continue reading

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Looking Inward – The Culmination Of Two Years Of Giving

“We *do* have time to make a difference.” — GiveOurTime.com Two years ago today, the day after Christmas, I sat at our dining room table. The kids were fighting, there was wrapping paper everywhere, and the Christmas tree was at … Continue reading

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Which Problem?

“Never worry about numbers.  Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you.” — Mother Teresa Everyday, we read about tragedies and wish we could help. Many of these are problems – poverty, homelessness, violence, … Continue reading

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Some Gifts Can’t Be Wrapped

“Your children need your presence more than your presents.” — Jesse Jackson As you do your last minute shopping and wrapping, remember that one of the most valuable gifts you can give … … is the gift of your time. … Continue reading

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The Best Giving Hurts … But Not For The Reason You Think

“You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.” — Irish Proverb I told my wife, Melissa, that I was going to change the reader board at Tessa’s school. “In the rain?!?” she exclaimed. After … Continue reading

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The Best Laid Plans

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry As the holidays approach, many of us are planning vacation, family gatherings, shopping trips, Christmas presents, religious festivities, or how much money to donate to charity for … Continue reading

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Giving Tuesday

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank First, it was Black Friday. Then, it was Cyber Monday. Now a better idea, Giving Tuesday. From the website, “#GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to … Continue reading

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