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Find a need and fill it

I admit it, I probably am a bit of a volunteer junkie.  I know how much I get back from volunteering. That said, I have discovered that sometimes there are some volunteer opportunities I enjoy even more than others. I am on the board of a Willowbrook, a wonderful...

A Day to Remember

Today is a special day. No it's not St. Patick's Day, it's not Day Light Savings. Purim has passed and Passover is yet to come. So why is today special to me? Today is my Dad's birthday. If my dad were still alive he'd be 76. The ironic thing is that the last birthday...

February 29th – Leap Day: An extra day for gratitude

Tomorrow is Leap Day. Yes, the day that shows up once every four years. This year as the day has been approaching, I have been thinking about how we often wish we had more time, just a few more minutes doing something we are enjoying or spending another day on...

What word describes your Search for Meaning?

Instructions for Living: Pay Attention, Be Astonished, Tell About it Mary Oliver This past weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking at the Search for Meaning Book Festival sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry in Seattle, Washington. Since I had...

Food for thought about customer service

This week has given me several opportunities to think about how I interact with someone while receiving service from them, whether it's been the Sears repair man or the aesthetician last week or the waitress from a local restaurant. Last night, my family and I met...

Facebook and Twitter can aid in doing mitzvahs

It dawned on me this week that I am beginning to notice social media used as a way to invite others to participate in a mitzvah or good deed. Earlier this week, an acquaintance posted this request, "Help me out here...does anyone know someone who has either court side...

Mutual inspiration and masterminding

Yesterday, I spent some time with my friend Eric Winger whom I met this past year through a mutual friend. We were introduced because our friend knew we would both benefit from knowing each other. Eric had recently taken on his own giving project. I have mentioned...

9/11

In the lead up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I have been feeling very melancholy. I chalked it up to several other things, back to school, kids growing up, some other family issues but I think that perhaps in my psyche it has been something about the overarching...

When a Natural Disaster Hits a Place you know…

Hurricane Irene hit my hometown of  Ludlow, Vermont yesterday very hard. Infact, Good Morning America showed pictures of our main street, completely flooded and many roads and bridges in town were washed away. It's hard to know what to do to help being 3,000 miles...