Ren’s Key

August 23, 2012 by

I’ve been carrying a hundred dollar bill in my pocket every day for weeks. It’s been strange. Yesterday I was in the vicinity of Voodoo Donuts and the flood of need nearly drowned me. On every corner there were people lying on the ground. The sidewalks were filled with rag-tag wanderers, and people were panhandling […]

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One Way

July 30, 2012 by

What is wrong with people? If you were on the road today, maybe you noticed: folks were driving like fools. In my short spin around town, I encountered more than the usual amount of bad driving. One guy turned the corner into the wrong lane of a two way street and was headed right for […]

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Hello in There

July 17, 2012 by

Every day, Louise asks me the same question: “Did you give money away today?” “No,” I say, somewhat sheepishly. She is shocked. “You couldn’t find anyone who needed a hundred dollars?”

That’s not the problem. The need is everywhere.

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June 24, 2012 by

I have news which may explain my slovenly habits here on the blogosphere. I have been distracted and somewhat unsettled, as well as pretty wrapped up in myself. Giving, and even opening my eyes to the people around me, has been a challenge. A few months ago I started thinking about making a change in […]

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C’est La Vie

June 10, 2012 by

Have you been to Fred Meyer lately? What a mess! They are doing a major renovation that won’t be completed until November. Nothing is where you expect it to be and we shoppers can become a grouchy bunch. I think I walked about 40 miles. First I did my shopping, including a few items from […]

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May 26, 2012 by

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about connecting with strangers. Wondering why it’s so hard. Why sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Why some people seem to expect good things to happen, and others expect nothing. Or worse. Some people seem to be surprised (and offended) when life intrudes on their plans for a perfect […]

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Smiling Down

May 13, 2012 by

It’s been a perfect Mother’s Day so far. Elijah has been pampering us with food and drink and we got to video chat with Aaron, who will be home for a visit in a couple of weeks. Louise wanted to get a hanging flower basket so we walked down to Fred Meyer together. The store […]

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We’re Okay

April 29, 2012 by

I had pretty much forgotten about the “layaway angels.” It’s so strange how when something isn’t in the news – it’s like it doesn’t exist. Like homelessness, war, and hunger. And goodness, kindness and redemption. I was near the checkout at Sears yesterday and a woman and her daughter caught my eye. I said hello […]

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