From the monthly archives: October 2011

Halloween and Lisa

October 31, 2011 by

Want to know why I am sitting in the dark? With apologies to the droves of trick-or-treaters outside, I admit that I am in hiding. From them. It’s not that I don’t like kids. I don’t even really have anything against Halloween, except some of the stuff people do is kind of creepy. I even […]

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Up To The Challenge

October 30, 2011 by

Best I can figure, I’ve given away 76 hundreds since the beginning of 2011. I have some catching up to do if I’m going to make my goal of 100 before the end of the year. What started as a tribute to my mother (and a way to confront my propensity for cheap-ness) has become […]

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All Eyes

October 27, 2011 by

A scene from last week’s trip East has really stayed with me. We were at the Dallas airport waiting for our flight to board. I had noticed a young family sitting nearby at the gate: a mother and father with two young children – a baby boy and a girl of about four. The little […]

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I’m always on the lookout for people who are having a bad day. The kind of bad day that can be turned into a good one with a small gift. Today, I got lucky. Louise and I flew to Boston last week to spend a few days with Elijah. We had a wonderful visit and […]

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Sunny Skies

October 17, 2011 by

A sunny day in October is truly something to relish. I’d been looking forward to Monday’s weather all weekend:     This morning (MONDAY), though, it was cloudy and cold. Practically freezing. We’ve learned not to put too much credence in the forecast; opportunities for disappointment abound. I had some errands downtown and found myself […]

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Just Hungry

October 10, 2011 by

My encounter with Kate last week, and all that followed, left a deep impression and a part of me hasn’t wanted to move on. I’ve been thinking a lot about the past year and how my perspective has shifted and changed. When I started giving away hundred dollar bills a year ago, I was motivated […]

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A year ago, when I started giving away hundred dollar bills to strangers, I imagined that some surprising and wonderful things would happen. I could never have imagined what would happen with Billy Brown. I never met Billy, but since Monday I feel like she’s been with me. Monday was the day I met Kate, who […]

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Remembering Billy

October 3, 2011 by

I’ve lived in Portland going on 18 years and have barely set foot on the campus of Portland State University. I can count on one finger the number of times I’ve been there. Once, exactly. How is this possible? A professor friend of mine invited me to come to her class tonight and talk about my […]

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