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Lucie and Ben

November 20, 2012 by

Two months have passed since my last visit to the WordPress dashboard. A full month went by when I didn’t make a single gift. Strangely ironic that it was October, the month two years ago during which I gave away a hundred dollar bill every single day. A lot has happened. A couple of weeks after […]

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A Day for Everyone

September 16, 2012 by

Wow. How did we get halfway into September? Next you are going to tell me that summer is over. Psshaw! We are having the best weather of the year here in the Northwest; I don’t want to believe it. But when I see my neighbor’s pumpkin vines dying back and the tired green of my […]

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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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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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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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If you know anyone who lives in Portland, you’ve already heard the news. It stopped raining! Not only has it stopped raining (which would have been enough), but the sun came out! Not only that (which thrilled us all to bits), it is 80°! Louise and I walked to Laurelhurst Park, mostly as an excuse […]

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I sort of stole this post’s title from the name of an article in the latest edition of The Sun magazine by Brian Jay Stanley. Stanley’s piece is a study of “otherness”; an answer to the question: “who is a stranger?” in which he explores the bonds that we share with each other. It’s a wonderful […]

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