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Best Bus Stop Ever

January 29, 2012 by

Have I mentioned that I love doing laundry? Well, it’s true. I pretty much love everything about it: the sorting, the measuring, the folding. I love the sense of renewal promised by a drawer full of clean socks and underwear. I love doing laundry at home, and I even enjoy spending time at laundromats (unless […]

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Come On In

November 6, 2011 by

Too far gone. That’s what I decided about the guy pushing a shopping cart down the street a few blocks from home. His eyes were watery and unfocused, his clothes filthy and his gait a painful shuffle. I told myself that my $100 couldn’t possibly make a dent in the mountain that is this man’s […]

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At least for today, spring has sprung in the Pacific Northwest. What a beauty! Along with most everyone else in town, I spent a good chunk of the day outside. I got some vegetables planted and played with worms. When I was ready to quit, I suggested to Louise that we take a walk to the […]

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A Good Cause

March 15, 2011 by

The first thing I noticed was his feet. Although it was raining and cold, he was wearing flip flops. I saw him as I left the store. He was right outside the door, putting a few groceries into his backpack. I said hi, then something about how his feet must be cold. “Not really,” he […]

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The crazy lady? That would be me. I was walking home from work, thinking about how cold my ears were. And how the hot flashes never come around when you need them. I walked by Applebee’s and looked in the window. There was a woman smiling and laughing, like she was having the time of […]

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I was invited to be the guest speaker at today’s annual luncheon for Northwest Portland Ministries. It was quite an honor; this is a wonderful interfaith organization that provides food, transportation and other volunteer services to people in NW Portland. It was my first time speaking publicly about this journey, and I couldn’t have imagined a […]

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Go, Charlotte!

December 4, 2010 by

I stumbled across this article today. “Secret Santas” in Charlotte, NC are giving away $10,000 (of their own money) in $100 bills. They’ve been doing it for the past few years around the holidays. Be sure to look at the full slideshow of pictures. The comments people have made are interesting, too.

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With an H

October 19, 2010 by

A reporter interested in my Month of Hundreds tagged along as I rode the MAX out to the airport for my trip to San Francisco.  I tried to go about business as usual but was a little self-conscious. A photographer came along as well and he was lurking politely in the distance. I got on […]

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October 15, 2010 by

October 15th. The 15th day of giving away $100. The month is just about half over and I feel a definite sadness over turning that corner. I did some grocery shopping today on my way home from work. The first thing I noticed was that I didn’t see the guy who’s always there selling Street […]

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Thank You, Ma’am!

October 9, 2010 by

It was a pretty dreary day here in Portland, with lots of drizzle. Bank robbery, teen suicides and gang violence dominate the news. As I came out of our neighborhood grocery store this evening, a handsome young African American man in a football jersey from our local high school quietly asked for my attention. He […]

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