Seeing the Presidential candidates at the Presidential Forum on Service at the Service Nation Summit was thrilling, but I think my favorite speaker last night was New York Governor David Patterson. He wasn't afraid to get spiritual and address our interconnectednes saying:
They are both nice men. It seems like an obvious observation, but it
was the main thing I took away from the Presidential Forum on Service
at the Service Nation Summit last night. Of course you have to have an ego to run for President, but I didn't feel like that was either of the candidates' core motivations, which is refreshing. It's sad though, that they both could only take the gloves off because it was September 11th, like going to church once a year at Christmas.
The Accra I met more than a decade ago, on my arrival in
Ghana was a crowded, hot humid yet dusty hive of activity. For the naïve
volunteer set, of which I was a gold star member, it was an overwhelming sense
of the absoluteness of cultural difference. There was nothing remotely familiar
and we basked in the alien experience.
On Saturday, the 99th Operation Playground playground build in Picayune, Miss. will feature something unique amid the flurry of equipment-assembly and mulch-hauling: a wedding!
Chris Utter will wed Roxie Zortman on Build Day. “They said they’d stop the build at 10 a.m. for five minutes” for the wedding, said Chris with a laugh. “We’re helping build after that.”
This is one of those letters parents write to their children when
they're small and unreasonable, so when they get a little older,
they'll understand the cruel and usual punishments of parenthood, and
that they were loved and/or tolerated regardless. Writing letters also
helps parents sort through stockpiled last straws, and remember that
there are cleaner and calmer days to come. Probably, anyway. At worst,
documentation will help doctors pinpoint exactly when things started to
Some of my favorite things I've done have been as a volunteer. Before I started working for myself, I used to volunteer in a community garden for People's Grocery. I volunteered in the classroom for Streetside Stories before I worked for them.
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