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“there are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.” ~g.k. chesterton

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what a beautiful morning to help

at the annual

juvenile diabetes research foundation event

and

 to take a great walk after

 right in the mix with

dogs, babies, strollers, scooters, families,

friends, teams, singles, wagons and trees

and then come to the end

very happy to have been a part of it all.

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“we are all here on earth to help others;

what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.”

-w.h. auden

http://www.jdrf.org

photo credit: steve townsend

one from many.

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i recently made a wonderful discovery

when playing with a couple of my grandies 

at the park across the street from my house.

the people in my local community

who visit the park or live nearby 

have begun

to purposely

leave toys behind 

for any and all children to play with.

what a simple, powerful, and generous act

 what an amazing way to teach children gratitude

and

the importance

of sharing what we have

with others in the world

who may not have as much. 


“the essence of community, its heart and soul,

is the non-monetary exchange of value;

things we do and share because we care for others,

and for the good of the place.”

― dee hock, One from Many

soul music.

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we stopped  to listen to an ensemble of young girls

playing lovely music at the weekend farmer’s market.

their teacher said they were in the 8th grade

where everyone is asked

to contribute something to the community.

these girls chose to offer what they had to give –

their natural gift of music.

they had to organize the day

 by asking permission to play somewhere

finding transportation

planning what to wear

being  on time

introducing themselves

and

remembering their music and instruments.

all of the money they earned

from passers-by

went to a local charity.

it was a beautiful lesson.

“music is the movement of sound

to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.”

– plato 

thank you for giving.

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three of us:

one daughter, h

one grandie, b

and myself,

(not the wisemen)

delivered gifts

of thanksgiving baskets

filled with donated food

provided by many,

to families

in the struggling community

around the school

where h teaches

each and every day

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and how lucky

that we were able

to show up

at one of her student’s houses

and the little one was shocked

when she opened the door

and saw her teacher, h

standing there

smiling

 with a basket of things

to make her holiday special

and when this child

with so many life challenges understood

that her teacher had chosen her house to visit

she grabbed her hand and didn’t let go

and her baby sister came to join in the fun

and grandbaby b joined in the fun

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another surprise

and on the next day of school

this little student

who didn’t have much to call her own

brought a gift

to thank her teacher, h

and told her:

“you brought me thanksgiving food so I brought you a balloon.” 

and the joy of giving

just kept rolling on.

there are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
– khalil gibran