Posts Tagged ‘Volunteering’



June 24, 2008

I am very content to play and piddle with my blog and don’t go too much for all that fancy plug-in stuff.    I’m seeing quite a few blog-buddies ‘upgrade’;  I’m assuming to  am I right?  and I’m curious as to why?   I thought the only reason was to include advertising?   I’m wrong, aren’t I?

I love the personalities of these bloggers (you know who you are) and I don’t mind having to sign in every time I leave a comment.  You are worth it to me.   

I suppose that might beg the question why I don’t have auto-form-fillers or some such and the answer to that is ‘I don’t know.’    I recently changed the security system on my PC and I can’t get the form filler to work even though everything tells me it is setup for it.    I have yet to punch numbers on the phone (do we still say ‘dial’?) to call support and see what’s up but I did notice that this security suite of products is only to be used with Microsoft IE.  

So, that puts off my decision to investigate FireFox.  

Am I in the dark ages?    Do I need to take a class in…   what, exactly?

Then, yesterday, I met a very nice man who requested some PC help through our library’s tutoring program.   He wanted an overview of WordPress which is why they asked if I could help him.  They know I am a bit enthusiastic about all this blogging nonsense so the match was made.

However, he has it all setup with and I haven’t a clue how to help him.     He really doesn’t want help – he wants to HIRE someone to do it.      Should I have him buy the WordPress for Dummies book for himself or make him buy it for me?    Would you recommend this book?     I’m afraid he might have to buy me a whole new upgraded all-the-bells-and-whistles latest COMPUTER, too.     Now, that  might make it appealing…   






May 6, 2008

I promised an updated pic of The Swale.    We added the rocks a few weeks ago and then just last weekend, added the mulch.   I have Lady’s Mantle growing all along which I will intersperse annuals and perennials so that in a few months/years time, it should look really colorful.    I do not join the debate between annuals and perennials;  I enjoy the planting so annuals that bloom for a long time are swell by me.   Most of my neighbors prefer to plant the perennials…    I plant both.

Yesterday afternoon, I volunteered to help beautify the patio at the nursing home.    All I did was show up and dig.   They wanted me to be ‘in charge’, they provided all the flowers – some which were too late to plant and not for this environment, but hey – and it was fun to ‘discuss’ with the ladies about how to divide the pink flowers and insist upon dividing the marigolds (ew – I dislike marigolds…) and I just tried to keep things moving and not fuel any disagreements!    They wanted me to be a flower expert and I am not.   I just do and like what I like.   I have no idea what I’m doing and if things bloom, hallelujah!    Keep ’em watered…   This porch is going to get a lot of sun.    Hope it all works out!    

Then I came home and decided not to mow the lawn which will now have to be done this afternoon.   In one of our troublesome areas, I ripped up 4 wheelbarrows of grass&weeds, added topsoil, planted a bunch of pachysandra ground cover and few viney things from one of the neighbors and added mulch.    It’s along the other end of the swale, closer to the house.



One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.  ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden.  ~Orson Scott Card
How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.  ~Benjamin Disraeli



See What I Mean?

March 21, 2008

OH!   I did want to tell you – for those following along with my ‘what to do with myself so I don’t blog all freaking day’ challenge, is that I completed my training to help people with passing the GED and I start NEXT WEEK!   With a young lady who is of the age to still be in high school but apparently has embarked (more than awhile ago) on the family path, instead.    

She requests assistance with math and science.   I am looking forward to this!!!  🙂


My Thoughts

January 22, 2008

For many, many people, including myself, what comes to mind when Martin Luther King, Jr’s name is mentioned, is the I HAVE A DREAM Speech.    

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Yesterday, the day set by our nation to honor MLK, Jr, was for me, another ordinary cold day in January.    My hub went to work.  I don’t have a job to ‘have a day off’  from, and the day prior was entirely devoted to football.   So that is what carried over into our Monday:   What SOUPs shall we bring to the Super Bowl party in 2 weeks that best represent the regions of New York/New Jersey and New England? 

Skipping through the blogosphere and judging by the lack of hits on my blog yesterday, I would say to a lot of people, this Monday WAS a different sort. 

Oh yea, it’s MLK Day.   Oops.   (oh yea, no mail delivered today.) 

I’m reaching here, but I hope I can offer this lame excuse to be a day late in my tribute, that the point that this amazing, dedicated man had is that we need to think about the dream on OTHER days, not just that one in January each year. Mr. King spoke many inspiring words.   The quote list in my quick research was far reaching, comprehensive, and multitudinous.    I present a few, with my thoughts following. 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”


“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”


“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”


“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”


Somewhere I read a thought-provoking post quoting a German who lived through the holocaust and how we may need to pay better attention to Islam.   Also yesterday, I received an email with warnings along the same lines, about good people remaining silent and not protesting the dangers of fanaticism.   About how people will dispute that the holocaust was real, ‘it never happened.’   Could I be considered one of these unaware but ‘good’ people?   Just living my life, quietly going through my days.  

The four quotes above tell it all again.    We must PAY ATTENTION and call out injustice.   

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

We must work for peace.    And not be discouraged be a view that PEACE is only a destination to be arrived at someday, somewhere.  But working IN PEACE, each day being the peace we wish to see, than we will be moving in the right direction. 

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkless of destructive selfishness.”

Tonight I begin my 4 week training class to be a volunteer for reading and literacy with a local library system.   I have no idea what all this will ask of me, who I will be helping – immigrants, youth, court-ordered offenders?    Does it matter?     The time component is at least one hour per week;   very doable.     Tomorrow, I begin visitations a Rehab hospital in town for individuals working through brain injuries.    On Thursday, I add another nursing home to my places to administer some pet therapy with my pup.     I have made contact with a Hospice organization to inquire about training to be a ‘vigil volunteer’.    Last year, I talked about these ‘plans’ that were mere ideas only.   So far, this year,  I am pleased with myself for getting out of my comfort zone and putting myself on this path to give and learn more about ‘me’ in the process.     

“We must use time creatively.”

May I not stress out about time commitments – I know I can tend to feel crushed with to dos and would so prefer to snuggle up at home and make clean laundry my highest priority.     That would be me at my lowest.   I look forward to reaching just a little bit higher and maybe even feeling good about it, too.               

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. 


“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.” 

LOVE.    Take a deep breath and choose love.   I embrace this dream.   Thank you MLK, Jr, for the dedication, persistence, strength, courage, and for giving everything to share your dreams of a better world.


Resignation, Part 2

December 27, 2007

I officially resigned today.     (To read my letter, click here.)

The face to face ‘sit down’, the knowing smile, then hand over the letter.




I also gave L a lead; a couple whose house will be a challenge to sell as well as being a challenge to assist in finding their next.    Cha Ching!  Can you say REFERRAL FEE?   I just may have a chance to make a profit in real estate after all.

I was advised to ‘get out there.’     Don’t sit at home and be sucked into the 2 dimensional world called INTERNET…    It’s possible that my next big career is quietly waiting for me to discover it?

A wonderfully fascinating place to visit if you have time on your hands and skills to offer:   Volunteer Match.  new_logo.gif I’ve signed up to assist with a Reading & Literacy effort at a local library.   Training starts in January.   Shall I volunteer to help seniors understand Medicare?    Could I be one of those dear souls who just ‘be there’ and hold a hand so no one dies alone?    Perhaps handing out cookies at a blood drive….   Or throwing the hammer at Habitat for Humanity logoh.gif    and Homes For Our Troops.   I am making phone calls to inquire about more pet therapy visitations, too.

I want to take a few classes at the community center…   Web Design, Grant Writing, Creative Writing, Pie Making,  BE-Your+Best (rah rah) classes, etc.      I would love to take a Yoga class and definitely a self-defense class.   

I am afraid of commitment.   I’m afraid of over-committing!    I’m terrified of a schedule, having been without one for so long;  I really REALLY enjoy my slow pace.

As I like to say to my Hub,

“It takes a lot of time just to be me.”     cghkite.jpg

 But it’s time I give back, give more…

– “C” of Idea Jump