Tag Archives: Charity

You Are Not Your Job

A friend lost a job. How often have you heard that one? How often has it been their fault? Lately, losing a job means a corporation downsized, outsourced, or randomly re-organized. Decades ago losing a job probably meant doing something … Continue reading

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Tax Inequity Increase

“I paid lower taxes when I was rich.” I said that last year. This year proves it out even more. Income was down about 40%. Income tax was up about 40%. I was traumatized by the numbers. Surely our system … Continue reading

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Borrow A Bowl For A Bash

Borrow a bowl! Why yes, I’d be happy to. Why borrow a bowl? Because I had something to celebrate. A community helped, which meant the celebration would be more than just me. That sounded like a party, a bash. Got … Continue reading

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Cautious Positive Suspense

“That’s excellent news! High five!”, a neighboring friend and worker in a co-working space. Me, “Oh yeah. High five.” He used exclamation points. I used periods. He’d just overheard the second of two positive calls, both of which were worth … Continue reading

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Total Perspective Shift

The philosophical underpinning for today comes from the Hithchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Welcome to the “Total Perspective Vortex“. ” . . . the TPV is now used as a torture and (in effect) killing device on the planet Frogstar. … Continue reading

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Concentration Dissipation

Hello, President Obama, you stole my thunder. I was planning on blogging about financial inequalities and you go and make it headline news. Er, thanks. I guess I’ll blog anyway. A new datum inspired me. Wealth continues to concentrate. It … Continue reading

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When Free Costs Too Much

It happens surprisingly often. Eager, compassionate people appreciate and understand a fellow human’s hardship and heartache, then offer something valuable for free. Confusion scrunches their face as their offer is turned down from someone who couldn’t afford to buy the … Continue reading

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Frugal Frustrations

I found a variation on one of my writer’s acronyms: IIHMTIWHMIS If I Had More Time I Would Have Made It Shorter. Do you realize I have published over a million words by now? And today a friend suggested I … Continue reading

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Spreadable Chocolate Klout

I’ve got a ton of Klout. It says so on the card that came in the box that was delivered yesterday. Yep. Evidently, a ton of klout is worth at least 13 oz of Hershey’s chocolate spread.  Heard of it? … Continue reading

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Cheer Good Cheer

Good Cheer! Not just a holiday greeting on the south half of Whidbey Island. Good Cheer is a food bank, thrift shop, garden, and – the folks I’m more familiar with – a group of gleaners: the Good Cheer Gleeful … Continue reading

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