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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero

Autumn - Jane Eyre & Cup of Tea

Happy Sunday everyone!  It’s a good day to take a walk, and enjoy a book with a hot cup of tea.

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“The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk”. ~ Dalai Lama.

Colorful Autumn Pond Reflection 1

This photo was taken on a long and winding country road.  Fall has always been one of my favorite times of year.  The beauty that surrounds New England is breathtaking.  I always look forward to the change in seasons!


This photo was taken so far from Washington and the looming government shutdown.  Yet the lay offs (furloughs) are impacting more and more people everyday.  From nonessential Technicians on our military bases to Early Education…


Still our elected officials continue to be paid while also accruing benefits.  Perspective – From the beginning of the government shutdown until its resolve, the least each of you can do is donate all your gross earnings – not  just a portion – to a charity!


What will be the legacy of this government shutdown – these elected officials?  


As posted in my last blog: What impact will the “Government Shutdown” have on individuals, families, communities, nonprofits and charitable giving, …?  This article by The Chronicle of Philanthropy caught my attention:  http://bit.ly/19YPPO3  “We elect officials to govern, and when they fail in their obligations they get a failing grade from us,” said Diana Aviv, president of Independent Sector, a coalition of nonprofit and foundation leaders said at her organization’s annual meeting today. “Shutting down government hurts communities, it hurts poor people, it hurts families. It’s time for them to get back to the business of governing.”


We need to strengthen individuals, families and communities! 


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October 4, 2013 · 9:28 pm

What Inspires Me: The Gift of Friendship

Garden Art By WLW

While spending time in my back yard taking this amateur photo, I reflected on how in college, I not only immersed myself in courses like the business ethics of multi-national corporations and international politics, I also had the opportunity to interact with people from different parts of our shared global community. I liked that because I am not an island of one; no Country is an island of one; we are all part of a global community that spans across our entire world.

For the past 15 years, I have been inspired to continue learning from people in our shared global community. Mostly college-aged employees who take part in a local YMCA that sponsors an international work exchange program.  Every summer, my family and I get to know a couple of these employees.  Because they are so far from home, we host a dinner party at our home, in their honor. They rave about getting a home cooked meal and the gift of mere hospitality, fun, laughter and friendship.

Una and Chris, both from Ireland, met in America through their work at the YMCA.  I cooked a New England-Irish dinner on their behalf with corned beef, onions, potatoes, carrots and cabbage.  When I told Una what was for dinner she asked “is corned beef like ground beef”?  Imagine in a kaleidoscope of different cultures and food, they never had a New England-Irish dinner.  Not until they met me.

Because I often work long hours, the entire meal was cooked in multiple crock pots.  I also cook no fuss meals so I can actually visit with guests. As I was slicing the rather large slab of corned beef, I invited them to watch.  With collegial curiosity, wide and resolute eyes they watched me plate the entire meal.  There were no left overs. We had many laughs and shared many stories.

They have come back to see us a couple of times. When we get together, they do not laugh about the large slab of corned beef, but about the first time they ate boiled onions.

I am inspired by this mere gift of friendship.

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