Wednesday, March 19, 2008

How to build community

I found this post card in Santa Fe thought some of you might appreciate.

Turn off your TV
Leave your house
Know your neighbors
Greet people
Look up when you are walking
Sit on your stoop
Plant flowers
Use your library
Play together
Buy from local merchants
Share what you have
Help a lost dog
Take children to the park
Honor Elders
Support neighborhood schools
Fix it ieven if you didn't break it
Have pot lucks
Garden together
Pick Up litter
Read stories outloud
Dance in the street
Talk to the mail carrier
listen to the birds
Put up a swing
Carry something heavy
Barter for your goods
Start a tradition
Ask a question
Hire young people for odd jobs
Organize a block party
Bake extra and share
Ask for help when you need it
Open your shades
Sing together
Share your skills
Take back the night
Turn up the music
Turn down the music
Listen before you react to anger
Mediate a conflict
Seek to understand
Learn from new and uncomfortable situations
Know that no one is silent though many are not heard
Work to change this.

Text by members of SCW community (Syracuse cultural workers)

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Things that make you go hmmmm

I am still employed.
It is interesting that this coveted position I so desperately thought I wanted has turned into such a hard situation. It has revealed many areas of my shortcomings. I can't really say too many specifics, just trust me.

Joel is going to be 40! so save the date- party at the Warehouse- Friday March 14th 7:00 pm live music, food, fun. Bring something to roast him with!

I am getting the feeling God is releasing me from my current situation as my life is sort of falling apart outside of work and in desperate need of my attention.

MIa will be moving into her own apartment on March 7th. It was not the- I am crying country song about a daughter leaving with front porch swings and driving away. I guess everyone gets out of the nest in their own way. I just pray for protection and prosperity all the days of her life.

I want my own clinic- not so much my own- but a people's clinic. I want my patient's to have somewhere to go when I leave. I feel like I do a good job. I care. But I can't pay their bills and my bills- I dream of change for people that do not have insurance- God use me in this, so pray for vision and provision to move toward a people's clinic. Now I am not talking about people that can afford to pay, but expect to be "blessed" but people that really don't have it. I paid and am still paying for my education. If you could contribute to the clinic costs, you should- thus sliding scale.

My "baby" is hard work. I have to get him in puppy class. His name is King Midas by the way.

Our fundraiser for single parent families is April 19th another date I would like you to save. Also please get your crafts for donation ready. We will have a silent and live auction for some big ticket items. Leah has promised to make some jewelry for me so get ready ladies!

Have a great day and pray for me I got this report back that basically points toward Lupus. Systemic Lupus Erythematous- google it. I hurt alot but I don't really believe it.

" Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world."