Friday, September 30, 2011

DoOver Week?

Why Not?
Yes, that was
the cat's name
This week did not go as I had hoped it would.

Between a waffling flu-ish grippe; an allergic reaction to some unknown substance kicking in during the middle of the week; and my hand deciding to go absolutely banana bonkers painwise -- I've missed 3 very important events; and will miss a fourth tomorrow.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Small Actions Create Large Ripples

Ascencia (formerly known as PATHAchieve Glendale) has Breaking News constantly.

They continue to ROCK in how they serve the homeless community with a new volunteer: Lori Kozlowski.

On Wednesday evenings, Lori brings a Creative Writing Workshop to Ascencia's clients.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

57? ::grin::

I haven't asked for birthday presents in many years.

Yes, now I'm asking.  Yes, I'm asking early, 'cuz there's a time deadline.

If you want to give me my desired birthday present, you need to do it before 2:42pm (Eastern Time) Nov. 4, 2011.

My birthday is November 15, 2011.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Communication to create change

Some of the things that have never created change for me are: Fighting.  Attacking.  Trying to prove right/wrong.

The original title of this post was "Communication -- Abuse or Healthy?"

Is your communication a healthy means of expression?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Gratitude is Power

This is one of my *family*.  Her name was LePounce.
I am grateful she graced my life.
I am grateful someone else chose to facilitate her
during a time 10 years ago when
I found myself with no home.
Yeah, the picture bites, I'm
still grateful I was able to rescue it
from my elderly computer.

We can spend so much time focusing on our trials and tribulations we forget our power.

Our power is All Ways to find in our circumstances what is a benefit or a boone.  Our power is being able to make the choice in our mind and take action to find at least one thing to express constructively about.

Since I'm overtly attempting to coerce you into taking that mental/physical/emotional/spirit action, I'll give you an example of this morning and me:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Brice, Guest Chefs ROCK!

Brice, I'm way too verbose to be able to respond to your tweet on Twitter today!  ::grin:: 140 characters is great, but I need more!

"@lostawareness @PATHAchieve what can we bring for the new mama Sunday night when we guest chef?"

The new mama is one of PATHAchieve's current housing successes!  When she leaves the hospital with her babies, they have a great little home to go to!

I cannot truly answer your question, but I can share with you that checking with @PATHAcheive would be a great way for you to get an answer, as the shelter's awesome team facilitated getting my fellow group member to the hospital yesterday.

Between all the staff at @PATHAchieve, and a gentleman shelteree whom the new mama trusts -- all  the coordination and connecting loose ends were handled brilliantly.

By the way ... Brice, I want to share with you, how important the guest chefs are to those of us who are (some of my friends) or have been (me and some of my other friends) in emergency shelter.  That one meal a day is a huge boone!

The time and effort you and your colleagues put into obtaining and donating the food, serving it and providing smiles to everyone taking shelter in that space is deserving of the loudest thank you's!

So, from a previous shelteree:


Monday, September 5, 2011

Whew! Looks like I'm back online!

Electronics Mascots


Can't say the 9 hours I've spent today testing apps working together has been the way I wanted to spend the day.

Nor have the multitudes of hours/days during the past 6 weeks been pieces of cake -- testing, checking and verifying that my technical units are functioning the way they've been touted; along with recovering bits and pieces of stuff that was buried.

I love this!

"I don't care what ones personal faith is. One could believe in the Holy Chicken of Antioc,
or the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or nothing at all. The fundamental question is this:
Are you a good person, do you treat others well and with respect, do you wish for ALL mankind to
live positive, fruitful lives of personal fulfillment and purpose, and do you do this without
caring one bit what their personal faith (or lack of faith) is? If so, then it's all good.
Moving forward..."

~Douglas Mallette

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Carrying Bus Tokens -- A small act of well-being

Back to one of the questions I am most often asked:

"What is the one thing we can do to aid someone we see in need on the streets?"

This response is not only for aiding the homeless; it's for aiding anyone who is having a challenging moment.

There is no "one thing".  However, one of the things you can consider is:

Carry Tokens on you, for the public transit system in your area.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thoughts on a film

In 1998 a film came out ... I never saw it, nor heard about it -- until a day ago.

However, *now* is the time it could have an impact on me.

What Dreams May Come, 1998

At the time it came out, I would only have been able to view it for what it appears as face value:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Opportunity is what you make it

Today offered me an unexpected opportunity.

In dealing with the opportunity I was brought back to memory of two songs that were my mainstays between the time I was 11 and 13.

So that I don't have to go searching for them again, I have their names at hand.

I am a Rock, Simon and Garfunkel 1966

The Sound of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel 1964

Opportunity is what you make it.

Believe in yourself. Take care of yourself. Love yourself.

What are you making?