Posts Tagged ‘Good Neighbors’

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Wednesday’s Word – Hospitality

14/11/2012
Volunteers after Hurricane Sandy

Volunteers after Hurricane Sandy (Photo credit: WarmSleepy)

This story gives new meaning to the word “Hospitality”.  A man who owns a restaurant in a seaside New Jersey town has gone from helping a few emergency responders from Hurricane Sandy to feeding and clothing his community.  Read the full story HERE about Woody’s Ocean Grille.  If you are inclined to donate – this is a local organization that is making a difference.  Thanks to people like Chris Wood, the Jersey Shore will rise again…

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Wednesday’s Word – Volunteer!

31/10/2012
Hurricane Sandy in Jersey City

Hurricane Sandy in Jersey City (Photo credit: wck)

Some impacts from the effects of Sandy hitting the Northeast US:

~ Some 5 million people in the tri-state (NY/NJ/CT) area alone are without power.

~ NYSE has been closed 2 days; the last time it happened was during the 1888 Blizzard.

~ NYC subway systems are flooded, the worst devastation in its 108 year history.

In the midst of this, people are helping each other.  There was a story on the local ABC news channel about residents who heard of a building in Manhattan without water, and upon hearing the broadcast, showed up with cases of water.  There are opportunities to be good neighbors, to volunteer if you can.  Here are some places to contact if you would like to help:

Volunteer in NJ – http://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/552012/approved/20121029b.html

Volunteer in one of the NYC Boroughs – https://www.facebook.com/nycservice

Want to see if help is needed through area churches? Try http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Resources/News-Stories/2012/October/Millions-Fear-Storm

I’m sure there are plenty of other places to check – the point is, if you are able and willing, it would be much appreciated!  I know I will be calling the NJ hotline since I will be here at least another day.  Maybe I’ll see you there!

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Quote For The Day

23/10/2012

Neighbours say Goodbye

It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor. ~Eric Hoffer

Do you find yourself living this quote?  Sometimes I think it really is easier for us to relate and to give and to love – “out there” – than it is right where we are.  It gets personal.  It gets messy.  But the rewards of loving those right in our little corner of the world are oh so rewarding.

What do you think?

 
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/erichoffer152434.html#TPwKKXLUpgYVUX3Z.99

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Hold Hands And Stick Together

15/10/2012

As most of us try to comprehend how someone could commit such a horrific crime as was committed against Jessica Ridgeway, we also wonder how we keep our communities safe.  A local police chief communicated, “We are committed to the safety of our community, and we cannot do this alone.  We rely upon the partnerships and relationships we have with our community and that helps us do our job.”  He also stated “Be an involved parent, neighbor, and/or friend and watch out for each other and our children.”   

Which brings me to this excerpt from Robert Fulghum’s book (emphasis mine).  Not to make light of the circumstances by any means, but if we really do pay attention to the advice below, our world could be so much safer.  I know everyone on my street, and we all watch out for each other.  Nothing gets by any of us – it’s like the old days when neighbors “told on” the neighbor kids when they did something wrong.  If someone sees or hears something weird, we are calling each other.  We all need neighbors like that again.  A little more front-porch-sitting instead of backyard-hiding.  For our kids’ sake.  For our communities’ sake.  For our sake….

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

by Robert Fulghum  – an excerpt from the book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten. ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:

Share everything.  Play fair.  Don’t hit people.  Put things back where you found them.  Clean up your own mess.  Don’t take things that aren’t yours.  Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.  Wash your hands before you eat.  Flush.  Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.  Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.  Take a nap every afternoon.  When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.  Be aware of wonder.  Remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.  Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die.  So do we.  And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere.  The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation.  Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.  Take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.  Think what a better world it would be if all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.  Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put thing back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

© Robert Fulghum, 1990. Found in Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Villard Books: New York, 1990, page 6-7.

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The Worth of Friends

08/09/2012

Given the time that is coming upon us with political debates and a Presidential election in the US, I thought this was appropriate to post.  Good to be reminded…

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