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The returns are great

The following is an article I penned for a long time favorite blogger and supporter, Diana Schwenk. We have been following each others blogs now for over 2 years. She’s in my Top 5 Commenters list!

Diana does a lot of work for charities and fundraisers. She spent a large part of last year helping out flooding victims in and around her area in Calgary. So when she asked me if I would like to share my experiences in ‘giving back’ I jumped at the chance.

OK, it took almost a week , to write it but by my latest post drought that is practically overnight!

Her network reaches far and wide. She wrote me the day after she posted my article to tell me it had been picked up and shared by a major online charitable newsletter. I was thrilled!
You can checkout some of the good things Diana does on this charitable site or check her out where I frequently find her, http://talktodiana.wordpress.com/. Thanks everyone! And thanks to you Diana for the opportunity. How’s the weather now?

The Other Bottom Line

I met Andy months ago in the blogosphere, and the more I got to know him, the greater my respect for him and his involvement in his community grew. I was delighted when Andy agreed to provide a guest post for The Other Bottom Line. Andy’s story illustrates so well the importance of building authentic relationships with the people who support your organization. Please see his story, in his own words, below.

A few years ago I ran a 5K race on a hot and sunny Saturday morning. The scene was picturesque, at a park bordering a local river.

100_0782It was a nice day. The race was for a good cause. There was a very tasty after race party including some southern grits and red velvet cake.

100_0786It was a fun, casual run with very little competitive aspects to it…

100_0778And so I wondered, ‘Why not a larger turnout for this event?’


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Monday morning! What can happen next?

Monday morning! Blah!

This morning kicks off another week. More importantly it is the end of the weekend. Hmph! It was a nice weekend too.

So I turned on the computer with my expectations down around the “Monday Morning Blues” level. Then what do my drowsy eyes see but a ‘ping back’ from a blog that is very dear to my heart (Write). The blog was about an organization that is very dear to my heart as well, a charitable group I volunteer for, The Lowcountry Orphan Relief. Wow! What a nice surprise? I was so taken back on various levels.

First, what a great thing Pat from PA does. Her blog, Project 365, is about organizations that she sees trying to make a difference in our world. Her blog is never about her weekend or how she is feeling on a Monday morning. It is about some special company doing benevolent work. Awesome! Please check out her blog, Write On Target,  and say Hello while you are there. I am sure she would appreciate it. What a great thing she does.

Write On Target

In her beautifully written blog today she mentions the Lowcountry Orphan Relief. About a week ago I offered this group to her as a charity I find very noteworthy in my community. I gave her a link to their web site and maybe a contact address and not much more. Pat took this info, did her own research, and came up with this write up. Amazing!

In the professional life I just exited, Monday mornings were about ‘watch your back, stuck in traffic, what more can you do for my company, people taking parking spaces, go, go, go and so on. Caught up in this world of beating last year, I never considered their were nice people out there, going out of their way to make a difference. This blogging stuff has opened so many windows for me! And I keep noticing Angels here on earth, one after another.

If you know me or my family you may have an idea why the Lowcountry Orphan Relief group (LOR) is so dear to my heart. Our kids are such miracles to us in a sense. Our experience has opened my eyes to the amount of kids out there that can’t go it alone, but are forced to. The LOR defends these kids in our little part of the world, clothing, sheltering, sponsoring the poor, abused or forgotten kids, trying to make theirs a world worth living. And sadly, each year the need becomes even greater. So thanks LOR and the other groups out there that look after these kids.

Pat’s research also uncovered another great blog from my home town that also recently featured a post on the LOR in their online publication. This blog I was completely unaware of (like soooo many other things in this world I suppose). It was a great, professional looking blog (I wish my skills were this good!), filled with many aspects of life here in the Lowcountry. If you have a passion for Arts or Fashion, Food & Wine, or other Loves checkCharlie out. Its one of those ‘time-suckers’ where you keep looking around and you just don’t want to leave. ~I still have an open window to it for when I am done here.

Before I move on I just want to say thanks again.  Thanks Pat! Thanks LOR! Thanks Charlie! And, thanks to those others reading this that take parts of their valuable time and try to make the world a little bit better. You so Rock!

Today I was going to talk about (and ask for your suggestions) our ‘grand experiment’. I was going to try to start teaching our kids to read this week. The kids got this great Christmas gift, that was highly recommended, “Your Baby Can Read”.

The challenge is trying to teach two kids, at two different levels, how to read. The greater challenge, I am afraid, is how to maintain these two kid’s attention, while trying to accomplish varying tasks. Dylan is pretty advanced for her age, not only knowing her colors, numbers and letters, but also her phonics pretty good as well. All these things are being in introduced to our youngest for the first time. So we’ll see how this experiment goes.

And then I think, I am not trained to be a teacher. I do not have the skills for this! Then I am forced to realize, thru my job search efforts, that I was a trainer in many of my prior jobs.    If I claim to be a trainer in my professional life I darn well oughta be a trainer in my personal life. A life where my success is far more valuable and far reaching.

Howabout you?

Do you have any ideas, or successes to pass along, in educating your children?

What worked best for you?

Our kids, and ALL kids, deserve to be taught to be the best that they can be!

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