Places of the heart...

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Places of the heart...
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Fri, 01-18-2008 - 3:44pm

Ok, just to lighten the mood of the board.

 "Pascal's Wager," which states that believing in God costs you nothing if you're wrong, and wins you everything if you're right.

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Fri, 01-18-2008 - 6:04pm

I am bumping this back up for a few reasons.

 "Pascal's Wager," which states that believing in God costs you nothing if you're wrong, and wins you everything if you're right.

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Sat, 01-19-2008 - 2:36pm

In the spirit of lightening the mood :o)

I don't do much volunteer work at the moment as I spent the first 20 years of my life in that sort of work and figure I'm good for now, lol! But I am a PRIDE ally at my workplace and join in with as many of their volunteer events as I can. I also perform at charity events regularly with my teacher's bellydance troupe.

I donate monthly to two children's charities and rather than throw away books, clothing etc, I give them to charity shops. I also donate blood 3x a year.

Until very recently, I was the main support and 'family' for my best friend who had virtually no-one else. When I met her 9 years ago she was suicidal. She has since dealt with her childhood issues, found The One and moved away - when she left she smiled and said to me 'I am finally flying your nest'. Bless!

And then of course there's my big and involved family (think My Big Fat Greek Wedding with French/Italians) plus man plus stepdaughter but that's a whole other post :OD


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Sat, 01-19-2008 - 7:15pm

Presently, I'm home all the time with our youngest of five

 

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Sun, 01-20-2008 - 4:00pm

"Until very recently, I was the main support and 'family' for my best friend who had virtually no-one else. When I met her 9 years ago she was suicidal. She has since dealt with her childhood issues, found The One and moved away - when she left she smiled and said to me 'I am finally flying your nest'. Bless! "


Oh man... I'm going through something like that now.

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Sun, 01-20-2008 - 5:02pm

I'm a life time member of Girl Scouting and was a active leader while my 3 dd's were in school from 1985 to 2004. I'm still available to troops if they need a camping mom or extra body. I've done up to 3 troops at one time, plus 99% of the girls in my one of my troops were low income children. I'm now knitting chemo hats for breast cancer, neck scarf for kids coming out of foster care.

I'm a school bus driver for a low income program

~Sam

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Sun, 01-20-2008 - 11:28pm
That is really cool.

 "Pascal's Wager," which states that believing in God costs you nothing if you're wrong, and wins you everything if you're right.

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Mon, 01-21-2008 - 4:48am

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Wed, 01-23-2008 - 12:59am

I come from a family of people that dependents (booze~pills) and as I saw what that did to them, I tend to throw myself into projects so I guess thats my forms of dependency (my minister once told my xh that it could my ministry to work with girls who really had no one who really cared about them, I taught them how to do cross stitchery {I run into some of them every once in a while and they always thank me for teaching them that as they are still doing it}some of these girls had never eaten cauliflower/carrots & broccoli with ranch dressing, and I had one rule, don't say "ick or I don't like it until you try it" (unless you had a food allergy) and that was always something they would eat up the fastest once they tried it.

I loved my time with the Girl Scouts~~and now I have 2 granddaughters, the oldest one is only 3 so I've got a couple of more years, but I will only be taking on a more quieter roll this time around. I'll take a step back and let my dd's have the fun.

The chemo hats are very important for my family~~we have had 4 generation of women in my dad's side of the family with breast cancer~~my great grandmother, my grandmother who we lost to it, 3 of my dad's sisters, and a cousin who is only 3 years older then me. And thats hitting a little to close to home (plus my dad had prostate cancer, so I'm doing it in honor of him too)

~Sam

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Thu, 01-24-2008 - 12:27pm

This is another good and interesting thread (though perhaps belongs in 'personal messages'? We don't have any other 'off-topic' place. Perhaps we should.)

As a new mommy, *everything* else is on hold. :)

But in the past few years I've set up a blood drive amongst the medical and nursing students at my school, with a focus on bumping up plateletpheresis especially. I'm O neg so I was donating regularly and feeling it was an important issue. I volunteered for years and then became the student coordinator for a year at a great free care clinic staffed by physicians and students from my medical school. With other students, we worked in some good expansions that year. For example, I got ahold of a small grant from the state chapter of the AMA, found a community partner, and used it to set up free, confidential rapid HIV testing at the free care clinic with ongoing training every year for medical students to be the test counselors. I co-lead my school's chapter of Medical Students for Choice, putting on educational events for medical students. This past year I joined an extracurricular track that pairs med students with high-risk, low-income pregnant women, with the goal of providing a mutually beneficial relationship: we learn lots, they get a med student 24/7 on-call at their service for the duration, plus all their appts fast-tracked through the end of their pregnancy and the first 6-8 weeks of their infants' life. Prior to starting med school I spent a half day a week with the child life service in the hospital, playing with sick kids to provide respite for their parents to run home and get a shower.
Sometimes I help out with my husband's cause, he's on the board of a Clean Energy nonprofit that runs educational events, some for kids some for adults, and does some legislative campaigning.

It's neat to find out what other causes are near to people's hearts!