Beaverton Huddle sets up pantry drive

We stood up … We spoke up … We follow up

 

I mentioned in an earlier post about being part of a Beaverton Huddle.

We met for the first time Thursday, Feb. 9 as part of the Women’s March 10 actions in the first 100 days.

The idea of the Huddles all over the nation (and possibly the world) was to gather with others to define our next steps, and envision how to transform the energy we saw at Women’s Marches into local and national action.

Many things and ideas were discussed. We talked about how we were feeling. And that we want to take some sort of action. It was a really beautiful and empowering experience. An amazing way to continue our work as peaceful and loving activists.

A few things that were said during the meeting:

  • Our work isn’t done
  • We are in a space where crazy is possible
  • Any legitimate religion is about love
  • (We want) real knowledge (about certain subjects–such as redistricting)
  • We stood up … We spoke up … We follow up
  • (We want to live in a world) where kindness is seen as true strength

Friday, Feb. 17 is The … Continue reading

Food pantry drive

On Thursday evening I was part of a Huddle.

I gathered with other women at a coffee shop in Beaverton to define our next steps, and envision how to transform the energy we saw at Women’s Marches into local and national action.

Many things and ideas were discussed. It was a really beautiful and empowering experience. An amazing way to continue our work as peaceful and loving activists.

I will write more about my experience at my first Huddle meeting later on. But for now I want to talk about something that came out of our meeting.

We decided as a group something we can do easily is to help resupply the Disability, Aging and Veteran Services pantry in Washington County, Oregon.

This is the full pantry wish list: (items marked ** are especially needed)

  • **CANNED TUNA, CHICKEN OR TURKEY IN WATER**
  • **SPAM**
  • **SMALL JARS PEANUT BUTTER**
  • **SOUPS – (POP TOPS EASIER, LIKE PROGRESSO BRAND, FOR HOMELESS AND SENIORS)**
    HEALTHY COLD CEREALS
  • HOT OATMEAL PACKETS
  • SMALL BOXED RAISINS
  • GRANOLA BARS
  • CANDY BARS
  • SMALL PACKAGED NUTS
  • SMALL PACKAGED CRACKERS
  • FRUIT CUPS
  • PUDDING CUPS
  • JUICE BOXES
  • MEALS IN A CAN: CHILI, STEW, RAVIOLI
  • **MICROWAVEABLE INDIVIDUAL PORTIONS MAC AND CHEESE**
  • **LIQUID PROTEIN DRINKS LIKE BOOST OR ENSURE**
  • PASTA
  • INSTANT MASHED POTATOS (SMALL PACKETS)
  • MICROWAVABLE RICE (SMALL PACKETS)
  • PASTA SAUCE
  • SUGAR FREE FOODS FOR DIABETICS
  • PET FOOD FOR CATS AND DOGS
  • **For Homeless Hygiene Kits: bar soap/small toothpastes/toothbrushes/individual sized shampoos**

Items can be dropped off at Solace & Fine Espresso in Beaverton (4655 … Continue reading

Meditating, lunch breaks & doing nothing are winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s Comment Contest Tuesday.

There were just a few responses. But they were all great and I appreciated every single one of them.

It is so important for us to take care of ourselves while we are taking care of others.

This Comment Contest Tuesday was part of December’s Monthly Challenge. It lasted for a two-week period and had Challengers do and comment on 5 things attempted each day or over the two weeks.

Brenda mentioned that she wanted to try meditating for 5 minutes each day. Alicia said she was going to take a lunch break at work. Nicole M. is trying to do nothing for a whole 5 minutes. Nicole and her family are going to volunteer 5 times this month, for organizations or events that don’t benefit them personally. One of the volunteer items Nicole and her family are doing is taking canned food donations at WinterHaven, which essentially is a neighborhood festival of lights in Tucson. Brenda said she would be visiting WinterHaven and bringing 5 cans of food.

According to the WinterHaven website, in 2012, more than $20,000 and 33,905 pounds of food were donated to the food bank … Continue reading

Comment Contest Tuesday: 5 for 5

This Comment Contest Tuesday stems from Go Fit Girl’s December Monthly Challenge: Free(ish) for 5.

In the spirit of the holiday season we are usually thinking about others, which makes us amazing people. But we also have to make sure we take care of ourselves.

In the spirit of 5 for 5, over the next two weeks tell me 5 things you attempt each day or over the two weeks. (This Comment Contest Tuesday is going to last from today until Tuesday, Dec. 17). But you can can continue 5 for 5 this whole month and beyond.

This CCT is simple and we can all participate.

Some 5-minute ideas: Meditate for 5 minutes; take a brisk 5-minute walk; try handstand or headstand for 5 minutes (this one is definitely one for me); do crunches for 5 minutes; do a couple of relaxing yoga poses for 5 minutes …

Some 5-things ideas: Let 5 cars ahead of you while in traffic (doesn’t have to be all at once); smile at 5 strangers; give 5 strangers a compliment; find 5 things you like about yourself; pick up 5 pieces of trash (maybe while on your 5-minute walk); have 5 servings of water … Continue reading

Help the Potcakes

While Curt and I were in Turks & Caicos we noticed some feral but friendly dogs and cats hanging around the resort.

The dogs are called Potcakes.

According to the Potcake Place website, Potcake is the name given to the dogs of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands. It came about because the locals fed the caked remains of the cooking pot to the dogs.

Potcakes ended up evolving into a breed. According to the site, they are extremely smart, loyal and loving.

There is no animal shelter on Turks & Caicos. The Potcake Place volunteers rescue the dogs and keep them in their homes until a permanent home is found.

According to a pamphlet I picked up there are many ways we can help: adopt; courier a puppy from the island to their new home; volunteer, donate food or pet supplies; foster; educate; spay and neuter; and sponsor a puppy in care.

These are all awesome ways to help Potcakes. Some are simple and some involve more dedication.

My favorite way to help a Potcake (besides adopting) is to volunteer to be a courier. Potcake Place takes care of all the arrangements. All the courier volunteer … Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day

When I was 9 and my brother was 5 our parents divorced.

The choices and decisions my mom made almost 30 years ago makes me the person and woman I am today.

At a time when few people were divorcing my mom made the best decision for herself and for her kids. And we struggled. But as I look back at the hard times and great memories I am proud of my mom and the little family we were.

One of my favorite memories were Friday nights. At the end of our week we would get a movie or two at the 99 cent video store and pizza from Little Caesars. We would pile on the sofa bed and watch movies and eat our pizza and zonk out.

Growing up with a single mom was very humbling. The sacrifices my mom made for John and me was truly an act of love. And I will always be grateful.

My mom has been retired for about 9 years, she owns her own house (has for many years), travels regularly, volunteers at many organizations (it’s like part-time job) and reads like crazy.

She is such an inspiration for how much she cares … Continue reading