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2826 days ago

I was there for my parents even when it was a struggle for me. Now that they're gone I'm glad I did.
I wouldn't think of it as "paying it forward" but that it's just something that I should do.

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2940 days ago

From all that I've heard and read about them,this group does excellent work for people in some of the most dire situations.An elderly friend of mine who was a member of MENSA,a woman of the world,and quite a hip ol' gal all around used to donate to them regularly.

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3091 days ago

Its not often that a free item is this useful. When a money-troubled client needs a number for help, my CareConnect help lines are easy to find in my dayplanner.

CareConnect screens and monitors the agencies where they send callers. Nice job on a handy tool.

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3207 days ago

I think it is good to be able to give if a person can. I have given, and it did give me a good feeling to be able to help out. I do think that a person has to use a little discretion when helping someone out. There are those who have claimed to be poor, and have literally taken advantage of people just because they may have a little more. That kind really makes it hard on those who are truly struggling but trying.

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3210 days ago

I coached softball when I was a young adult, before I had kids of my own and I coached a youth Ultimate team in a brief fall league a couple of times. It was satisfying and rewarding and I didn't encounter the bat-shit crazy parent phenomenon in either case, luckily.

My kids have always played soccer and almost always the coaches have some European accent or other. Myself, I don't know much about the rules of the game, I can finally after all these years spot an off-side. The coaches named Mario, Nigel and Tony are doing it as much to promote the sport they love as they are to coach the kids, I suspect. But at the root of their commitment is a contribution to the health and development of the kids.

I do have friends who tell horror stories about hockey parents though, including two personal acquaintences who actually mixed it up with one another to the point of police involvement and an eventual restraining order. I also remember an article written in the local Ultimate league's newsletter by the captain of a team of kids who joined the adult division straight out of high school once they all reached 18 years of age. Ths kid said that one of the reasons they liked the game of Ultimate was that their parents didn't understand the game and so they didn't come out to watch and yell. Ain't that heartbreaking?


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3210 days ago

Only a three since I do this all the time anyways. If you still have parents and you ain't doing stupid shit for them, you should be disowned or something.

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3210 days ago

Kids are great, parents are nuts. Still, the chasing around of the old high school's cross country team when I was on leave and needed something to keep my jarhead edge was fun as fuck. All them kids thought Marines were crazy after that.

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3210 days ago

Our office typically creates three or four food and gift hampers for the local Christmas Cheer Board. Most years I volunteer to drive one of the hampers to the designated recipients, mainly because I'm enough of a square that I drive a mini-van.

It's a very humbling experience. You start out thinking that you are making the holiday season a little brighter for a family that can't afford a big fancy Christmas. More often than not when you arrive at their home you discover you are actually likely bringing basic sustenance to a poor family who are coping with levels of hunger that you didn't think were imaginable in our country.

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3210 days ago

Hiding behind locked doors because the world is going to Hell isn't going to result in any positive changes.

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3210 days ago

My definition of helping my neighbors would be packing their bags and sending them to Section 8 :P
Seriously, I think helping a neighbor is a good thing, but I don't need to be all buddy-buddy like Pee-Wee Herman. 'I'm going to water my lawn now, Mr. Crabtree.'

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