The great end of all human industry is the
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Jezebel (Working Title)
Run for Your Wife (completed)
Widow of Blackberry Ridge
Ask Your Neighbor (Humor Column)
Ph.D. Mommy (working title - Romantic Comedy)
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As president of a homes association, I had the opportunity to publish
on various neighborhood topics. These are some of those selections below:
On May Day...Spring 2000
year I wonder….What ever happened to May Day?
What a great holiday that was for kids and their neighbors!
Not only did you get to use construction paper, glue, scissors (and
even staples) but it was a big secret.
In fact, sneakiness was encouraged and praised.
Sometimes, you even got to pick your mom's flowers.
those of you who have never celebrated May Day, here's the drill.
First, you target your neighbors, noting when they leave in the
Once you have this covert information, you amass your supplies.
Construction paper, glue, tape and scissors are all ingredients for
a successful May 1.
Fold the edges of the construction paper together to form a basket,
then attach the handle.
Next you fill the basket - traditionally it's with fresh flowers,
but paper ones will do nicely, too.
on the morning of May 1st - May Day -
you sneak out of the house and hang the basket of flowers on their
You have to do it early, so they can find it before they leave.
Then you hurry back home.
And you don't tell them who did it!
occurs to me that we reinforce a very important lesson when we celebrate
It's the lesson of giving without expecting anything in return.
The concept of doing something nice for someone else is not one we
practice easily, sometimes.
Especially when it is someone you may not know all that well but
will surely face again.
Like our neighbors.
I think it's important that we practice some of these niceties.
May Day isn't the only day it can happen.
How much time does it really take to pick a neighbors recycling bin
up and place it next to the house on trash day?
Does your neighbor have back problems?
Maybe on the way to work or school, you could place the paper on a
ledge by the door.
are many small things we can do to reinforce the pleasant aspects of our
I challenge each of us to find just one.
Even if it only occurs on May Day.
Call to Volunteer
my two terms, I have encouraged and dared you to smile, greet and respond
to one another. You've done a
sublime job. This will be the
last gauntlet I toss as president. Volunteer
to be there for each other.
to get the mail when your neighbor vacations.
to serve in one term of office.
to work at the school where needed one day a week.
gift of time is priceless. It's
an inconvenient gift to give, and hard to put a price sticker on.
However, it is one of the most precious gifts or services that you
can offer. Every volunteer
job is not about stars and magic wands.
Fairy Godmother roles are few and far between.
ask anyone who has volunteered, they will be able to think of something
they learned, something they took away when it was all said and done.
It may have been a hard truth served up on a rough platter.
It may have been moments of sweetness.
Either way, their lifetime was altered.
Volunteering stretches you toward the horizons of your
I encourage us all to stretch toward our possibilities in the coming year.