Thankful For

Clean water,

A warm place to sleep,

A good education,

Lots of friends,

A supportive family,

Three healthy children,

Their awesome mom,

A job at a place I enjoy,

A good night’s sleep.

Gratitude is best as a daily practice, what a great way, great time to start, on this particular holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Easy Does It

Midst of it all, easy does it.

Swirl of holiday schedule, mishmash of things, all demanding your time and attention, easy does it.

Like my grandma awake in the middle of the night doing her crossword, me taping away on lists and posts, get it all out of your head, easy does it.

Pressed too hard, too many things, your best response might be, easy does it.

House clean, errands run, menu decisions, meal prep, remember the point, the underlying intent,

be thankful,

easy does it.

Feed the People: Last Entry 2021

Here’s how it ended up,

42nd Annual DeAnza Lions Club Thanksgiving Food Drive 2021:

7 stops,

220 families,

460 boxes of food,

maybe 900 (plus) people served,

about 30 Lions and Friends/Family of Lions, much GOOD…

#WeServe #LionsClubs

Boxes stage for packing
Food Boxes loaded for deliveries
Last Delivery, Watsonville
Baby Strollers Turned Shopping Carts
Strollers Lined Up For Pick Up

Feed The People: Part Three

It’s all been gathered. It’s all been done.

About 30 volunteers. About 300 miles in loops shuttling food to sort center and cold storage.

Now it’s time to execute.

Now it’s time to feed the people.

Turkeys reign supreme in the freezer truck
Ready for final load
Left over, won’t go to waste
Two of many that have given of time and talent

Feed The People: Part Two

Amazing day of collective effort and generosity. Various volunteers, long hours, and grocery store shoppers willing to donate food and cash to support those in need.

Today we pull in the rest of the food needed, by hook or by crook, let’s feed the people.

Modest Start, Saturday
Past a couple boxes of produce, the reefer truck begins to fill
The Ask List, Most Needed Items Circled
The Tally Sheet
Lots of Steps, By Lots of Folks, Make This Food Drive a Success

Feed the People, Part One

42 years and counting, the Cupertino DeAnza Lions Club have made this effort,

Gathering food to provide Thanksgiving Dinner for families in need, those who might not otherwise be able to celebrate this holiday.

And so it begins again, 3 days, 30 plus volunteers and countless donors, to bring it together…

Boxes purchased
The Odd Fellows provide the sort center

For 340 boxes? These tape guns just won’t do.

Boxes delivered, ready for the prep: 340 boxes of food, 170 families, maybe about 700 people benefiting … GOOD.

Split Decision

That’s what it takes, that’s the way to make it the world go around, split decision.

Precious few hours with your kids, workday done, leave it at work, spin toward what matters,

split decision, for your kids, family,

Sharp pain in the neck, center back, stalled out distracted car ride home, not worth it, no no, split, need a break,

Decision each day to reclaim the rest of your life, work needed, necessary, what makes the world go ‘round,

But in the end, 24/7 not healthy, not balanced, not the end, split decision to those things that WILL matter in the end,

Family, Friends, Faith, those three that maybe distinguish us from the rest, without, a little, maybe a lot, empty,

Split decision, you can do it, take care of you, those around you, your life,

make it so.

Lyrics Post: “Ceiling Unlimited”

This song, another sneaky sleeper, I think of it…from “Vapor Trails”, the 2002 by RUSH.

Sneaky motivator…let it soak in…

“Ceiling Unlimited”

It’s not the heat
It’s the inhumanity
Plugged into the sweat of a summer street
Machine gun images pass
Like malice through the looking glass

The slack-jaw gaze
Of true profanity
Feels more like surrender than defeat
If culture is the curse of the thinking class
If culture is the curse of the thinking class

Ceiling unlimited
World so wide
Turn and turn again
Turn again

Feeling unlimited
Still unsatisfied
Changes never end
Never end

The vacant smile
Of true insanity
Dressed up in the mask of Tragedy
Programmed for the guts and glands
Of idle minds and idle hands

I rest my case…
Or at least my vanity
Dressed up in the mask of Comedy
If laughter is a straw for a drowning man
If laughter is a straw for a drowning man

Ceiling unlimited
Windows open wide
Look and look again
Look again

Feeling unlimited
Eyes on the prize
Changes never end
Never end

Winding like an ancient river
The time is now again
Winding like an ancient river
The time is now again …

Hope is like an ancient river
The time is now again …

Park Scenes: Slow Down, Soak In, Play

#goodstuff #dadlife #dadslife #halffullallgood

Several parks, two cities, a couple days, one theme: PLAY. Adventures to a new park a few days again. Another park closer to home on Saturday, trying yet another tomorrow.

Such a simple concept, PLAY. Such an easy thing to do, make possible for your kids, any kids in your world,

Find a new park, let them play. Earlier in the day or toward the end, such an easy gesture, yet so worth it.

Lots to do? Chores, errands…stuff. Fine. It’ll get done. Build in the time with kids to let them play, empower them to do so. Far more memorable.

Let them play.

PLAY.

Good.