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 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

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.

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.

40

I shared this one before. Not mine, not even U2’s originally…

Originally from a now nameless writer several thousand years ago. What language was it even written in?

No matter. The words ate timeless in their comfort and hope. From Psalm 40.

“I wait for the Lord, he inclines and hears my cry; he lift me up out of the pit, out of the myre and clay…

And I will sing a new song of praise to the Lord…”

Something like that. Each minute. Each hour. Each day. Something like that.

“Inspire Change”

National Football League teams. Seen on the back of football helmets at the base:

“Inspire Change” ~ a simple, powerful message. What does it speak to? So many different topics that this phrase might apply to:

In business,

In society,

In politics,

In…

I’d only add the implied, additional clarifying word:

Inspire POSITIVE Change~

Yes. PLEASE.

One day at a time, one circumstance at a time, make the effort when given the chance. Maybe even create the chance.

GOOD.

Everywhere.

Forever Reluctant

Why oh why, always reluctant,

I seem to be, most often reluctant,

To end the time, the pause, the respite, preferring,

The break in the routine, the schedule, the day to day,

Reluctant to end the weekend, the vacation, the rest,

Not sure why, not sure why.

I’ve been this way since I was a child, still the same, much the same today,

Why oh why?

Bottom line, fine to consider the why, more important to push through and do.

Reluctant or not, if it needs to be done,

DO.