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I still hear the President's call to service

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If we all do some small things, it could turn into big things and maybe we could change history.


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I still hear the President's call to service, and as we all participate in sometimes "heated debate" about all the issues-----I stop and ask myself, other than a lot of talk, what am I really doing? I have considered things like the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Habitat, etc. but have not found that spot. So, until I have found that calling, I have decided to take on some small things. I take once a week, "back pack for kids", a local program that identifies kids of lower income families that provides two light meals, and snacks for the weekends. Each child that participates picks up his or her back pack on Friday for the weekend. I simply discovered that this program was going on, so I play a very small part. I signed up for Meals on Wheels and am a substitute driver. I have planted my own garden and have spoken to the property owners association about a neighborhood program to use vacant lots for gardens. I asked the city and they will fully support the idea. I have made a concerted effort to smile and talk to the checkout people in Wal-Mart and the local stores. That is so easy for a fellow that likes to talk and it is rewarding when you leave the person with a smile. I never hesitate to engage people in political talk and many are opposite of my views but we have civil talk.

I don't do much, I fully know that, but until or if I can find something I feel is a larger contribution "something is better than nothing" and I bet YOU if you will, have some ideas that others and I might consider. You may not like the President, you may disagree on policy, but you cannot disagree that a call to service is not a good thing. In times of crisis is it not all our moral obligations to "reach out"?
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Gin Arnold is a 70 year old liberal living in Cotacachi, Ecuador after living in S. Alabama. I have owned several businesses, lived aboard a 32 foot sailing yacht, been a bar tender, boat captain, short order cook, and imported furniture from (more...)
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