Bridging the Divides

What I’ve learned from coordinating a refugee co-sponsorship:
It is 100% a team effort. That team includes the refugees. They’re the ones working the hardest. 

Google Translate is your friend. It’s a friend who’s drunk 24/7 and has Tourette’s, but it’s still a friend. 

Email is obsolete, though MailChimp™ makes a damn good case. FaceBook groups and IM–lord forgive me–are more effective for group communication. 

Having too many volunteers has its problems, but they’re good problems to have. I’ve learned to be a better delegator. 

Big-ass volunteer projects are a great way to make new friends. 

War fucking sucks. I knew that already, but it’s a good thing to re-learn. 

Always remember to seek the counsel of the wise and experienced. Stay humble. It’s easy to do when you have coffee every day with people whose home country is a flaming pile of rubble. 

Bowling is the great unifier.

Respect for everyone’s choice of spiritual lifestyle is a moral imperative. When the time comes to get to work, whether or not someone believes it’s God’s work doesn’t matter. We all sweat together.


Prince helped me make it through high school. Dirty Mind is all over the soundtrack of the movie of my adolescence. 

Good thing I didn’t have a sister.


Stone Cold

funyunz-01It’s 4/20. Pick up a family pack of Funyuns™. You might could trade each bag for cool stuff, like paper money, engagement rings, a toupée, or a Tesla.

Girl Talk

So this weird thing happened last night.

chinese-food-01I took the girls and one of their friends (tweens three) to the Chinese Buffet. Because it’s quick, there’s something for everyone, and it’s cheap. And MSG isn’t bad for you any more. Continue reading “Girl Talk”

Merry Crispness to All

pigeoto-01Crispness been celebrated since way before Jesus. It had different names in different cultures, but similarities abound, not unlike fine ham. Jesus probably wasn’t even born at this time of year, so Christians have no claim over this time of year. Not saying that they shouldn’t celebrate in December, only that the complaints of a vocal few don’t have much merit. Continue reading “Merry Crispness to All”