Light and Power

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Dog Rescue



  Friday, May 29, 2009 – Permalink –

Freestyle Volunteer

Judy Lightfoot, formerly a teacher and the Founding Head of Eastside Prep in Kirkland, is a Seattle writer.

Thousands of people in my city who are ambulatory, articulate, and otherwise capable of a social life are isolated from mainstream society, just because they have a mental illness or are homeless. Long-term isolation will damage anyone's sense of balance and integrity, and public services can’t satisfy the human need for personal connection's.

So I choose one individual to meet with every week for one hour of coffee and conversation at a cafe. I also enjoy irregularly scheduled coffee hours with people I meet who live in tent cities.

I don't need specialized knowledge about mental illness or homelessness, or about available resources, because my job isn't to solve someone’s problems. It's just to sit and listen and talk over coffee for an hour. Over time, this interested attention can add up to a transforming gift. And the atmosphere of the public spaces we share would brighten if millions of us contributed one coffee hour per week in this way.

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  Thursday, March 29, 2007 – Permalink –


From a 13 year old girl

In 2003, I bought a post card on e-bay. It is a picture of the newly completed Stadium High School.

The postmark is October 12th, 1906. It was addressed to someone in Montezuma, Iowa.
(no street address)

In 2006 Stadium had its Centennial Celebration and I put the postcard on the web page.

Just the other day I received this email:

"The "Helen M who wrote the note alongside the picture of Stadium High (Tahoma High then) was my Mom....Helen McDonald, class of 1912.

In 1915 she married John Stedman Wood, also class of 1912. They raised 3 boys, Donald, Philip and myself...Jack M. Wood class of '41."

It's an itsy, bitsy, tiny world.

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