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Nov. 3rd, 2008

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Do something for somebody every day for which you don't get paid.

- Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, musicologist, doctor
I wanted to share this & have it here for my own future reference, taken from a SparkPeople's email that I just received:

The beneficial beauty of selfless acts

Al was a smart man. He knew that generous acts benefit everyone, including yourself. The small actions you take now, no matter how insignificant they may seem, can have profound effects that you may never know about. Sometimes, just living as a good example has the power to inspire. Not quite as well-known are the physical and mental benefits that being a positive force can have for you. When you help others, stress decreases and causes less physical harm. Work and athletic performance improve. A positive attitude appears. And the mind is eased as troubles are put in perspective. Doing for others can involve a small gesture (pick up trash, write a note of encouragement, offer to mow your neighbor's lawn) or an ambitious undertaking (volunteer at a neighborhood center, mentor a coworker, work with disadvantaged youth). Make a habit of thinking "What can I do today to make someone's life easier?"


It was a beautiful day in Minneapolis yesterday, I was out in my t-shirt, enjoying the day and raking my leaves from my two HUGE Elm trees in the backyard, that generate at least 15 huge bags of leaves around this time of year.  I was really enjoying it, using that time to reflect on the weekend and think about the coming week, but I was also becoming discouraged realizing that the job was maybe too much to get done by night.  Right around that time, a neighbor came down with her 4 year old to visit a bit, I was happy to see them and honestly to have something else to do, but I was also thinking about raking time slipping away.  We talked for a while, kids, politics, houses, life, then she realized that I had been raking and asked if she could help.  I have a hard time accepting 'help' like that, but said, sure - if you want!  Well she and her daughter each got a rake and we raked for a good hour, chatting the entire time, it was fun and such a big help. 

I want to be more like that myself, sharing more selfless acts of kindness -- it's a good way to be I think.  

Happy Monday! 


Sep. 29th, 2008


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i just read this article and feel beyond sick and sad about it.  it's bad, about kids, don't click if you're not in the mood to be sickened and angered.

Sep. 15th, 2008

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Brag Post!

I just answered my work phone and it was Annika's Kindergarten teacher.  She said that she just called to let me know how much she enjoys having Annika in class and how she is a complete joy and a good roll model for some of the other kids.  Also that early entrance was 100% the best thing for her. 

Wow.  Talk about being a proud parent - look no further than right here! 

I'm sure that she was calling many of the parents to 'touch base' but wow.. that just made my day.  I know Annika is a good girl and smart and nice and caring, but wow - it was really nice to hear it from her teacher. 


Jul. 30th, 2008

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Baby moose in sprinkler

I'm not sure if you all have seen this yet, but it's got to be one of the cutest videos ever.


Baby moose in sprinkler

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Jun. 13th, 2008


Tim Russert

Oh no.. too sad....

Jun. 6th, 2008

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Happy Friday

Political Picture - Dalai Lama

Jun. 3rd, 2008

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Consider being an organ donor

All, Please feel free to pass this note from a colleague and dear friend of mine
on to anyone that you want to, the more people that know about Phil, the better chances there are of him receiving a kidney from a living donor or getting connected with someone that might be able to help. And good thoughts never hurt either. He sent this note late in April & I believe it wasn't easy for him to send. I spent some time with him this weekend and although he has his good days, he's having more and more bad ones, I'm afraid he can't wait much longer.

Thank you.

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is difficult for me to make the following request and is the reason I have not done so before now. I have been on both the kidney and kidney/pancreas transplant lists for 5.5 years. As a result of the antibodies I have developed in response to previous transplants (father, August 1988; cadaveric, April 1993), finding a cadaveric match has been difficult.

If you have thought about being a living donor or would simply like more information, please checkout The Transplant Center at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview site. http://www.fairviewtransplant.org

My blood-type is O. The RH factor (+-) need not match. Even if you are not an O, there may be others who need your help. If you wish to be tested as a possible donor, call the Transplant Center at 625-5115 and tell the secretary that you would like to speak with someone regarding donation of a kidney to Phil Kragnes. Thank you.

Philip M Kragnes, MS
Computer Accommodations Program
University of Minnesota
McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE, Suite 180
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2002
Phone: (612) 626-0365
Fax: (612) 626-9654

Consider being an organ donor!
More information http://www.fairviewtransplant.org

May. 30th, 2008

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The Caffeine Click Test - How Caffeinated Are You?
OnePlusYou Quizzes and Widgets
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Minnehaha Bunny

Annika and I drive along Minnehaha Creek at least 2, usually 3 days a week to and from daycare. One day last week we noticed that the Bunny located along the creek at Portland and Minnehaha Parkway had reproduced, so we pulled over and checked it out. 

Annika surveying the new brood

May. 29th, 2008



I'm certainly not proud of this, but I had to share:


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