Service to Others Lives On

A quick update and a sign of the times before the main event.

Quick update from yesterday’s post: Harv’s comment reminded me that I also have to fight to get the  glossy political advertising out of our mailbox. It all goes right to the recycle bin: seven yesterday; four today. I really would like to see our elections conducted à la Britain where the election follows six weeks after it is announced and the restrictions on advertising benefit the public, not the politicians.

Sign of the times: The college professor pontificating on NPR about the federal court ruling in the California Prop 8 case quotes Seinfeld, “Not that there’s anything wrong with it.”

Now to the main event. After several days of doom and gloom, an upbeat story seemed in order. You can’t get more upbeat than this. The Courant on Thursday ran a feature on Drew Johnson, whose aim is to volunteer in the 48 continguous states in 48 weeks. Connecticut is No. 39. He’s helping in a park in West Hartford that has devoted itself to raising crops to feed poor seniors and others. It looks like he’ll also be participating the Muscular Dystrophy Association Lockup, which holds executives and others hostage to raise money for the charity.

His last stop before Connecticut was the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club in Brooklyn, which “is dedicated to providing waterfront access and education to the public.”

He blogs.

He tweets. When I first looked, I received the message “Twitter is over capacity. Please wait a moment and try again.” I waited about ten minutes and then received the message,”Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing – we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.” Finally got through two hours later and am now following him on twitter there, too.

He’s on Facebook.

Here’s a link to the page that explains his methodology. I especially like the way he decides who gets the benefit of his time.

I hope his effort lets a thousand flowers bloom, or more practically, lets a thousand others  begin service to others. Since he’s already left Connecticut, I’m hitting the support page to help out.


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One Response to “Service to Others Lives On”

  1. Redux, Redux IV Chapter 2 « Lizr128′s Blog Says:

    […] Johnson (“Service to Others“) is now following me on Twitter. I’ll try to tweet more. Wish I were volunteering in Maine […]

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