Category Archives: Volunteering

Rescued from the brink, a house becomes a home

The homeless population in Syracuse, NY, officially decreased by three Wednesday. It took about 4,600 hours of volunteer time, help from more than 50 companies and $107,000 in in-kind services, but Ed, Frank and Pat — homeless at points in … Continue reading

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An exceptional man and his journey: Exhibit A

This is the first of two updates on a pair of exceptional men I admire, and the vastly different journeys they are on. I’ve written here before about Brian D’Apice and his 10,000-mile solo bicycle ride for charity. Many readers … Continue reading

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November arrives, bag and baggage — and then some

November showed up at the front door this morning, and I had to let it in.┬áThis year it brought more crap than usual. There’s the traditional baggage, of course — gray skies … more darkness … the furnace kicking on … Continue reading

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You only live once, give or take … so let’s give a little

In my more cynical moments as a parent, I remind my three boys that the handy American societal axiom of “the haves and have-nots” is too quaint, too weak. Replace that with “givers and takers,” I tell them, and you … Continue reading

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Maria’s Outreach: Helping the homeless in Syracuse

From her office window last year, Maria Sweeney could look out and see a homeless man who lived in the doorway of an abandoned building. Each time she saw him, she wondered who he was and how he ended up … Continue reading

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Balloons sent to heaven for ‘Ms. Toots’ on her 2nd birthday

“Ms. Toots” would have smiled and blown kisses to everybody who came to honor her on her second birthday Wednesday. Arie Baugh lost her fight with kidney cancer in July, two months shy of turning 2 years old. Arie’s mom … Continue reading

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It’s not a bucket list, it’s a GAF list

The principal of the high school where I taught English many years ago once showed up at a faculty picnic wearing a baseball cap with ‘DILLIGAF’ on the front. When I found out what it meant, his approval ratings went … Continue reading

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Injury forces a new perspective on this old ‘Goat’ runner

A bum heel and a bout of food poisoning put me on the shelf for one of my favorite running events, today’s Mountain Goat 10-miler in Syracuse, NY. After moping about this for a couple of weeks, I decided to … Continue reading

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