Friday, May 1, 2009


I love words. I love the meaning of words, understanding their origins, development, metamorphosis and cultural nuances. I love words because I am passionate about communication and community. Words influence people, words frighten or inspire, words tell stories and words reflect our thought processes.

Today's word is generosity. It is a beautiful word. Over the past few weeks my colleague Kara and I have been smothered by the generosity of friends and complete strangers. So much so that I felt compelled to discover it's origin and meaning. It comes from the word, bounty, which meant 'goodness' in old french and Latin. We have been smothered by the 'goodness' in people, their willingness to contribute and enrich the community in which we all live. The bounty that allows us to share and deepens our sensibilities, making us all richer.

A week tomorrow (May 9) we will host A Cinderella Story. Young girls in grades 8 and 12, who, for one reason or another, are not in a position that enables them to celebrate their graduations due to the expense, will be invited to shop for their dresses and accessories for free. I do not have the total number of dresses we've collected because the donations are still pouring in, but it certainly looks like we will reach, if not exceed our goal of 1000 gowns - due to the generosity of community.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting regularly to keep you up to date with the stories, pictures and kindness that is making this event such a success.

Here are a few photos of the bounty we have been blessed with:

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