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Newly found compassion for others in Salem through representing conciliation

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Recently recently I’ve been making substantial changes in my life and how i’ve become more sensitive to the needs of others. Compassion in action emerges from a field of openness connection and discernment on how we have created relationships with people in our lives.

Mistakes I have made a few but I’ve changed and I realize that through empathy and compassion we can grow in being empathic.

As a 30 year resident of Salem, I hope to be an asset to those who are less fortunate than myself.At this point in my life I realize that what Henry David thorough one said is true “public opinion is a week tyrant with her own private opinion what a man thinks of himself that is which determines or rather indicates his feet”.

In my research for empathy studies I recently discovered a quote “that when we have hurt others and missed a chance to be kind the pain of regret is healthy “ -From a book called a “Buddhist Grief Observed” by Guy Newland.

During my recent year sabbatical of extensive studies of empathy, I developed a series of presentations both written and spoken for Toastmasters International for which was the president of two public speaking clubs. I made the most of it regardless of my situation I had alot to learn.

The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all” is a Buddhist saying. I took that opportunity by growing myself as more mature, and in better control of my thoughts and motivations toward others through meditation; and newly found energy for others, rath than myself.

As a result of my participation in speech competitions I received acclaim for which I received the awards of public speaking as well as leadership. I became recognized as an Advanced Communicator Gold Award, one of the most highly tauted recognitions in Toastmasters International worldwide

Sometimes in life, we have turn our lives around. I kept on reminding myself— WITH RECONCILIATION of our past THERE IS RENEWAL AND HOPE, AND HEALING for both those of us who were hurt and those of us we may have offended.


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June 12, 2018 at 8:43 pm

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Dating Paradoxes

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I’m reading a couple of books on dating.

One book states:
One should not close oneself to the possibility of your that your date may become your friend.”

Another book, “A friend is sometimes a word devoid of meaning; enemy never.”

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September 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

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The Good Son

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This has been a tough year for this author. But soon I’ll be on the road again. When I want to remember my good son, I often will review text messages that he sent me.  It seems he realized early on that our struggle together held us in a bond, when everybody including family was leaving us in the dust.

This is a message that was texted from my son Sean on 11/2/10

I love you Dad. I’m thankful for the ability to call you up and share things that are going on or spend time with you when I visit. Thank you for being there for me and thank you for being my Dad.”   Sean Thomas Dickson

Two months later my son passed away of Leukemia unexpectedly.

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July 12, 2011 at 5:13 am

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Salem Art Fair & Festival: Go for the Multi-Day Pass

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Salem is not what I would call a bastion of Bohemianism.  But it’s  art, music and culture scene has really picked up in the last couple of years.

This colors and variety of the pieces alone attracted hundreds of lookers. Valued at $198.00 a bargain of fun to walk away with.

The the Culture Shock Community and The Salem Art Association are perfect examples of non profit event organizers that are making Salem a better place to live.

Culture Shock for instance is promoting free classes have started this week in Salem for everything from Yoga to Finger Style Guitar picking. Willamette Art Center is booking ceramics classes for all ages.

This year, the Salem Art Association, upped the ante for it Annual Art Fair and Festival. Be sure to get a Multi-Day pass so you’ll have time to chat with the artists who all seem friendly and approachable.

not unlike that of the late Adelle Davis’ theme, “You are What you eat.”  Kathy’s artistic themes put spin on that idea. Her art is coved in text: “You are what you read. ”

Kathy’s are is not just sculpture, not just literature, not just paper machete or found art. Yet its  a librarian’s dream, playful, colorful and cultured.

Kathy Ross is One such artist I met featured 3-D Art, much of which was sculpted.  Kathy remarked to me her theme is

Another piece, shown at this year’s festival, Your are what You Sing: and perhaps one of this year’s most popular pieces, “The Shopper, aka Junk Collector” pictured here.

Kathy Ross can be found at this weeks Festival at Aisle 3, Booth 30.

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July 17, 2010 at 8:17 am

Importance of Writing a Check for Contributions to Non-Profits

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Checks are not less appreciated, and can go farther when making cash donations.

Although small contributions in cash are convenient there are really alot of reasons why its better to write a check to a non-profit organization than give cash.  The largest reason to write a check one is direct accountability. It decreases temptation.

Cash has a way of slipping out the side, (ask any bookkeeper).  Cash is a universal commodity that anybody can use. Always write a check to make sure the money goes to the right entity or non-profit organization. Cash is likely to not be designated for use. There is no paper trail.

Truth is, its better to write a check for $2.00 than give fives dollars cash. You’ll have better peace of mind, and you’ll have a record for your tax deduction. If the money gets lost, you’ll know it.

It somebody share that they prefer you not write a check, you know there is a problem. Decline the contribution, no matter how small.

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June 10, 2010 at 3:48 am

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It’s very CLEAR. Comast Won’t Turn Off My Service.

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itsclearI’ve called  Comcast several times to turn my television service off. Each time they fail to, forget to, are apologetic, and “take it off this month’s bill,” and then fail to turn it off again. This is just a big game.

Whats going on is Clear. (Yep, their competitor is new in town.) They are loosing adverting viewers on their channels and subscribers. So the are using AOL tactics to keep you subscribed.

So, if they give you a cancellation, remember to get the #order number, or you will force you to pay your bill. If you ask, it’s likely they won’t stop your service.Their tail is between their legs.

That’s America. And it’s Clear that competitors are affecting them.

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April 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm

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We are not entitled to our own facts.

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Senator Al Franken calls hogwash on Senator John Tune this week on CSPAN. Essentially, John Thune misrepresented the truth, (lied). Al Franken was purely diplomatic in not calling them lies, but said, “We are not entitled to our own facts.”  See it live here on CSPAN:

The great thing here is Al Franken is kind of funny in his delivery of this speech. He adds comedy to a very serious situation. They are talking about billions of dollars being lied about. I don’t think anybody could have put
the Senator for South Dakota in his place any better.

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December 16, 2009 at 5:57 am

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