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Day 733: TTC kindness

I heard about this story on CBC radio this morning and had to share the original FB post that sparked the story:


I sincerely hope I would jump in and try to help if anything like this ever happens to me.

After all, I also don’t leave the house without Advil. 🙂


Song of the day for your listening pleasure:


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Day 690: By the book

510cd0w1aULOur company is sponsoring two needy families for Christmas this year and we were all sent the first names, ages and interests of all the family members so that we could give them something they need or want for Christmas.

Both families asked for grocery store gift cards as a possible gift and since food is always near the top of my priority list 🙂 that’s what I gave them.

But when I looked over the descriptions of the other family members, one stopped me in my tracks.

“Son, 11 years old. He absolutely loves books.”

How often do you hear that, these days?

Reading helped me through an often lonely childhood and I still love to read. I know how much books can enrich your life so I was determined to also get some books for this little guy. But which one?

My own favourites from that age were well… girly… Charlotte’s Web, The Secret Garden, the Narnia series.

So I polled my friends on Twitter for suggestions on what an 11-year-old boy might like to read and got some great tips. From The Hobbit to The Hunger Games. I found one of the suggestions — The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart — in my local bookstore (not just an urban myth, after all!).

They had Part 1 and a Part 2 so of course I had to get them both. Here’s what it says on the back of the book:

“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?”
When this peculiar ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. (And you, dear readers, can test your wits right alongside them.) But in the end just four very special children will succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and resourceful children could complete. With their newfound friendship at stake, will they be able to pass the most important test of all?
Welcome to the Mysterious Benedict Society.

eek, now I want to read it!

P.S. Happy Holidays!


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Day 426: Litter ladies

Is this not the coolest thing ever?

Is this not the coolest thing ever?

Sometimes litter is downright dangerous. Like today. When rushing to get off the bus, I nearly missed sliding on one of those extra-long beer cans that look like they belong in a Simpsons cartoon.

It was not fun to pick this baby up – it was hot and wet and sticky and I dribbled a few drops on the floor when I moved it because it wasn’t completely empty. Gross.

But there was a can recycle bin at the bus stop where I got off so I quickly ditched it and practically ran home to wash my hands.

Good deed on wheels

A friend passed along the story of one of her own random acts of litter collection (thanks, OWW!) and I’ll share an excerpt here:

On my ride home last night, I spotted a huge pile of I-dunno-what in the middle of the road, causing cars to stop in puzzlement, and then drive way around it … I pulled over and put up my kick-stand. Once again, it was a big brown smushed lawn clippings bag, only this time it was filled with twigs, mostly likely from the Aug 20th big storm.

“Most of the cars going by, had their windows open and several people called out ‘thank you!’ as I cleared it all away (it took about 4 trips to the curb). Another cyclist came along, and said, ‘that’s very nice of you!’

“Boy, I sure felt good. Thanks for the inspiration, Ms Good Deed a Day!”

No, thank you!

Happy Labour Day long weekend, everyone!

P.S. I love a cappella groups and here’s a very cool one from MIT. Enjoy!

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Day 390: TGIF

Drats, that pumpkin coach is late again....

Drats, that pumpkin coach is late again....

I did a clandestine cleanup of our office kitchen today. Everyone takes a turn for a week on the rotating roster, but I know the person assigned to do it is swamped this week, so I wanted to help out.

So when the coast was clear, I played Cinderella and spit and polished what I could.

It’s normally fairly tidy in there, but on Fridays, everyone’s more focused on getting caught up and outta there for the weekend, so it was starting to look a little rough around the edges.

I also wanted to share this story from my local paper. It made me laugh because I think I’ve startled a few people with my good-deed antics over the past year. Enjoy!

I have no idea if this works but, man, it looks cool.

I have no idea if this works but, man, it looks cool.

Bicycle built for one

On July 17, I was just about to lock my bicycle to a tree at Adelaide and King for a quick foray into the bank when a tall, fit young man wearing a helmet startled me by coming over in a somewhat aggressive way.

As a senior citizen I was apprehensive, but his next words took me completely by surprise. “Your bicycle chain is so rusty it’s practically a crime,” he blustered, and he pulled out a can of some special kind of oil and proceeded to bathe my bicycle chain.

As he continued to treat my decrepit bike with loving care he advised me to get some product at any bicycle store so that my bicycle would not fall apart.

When he was finished, with a cheery smile and a wave of the hand, he was off again – a downtown bicycle courier with a kind heart and a random act of kindness.
— excerpted from The Toronto Star

P.S. A great song for a Friday!

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