To Do

543. Raise a child to be a wonderful person

Updated September 23, 2009 It seems like sometimes we forget that everyone else around us is a human being with a full life, a history, a story. We’re much to quick to dismiss someone as ‘just the bus driver’ or ‘just the barista’ or ‘the stupid waitress’ without really knowing what’s going on – what […]

119. Teach someone to read

Attempted January 2002 In an effort to fulfill this goal, I contacted my local literacy council and told them I wanted to volunteer. The program coordinator told me that they didn’t really need any literacy tutors at the time, but that they were desperately short on English as a Second Language tutors. She said that […]

77. Write a teacher a thank you note

Updated February 7, 2010 Really, it’s shameful that I haven’t done this yet. We all should, especially if there was a teacher who made a big difference in our lives. Is there any job more thankless than being a teacher? Underpaid, overworked, and working with kids who don’t want to read or do math or […]