Category Archives: Volunteering

Tired of complaining, and no one is listening? Not every change starts with someone else doing the work.

ARAMARK Building Community – Neighborhood House Association (NHA) Adult Day Health Care Center

ARAMARK Building Community – October 2, 2013, San Diego’s Neighborhood House Association (NHA) Adult Day Health Care Center – a warm message from NHA’s CEO Rudy Johnson; we did new murals, facelifted the kitchen, dining areas, new outdoor garden and reflection patio (benches, waist-height container gardens, workshop benches), and for good measure re-built the storage and library areas with new shelving and storage.

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2012 Orange County Interfaith Music Festival Photos

Some collected images of this monumental event – with Great Thanks to all who participated and attended!

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This year’s united gathering of spiritual organizations for the sharing of music, spirit and faith was generously hosted at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, California. With an audience of over 800 community attendees, this free annual charity event is hosted each year to foster sharing of cultural beliefs and demonstrating the commonality and unity among all the religions of the world. This year, with the theme of Reaching Out Through Music, attendees enjoyed performances and presentations from representatives of Judaism, Hindu, Baha’i, Sikh, Anglican, Catholic, Mormon, Muslim, Zoroastrian and Shinnyo-en traditions followed by a reception for individual dialogue and cultural exchange.

For those on Facebook: more photos from our PR representative Karin Rogers:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3896489453036.2136667.1303091248&type=1

2012 Orange County Interfaith Music Festival – 11/11/12 @ 7p

2012 OCIN Interfaith Music Festival Flyer
November, 2012 – Santa Ana, California
8th Annual Orange County Interfaith Music Festival – 11/11/2012 – 7 p.m.
Temple Beth Sholom, 2625 N. Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
This year’s united gathering of spiritual organizations for the sharing of music, spirit and faith will be generously hosted at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, California.

One of this year’s most rewarding projects – it’s free admission for everyone – Enjoy!

2012 Music Participants:
Anaheim Mormon Chorale
Baha’i Faith Vocal Ensemble
Poor Clare Missionary Sisters
Center for Spiritual Living (Capistrano Valley)
Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple
International Institute of Gurmat Studies (Keertan)
California Zoroastrian Association (CZA)
Temple Beth Sholom

November, 2012 – Santa Ana, California
8th Annual Orange County Interfaith Music Festival – 11/11/2012 – 7 p.m.
Temple Beth Sholom,  2625 N. Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

This year’s united gathering of spiritual organizations for the sharing of music, spirit and faith will be generously hosted at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, California. With an expected attendance of over 1,200 community attendees, this free annual charity event is hosted each year to foster sharing of cultural beliefs and demonstrating the commonality and unity among all the religions of the world. This year, with the theme of Reaching Out Through Music, attendees will enjoy performances and presentations from representatives of Judaism, Hindu, Baha’i, Sikh, Anglican, Catholic, Mormon, Muslim, Zoroastrian and Shinnyo-en traditions followed by a reception for individual dialogue and cultural exchange.

All are invited to attend and enjoy the diverse forms of musical expressions of spiritual unity through voice, music and sound!  Attendees are encouraged to bring a packaged staple or canned food items for donation to the Orange County Food Bank to help feed our community in need. The annual Orange County Interfaith Music Festival is produced and supported by the Orange County Interfaith Network (http://www.ocinterfaith.org) Our generous co-sponsors this year include: O’Connor Mortuary, Karen Child Family Foundation, Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple, Central Orange County Interfaith Council, and the Interfaith Council of Garden Grove,, Stanton and Westminster.

Our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/416047301790319/425963157465400

Mystery of the Mensa LYMP

Mensa International
Mensa International (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LYMPFrom http://www.cpa.us.mensa.org/acronyms.htm

LYMP Little Yellow Map Pin – A pin with a yellow globe on the top, previously sent to new members upon joining Mensa.

I was about 15-years old when I took a Stanford-Binet exam and received a fascinating 169 score at the time.  Since I didn’t actually know it was a ratio of mental:chronological age, which meant as you get older, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a high score ratio for this type of IQ test, normal distribution of intelligenceI was lucky that my school counselor chose to administer one to me at a young enough age where being “bright” enough to know words at a 25-year old (college post-graduate?) level would qualify you to join some kind of society. Eventually I even got around to purchasing10-year Mensa Certificate my official membership certificate (10-year in this example), and joining as a Mensa Lifetime Membership CertificateLifetime Mensa Member (doing the actuarial math, it makes sense when there’s a 10-year breakeven point on membership dues.)

But when I think about it, the LYMP was an original membership concept at a time when members numbered a little over 100,000 nationally (I’m something like Member No. 106,xxx).  You would usually have a world map and be able to place your LYMP on it and see the sparse population of like-wondering individuals around the world, and see that the distribution was limited only to the reach of where intelligence tests were proctored.  As new areas of the world were touched, new LYMP’s showed up and gradually reflected the same metric of the geographic populations.

Mensans still have Regional and National Gatherings to meet collectively and talk and learn about more geeky topics, but also just to be part of a greater whole – the subset of the population that becomes a minority because of how (or how much) it thinks. Many would wear their LYMP pinned onto their name badges, or accoutrements and that little pin became a subtle and almost invisible symbol of honor. It’s a minority that crosses color, gender, preference and all the other Title IX vectors.  And it’s still a pretty cool one to be a part of after all these years.

MTC’s Christmas Variety Show Extravaganza

 

MTC's Christmas Variety Show Extravaganza

MTC’s Christmas Variety Show Extravaganza!!!

Metamorphosis Theatre Company’s biggest and brightest stars take the stage to bring you a holiday show that is so much fun, you’ll want to share it with the whole family! You can’t miss this holiday extravaganza! Dec. 14 – 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Fremont Centre Theatre!

[ABC] Out at the Salvation Army Santa Ana Voc Rehab Facility

October 27, 2011 – about 100 Aramark Building Community (ABC) volunteers joined forces to re-create the interior and exterior of this central Santa Ana vocational training and education center.

I had fun producing the “Pride City” mural.