Monthly Archives: December 2017

Volunteer Service Mission Story-Conclusion

(Note: Thanks for your patience as I re-typed this whole story and posted it in pieces. The complete story is available now at the following link)  https://1drv.ms/w/s!Avb9bFhezZpPiOVZNdQvMgW8ZnJ1jA On My Own I continued to spend time with the kids. Sometimes doing … Continue reading

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Volunteer Service Mission Story-Part 5

Continued work in the neighborhood I continued to work at the hospital and work with the neighborhood kids. I had the equipment to develop film and photo prints in a makeshift darkroom I set up in the bathroom of the … Continue reading

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Volunteer Service Mission Story-Part 4

(Note: The following is the continuation of the story of the Friends Volunteer Service Mission (VSM).  This part includes the conclusion of my draft resistance story, which was going on in the middle of my VSM service. I have previously … Continue reading

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Volunteer Service Mission Story-Part 3

Beginning work in the neighborhood Now that I’d found a job, I began to see what I could do in the neighborhood. The objectives of Friends Volunteer Service Mission (VSM) are: 1. To provide the reconciling, caring presence of the … Continue reading

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Volunteer Service Mission Story-Part 2

Friends Volunteer Service Mission (VSM) seemed the ideal opportunity to test my ideas, beliefs—myself. The necessary Quaker emphasis was there, and no authority to answer to directly, save God. I could apply my own ideas, try my way. I was … Continue reading

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Volunteer Service Mission Story-Part 1

I’ve been writing parts of the Friends Volunteer Service Mission (VSM) story from journal entries. At one point I consolidated the various pieces into a separate document to tell the VSM story, which will appear as a series of posts … Continue reading

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Volunteer Service Mission (VSM)

For those who have been reading this blog recently, I have been sharing from the journal I began during my Senior year at Scattergood Friends School (1969).  At this point I’ve shared the writings from that year at Scattergood, and … Continue reading

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Spirit of Christmas

In the Spirit of the Christmas season I urge each of us to consider how our lives reflect the teachings of Jesus, especially to “love your neighbor as yourself”. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was … Continue reading

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Bear Creek response regarding VSM

When I recently shared the letter I wrote to Bear Creek Meeting regarding my participation in the Volunteer Service Mission (VSM), I was wondering what the meeting’s response had been. Yesterday I began to review a document I had written … Continue reading

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Journal–Job Hunting

Journal 7/8/1971 Job hunting has been trying for me. You realize how inadequate you are. There have been ups and downs. A letter from and interview at St. Vincent’s hospital the first day had my hopes up. But the job … Continue reading

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