I was reading a piece by Warren Buffet the other day, and the subject he and other philanthropists were contemplating was the setting up and organizing a university course on philanthropy. He wrote; ” it’s not so much how much your able to give that is the point; it’s that you find something you care enough about to give.” Also noted was the point of a person’s “giving” did not have to be monetary. It could be time: labor, mentoring, tutoring, anything that would go forth and effect others in a positive way.  

One of the most important reasons I founded my own foundation (listed under my blogroll) is due to the fact the young folks that attend university with me are such great philanthropists with their own time. GSU, and I’m sure this is true with most universities, works tirelessly with the school’s Student Organizations on: food drives, the United Way, the Cancer Society, and so many more. GSU has a lot of student ORGS and they cover a lot of needy areas and causes. I’m proud of them!!!

I know a lot of folks think going to university is all about the movie “Animal House,” and I’m not saying that there aren’t some “parting fools out there …cause, I used to be one; but, they also do a lot of great work to; not only for my medium-sized town, but the country as well.  I’m proud of them!

Why don’t you look around your community? See what you can do to help your community be better. I realize everyone’s not retired, or doesn’t have a lot of money,or have a family their busy with. A lot of the folks at my local library volunteer a couple of hours a month to teach reading skills, one older couple does the farmer’s market every Saturday and hands out free children’s books donated by our local library. Theres all sorts of opportunity if you just look. 

I’ll be proud of you, and maybe it’ll lighten your own load!”

That’s about it for me. I’ll be back next week.

U B WELL!!

G.

My dog and I went to our local farmer’s market today. There was lots of local produce, some other vendors of odds and ends, my local university had a booth along with a few local religious organizations. I’m starting to see more people of varied faiths offering native foods and ideals to this somewhat small south Georgia, U.S. community.

I remember back fifty years or so past when the farmers market here would have looked nothing as it is today. How we as a community have grown, and for the better I would like to think.

“The friends of the Library,” an organization of which I’m a member, were giving away free new children’s books – subjects and story content – varied to all ages and ethinic groups. That would never had happened way back when I was a child. HOW FAR WE HAVE COME! And we still, as a community and nation, have such a long way too go;  but, not as far as it was!!

All – have a greatdae!!

G. 

I’ve decided on this subject, the day after the Fourth of July – our Independence Day, in my home country of the United States of America where we CAN go to school: at any age, being of any race, and any gender or religion – to say – Jezzzzz: “HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

This is probably “ol’ hat” to some folks and I’m sure at lot of the people who live in this land take this simple act of becoming educated as a given right, but we should all remember – it hasn’t always been this way. The lives that have been given in battle both on foreign soil and here at home to allow us this “gift.” During the decades of racial inequality of all colors not only black; this dicriminatory issue of our ongoing quest of who as a nation we are. Look back on the days of women’s suffrage (I can’t imagine my mother not being able to read or write – her cursive penmanship: an art she was so proud of), child labor, and other things that should have never been in our history. How far we’ve come and how far we have to go!!

If you want an experience in moving forward, the reality is only a “click” away. Sense the  people all over the world through the simple act of “blogging” being able to tell of their hopes , dreams, and imaginations to anyone who cares to look. Jezzzzzzzzzzz “HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Everyone should celebrate their good fortune of being literate at any level. Dream to learn more, imagine more, and share more! I’ve the good fortune of being a student at university and taking my own small opportunity to endow scholarships for my peers I attend class with. But, one of my biggest quests is being involved with my local city library where the people there provide such great services to my surrounding community with: reading programs, visiting authors, teaching programs for the illiterate in english (U. S. citizens and non-citizens alike), book giveaways, and so much more. YES, HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How VERY fortunate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gooddae 2ya!

G.

That may not be a big deal to some folks, but, 2 me, I believe it’s a rare and opportune moment in my life.  This marvel of my ability started in 1973; I was a freshman at GSU. Just back from the wars and ready to party. College, that’s what Georgia Southern University was at that time, a small home-town college. But, the beer was cold, weed was flowing and the women were well “playful.”

I flunked out in my second quarter. That didn’t take long ….. did it?

 So that was the start of a life long search, …. kind of “quest in search of the golden goose.” Little did I know then, this search would take me full circle right back to GSU – forty years later. Now, I’ve finally made it to within 20 semester hrs of gaining that piece of paper that tells “me … I am officially EDUCATED.” 

For what that’s worth?

Well, for me, it’s a goal long sought after. Fortunately, I didn’t need that “parchment” to make a relatively good living in this country I call home. Would I have been better off having gained a degree in my 20’s and then taken on the world …. that, nobody will ever know. The one really great thing about this country we live in: Everyone has the potential to become financially prosperous or “homeless.”

I was having a conversation with a young lady at the university – her being in the student advisement dept and all – about this exact subject: If I should have turned “right” instead of “left” way back then. All I know is if I had maybe I wouldn’t be here today, going to university and having the ability to form and project my own scholarships to help financially the students I go to class with everyday.

Odd – how things work out!!

That’s about it! If you have time,  please visit my website “linked” to this webpage there at the top. It’s called “George K. Brannen English Scholars Fund. org,” and you can get to it via this page or the web. If you would care to help me with it … me and all the students it represents would appreciate you. If you feel that’s not right for you, then maybe it will inspire you to do something on your own. It really doesn’t take a great deal of $ (just a commitment on your part) to create a scholarship, and most colleges and universities are more that happy help with matching funds or whatever and for you join them in their mission. Especially now, with the financial situational cut-backs from Congress; those folks have really put our educational system in a bind.

Bye for now!     

G.

And, what a great break it has been. Even for me, one who’s whole life is about being on break. Well, … maybe not! Everyone needs a positive direction; mine happens to be continuing learning about stuff.

I’ll be a senior this year, of course, I was a senior last year; and, if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to define myself as “educated.” A title that has alluded me for a life-time.  I would say it’s my own fault; I would prefer to use the term, … “choice.” In the middle of my freshman year, 1973, I decided my mental direction lay elsewhere; to voyage with the less academic level, and focus on the “layman’s” technical side. That decision, for me, proved the right choice!  The road I chose confirmed my suspicions … you can survive in this country and make a pretty decent living. It just takes a lot more perseverance.

Something else I found out along the way.  Any person could walk the same road I did; it’s just a bit easier if you have that piece of paper. It may not make you more intelligent; but, it sure helps.

Now I have the opportunity to reevaluate my journey, and hopefully help others figure out their side by looking at my side. One things for sure: “Everyone has a unique side to the story!”

Thank you for stopping by, and if you get a minute: pls check out the link to my “Scholar’s Fund.”  (It’s not complete, … but, I’m working on it.)

Bye for now!

G.