Still Time To Pledge for Wednesday’s Challenge…

Thanks to all who have already pledged….it is truly appreciated.  And here’s a re-post of my original blog:

CORBIN’S LEGACY DAY CHALLENGE

On Wednesday, April 6, Corbin’s Legacy, the organization established in memory of my corbinniece who died from breast cancer early in 2015 at the young age of 31, is holding a fundraising challenge.  Corbin’s Legacy Mission Statement describes its goals;
1: Assuring no elementary school child goes without lunch, or is embarrassed, because their account is too low or depleted.

2: Assisting elementary school children with basic school and healthcare needs that they otherwise would not have.

On Wednesday, April 6, Margaret and I will be on our bikes cranking out as many miles as possible.  Please pledge 50 cents, $1, $2, $10, $100 per mile for our combined mileage on that day (in case of inclement weather we’ll reschedule later that week). Or if you’re afraid we’ll each ride a double century pledge a set amount…either way it’s the kids who benefit.  Please complete the form below to make your pledge.  One-hundred percent of your donation dollars go toward helping kids throughout the U.S. with their school needs described above.  If you know someone in need click HERE for more information.

facebook-flat-vector-logo-400x400Corbin’s Legacy is a 501C3 public charity.  All donations are tax deductible.

The Challenge Is On

CORBIN’S LEGACY DAY CHALLENGE

On Wednesday, April 6, Corbin’s Legacy, the organization established in memory of my corbinniece who died from breast cancer early in 2015 at the young age of 31, is holding a fundraising challenge.  Corbin’s Legacy Mission Statement describes its goals;
1: Assuring no elementary school child goes without lunch, or is embarrassed, because their account is too low or depleted.

2: Assisting elementary school children with basic school and healthcare needs that they otherwise would not have.

On Wednesday, April 6, Margaret and I will be on our bikes cranking out as many miles as possible.  Please pledge 50 cents, $1, $2, $10, $100 per mile for our combined mileage on that day (in case of inclement weather we’ll reschedule later that week). Or if you’re afraid we’ll each ride a double century pledge a set amount…either way it’s the kids who benefit.  Please complete the form below to make your pledge.  One-hundred percent of your donation dollars go toward helping kids throughout the U.S. with their school needs described above.  If you know someone in need click HERE for more information.

 

facebook-flat-vector-logo-400x400Corbin’s Legacy is a 501C3 public charity.  All donations are tax deductible.

On Turning Sixty

Ok….I can take a hint; “get your butt in gear and start writing again”,  “haven’t seen your blog in too long of a time…..have you been that busy”,  “we know you took a long trip, a couple short trips, you’ve most definitely seen plenty of movies….what’s up?”  Got that twice this past Black Friday.  Well, one thing is a definite…..I wasn’t at the mall!

Writers block?  Maybe…..can’t really say.  Lack of motivation?  Maybe, although I’ve got plenty to write about.  Maybe I just wanted to let the thoughts and ideas congeal and then burst forth like a volcano, or maybe more like projectile vomit…..you get the idea, I don’t have to spell it out (although I just did).

The topic that has occupied my mind the last couple months has the title, “On Turning Sixty”, a worthwhile topic as it’s a milestone of sorts.  I’ve been thinking about it ever since my wife turned sixty a year and a half ago (yes, she’s a cougar…almost 18 months my senior).  But seriously, I felt that since she turned sixty I’ve been counting down the days until it was my turn, and those 18 months seemed to drag on forever.  But that’s not such a bad thing.  I’ve been able to observe her foray into that world and I’ve learned quite a bit, such as sixty is not so much different from 59 which is not so different from 58, it’s just a number, albeit a big one.

But (there’s always a but), with this milestone birthday I have been thinking a lot about aging.  I’ve been thinking about the difference in our lives (meaning our generation, and in particular my everyday relationships) and that of our parents.  Even though my parents never acted like old people- unlike my grandparents who always seemed old- sixty year old’s today seem so much younger, more active, more involved in activities that would have never been on my parents radar.  This is partly due to our lifestyle which is based on physical activity (check out this article about physical activity and brain function) and healthy living so we can continue to enjoy doing the things we love for as long as possible.  New research has shown that a positive attitude toward aging will keep one in better physical condition.  The research has shown that if you, your friends or relatives say you’re too old to do physical or mental activities your body will react by deteriorating quicker…..and the opposite is also true.  Good to hang out with folks that don’t look at their age as a reason to slow down.

Over the years, actually since college when this thought made a big impact on me, I’ve been thinking about the book and philosophy of Be Here Now by Dr. Richard Alpert be here now(Ram Dass).  It’s such a simple topic written about by many scholars (and some not so scholarly), but none in such simple and straight forward terms; live in the moment, not in the past and not in the future…live for the moment.  I’m speaking in philosophical terms; we’ve planned for the future financially etc., but that’s not what I mean here. It’s a given that the older we become the more we think about mortality; the end of this physical life, which we know is a sure thing (the afterlife may be a topic for a future blog).  Living life in the present not only keeps one from dwelling on the fact there is an ‘end’, it keeps you feeling younger, it keeps you feeling vibrant, it keeps experiences fresh, it keeps you desiring new experiences, it keeps you feeling eternal.

As I age I seek experiences that have importance, deep and meaningful.  I don’t want the spaces between experiences to be prolonged, but those spaces are important to enhance the experience.  I’d like to be traveling full time but then it becomes a job….you need the breaks.   I’m not interested in racking up experiences like a collection of stamps; I seek out experiences that have meaning that add to who I am, now.  Not all my experiences have to be extreme; could be reading and understanding a great book, preparing a meal for the first time, cycling a new route, or exploring a new country. Experiences are personal and have a different meaning for each individual.  The best I can do for me is to stay healthy so I can continue to have new experiences and keep growing as long as possible.  Here’s to the next sixty years, but for now I’m Being Here Now!

 

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Corbin’s Legacy

As some of you may know my 31 year old niece Corbin Leafman passed away early this year after a corbintwo year fight with breast cancer.  My brother, sister-in-law, nieces and their families have started Corbin’s Legacy, a charitable organization to continue Corbin’s passion for helping disadvantaged children such as many of those she taught as a kindergarten teacher.

Corbin was a compassionate teacher who selflessly helped those kids who came to school hungry or who could not afford school supplies.  With her own money she purchased meals and supplies for those who could not afford these items. My brother described Corbin best in his recent post on Facebook;   “In 1983, the year that Corbin was born, the movie “The Right Stuff” was released. It was the story of a remarkable group of men, the original Mercury Seven astronauts. These flyers represented the peak of intelligence, physical prowess, and technical skill. They captured America’s imagination in a way that has rarely been seen since. Their exploits energized the country and propelled us toward John F Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon within the decade.
If someone had written the story of a group of teachers and humanitarians with The Right Stuff, Corbin would have had the starring role. Please help us to perpetuate her memory through the good works of Corbin’s Legacy so that no child in our great country ever goes without. Thanks again from our whole family”.

To find out more about Corbin’s Legacy go to the website and please consider a contribution.  If you know someone in need please let them know there is a place they can get help.

Thanks

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