Senior Citizen Notes, 11.10.08 November 10, 2008 ^
What’s Stopping You? We just elected a new president. We wrap up one era and beckon in another. How many times have you heard the chant “Change is good” and tried to take it to heart? I believe now is great time to clean out my own house after the recent clean sweep of the White House and Congress!
Do you get a sense of relief at having cleaned out the presses, tidied up unfinished DIY projects started by someone else? Waving goodbye to a box of books that has had you circumnavigating your living quarters for the past five years brings with it a great sense of relief.
If you are ready to part with those books, magazines and dvds that make your home an obstacle course read on. I just used the pick up service of www.GOTBOOK.com to free me from a living room literary assault. www.GOTBOOKS.com is an unapologetic for profit book retailer with an interesting charitable streak. If you have books you wish to donate, this organization will collect them from your home (call to arrange pick up time/ date) or you can drop them off at a book donation box (similar to clothes and wine/ beer bottle bank).
They have a non profit fundraising arm, a Books for Troops division and a Books for Teachers project. Depending on where and how you donate your books you will get a tax deduction letter.
The nearest drop off point to our office is at St. Brendans, Dorchester.
To donate your books call www.GOTBOOKS.COM at (978) 327 7600
To Norman O’Grady, Prime Real Estate, guest speaker and tough judge at our Halloween fancy dress competition. Anne Auerbach, who came in from NYC for the occasion. To Pat Moran and Susan Carter of Dorchester for baking, decorating and outfitting the guests at our Quincy Halloween party.
Congratulations to Neil Hurley, John and Maureen Connolly, Aisling Gallery and Tommy O’Neill on being deserving recipients of the Charitable Irish Society’s Silver Key Award for 2008. The event was standing room only and was hosted at the home of the Boston Historical Society. A splendid night out that had to be wrapped up much later than anticipated at an equally old Back Bay watering hole, Buckowski’s Tavern. I can’t wait for next years do.
In fact there were so many social engagements last week that we ended up taking turns. Sr. Marguerite and Fr. John attended the Co. Donegal Association Centenary Banquet. What a night. The style, the dignitaries, the music and food all got high praise. Margo has a superb voice, her kinsman Daniel O’Donnell surprised all gathered by popping in as a birthday treat to organizer Michael McCarron. I understand the lines to get an autograph and picture were as long as the lines into Dorchester polling stations on Nov 4th So many occasions to celebrate!
HEADS UP WRITERS AND SEANACHAI’S!
Come down to the Irish Pastoral Centre’s introduction to Storytelling/ Memoir Writing workshop next Friday November 14th from 11am to 1:00pm. Spots are filling up and space is limited. No previous writing experience necessary or expected. $10 for workshop, lunch and refreshments.
Call Cora Flood at 617 479 7404 for details
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