Someone is stealing from me!

thI am not sure what is happening, but someone keeps stealing from me. Every week is getting shorter, every day seems to end before I am done with the task list.

In Germany we have a book called “Momo” where little grey     man steal time and smoke it away from people who believe that they can save it.

I too think I can save some time: I exchange quick Facebook updates with deep conversations, I do an intensive work-out instead of a regular scheduled time to keep my body healthy,  I check my e-mails before I get to work so that I can take it off my to-do list, I lunch while I work to save some time…….

The little ‘grey men’ smoking away my time while I desperately try  to retrieve some.

But deep down, I long for relationships where you and I share life together, I long for a long walk with my husband to get the exercise I need,  I want to give full attention to my e-mails and chew my meals and actually taste it.

So, enough is enough! I am getting after the ‘grey men’!  I am fighting off the time thieves and learn to enjoy life to the fullest.

So tomorrow, when you see me hurry  – ask me about the grey men!                                                                        Maybe it reminds me that real life cannot be hurried!


Celebrating Chris Zimmerman and his impact on community

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562072_377669988944624_964900961_nToday was Chris’s funeral, his body too frail from the cancer, but his impact can be felt for a long time. Rev. Ron Perry talked about the ripple we leave and that is true of Chris.

In his work with computers he always was on the lookout for equipment for our work. When Dr. Carter upgraded his  system Chris helped us receive the computers. Chris upgraded them and made sure that they were ready to go to help people.

Now the computers are being used daily: a child doing their homework, a teen checking his face book, a young adult filling out job applications, a senior citizen learning computer skills so that she can facebook with her grandchildren (and discover online shopping), a person signing up for food stamps, another person working on their GED, or looking up something, or getting a recipe.

Every day we see Chris’s ripples as he leaves a legacy in his community.

He understood that his love for God translated in his love for people and that God has given him gifts to share with others.

Thank you Chris, you will be missed, but your legacy goes on.

To contribute in his memory click here 

200+ hours and counting

403697_100441196749159_1053850842_nI always say I am surrounded by amazing people, but when those people also become dear friends… something deeper happens. We believe that everyone has a gift and everyone has a need. Dorothy brought some of her gifts to LifeLine CDC during the last 8 months.

Her background is in management and her heart of gold was such a blessing to us. Her ability to create policies and procedures, volunteer manuals and job descriptions was such an asset to us. Her organizations skills were so meaningful to me.

Some mornings we would sit and I would share my dreams and visions for the organization and she would listen, jot down some notes and then come back with a plan to accomplish them. Sometimes I would just sit there with tears in my eyes…. knowing that I needed her to make sense of some of my dreams.

For the past 8 months Dorothy would come on Wednesday mornings, we talked , dreamed, prayed and for 6 hours my office was a buzz of  brainstorming, working and  getting things done.

Dorothy committed for 8 months and has become a dear friend and confidant. I will miss our weekly time tougher…but we have already schedule d our first coffee date for, yes you guessed is, Wednesday the 4th.

THANK  YOU Dorothy!

Winton Community Center Creates Christmas Toy Store

Toys for Purchase

This article was originally published by Jamie Swenson in the Merced County Times, December 2012 

In this midst of toy drives, food baskets, and bell ringers, there is a different kind of community giving happening in our backyard. The Winton LifeLine Community Center is hosting a unique experience for families who need a little extra help this holiday season. Rosemary Solis and her team of volunteers at the Winton Community Center are hosting a Christmas Toy Store this week.

Families have set up appointments to purchase Christmas gifts at 20% of their retail value. Solis explains why they ask parents to pay towards the cost of the gifts they choose. She says, “This method gives a sense of pride and ownership to families. It isn’t just a handout but it helps them feel empowered. It helps break the cycle of dependency.”

Rosemary Checks Out Paulette MooreThis idea of breaking the cycle of dependency runs through everything that the LifeLine Center does. They try to do more than simply give a quick fix for community members’ struggles. At the Winton Community Center, volunteers try to form relationships with the families. They do this so that they can support families in their efforts to be self-sufficient.

One volunteer, Julissa Maldonado is excited about the Christmas Toy Store. She remarked that for her, “It’s been a blessing to have people come in and donate the toys. It helps the parents out to be able to choose a toy and pay a discounted price for them.”

Shawn and Paulette Moore came in for their appointment Tuesday morning. The Moores had initially discovered the Center earlier in the month when they had come in seeking signatures for a petition to put handicap accessible sidewalks in on Winton’s major streets. They brought their youngest daughter, a cute young girl with muscular dystrophy, to the center and bought a bike that she can use to strengthen her muscles.

Shawn and Tomika MooreThey spent about twenty minutes picking out gifts with Rosemary. They purchased their presents, and wrapped them with gift wrap in the Center. As Shawn and Tomisha Moore were wrapping their gifts, Paulette expressed her thanks for the Center and said, “Lifeline has supported our family. It helped us this holiday season to be able to afford gifts.”

The Moores and many other families in Winton will benefit this holiday season from the kind donations that have built up the holiday store. The money that they spend will be used to keep the Community Center open with public computer access, referrals, and other community resources.

More information about the Winton LifeLine Community Center and the Community Toy Store can be found through the LifeLine Community Development Website at, or by contacting Rosemary Solis at (209) 358-6939.


thDo we really want CHANGE?

In light of the tragedy in recent days, I wonder if we are willing to take the steps to change things. It is so much easier to grief from a distance, to talk about change, to even send notes and cards to the people dealing with the unimaginable, but are we willing to take steps to ensure that this does not happen again?

I don’t know if gun control is the solution, if more security is the way to go, but I  do know, that every child longs to be known, longs to be accepted, longs to  be loved and cared for .

I understand the issues are so much bigger than I can imagine, but there are things that you and I can do today that will make a difference :

Mentor at the Boys and Girl Club , Tutor at the library,  watch and be amazed at the acrobatics of a teen on a skateboard, keep your marriage healthy so that your child will be in a  2 parent family,  become a CASA volunteer, work at the Special Olympics,…

It is so much easier to complain about the  tragedy  than to be part of the solution. We have a short-term memory ….. next week  Connecticut will be  forgotten, just list all the other  terrible things that are only remembered on anniversaries.

So,  if you really want change, then be the change! Do something that costs you something . Don’t  shy away from the challenge, because maybe the child you mentored will find  the   cure for cancer, maybe the little girl you inspire will become your president, maybe  she will be the  mom brave enough to  speak up when her  child is struggling.

Maybe you will never see the results, but your  input in a person’s life will make a difference!