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Be of Good Cheer

This week's Friday 5 asks me, among other things, what I'm cheering for.

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With apologies to my vegetarian readers, I'm answering this week's Friday Five questions on the topic of the most beloved of breakfast meats.

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Friday Five: "Impromptu"

This week's Friday Five wants to know whether I can go with the flow.

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Today's Friday Five is called "All Over," and I'm betting you can't guess the theme from that title (and maybe not even from my post's title, though I think it's a tad more fitting).

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Brother, can you spare a dime?

This week's Friday Five is about something I think of as a very American institution (but evidently I'm wrong, as one of my commenters indicates that it's a thing in Australia, as well --Ed.): fundraisers. For any of my readers from cultures where things might be done differently, let me pause to explain that fundraisers -- as distinct from the fund-raising that large institutions carry out all the time via directly soliciting donors for cash -- are organized activities (sometimes single events, sometimes ongoing campaigns lasting several weeks) put on by locally-based groups which (a) need extra money to carry out special projects (or, very often, just to keep existing!!), and (b) can reasonably rely on members of the surrounding community to feel inclined to chip in and help, as long as there's some kind of nominal transaction going on. Again, I don't know how you non-Americans do it, but here in the land where we turn to the marketplace to solve all our problems, fundraisers are a staple of non-profit life, and are held regularly by such chronically under-funded organizations as high school bands, recreation council sports leagues, county choral societies like the one I sang in for ten years, Girl- and Boy Scout troops, and church youth groups.

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I've been thinking about my life. It's not exactly what I might have wished for in every respect, but I would be ungrateful in the extreme if I didn't acknowledge that it has been peppered with more than a few really interesting/special/wonderful experiences. If you asked my to name the top five, I'd pick these:

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Brought to you by the letter "P"

The Sept. 9th Friday 5 asks about things starting with "P".

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"It's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff." (Fred Rogers)

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