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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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The Distracted Woman's Daybook (44)


Stop. Hey, What’s That Sound?

Fin-de-siècle Five

This week's Friday Five asked what was going on in my life as 1999 drew to a close.

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French Five

The questions in today's Friday Five are all about French things ... sort of.

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Internet Five

This week's Friday Five is called "Down the Rabbit Hole," a reference to those click-click-click online sessions we all have -- you know, the ones that start with an innocent search and end up with you looking at the clock three hours later and going, "What just happened to my entire afternoon/evening?"

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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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