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Dollars for Doughnuts

December 5th, 2017 at 06:44 pm

I stopped at the grocery this morning to buy a couple dozen doughnuts and some clementines for my classes. They had a scheduled walk-in work day today. Looking up with a bag of clementines over my arm, who did I spot but my work BFF office mate, also slung with a bag of clementines and two dozen cookies. Not good for the budget, but we all try to help students who are almost as tired as we are through these last weeks.

I've been listening to a Walter Isaacson audiobook. Today's selection was about Time's Person of the Century, and I'm just struck with the stature of some of the people he discussed--Jonas Salk, Alexander Fleming, Rosa Parks, FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, Lech Walesa, Chinese students in Tiananmen Square. I'm weary of the news, of all the heroes with feet of clay, of all the blatant disregard of common decency in public life. Granted none of those people were perfect, but the struggle toward fairness, decency, democracy seems so lost to me. I'm weary of the world, I think.

7 Responses to “Dollars for Doughnuts”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    A clementine and doughnuts would cheer me up as a college student! So kind of you.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I share your weariness. Heroism has been replaced by celebrity, genius and accomplishment are mocked, selfishness and greed are admired. We're going backwards.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    How very thoughtful of you to buy doughnuts and clementines! One year, near Christmas, a music prof who was also my choir director, had all of us over for dinner at his house. He and his wife were such wonderful hosts and it made studying for finals so much easier after getting a little dose of normalcy.

    I'm with you on the weariness of the world. I think the nonstop news is overwhelming. I keep telling myself that there have been instances in the past, but we didn't have it available 24/7 and that anymore media loves to sensationalize stuff. Hang in there. You are doing good in your little corner of the world.

  4. laura Says:


    At D's community college, they have the therapy dogs in to help reduce stress. Too bad she doesn't like to play with puppies; that's a great way to combat stress from finals week.

    Love the donuts and clementines! That is the one fond memory of my time as a teaching assistant last year at seminary: the prof I worked with had "food" as her love language and she's always have a small array of healthy and non-healthy snack items!

    You've almost made it!

  5. My English Castle Says:

    I think we have dogs coming in next week or during finals week.
    Tell M!

  6. laura Says:


    @ MEC, Oh! I will definitely tell M! That is right up her alley, since she had to leave her dog behind for the semester. Smile

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I agree. The news gets so tiresome. Some of it is difficult to know whether to take seriously or not. Media hype makes me question most stories ...

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