Trying to be green

Another Monday.  I am smiling a bit.  We had a good weekend - I am on a committee in our neighborhood which addresses safety and togetherness.  I live in a wonderful neighborhood which is considered inner city.  There are several condos in the area, as well as single family dwellings.  Unfortunately, a couple of years ago the city closed a bar that was rife with drug dealers etc.  When the bar closed, the activity moved across the river in to our area.  A couple of people were attacked on the path in front of our building.  We love our home and did not like being afraid to walk on our front lawn.  So a few of us got together to brainstorm about the issues.  We met with the police, parks department (there is a green space with dense bush in front of our building), the traffic department and our alderwoman.  It was a great meeting which resulted in improvements e.g. the police patrol regularly and the parks people go through the bush regularly and clean up the encampments.
Yesterday we held our second annual Information and Safety Fair.  We had a great turnout and are creating more interest in our project.  We invited the businesses in the area to provide draw prizes - we got well over $1000 worth.  Almost everyone got a prize.  We had booths from many of the social agencies.  The police, homeless foundation as well as the alderwoman gave brief presentations.  Our alderwoman inspired us to think bigger!  We are now going to advocate for making our area more walkable, especially the main business area.   It makes life a bit easier with a focus.
Tomorrow I fly to Ontario to see my brother.  He had a leg amputated last year and I am told his second leg may need to be amputated as well.  So life goes on.
I wish all a great week!
Lisa:  I miss you always and love you forever.

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CorriesMom
CorriesMom

This is a truly green smiley entry! Such power behind your positive actions in taking back your community! Being engaged with life and those around you is the best therapy and blesses everyone, including you ~ congratulations!

I wish you a great week too!

With love and big community hugs ~ Debbie
1Patriciann
1Patriciann

I am so sorry about your brother - how awful for him.

Your neighborhood work is terrific. If I were not so ill I would not more around here. The police told me living alone disabled I need a hand gun for my protection. After the four attempted break ins in three years I now agree.

((hugs))
:-) Patricia
1Patriciann
1Patriciann

Well, my disability is kicking my rear today - spelling goes to pot. LOL

\"If I were not so ill I would DO more around here.\" LOL
ter1
ter1

Your brother must be diabetic. Diabetes is so mean to the body. I\'m so sorry to hear about this happening to your brother. My sister and father were both double amputees. It\'s an awful thing to have to go through. Sending you love and prayers of comfort. Terry
Livingjuicy
Livingjuicy

This journal feels Green and no \"trying\" needed. You are doing something so positive about this situation and helping to raise awareness. There\'s nothing like it! Way to go.:)

Hoping your visit with your brother is fruitful and that he is able to keep his leg. I so wish a cure could be found for this disease that so many suffer from.

Love and hugs, Joanie
KandL
KandL

Hi Marlene, that sounds like a great event and I think its wonderful when people pull together to find a solution. I remember when your brother went through the amputation last year. I hope he doesn\'t lose another leg but I know your support means so much to him. Much love to you and Lisa, Linda
heartsandhands
heartsandhands

Hi Marlene,
I hope the days are gentle and manageable. One breath at a time.
Love, Sarah