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Ripples v10.34: Adding Life!

By August 24, 2008June 9th, 2014Ripples

Ripples v10.34: Adding Life!
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__PEBBLE _________________________________

We are here to add what we can to life, not get what we can from it.
-William Osler, submitted by Kathy H., Milwaukee WI

__BOULDER _________________________________

What we have done for ourselves
dies alone with us;
what we have done for others and the world
remains and is immortal.
-Albert Pike, submitted by Josephine R., Wisconsin

__PONDER _________________________________

This week some remarkable student leaders at Michigan Tech. University completely freaked me out and I may not recover.

Ever.

MTU’s 2008 Summer Reading Challenge selection is “Three Cups of Tea,” by Greg Mortenson, a mountain climber who got lost on an expedition and stumbled into his life’s mission of building schools in remote Pakistan & Afghanistan. Just before lunch on the day I spent with them, I mentioned Greg’s fundraising struggles and challenged them to raise as much money as they could in over their lunch break.

I was confident that collecting a few hundred dollars would create a good sense of “look what we can do when we focus our energy.” When we re-assembled after lunch, a