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Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you think this is a contrived “Hallmark Holiday” or not, I see nothing wrong with a holiday that reminds you to appreciate your loved ones and let them know they’re loved.

Starbucks and nonprofits: You can get more than a low-fat latte at Starbucks – how about monetary grants for local nonprofits? On Wednesday, Starbucks will launch the fifth annual Starbucks Grants for Giving Program. This year, $375,000 in grants will be given to select nonprofit groups that provide services to youth and families in Northern California counties. Starbucks would like to invite local organizations to submit applications to be considered for these grants – the deadline is 5 p.m. on March 11. Contact Kathy Dong for Starbucks Grants for Giving at (415) 974-7237 or by e-mail at kdong@gcigroup.com

Prayer for our times: Christine Allen of Grass Valley sent me this. She said, “This prayer was presented at an Interfaith Service at the Washington National Cathedral in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I found it to be very interesting and challenging. This reminds me of a story a Catholic priest I know often tells. He quotes a rabbi from a class he took in seminary who taught that real blessings are the experiences that make us reach down deep inside ourselves, the experiences that make us stretch and grow as spiritual human beings. They are not the things we typically identify as blessings, not the easy or material things – they are often the times in our lives that feel the most difficult.” Here’s the prayer:



“May God bless you with discomfort! … Discomfort at easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

“May God bless you with anger! … Anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.




“May God bless you with tears! … Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them, turning their pain into joy.

“And may God bless you with foolishness! … Enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, doing what others claim cannot be done!”

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Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at dixier@theunion.com, or by fax at 477-4292.


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