Notes to Dearie, 24 July, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

24 July, 2020
Somewhere at Hug Point Beach, Oregon

I decided it would be good to tuck this little note for Dearie by the sea!

I hid this jar on a sandy shelf of a beautiful, jagged and hulking rock in the surf. I spent most of the day on the seashore, enjoying a little fire on the beach, and letting my thoughts drift out over the ocean… And, unbeknownst to them, I loved watching group after group of passersby discover and puzzle over the wee jar with the words in it.

What I noticed: Women seemed the most frequent to act on their curiosity, and go investigate, and study the whole message. Children seemed to display the most imagination. They’d find it, then run to their parents to drag them over to see. Men seemed to investigate from a distance, sort of circling like a big cat. Some of them took pictures. Some put it into other locations… Some noticed it, passed by, then came back to investigate.

It was a delicious study of humans and whimsy.After sunset, I decided to leave Note for Dearie by the sea. I hope Serendipity will help these words find someone who needs them.

Peace to you goodly people. You, and your heads, and your hearts.
-J.P.

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Notes to Dearie, 23 July, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

23 July, 2020
Somewhere in Portland, Oregon

One of my favorite bookshops seems to be paused during this challenging Covid-19 time, so it seemed a good spot to tuck today’s Note to Dearie… I wonder if anyone will find it!
-J.P.
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Notes to Dearie, 22 July, 2020

Jeffrey Puukka

ALL OF MY LIFE, I have loved hiding notes for people to find.

With so much anxiety, tension, and conflict in the world right now, I’ve decided to play a little game and scatter some optimism for folks to discover, if they’re paying attention.

So, if you find a note to “Dearie”, that’s from me!

I have to confess, this is very much for my own mischievous amusement… But I do wonder who might find one, and how they’ll react. Will they smile? Will they roll their eyes? Will they pass it on to a friend? Will they leave it where they discovered it? Will they toss it in the nearest rubbish bin without even reading it first? I don’t know, and perhaps it won’t make a difference to anyone but myself. But I hope Serendipity will help me share these words with people who need them.

Peace to you, and your heads, and your hearts. And if you ever find one of my notes, I hope you’ll let me know. All messages are composed, hand written, and unless otherwise noted, also hidden, and photographed by me.

-J.P.
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22 July, 2020
Somewhere in Portland, Oregon

Barbara Richardson on growing a nonprofit.

In this episode, a chat with Barbara Richardson, Executive director of Metropolitan Performing Arts, a growing academy, community theatre, and arts resource headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.  Barbara reflects on the challenges and high points of her work, her vision for the organization during the Covid-19 quarantine and beyond, how she shoulders the epic task of leading a nonprofit day to day, and why she does it.  If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to click to follow or subscribe, so you’ll automatically see when new episodes arrive.