Packing it in

When you drive more than an hour to come to CRC World Headquarters for a monthly giveaway, every nook and cranny in your van counts.  Bobbie Cox, who works for the South Central Human Resources Agency in Fayetteville, drives almost 90 miles to get here and there’s not a shred of wasted space in her…

Oh, look. Something shiny.

Is anyone else out there having trouble concentrating? This is a pandemic in the South as soon as the thermometer hits 85. All of a sudden we slow way down. And we lose our train of thought. This morning, I went to the warehouse fully intending to be a model of efficiency and accomplishment. I…

Bikes for kids, what a concept

This is what more than 400 bikes looked like when they came to the CRC warehouse for safe keeping while Hands On Nashville volunteers refurbished them for its ReCYCLE for Kids program. The bikes – in various stages of disrepair – were donated and then spruced up for children who would otherwise not have a…

Come out of your shell for Oyster Easter

How much fun can you have at Oyster Easter? Just look at the reigning Oyster King Pate Young and Oyster Queen Danielle DeMott. Raising money for CRC Nashville is the most fun you can have in one four-hour, booze-fueled afternoon. Let’s just go through the day, shall we? First, the guests arrive. They are generally…

Peeps show

Just a brief word to say how much the Chicks love Robin Norris from Catholic Charities. On her own dime, she regularly brings us treats during giveaway days. Today, it was Easter doughnuts from Dunkin’ Doughnuts topped with pink Peeps. I am sure you know the proper etiquette for eating a Peep, but just in…

Mini Finn and Fun With Hats

It was Giveaway Day today at CRC and we always try to take interesting photos but they just, sadly, are not interesting. It’s hard to capture the pure joy and excitement of loading laundry detergent, toothpaste and backpacks into cardboard boxes and reusable bags. Here’s one from a previous giveaway: Not so much. So we…

Bacon Wednesday: Bacon, cheese and fig jam pinwheels

For your snacking pleasure on this way-too-cold “I want it to be spring” day. Even if it’s 39 degrees out at the end of March, bacon makes everything better. Your tip for the day: Bake your bacon. Four-hundred degree oven. Foil-covered rimmed baking sheet. About 20 minutes depending on the thickness of your bacon. It…

Philosophy Tuesday: Despair

Yes, that is snow falling. Falling in the parking lot at CRC World Headquarters. On March 25. Will winter ever end? So I looked up a quote about despair because I’m so depressed. “I wish I could tell you how lonely I am. How cold and harsh it is here. Everywhere there is conflict and…

The lunch ladies

Betsy and I love visiting our nonprofit partners. It helps us understand how to better serve them. So a couple weeks ago, we journeyed to far-off Clarksville to visit with Deborah Wydra with the Community Action Agency. They have a slew of programs that help people, but we focused on one: Old Firehouse Day Shelter….