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Day 50: Debbie and The Journey Thus Far

27 May

Today is a small milestone in this yearlong journey of making pies.  Yes, there are still many pies ahead of me but it feels like a good time to pause for a moment and take an assessment.  If you were to ask me what I have learned so far, I would tell you that I have found that the simple act of giving someone a pie can have profound consequences.  Many times, though not always, I have felt that I have been in the absolute right place at the right time.  For example, I brought someone a quiche only to find out that they were incredibly busy that day and had not had time to even think about dinner.  And there have been a number of times when I’ve brought a pie to someone and was able to make a not so good day seem a bit brighter.

I will admit that this is not a project that make sense to everyone.  One friend saw me preparing to deliver my pie and said rather dryly, “Go on…. you go make someone’s day.” I left the house feeling a bit put off by his comment.  What was he trying to say?  Later, when I was leaving the house of that day’s pie recipient, she said, “You know Karen, you really made my day.” How about that. I was able to make someone’s day by bringing them a pie!

My friend Debbie told me that this is probably the best possible project for me – because I love to bake and I love to share stories about the people who have touched my life.  If you think about it, this pie adventure is composed of many different threads.  And as the threads come together they create a tapestry that tells the story of my life.  I am truly blessed – and very lucky that I am able to give thanks to those who have helped me along the way.

Today, I brought a Marionberry Pie to Debbie at Southern Oregon University. She is my neighbor, but she has also been a tremendous resource for my family as we have navigated the maze of financial aid for college.  And Debbie was the first person who “suspected” that a pie was awaiting her.  Seems this “project” is not as secret as I thought!

As I continue on this journey, I am buoyed by the encouragement and support that has been shown by my friends.  Below is an example of this support – a necklace that my friend Pam had made especially for me. Such a lovely gift. Didn’t I say that I was blessed?


Day 25: Pam Hammond

2 May

It takes many dedicated people for a community to thrive.   You need people to teach, civil servants to protect, and artists to inspire.  And it is equally important for the community to have strong business owners to provide jobs and bring vibrance to the town. Pam Hammond is one such business person.

Many of you may know Pam because she is the current president of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.  I got to know Pam because our daughters are close in age and were both in a production of Annie a number of years ago at Camelot Theatre.  She and her husband Don have owned Paddington Station for nearly twenty years.  Pam and Don have worked hard to create a successful business and their success is good for all of us who live here. Many of their employees have been with them for years and, best of all, they give back to our community in countless ways.

One of my favorite times of the year is when Paddington Station hosts their annual holiday open house.  They arrange for live music, provide an array of tasty treats and host hourly prize drawings.  It is a great time to visit with old friends and get in the holiday spirit.

For Pam, I baked a Mixed Berry Lattice Top Pie.  I want to offer my sincere thanks to her for all that she does for our town.