An Extraordinary Act of Giving Back From Within

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Real Estate Agent with First Class Properties serving Portland, Oregon Metro Area 200001117

Everyday, if we search even just a little in our community newspapers, we may find ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things to benefit others within our communities.  Today as I read through our local Portland paper, The Oregonian, I found myself reading about my own little brother, Pat Rice in a column written by Margie Boule.  Why didn't he tell me that he was going to be in the paper?  Perhaps he thought I'd just laugh and see it as another stunt as his part to get some attention as the little brother in a family of nine.  But, for whatever reason, I am very proud of Pat - he has gone out of his way to not only make a contribution to main street America, but without seeking accolades from his own family.  What a great example to me of what it means to give back out of your abundance.  And then there is the other lesson - sometimes we need to give credit to those within our own families.  We don't always have to look far to find good people with extraordinary abilities giving.  Thanks for the challenge Pat.

In case you missed it above, click here to see why this Rice is so proud.

 

Comments (7)

Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

What a beautiful article - and what a wonderful brother you have!  Does that ingenuity run in the family?  You have every right to be proud -- he's the kind of guy who changes the world -- making challenges into opportunities. 

Dec 16, 2008 11:33 AM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Nice new photo by the way too . . .!

Dec 16, 2008 11:33 AM
Norm Rice
First Class Properties serving Portland, Oregon Metro Area - Portland, OR
(Realtor) CRS, ABR, SRES, e-Pro

LOL - Thanks Margaret.  If his ingenuity does run in the family I'll blame mom and dad.  They raised all nine of us well. :)  Thanks for the comment about the photo. 

Dec 16, 2008 12:45 PM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I think it's great that you have a brother you be so proud of Norm. You're right, sometimes we don't have to look too far to find good people.

Dec 17, 2008 03:10 AM
Norm Rice
First Class Properties serving Portland, Oregon Metro Area - Portland, OR
(Realtor) CRS, ABR, SRES, e-Pro

Yes we don't have to look to far - you are so right.  Yet they are usually the ones we can so easily look right past.  The other thing I believe is that we need to look in the mirror and not miss what we see there as well. :)  Have a great day JL.

Dec 17, 2008 05:07 PM
Sonny Kwan
Quantum Group Commercial - Residential - Lease Seattle, WA - Mercer Island, WA
206-819-8228

Norm, I thought you were the ex mayor of Seattle Norm B. Rice

Dec 21, 2008 04:29 PM
Norm Rice
First Class Properties serving Portland, Oregon Metro Area - Portland, OR
(Realtor) CRS, ABR, SRES, e-Pro

Sonny - LOL - You must have read my other blog post :)  If you ever see him, let him know that he owes me some referrals for handling his emails for him :)  Stay warm up there & Merry Christmas.

Dec 21, 2008 04:35 PM