#WDoGIt’s about giving without expectations of reciprocity.

It’s about an unemployed man deciding to give $10 to a different person every day for a year.

June 15th is “Worldwide Day of Giving” and we are so excited to share this story with everyone reading this post.

BTW …. thank you for reading!!!

So, here goes it …..

Reed Sandridge had lost his job at a nonprofit organization due to the economy. Instead of giving into fear, he set out on a year-long altruistic journey that began on December 15, 2009 with the concept to give away $10 to a complete stranger everyday.

In honor of his mother – who was always thinking of others before herself – Reed created the “Year of Giving” documenting every $10-a-day giveaway.  He didn’t just drop $10 (remember…. all while unemployed) but rather, gave them a gift that was priceless.  He listened to their story … asked what they would do with the money … proved to them that they mattered!  Everyday is documented on his blog which is listed below.


Want to play?????????

Here’s how.

It’s three activities to choose from … OR … choose all three.

1.  Give a stranger $10

2.  Volunteer

3.  Donate $10

Explanations:  from the “Worldwide Day of Giving” website ……

*Giving a stranger $10-  Find a complete stranger.  Approach them and tell them that you are participating in the Worldwide Day of Giving and would like to give them $10.  The only rules are that you may not know the person and you may not receive anything in return for the $10 (aside from the rush of goodness you will feel).


*Volunteer-  You can volunteer with any organization.  For those of you who are busy and can’t take off work, consider micro-volunteering on websites like http://www.sparked.com.  Many of the volunteer projects take 20-30 minutes.  You can volunteer on your lunch break.


*Donate-  Give $10 today to your favorite charity.  Don’t know who to give to?  You can donate through the Year of Giving website to help some of the 365 recipients Reed gave $10 to in 2010.

If you live in the village, we would like to give you 2 suggestions for donating on #WDoG.

*  Friends of the Safety Harbor Library


*  Safety Harbor Museum & Cultural Center



The secret to living is giving, ya’ll!!!


Get that crisp $10 bill out of your pocket and be ready to place it in someone’s hand on June 15th.   There’s someone out there that needs it.

NOTE:  Music video after the credits,  soooo … stay tuned!!!


Reed’s Year of Giving


Twitter @ReedSandridge


We also would love to hear from you on June15th!  Listed under our names are Twitter and Instagram accounts.  Remember to #WDoG!!!

Photography:  Terrie Dahl-Thomas

Twitter:  @DahlTerrie             Insta:  @terriedahl

Words:  Karen Vest

Twitter:  @karen_b_invest    Insta:  @karen_b_invest



This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…


less than three Week…Tuesday

DSC_5002Happy Tuesday to all…OR…not. After a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend, it’s hard to get back to the chaos of morning traffic and the office, we hope this will brighten your day a little. We’re crossing our fingers!!!


We less than three the Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center. In 2011 the City of Safety Harbor and Safety Harbor Museum Board joined forces, and now they are proud to offer activities that celebrate the history of Safety Harbor, while welcoming a growing arts community. It's where arts and heritage come together.

Pictured here is Laura Kepner and she is lovin' on the Safety Harbor Museum and cultural Center. Laura is a local author who teaches writing workshops here at the Museum. BUT…she does so much more than teaching. Laura has teamed up with fellow author/villager, Warren Firschein, to co-author a book about Safety Harbor, and it's all about the peeps…the history…early pioneers to more modern times. It should be available by November at local bookstores and Barnes and Nobel.

With so much going on here, why not schedule a tour or sign up for one of the many cool workshops that are offered.

Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center
329 S. Bayshore
Safety Harbor, Florida 34695

Photography–Terrie Dahl-Thomas

This is Safety Harbor, Florida and this is our village…

It’s Art About Florida-The Highwaymen…

So, who are The Highwaymen???

It’s a quite interesting story…AND…a great piece of Florida history. The Highwaymen are a group of landscape artists that broke through the traditional world of art, and the racial and cultural barriers of the time. This talented bunch consisted of 26 African American artists from the Fort Pierce area that started an art movement, which today is considered quite unique.

They were self-taught…they mentored each other. It was the 1950’s in the South and this group of young artists were starting their careers with…let’s just say, a lot of challenges facing them and that’s the remarkable part of this story. They rose above these obstacles by adopting enterprising ways to succeed in the business of being artists.

So, here’s the story…AND…the history. The Highwaymen loved to paint the natural landscapes that all Floridians and visitors to our state find so beautiful. Trying to find a gallery interested in artwork by unknowns with no formal training was impossible, and do not forget the unsettled racial times of the late 50’s in the South. These extraordinary artists painted on construction materials like inexpensive Upson board or masonite framed with crown molding. They packed their cars with their passion and headed down the highway selling out the trunks of their cars to businesses and individuals throughout the State of Florida. Today, their works of art are sought after by many…AND…our Nation’s Capitol has on ongoing exhibit of vintage paintings at Florida House–which serves as a goodwill embassy for Floridians.

I had the pleasure of meeting one of the original Highwaymen, Mr. James Gibson, who is pictured here displaying one of his trademark pieces. This is the 13th year that the Safety Harbor Museum has showcased The Highwaymen but, this was my first time getting to see the artwork upclose. Had I taken the time to check out what my village has to offer, it wouldn’t have been my first viewing of this show.

Hint to the readers of this posts…take a walk around and discover all your village has to offer…support it…preserve it.

I would like to thank Mr. James Gibson for sharing his story…his history. Being a successful artist, James has not forgotten his community. He shares his time and talent with several charities, which range from youth programs to Alzheimers community care. Please check out his website for info, and check out the long list of accolades bestowed upon him.

James Gibson

I know…I know…I know…I went way past the word count that I usually use as my guideline. Just once!!!!

This is Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…