The Marina Dock Newsletter February
Dear Marina Dock members
and patrons alike,
Thank you one and all
for your ongoing much needed financial support. We have a very
successful holiday season. Huge crowds of people, including many
out-of-towners, visited our establishment over Christmas and the
New Year. We had another wave of Texans. In fact, I ran into two
ladies from Houston at the 3:30 pm meeting last week. Deanne and
her friend, it turns out, heard about us from Robert H, a long-time
Marina Dock/Dry Dock member who moved back to Houston some years
I forgot to get their addresses, but if anyone knows how to reach
them please feel free to e-mail them or mail the newsletter to
them. I talked on Robert on Deanne's cell phone and he said he
would be out to visit us in a few months.
We Had a Party
I completely forgot
to mention the two buffets that we hosted over the Christmas and
New Year's Eve. Many people were grateful we were there on two
crucial nights that can present problems for people in recovery.
Seasons of Grace
There was an interesting
review in yesterday's Chronicle on a book written jointly
by the Dean of Grace Cathedral, Rev, Alan Jones and John O'Neil,
the president of the Center for Leadership renewal. "True
spirituality is based on gratitude… Thank You. Don't just
say it. Feel it. Try this. Close your eyes. Sit up straight. Take
a deep breath. As you exhale, think… thank you.
Do it again please. Thank You".
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent
of all the others" (Cicero).
Lots of us talk about
"Spirituality" these days, many have a hard time defining
it, or, more importantly, cultivating it. Jones and O'Neil see
genuine, spirituality as "the art of self-simplification".
"Stop trying to get more and give thanks for what it is".
It sounds like an interesting read, the kind of book that requires
one to take personal inventory.
The article ends with
a summary: "True spirituality as a process of self-simplification
and truth telling for the sake of love offers an antidote to the
consumerist power-driven images that dominate our culture. Being
open to gratitude is a way of being subversive and rebellious
in a culture that too easily cheapens us".
The membership drive
had been quite successful. Just to remind everyone the offer extends
to the end of February: A saving of $150 for two year's membership,
a $60 saving on a year's membership and a $15 saving on six months
Our goal is to reach a total of 400 paying members by April 15th.
Again, all membership dues and donations are 501 (c) (3) tax deductible.
All paying members and
donors will receive an enclosed financial statement for the year
ending 2002. If you have a question regarding your statement,
feel free to contact us for discussion.
I would like to take
this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us out over
the years. I also need to point out to those who feel they have
given enough already that they should not feel pressured to give
I have not yet refined our system to the extent that we can differentiate
between those who have given and those who would still like to
I know a lot of yearly and six month members still get a return
envelop with the envelope and may find it offensive. Please! Please!
Disregard the envelope, unless, of course you really want to contribute
We received a single
donation to cover about 50 new chairs. The problem now is that
I am having a hard time finding chairs similar to the ones we
Until next time, the
solution is love,
Anthony T. Murray ("Irish