Joy is not meant to be a crumb

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don't hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that's often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don't be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.


Swan by Mary Oliver


I hope that you'll take a moment to watch this video that was made by the young people in Puente's youth employment program. I've watched it a thousand times and it never fails to bring me joy.

On behalf of the entire Puente team, I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year -- Prospero Aņo Nuevo,


Kerry Lobel, Executive Director



P.S. The clock is ticking down toward 2011. Will you take a moment now to make a gift to Puente -- we can double your gift! The Sobrato Family Foundation will match dollar for dollar all increased or new gifts to Puente this year.

Puente de la Costa Sur (PUENTE)
PO Box 554/620 North Street
Pescadero, CA 94060