Roy’s Sunday Letter for March 26, 2023

  • Would goodness in 9 minutes be important to you today? Ari Shapiro, NPR host for “All Things Considered” and author of “The Best Strangers in The World, Stories from A Life Spent Listening” was recently interviewed. An uplifting You Tube interview and sharing of an enthusiastic arm around all of us. Hope you might enjoy!

** I was granted a Master of Theology in May of 1970. I was well prepared to interpret the historical and cultural context of the Bible and to encourage and support a faith experience. Missing in that training were best practices in growing healthy, healing, sustaining organizations, recruiting/training board members, personnel issues, reading financial statements or replacing a roof. I learned by getting it wrong to be able to get it right. I am now, a Score mentor to nonprofit executive directors and being at the table is an honor with maybe the combined wisdom of theology and life experiences.

  • Quick Notes about the week: 1) Remember…You are someone’s memory….2) Warning of the danger of an approaching storm, the weather person encouraged parents of young children to have them put their shoes on. 3) Archie’s, our nearby garden center, now has a shady area food cart/tables & chair…Brillant! 4) T-shirt: “You never know who is in the audience when you speak.”

** A continuation of More Favorite Words: Tell me about…Allow…What else?…Surprise me…Yes you can…Let it go…What’s next…Once you know, you can never go back.

  • Disney/ESPN is reducing their workforce by 7,000 real live persons, saving Disney says 5.5 billion. Tyson Foods is closing two processing plants ending the work and payroll of 1,700 real live persons. I translate the numbers into unmet United Way pledges, plans for daughter or son to enroll in college or trade school, small city school enrollment, declining tax base, or someone 3 years before retirement. No doubt there will be anger, grief, confusion, guilt and scare about tomorrow. Real live people and their real live families will face this reality.

** Several SL readers have asked how to leave me their Comment. 1) Open your email notice 2) Click to accept Roy’s Sunday Letter 3 ) Open the SL for your Sunday 4) At the bottom of the SL is a Comment box. I read, appreciate, and reply to every Comment. Thank you!

I wish for everyone the very best of the days. May the upcoming medical test or report reflect wellness and improvement. May the wear from your caretaking blend with the unexpected joy of a child’s smile, the companionship of pets, Ari’s You Tube interview, or the greeting you share with a neighbor.

Roy, the Sunday guy


  1. Linda M on March 26, 2023 at 8:06 am

    Roy, over the years at the SFCF Leadership Circle, you provided the most secure, safe space a person could dream of. A container of wisdom and curiosity. A place of learning, explaining, exploring and sharing. I love you dear Roy. And thank every hour I had the privilege of attending and in some small way contributing. You have been a great mentor to me; and I know, to may others. Happy Sunday my forever friend. I’m in Flagstaff where it is wintery, snowy, sunny and wonderful—with the pups, of course. One serving CASA coordinator at Juvenile Detention. One serving CASA coordinator at Juvenile Probation. Worthy humans receiving exceptional canines. X/O

  2. Nancy Tuttle on March 26, 2023 at 8:22 am

    Normal day, make me aware of the treasure you are.

    Full stop. Breathe

    • Roy Bowen on March 26, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      I included you in test draft send out of a new writing. You will have a different eye…..give my draft Walking Prayer a look…..Roy

  3. mke davis on March 28, 2023 at 7:49 am

    Good morning Roy, finally acquired your Sunday letter this am, while on a spoil island in the intercostal canal down Corpus way… a perfect chance to pause, reflect, relax and breathe deep.. and read your words. thanks much.. catch up from Oregon next week.


    • Roy Bowen on March 28, 2023 at 2:44 pm

      chilling back important. glad you found good place to do so for you two.
      Today is Tuesday
      I am thinking how best to handle the gun/shooting deaths of 9yr olds in Sunday Letter.

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