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Thursday
May172012

The Gates foundation visitor center

Earlier this week, Grace and I toured the new visitor center at the Gates foundation.  It was inspiring to walk through the rooms, reading about and seeing pictures of all the charitable work that they do throughout the world.  The space was beautiful, and as expected with something associated with Bill Gates, everything was very high tech.

My first experience with the Gates foundation was right after I started teaching.  I taught in a very poor school in Idaho, but the Gates foundation supplied the school with a new computer lab.  That left quite an impression on me at the time.  Now that I live in the Seattle area, I see and experience gifts to the community, from the Gates foundation, frequently.  While I do have some questions about some of their philosophies, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for this foundation.  They give billions of dollars away, and they really do follow the principle,  to those who are given much, much is required.

The visitor center is in the same neighborhood as the new Chihuly Garden and Glass.  We were too early to go inside though.  It does not open to the public until May 21st.  I can't wait to see it.

I did my best to peak through the trees into the garden.  I saw enough to know that I want to see more.

We also had a picnic lunch at Kerry Park.  We talked about how we'd both like to live and work in this neighborhood some day.  The place where Grace would like to work is right around the corner from the Gates foundation (which is where I'd like to work).  We made plans to meet for lunch at the park again, when we're both working our dream jobs. : )

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (6)

Hi Dawn, I am catching up on your blog. You always do such fun things with your kids. You look AMAZING too. Hope all is well in your world - Denise

May 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

That really would have been an inspiring visit. I am always so impressed by what the Gates do with their fortune. Good luck to you and Grace in achieving your dreams! :-)

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

We visited a Chiluly exhibit in Boston last year. So very cool.

May 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Hi Denise,
Thank you for your kind words that you left on my blog. It was great to hear from you. I hope that all is well with you and your family and that you are enjoying this beautiful spring. I followed your link to flickr and added you as a contact. I've missed seeing your photos and I'm happy that I'll be able to view them now.

Sarah from Vermont, and Sarah from NZ....thank you. : )

May 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

Interesting, how much power money can give one man. I didn't like the motto on the wall - it's not ingenuity that makes the difference—it's faith. And it's love. It's cultivating responsible horse sense in the people. But again, most importantly, it's faith placed in the Creator, and the pursuit of that understanding. Which you already know. And I'm sure the Gates people are doing their best. Still, the concept falls very short of truth.

Still - the power to do good. An amazing thing.

The glass - I want to see it, too.

And I wonder what my dream job would be? Truthfully, I think I've done it, and am still doing it. The children called out every talent, every anything I had. I've never had a paying job that came close. And I can't imagine one. Puzzling.

May 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

Kristen, Yes, so true. It is faith, placed in the Creator, that makes all the difference. And understanding the source of ingenuity, that it doesn't just come from within ourselves.

May 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterDawn

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