I read a lot of stuff. Sometimes for fun, sometimes to learn something (or at least stimulate) and sometimes to renew my faith in this world. I just read a blog post tonight from Reimagine Rural that does a little of all the above. In “Who is the ‘Amazing Maisie’ in your community?“, Mike Knutson writes about Maisie Devore, a woman who collected cans and raised $100,000 over a period of 30 years to fund the building of a community swimming pool for her hometown of Eskeridge, Kansas, population 589.
“Amazing Maisie” saw a need to provide for the children and community and despite discouraging words, labored on toward her goal of helping her community. We all have “Amazing Maisies.” Centerville’s municipal pool was built in 1957, as I recall, with a donation. East Hickman Park was built by a dedicated group of volunteers spurred into action when commissioners tried to give back land generously donated by the McCord family. “Amazing Maisies“… yep, we got ’em. Unfortunately, we also all have “Anti-Maisies” who say it can’t be done, work for negativity and relish in watching things fail.
Think about your Maisies and help to make them amazing.