I know I've been out of the comics loop for a while—having recently had three grandchild-comics available for my entertainment—but what's with the volunteerism theme?  I'm all for volunteer work, and think that one of the sad results of the "women's movement" was the conversion of so many volunteer hours into paid employment.  But when comic strip after comic strip at the same time starts pushing volunteer work, it sounds creepy, like groupthink.  Like the Florida public school system, which several years ago began requiring volunteer work from their students, many of whom probably cannot spell, much less define, "oxymoron."


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Could it be because tomorrow is "Make a Difference Day"?

Posted by dstb on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Um, what is Make a Difference Day? I have both American Holidays and Christian Holidays on my Google Calendar, and don't have that.

That's the problem with getting older. They keep adding new holidays to the calendar and I only remember the ones I grew up with. And most of them weren't on Mondays. Hmmm, come to think of it, tomorrow isn't Monday....

Posted by SursumCorda on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm

From the Hands on Network website:

"For 19 years, USA WEEKEND and HandsOn Network generated by Points of Light Institute, have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Make A Difference Day is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of October, and more than three million people served on the 2008 day. Make A Difference Day connects people with opportunities to serve, increases the strength of communities and promotes civic engagement."

I only thought of it because our paper inserts the USA Weekend in our Sunday paper and I had seen something about it.

Posted by dstb on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 8:47 am

I've missed this for 19 years??? Then again, I've never heard of USA WEEKEND nor HandsOn Network either. Thanks to the Internet there's both more information and more ignorance than ever, I guess.

Posted by SursumCorda on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 9:17 am

So what does Frazz mean with his use of the German singular masculine nominative definite article in the last pane?

Posted by Stephan on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 3:09 am

May I be a cynic and suggest Make A Difference Day might be correctly renamed "Get Your Indulgence Day?" (Here's how to get an indulgence.)

Posted by Stephan on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 3:24 am

I was hoping someone else would explain the "der" -- Google failed me.

Posted by SursumCorda on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 6:40 am