This is the first post of my photo blog celebrating members of the Kent Community who SHINE.

There are people who seem to SHINE. Have you noticed them? They are doing amazing things in our community.

Whenever I try to describe them, I always end up saying that they are shiny. This photo blog is for them. It is to celebrate them and encourage all of us to be more shiny.

One of my favorite magazines, NEED Magazine, describes their effort as "we are not trying to save the world but to tell the stories of those who are." That is what I do as a photojournalist. I love sharing stories of people who are making a big difference in the lives of others.

Have you met Abby Greer? She is definitely shiny. Abby is founder, executive director and coordinator of the Kent Community TimeBank.


Abby is vibrant, loving and inspirational. She also makes amazing pies and will teach you how to make the best pie crust for your time dollars.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Kristen V. Erickson February 27, 2012 at 02:44 PM
That Abby Greer is quite the looker! :)
Abby Greer February 27, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Flattery will get you everywhere, K.E.!! ;)
James Thomas February 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM
So is that pie crust!
Tina February 27, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Shiny happy people laughing Meet me in the crowd People people Throw your love around Love me love me Take it into town Happy happy Put it in the ground Where the flowers grow Gold and silver shine Shiny happy people holding hands Shiny happy people laughing Everyone around love them, love them Put it in your hands Take it take it There's no time to cry Happy happy Put it in your heart Where tomorrow shines Gold and silver shine Shiny happy people holding hands Shiny happy people laughing
Debra-Lynn Hook March 02, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I am just this very minute seeing this and just this very minute loving this! Good shiny Abby! Love it Erin!
James Thomas March 05, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Poetry Forum? Ohhh-Kaayy.
* March 05, 2012 at 03:12 PM
James, this is for you: “The unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. When you're unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. You get to take yourself oh so very seriously.” ― Tom Robbins
Erin LaBelle March 05, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Criticism and negativity are such terrible things to send out in the world. They create a more toxic world and unfortunately it is a world that the unhappy negative people have to inhabit too. Silence is a much better option.
* March 05, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Francesca Reigler
James Thomas March 05, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Ohhh-Kaayy, There once was a responder named Creese Whose quoting never would cease an original thought by her couldn't be bought and she made everyone irritable for the rest of the day! I'm laughing and happy now.
Erin LaBelle March 05, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Please do this somewhere else James. I would very much appreciate if you would leave this space for positive people. Thank you.
James Thomas March 05, 2012 at 05:03 PM
If you request KC do the same I would honor your request.
Erin LaBelle March 05, 2012 at 05:47 PM
ok. I don't know if you all do this a lot but would you please take your personal issues somewhere else? Karen, I appreciate your positive nature but please debate/attack James at another location. These updates of you all going back and forth are really exhausting to be honest.
Matt Fredmonsky March 05, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Personal attacks are prohibited under Patch's terms of use. I think we're borderline here, but let's try to stay on topic, which is people doing good things in Kent captured through Erin's lens. If you would like to blog about other topics, please feel free to apply.
bill budner March 05, 2012 at 08:59 PM
why have i been banned a second time?
* March 05, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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