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Pettitshire.net http://www.pettitshire.net THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF PETTITSHIRE AND ITS HOLDINGS Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:52:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.8 http://www.pettitshire.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/cropped-Pettitshire2-32x32.png Pettitshire.net http://www.pettitshire.net 32 32 All is One: The Freedom to Explore without Being Questioned http://www.pettitshire.net/all-is-one/ http://www.pettitshire.net/all-is-one/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:47:29 +0000 http://www.pettitshire.net/?p=441 By Linda Pettit When I was a little girl growing up in small communities in eastern Washington, I experienced a great many opportunities to explore. There were some neighbor kids to play with and I joined in with the older ones while we built a treehouse in a nearby corner. When I began grade school […]

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By Linda Pettit

When I was a little girl growing up in small communities in eastern Washington, I experienced a great many opportunities to explore. There were some neighbor kids to play with and I joined in with the older ones while we built a treehouse in a nearby corner. When I began grade school I walked by myself maybe a mile through the little town. I was living in Benton City then, which was near the Hanford building site where my father had come to help develop the buildings.  The first grade took place in a postwar Quonset hut. It was very exciting when the town built a new grade school in the middle of the year and we got to move into this lovely room with big windows and a sink with running water!

My stepfather was a depot agent for the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). In those mid-century days, railroads were still a major part of national transportation. The depots were very large buildings with separate waiting rooms for men and women/children. By my childhood, everyone could sit in the same large room, waiting for the train to pick them up. The upstairs was an apartment to house the agent. There were large rooms on each end of the space, with a couple of smaller rooms and a bathroom in the middle.  Heat was provided by coal stoves; Van had to haul buckets of coal up to heat the end rooms. The bathroom toilet had a large container above the seat, where water was pumped. To flush, we had to pull a chain to let the water down…it worked pretty well actually.

After the first grade, we moved to another place, Wallula.  It was a small town that had been a major intersection in the 19th century. The Walla Walla River entered the Columbia River there, and a Fort had been established initially to protect this connecting point for ships and railroads.  We arrived as the town was dying, thanks to development of McNary Dam on the Columbia River which was to lead to totally flooding the site. There we lived upstairs over the very old depot and I attended the Second Grade in the ancient school. It was the last year for the building and I hold clear memories of the many rooms now empty, the indoor gym that had a stage with a roll down painted screen, separate recess rooms for boys and girls (not used by then). Two school rooms were used. I was in the 1-3 grades, and the other was 4-6. There were probably, oh, 20 of us altogether.

By the next school year, the UPRR had built housing for its few employees several miles upriver, on a hill in the sagebrush desert about 2-3 miles above the water. We went to school by bus to another small town, Burbank. This was a time of great freedom for me!  My sister was 4 years younger, but my mother never questioned what I chose to explore.  She always told us “Go out and play!” and we did.  When my older step sister visited, she loved to explore and we spent summers going down to the Columbia, where I learned to dog paddle safely…although I was likely to sunburn too.

Eventually we moved a couple more times before I graduated high school,  (my mom used to tell her husband, “I’m a town gal!”) but I still hold gratitude for the freedom to explore without being questioned. Now my explorations are largely with reading and connecting and communicating with others. In these explorations, I have discovered that all energy has consciousness, as many teachings share.  We perceive ourselves as separate beings, having our own journeys of experience in this lifetime.  Yet ultimately, All Is One.  I always enjoy learning about other journeys…

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Pettitshire 2016-2017 Newsletter http://www.pettitshire.net/pettitshire-2016-2017-newsletter/ http://www.pettitshire.net/pettitshire-2016-2017-newsletter/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:35:47 +0000 http://www.pettitshire.net/?p=433 Pettitshire Winter 2016-2017 Newsletter      

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FRIENDSHIP HOUSE: HOMELESS HOSPITALITY – A new book by Linda Pettit http://www.pettitshire.net/friendship-house-book/ http://www.pettitshire.net/friendship-house-book/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 07:45:46 +0000 http://www.pettitshire.net/?p=303 “We must first accept ourselves. Not as we would like to be, but as we are… There are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met…” – Excerpt from Friendship House Mission Statement For 30 years, Friendship House has provided more than just shelter and food for the homeless population of Washington’s Skagit County. Founded […]

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Friendship House Homeless Hospitality Cover“We must first accept ourselves.
Not as we would like to be, but as we are… There are no strangers here, only friends we haven’t met…”
Excerpt from Friendship House Mission Statement

For 30 years, Friendship House has provided more than just shelter and food for the homeless population of Washington’s Skagit County. Founded on the principles of “homeless hospitality”, people in need of support have found a safe and welcoming place to rest and find stability.

Since its inception Friendship House has been a model for compassionate care for those with the greatest needs in society and have achieved success in providing services, support and most recently job training to this population. “Friendship House–Homeless Hospitality” charts the foundation and progression of growth throughout the decades and examines each of the strong and varied characters who have brought unique leadership and community awareness to the organization.

Learn about the shelter’s legacy from the viewpoint of the directors, residents, volunteers and donors who have made it such a success.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda Pettit has been a Skagit County resident since 1984. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Western Washington University and worked as a mental health therapist for 22 years.

Several of her clients were residents at Friendship House and she became involved with the board of directors and leadership during this time.

She lives in Mount Vernon with her husband Nick and has three grown sons. This is her first publication. For more information, please visit pettitshire.net.

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FRIENDSHIP HOUSE 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Thursday, May 26th Friendship House enthusiastically invites you to join us in celebrating 30 years of sheltering, feeding, clothing and healing … to empower those in need.

Starting at 6:00pm at the Friendship House Café located at 108 Snoqualmie St in Mount Vernon, there will be a rededication to the mission and tours. Then there will a march over to the Lincoln Theater where there will be hor d’oeuvres and drinks. There will be a short video of some Friendship House history and a guest speaker, Derek McNeil from Seattle, will talk about his experience with homelessness as he films a documentary.

For more information please go to skagitfriendshiphouse.org

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Nick & Linda Pettit 50th Anniversary Celebration Photos http://www.pettitshire.net/nick-linda-pettit-50th-anniversary-celebration-photos/ http://www.pettitshire.net/nick-linda-pettit-50th-anniversary-celebration-photos/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:12:28 +0000 http://www.pettitshire.net/?p=202 Photographs from Nick & Linda Pettit’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, April 26th 2014 at Angelsong Retreat Center. Folks traveled from far and wide to commemorate the Pettit’s first half-century of marriage. A wonderful time was had by all! Photo Credit: Jared Nissen

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Photographs from Nick & Linda Pettit’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, April 26th 2014 at Angelsong Retreat Center.

Folks traveled from far and wide to commemorate the Pettit’s first half-century of marriage. A wonderful time was had by all!

Photo Credit: Jared Nissen

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Vintage Photos from Pettitshire History http://www.pettitshire.net/vintage-photos-from-pettitshire-history/ http://www.pettitshire.net/vintage-photos-from-pettitshire-history/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:07:44 +0000 http://www.pettitshire.net/?p=201 Explore images from Pettitshire throughout the decade. Featuring all the Pettits, friends and relations. See if you can name them all!

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Explore images from Pettitshire throughout the decade. Featuring all the Pettits, friends and relations. See if you can name them all!

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