In His Own Voice, an Interview with Timebank Founder, Edgar Cahn
March 14, 2019 — 22:01

By Grace Maselli

Edgar Cahn, founder of timebanking, and a legal scholar and law professor, discusses “a new kind of money,” in reference to his founding philosophy. With compassion and inclusion for all members of society, he remarks on the invaluable “economy” of families, neighborhoods, communities, and civil society: The machinery, if you will, responsible for raising children, caring for the elderly, keeping democracy running, and the planet sustainable. Just a few minor things to consider “that are beyond price,” in reference to timebanking’s core principles… Take a listen and review the thinking behind development of self-worth and the value of timebank exchanges as seen through the lens of building connection with folks in nearby locales.

“Timebanking addresses the fundamental disparities that should not be tolerated and that we do not need to accept,” Edgar offers in reference to unequal distribution of wealth in our currency-based culture, among other truths as he describes them. Check out timebanking’s five core values, too. And pass along the good vibes! Invite a friend or neighbor to learn about TBT.

The Five Core Values of TimeBanking

Assets
We are all assets. We all have something to give.
Redefining Work
Some work is beyond price. Work has to be redefined. To create “the village” that raises healthy children, builds strong families, revitalizes neighborhoods, makes democracy work, advances social justice, and even makes the planet sustainable is valuable work. It needs to be honored, recorded, and rewarded.
Reciprocity
Helping works better as a two-way street. The question: “How can I help you?” needs to change so we ask: “How can we help each other build the world we all will live in?”
Social Networks
We need each other. People joined in shared purpose are stronger than individuals. Helping each other, we reweave communities of support, strength & trust. Community is built upon sinking roots, building trust, creating networks. Special relationships
are built on commitment.

Respect
Every human being matters. Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. When respect is denied to anyone, we all are injured. We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point.

Timebanking on a Global Scale
March 8, 2019 — 12:03

By Grace Maselli

Calling all timebankers: Look for us at Philippe Park in Pinellas County on March 23 from 11 to 3 PM. We’re aiming for Shelter # 3 or picnic blankets right there. Why? To celebrate International Time Bank Day! Check out Father Timebank himself, Edgar S. Cahn. Word has it it’s also the esteemed Mr. Cahn’s birthday too on the 23rd. All are welcome. Bring picnic food, a friend, and a Frisbee to share. And for local edgar_cahn_22history buffs, Philippe Park is the oldest of its kind in Pinellas County. To learn some quick, interesting facts, check out the audio tour.

Date Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time 11 AM-3 PM
Address Philippe Park
2525 Philippe Pkwy. 
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org
or call 608.335.2382

 

Woman, Daughter, Wife, Aunt, Fräulein, Chica
March 8, 2019 — 11:38

By Grace Maselli

It’s Women’s History Month! In honor of our “mothren,” let’s give praise to the artists, inventors, engineers, change-makers, community advocates, caregivers, and dynamos right in our own backyard. Reach out to TBT women for a March exchange to recognize our collective advancements. Read some cool stories too on the Smithsonian website. Remarkable tales of bravery and rule-breakery to advance vital causes in civil rights, healthcare, government policy, and so much more. In timebanking tradition, let’s celebrate the fearlessness and fortitude among us!

Gearing Up
March 8, 2019 — 11:14

By Grace Maselli

Hard to believe it’s already March, eh? Join us soon on Tuesday, March 19our Third Tuesday of Every Month rendezvous otherwise known as TBT’s member-and-guest meeting and orientation.  We meet at Tampa’s Life Enrichment Center (LEC). Our Third Tuesdays are part of TBT’s revitalization initiative to dispatch our efforts further into the community. This month, as always, we’re dedicated to education around our mission: exchanges, as explained here in our flyer! But we’re also gearing up for a local celebration of International Timebank Day and founder Dr. Edgar Cahn’s birthday on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Come join us at LEC for some community togetherness, event planning, and timebanking conversation!

Date Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time 6:30-8:30 PM
Address 9704 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612; phone: 813.932.0241
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org or call 608.335.2382

 

You’re Not Alone
February 12, 2019 — 12:57

By Grace Maselli

That’s right. A happy reminder that when you, your friends, loved ones, neighbors, or acquaintances join a timebank, it means you’re not alone. Free membership into our exchange system is yours—no money involved. Rather, “person hours” are the currency earned as you build community and friendship—all while you exchange services you love to provide, and receive the same. (Think: get help cleaning your ‘fridge, provide a ride to shop for groceries, or hang out with a timebank companion to see a film, etc.) Then log exchange hours into the easy-to-use “Hour World” website account. Download our timebanking flyer for super portable info! Click on the flyer’s web links herein to check out the St. Pete’s  and Spring Hill websites. TBT is part of an area timebank network. Way to go!

Valentine’s Potluck: Conversations on Love, Life, and Timebank Exchanges
February 12, 2019 — 11:04

By Grace Maselli

This Sunday, February 10, in honor of timebanking and Valentine’s Day, 18 of us gathered to celebrate. We had poets and painters and a naturopath. We had an insurance specialist, a Liberian cookbook author fluent in French—professional writers, teachers, puppies, and a professor from Pasco County’s St. Leo University. We had an online university student and many students of life. There were two almost-too-adorable, bright, kind, creative kids who made up Valentine’s stories on the fly! We had a former priest and a Zen Buddhist who studied in Japan. We talked about first dates and weddings. About loving, sought-after step mothers who are confidantes and sources of deep connection to their spouse’s children from other loving mothers. We talked about inter-generational mother-daughter relationships, bad dates, lost loves, hormones, and life in general. We took a Valentine’s Day quiz and had some lively responses! We shared our newly printed fliers and, of course, we ate and then ate some more. Tuna, pasta, chicken,  star fruit, split peas, carrots, avocados, pizza, chocolate…a suitable smorgasbord!

Gee Whiz, It’s Third Tuesday Time
February 11, 2019 — 19:03

By Grace Maselli

Time’s flying! Join us soon on Tuesday, February 19our Third Tuesday of Every Month member-and-guest meeting and orientation.  We meet at Tampa’s Life Enrichment Center (LEC). Our Third Tuesdays are part of TBT’s revitalization initiative to dispatch our efforts further into the community. This month, as always, we’re dedicated to education around our mission: exchanges, as explained here in our flyer! But we’re also gearing up for a local celebration of International Timebank Day and founder Dr. Edgar Cahn’s birthday on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Come join us at LEC for some community togetherness, event planning, and timebanking conversation!

Date Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time 6:30-8:30 PM
Address 9704 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612; phone: 813.932.0241
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org or leave a blog post here

 

 

Reminder: Join Us this Sunday for a Valentine’s Soirée Potluck
February 7, 2019 — 7:43

By Grace Maselli

Tampa Bay Timebank members and friends are cordially invited to a Valentine’s Soirée potluck where each guest can safely wear his or her heart on their well-worn (or otherwise) sleeve! Come share an enchanting dish and be prepared to extol love, celebrate joy, and bemoan loss as may be applicable. (Uh, er, when isn’t it applicable?) Tell us your tales of love liberation or what your heart aches for. Come single, coupled, ambivalent, or whatever.

Festive Valentine’s Accessories Required for Entry!

Whether it’s a red glitter heart headbopper—or a suitable tinsel tiara and socks festooned with the ancient Roman god of love—come dressed for Valentine’s attention. Regale us with accounts of crushes from yesteryear or the last 10 minutes, or anything else cupid would wink at or shed a tear over. We’ll empathize over pink confections and 1950s Jell-O molds. (Does anyone know how to make a Jell-O mold?) Come join the TBT Valentine’s Soirée where we’ll pass the “talking heart” from participant to participant, sharing friendship and real life. 

Date Sunday, February 10, 2018
Time 3:00 to Our Heart’s Content
Address 2128 Park Crescent Drive
Land O Lakes, FL  34639
Questions? Contact coordinator@tampabaytime.org or call (215) 834-4567 and reference our Valentine’s  Soirée potluck.
TBT Revitalization Project: Share the LOVE with Our New Flyer
January 27, 2019 — 11:31

By Grace Maselli

Hear ye hear ye! It’s time to spread the news about TBT. Check out our new flyer! We’re pumping up the volume through the ABCs, spreading the good word to libraries, community centers, relevant community spaces in the Tampa Bay Area, about how timebanking gets people together through services exchanges they like to do that help members and themselves, too.

What’s Timebanking?

It’s a service exchange “system” that uses time as its currency. Instead of money, we exchange “person hours.” So you can sign up to do things you love for members, offering what you enjoy in a service exchange. Members can organize household stuff, help with meal preparation, offer rides, tutor, fix things—if that’s what excites you. Professionals can participate too through their organizations or as individchange service credit hours and record them in our online “Hour World” system. Every hour of time is valued equally. Whether you’re weeding someone’s garden or drawing architectural plans. Feel free to send the flyer to your network of community members, either online, or print some and sprinkle ’em around like happy confetti. Yay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BJ and the Dragonfly!
January 27, 2019 — 9:44

* Hey peeps, let’s give it up for guest blogger and founder of the Spring Hill Timebank, Dr. Andy LePage, and his very own spotlight on St. Pete Timebank Coordinator, BJ Andryusky. The link to the Spring Hill Timebank also takes you directly to Andy’s original piece covering BJ. Let Andy know what you think! Thanks, Grace


By Andy LePage

How wonderful it is to find the hidden gold in another and then to celebrate it. Recently I found such hidden gold in BJ Andryusky, the Coordinator of St. Pete Time Bank. And what hidden gold it is!

BJ has given a huge amount of help to us in at Spring Hill Time Bank, in as far as we’re new and kind of “green” in understanding the finer points of moving around the website and in learning about the inner workings of Time Banking. Although she and I have had many conversations, it wasn’t until the end of last November that she mentioned she was having a guest exhibit at the Dali in early December.

Recently I spoke with her again about Time Banking and at the end of our conversation — a conversation that always includes her great computer instruction — I asked how her art show had gone. She was so excited. Although there wasn’t a formal judging of the new talent exhibitors that BJ was a part of, among the twelve exhibitors, she was in what would have been first place! Her work was so favorably received by the Dali staff, that she hopes to be able to exhibit there again, as well as have some of her art for sale in their gift store.

On her Facebook page, BJ writing about herself and her art states: “I am an artist with an exceptional skill for turning domestic items like vases, boxes, and jars into affordable metallic-looking art. I do this by working my magic with polymer clay; often in an industrial, steampunk or bohemian style. You will find each piece is handmade and one of a kind. A true conversation, collectible piece!”

In case anyone reading this piece thinks that BJ has an exaggerated sense of herself and her talent, please use one of the links at the end of this article to see her incredible ability and to know that she honestly speaks her truth.

One of BJ’s customers wrote this about her art: “I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful these pieces are. BJ is currently working on a custom piece for me, but I did purchase some ornaments from her for gifts, and both people I gave them to absolutely loved them. There is such attention to detail and creativity in each piece.”

Another said: “I can’t thank you enough BJ for creating the customized book ends for my Father-in-law’s 80th birthday gift! He absolutely loved them and everyone at the party was completely blown away by the craftsmanship and creativity of the pieces!”

We may never know about all the talent the great people whom we meet in Time Banking have. But as we get to know our fellow Time Bankers, we will find that many, like BJ, have their own form of hidden gold.

The name of BJ’s business is Dragonfly Antics. Readers may know that the dragonfly is a strong-bodied, non-stinging insect which helps to keep the mosquito population down and has wings that stay outstretched rather than folded when at rest. This is great symbology for how BJ watches over all of us in the Time Bank. Even at rest, she has her great wings outstretched ready at a moment’s notice to help someone, to encourage us to be our best, and to hold other coordinator’s hands (mine and many others’!) as they try to navigate the inner workings of Time Banking. She is as skillful in helping us find answers to our questions as she is in nimbly crafting magnificent pieces of art from a tattered jewelry box or a broken vase. We are fortunate she is in our midst! Check out this gifted lady’s website at dragonflyantics.com  and at facebook.com/pg/dragonflyantics/about/