April 16th, 2008

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Good Morning!!




The author of this poem died at the age of 37.


"The New Colossus"
by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


turkey vultures

Prayers for Vultures -



Annie forwards an article to make one cry.



http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/vulture.html?c=y&page=1


T
ens of millions of vultures across two million square miles of South Asia have been wiped out by a drug given to livestock to reduce pain, inflammation, and fever.   That drug, when consumed by birds, causes gout and death.   The result is a proliferation of dogs and rats, which results in the further spread of rabies.

Most of us never stop to thank the vultures soaring overhead, but they are key to the quality of our lives.

Thank a vulture today, and pray somehow the vultures in India and Pakistan can be brought back.  The problem is that they take five years to reach reproductive age and lay only one egg per season.

I find this so, so sad.   It is another canary in the cave, and announcement that we are all connected and have to pay attention each day.   





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Support our troops!

A friend of my husbands through an online video game met a man stationed in Iraq.  They became friends.  The man in Iraq said they aren't even issued sunscreen and there is no place to get it over there.  My husband's friend, Klaus, sent the man a package of sunscreen, chewing gum, things like that.  The man was so appreciative that Klaus decided to send  more "care packages." 

It is expanding and he has a website.  He hasn't taken the time to make it a non-profit, but if you truly want to support the troops, here is a way to do it.

http://www.adoptthe82nd.com/index.php


Our local packing store is only charging half their usual rate.   Care packages to Iraq because we do care and we do support our troops.
ashes and snow - wings

Evening -

I am struggling with fatigue tonight and I wonder if it is because the world is so beautiful that sometimes I need to stop and pause and breathe in all the sounds and smells and sights, and so, I was busily doing that, and now, so much fullness, has put me in the need for sleep, and so it is that soon to bed I go.