July 25th, 2009

Book Cover

Good Morning!

I fell asleep last night on the couch and then went to bed and think overall may have slept almost twelve hours. I was exhausted and am now rested enough to check out the news.

I think both these articles demonstrate so much of what is wrong in government today. There is no character in many of our leaders. They are quitters and crooks. I'm not sure a people can be led by such a low standard and we do have character representation in our president. I hope that is enough. This stuff at the top is what filters down, is the example we give our children.


I wonder how our schools counteract this kind of news. Today I was thinking about the gift of reading and writing. In the society and time in which I grew up, it was a given that you would learn to read and write. I wonder if we appreciate the gift of it enough, because it was seen as a given. I wonder if as many children today will learn to read and write. Class sizes are increased and school budgets are cut around the country. I find it tragically sad that each child in this country, in all countries, may not have the opportunity to learn to read and write.

A friend wrote a poem about a peach and how when she was ten and out hiking with a friend at camp and thinking she would die of thirst, the friend would not give her a bite of the peach. She has carried the feeling of that injustice for fifty years, that feeling that the girl had a choice as to whether or not she shared, had in a way the power of life and death over her.

I wonder if we think daily of the choices we make as to what we share. Many of us hold a peach.

How many bites do we offer to others and when it may actually be our life or theirs, how then do we care?

As the population of the earth continues to increase, the lifeboat we share seems daily even smaller. The choices continue to squeeze.

Alan - sunrise - Palm Springs area

These times -

In responding to Alan, I was reminded of these words of Charles Dickens.  I see them as a guiding post as to how we view our present times. 

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

English novelist (1812 - 1870)

alan - morning glory center

Looking at ourselves -

There is a controversy this year at the SF Jewish Film Festival, the showing of a film that did not create a disturbance in NYC.


Rachel Corrie's mother is going to speak after the showing of the film about the death of her daughter. I have not seen the film, but do think the subject needs to be examined and that we can't bulldoze over the causes for her death with the same lack of awareness and sensitivity that killed her.

Each of us needs to look at our own actions and words and come to some accountability for ourselves. I believe nations need to do that too. I think the U.S. needs to take responsibility for its actions. We all know emotions ride high and I think all this with Henry Louise Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley and the president now inviting them both to the White House for a beer, shows how things might be settled and discussed.

We have to invite discussion and to make movies that show different sides of a problem. Without that, how do we come to some sense of justice, some understanding that each group of people may feel they have a "side," and somewhere, we need to defuse and find solutions of peace.

sea otter

Wag more!

I walked down to the grocery store and saw this bumper sticker as I came back.  It seems like apt advice.

Wag more!   Woof less!!