February 2nd, 2010

simplicity - stones

Happy Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day

Celebrate this unlikely oracle,
this ball of fat and fur,
whom we so mysteriously endow
with the power to predict spring.
Let's hear it for the improbable heroes who,
frightened at their own shadows,
nonetheless unwittingly work miracles.
Why shouldn't we believe
this peculiar rodent holds power
over sun and seasons in his stubby paw?
Who says that God is all grandeur and glory?

Unnoticed in the earth, worms
are busily, brainlessly, tilling the soil.
Field mice, all unthinking, have scattered
seeds that will take root and grow.
Grape hyacinths, against all reason,
have been holding up green shoots beneath the snow.
How do you think spring arrives?
There is nothing quieter, nothing
more secret, miraculous, mundane.
Do you want to play your part
in bringing it to birth? Nothing simpler.
Find a spot not too far from the ground
and wait.

~ Lynn Ungar ~

(Blessing the Bread)

great blue heron

Elders -

 This is an important statement on what we elders need to do.


A nation cannot persist where the federal government spends $7.00 on the elderly for every $1.00 spent on children.

I have seen massive social changes in my lifetime.   It seems all have gained but our children.  

 It is time for we elders to step up to the plate and help figure out how to balance the needs of this nation, so that children enjoy and have access to the same opportunities  that we had.  We worked for equality, but this nation is not equal now when it comes to how we support the young as compared to the old.  Let's see what we can do to balance the gains of AARP.   We were one way and now we've gone another.   Let's reach a hand to the young.   

David Brooks says it well:

It may seem unrealistic — to expect a generation to organize around the cause of nonselfishness. But in the private sphere, you see it every day. Old people now have the time, the energy and, with the Internet, the tools to organize.

The elderly. They are our future.