Dear Wise Friend

Today was spent folding
so many bright blankets;
putting them all away,

Thank you.
You've shown me
the grace and beauty
of this action:
it soothed the
bewildering roil,
that other dream.

[And the pin is a Hattie Carnegie.]

Oatmeal. Sugar. Beans.

[found these a few years ago in
a funny little store, long gone]


Really, the children in this movie were magnificent.

And, knowing that there has been some controversy
about that...when isn't there controversy?...I can only
hope that this raises the awareness level, in the U.S.
(and elsewhere), that there is much to be done before
we rid the world of poverty. Maybe it's time to really
rethink our values (easier now, with the new economy
nipping at our heels)...roll our sleeves up and do
something about all this. Melinda Gates seems to be.
Hoping she is the new trendsetter for our age.

We also find an excellent role model in April Rinne,
who's truly doing something to make the world a better
place. Microfinance might be something we all need to
know more about. It's beyond just benefiting us, isn't it?

Our eldest son, Andrew, is currently working at
Santa Clara University's excellent
which provides a unique forum that
encourages taking action on
these matters. I am
exceedingly proud of him.
We all are.

So: Big Question. Is this...
a better use of your time
than upgrading your
a) car
b) house
c) club membership
d) all of the above?

Just wondering.

A great time to look into it,
these days...

don't you think?

Oscar Party! Not. Tea Party! Yep.

Happy Oscars to All!

They are finally here, and--what do you know--I
woke up this morning my first truly remarkable
cold of the year. Well, it has smooth sailing for
a while, so I suppose my time was up...Anyhow,
I'll be wrapped in a blanket drinking tea and
watching every move Kate Winslet makes. As
well as Meryl and...oh, who else? Slumdog gang.
They put on a great show. And Sean Penn, I
suppose we'll get a good glimpse of him.

Cheers, everyone!