Monday, May 19, 2008

Warning... not go to punditkitchen unless you are prepared to sacrifice many hours of your valuable time looking at goofily captioned pictures of political figures. You will laugh, but then, you will cry.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Universe is a Jokester

Simon LeBon of sang "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" during the seventh inning stretch of last night's Cubs game.

How absolutely cool and fabulous is that? (I know I have mentioned my preteen love of Duran Duran before now.) He was superior to many of the celebrity singers in that he actually knew the words, sang with gusto, remembered that we root root root for the Cubbies, and ended with the shout of "let's get some runs." It was as if the universe wanted to give us a surreal little gift for our anniversary (on a side note: both Fred and I completely forgot it was the eighth anniversary of our marriage until my parents called us up last night). Of course, because it is this universe and we are Cubs fans, the universe couldn't actually let the Cubs' winning streak extend to five games last night. Oh no, that would be messing with the order of things and a black hole probably would have had to open up in the bleachers in order to restore the quantum balance.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” Elizabeth Stone

Like all mothers, I spend a good chunk of time worrying about my child. I am full of questions. There are the everyday ones like
  • Is it alright for him to eat conventionally grown strawberries?
  • He has only eaten granola bars and apples for the past two days, is he getting enough nutrients and calories?
There are the occasional ones like
  • He probably won't get sick from drinking his dirty bathwater, right?
  • Has that soy milk he is drinking been open for more than two weeks?
But, unlike millions of mothers around the world, I never ever have to ask the questions
  • Will he starve to death?
  • Will he contract cholera from this water?
From the Oxfam America website: 840 million people go hungry each year. 1.2 billion people live on less than $1 a day. 12 million people die each year from a lack of water. Over 30,000 children under the age of five die each day due to hunger and other preventable causes.

On this Mother's Day, please consider making a donation to help end global poverty. Oxfam, Care, WorldVision, and many other charities are actively making a difference in communities around the world. Also, please write to your senators and congressman to ask them to support the Global Poverty Act of 2007 (S. 2433) which would require the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to further the United States foreign policy objective of promoting the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, who live on less than $1 per day.

Together, we can make a difference. And perhaps, someday, we will be able to answer the following questions in the affirmative
  • Will we leave a better world for our children?
  • Can we end poverty worldwide in our lifetime?

Friday, May 09, 2008