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Deb’s House Concerts
Nathan Pacheco at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.Nathan Pacheco Sings for Prince Charles at the British Embassy
Disney Artist Sings for Prince Charles
A Few Quotes
from Yahoo news
“We are surprised and shocked at the extreme radicalism being displayed [by Jones] right now on this issue.” - Stephan Baar of the Christian Community of Cologne.
”It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort. It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems.” – Top commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus
”It’s regrettable that a pastor in Gainesville, Florida, with a church of no more than 50 people can make this outrageous and distressful, disgraceful plan, and get the world’s attention.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
9/11 – “cannot be counteracted by an outrageous and grave gesture against a book considered sacred by a religious community.” – the Vatican
”idiotic and dangerous” – Attorney General Eric Holder
”Burning the Quran is wrong on every level. It puts troops in danger, and it violates a founding principle of our republic.” – Mitt Romney
”I do not think well of the idea of burning anybody’s Koran, Bible, Book of Mormon or anything else. I don’t think there is any excuse for it. I don’t think it’s a good idea.” – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
”Any type of activity like that that puts our troops in harm’s way would be a concern.” – White House spokesman Robert Gibbs
”I appeal to people who are planning to burn the Quran to reconsider and drop their plans because they are inconsistent with American values and, as General Petraeus has warned, threatening to America’s military,” Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman
”boneheaded and wrong” but, “He has a right to do it.” – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
”I have hardly the words that somebody would do that to somebody’s religious book.” – Angelina Jolie
Appropriate Quote for Today
The quote today is appropriate on many levels. The birthday girl lives this saying. Like Walt Disney, she is creative and she actually DOES things with her creativity. She doesn’t just think about being creative, she IS creative. She can get more done in an afternoon than most people can do in a month. So, here’s the quote:
Walt Disney said,
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
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If Only They Knew
I went to a party a few years ago. It was a celebration in honor of a famous citizen of the city where I live. I thought at the time, “if only they knew, they’d throw a party for …”
I Still Feel That Way
They still don’t know. She’s not famous, and she never will be. But, her contributions are many.
What’s So Special About Her?
She’s good at imagining how things can be, even if they are not that way at the moment.
She believes in taking care of her body by avoiding recreational poisons, but she does enjoy a good dessert.
She traveled internationally for her honeymoon, something that was probably unheard of in her small town.
She’s all about helping children make music. She’s taught generations of children.
She works for peace, justice, and equality in her own realm. She doesn’t talk love, she lives it.
She cried when my dog was dying and I was sad.
She’s green. I suddenly realized last year that she’s been saving the earth for decades.
She does not worry. She does not focus on “what if” scenarios. She appreciates each day as it comes.
She believes in God. She also sees the evolution of life that occurs around us every day.
She reads stories to children. She reads stories to adults. And, she enjoys listening to stories told by storytellers.
You probably don’t know her. You’ll probably never meet her. But, the world is a better place because of her.
I love you, Mom.
A Man With a Passion for Music
I happened upon Brian Currin’s web site one day and saved it so I could share it with you. He’s South African and he promotes South African music online. Here’s what he says about himself:
“Online Marketing is about doing more of the right things, more often” — Brian Currin
My name is Brian Currin, I live in Cape Town, South Africa and I’ve loved music all my life. I was born 4 days after “The Day The Music Died” according to Don McLean (You figure it out!). I am a self-employed online marketing specialist and music researcher.
I have been marketing South African (and International) music online since January 1999 and I have helped many South African musicians and music-related businesses establish a presence on the internet.
Links to Brian Currin’s Music Projects
January 19 – February 19, 2010
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You Can Help (Me, too?)
I think I would enjoy working on a hospital ship or in one of those inflatable surgery suites. This article says there is a place for people from many walks of life.
Teachers, Builders, Healers, Caretakers, Chaplain (just to name a few)
Here’s the article: New Volunteers Needed In Haiti: Teach, Heal, Rebuild
Haiti relief organizations are seeking volunteers with a range of professional backgrounds to contribute to the continued healing and rebuilding of the country, Tonic reports.
Doctors and nurses are still needed most. But clergy, engineers and translators are needed, too. Individuals with experience caring for children can help in Haitian orphanages. Carpenters and teachers can be of service. Even animal lovers have an opportunity step up and help the myriad dogs, cats and other pets that have lost their homes and families.
Tonic has pulled together a list of organizations who are actively recruiting volunteers for Haiti relief efforts. Visit the Web site to find an organization that fits your skills and expertise.
A Man Wrote a Letter to Haiti
It was not a letter of concern or love. It sounded more like condemnation. He happens to be known in some circles, well known, it seems. Needless to say, there are already several hundred comments posted to his blog. Would you be surprised to learn that few are supportive?
I Wrote a Comment, Too
In my usual fashion, when I write a comment that is much too long to be a comment, I’m bringing it back here, and posting it as a post, too. ;) This is what I said.
Circumstances of birth are not anything that any of us chooses. When people are born into poverty in a nation of poor people on an island that is ravaged by hurricanes and earthquakes, what can they do to save themselves? If 10 million people should not live on a fault line in the path of hurricanes, where should they live? And, how can they make that happen?
If you had been born on that island, one of those people you condemn, you would be there with them now, hungry, thirsty, exhausted, afraid, and mourning the loss of your home, your friends, and your loved ones. You would be pleading for any people anywhere to put themselves in your shoes, feel compassion in their hearts, and help you get through this devastating time.
Closer to your reality, would it be right for doctors to deny you (as the person you are) medical care if you broke a bone, or burst an artery, or developed signs of cancer? What if a sink hole appeared and swallowed up your house, or a loved one was struck down by a drunk driver? Should there be no compassion for you? What makes any one of us more valuable than any another living, breathing human being? Are we not all a part of each other?
I believe that we are all connected to each other, whether or not we want to believe we are. We are connected across political, economic, national, racial, and religious lines. We are connected in ways we cannot even imagine.
Nothing is simple in this life, but a lot of things are more difficult for some people than for others. I hope there will be people who will help me if tragedy strikes some day. I hope there will be people for you, too. We all need help when times are bad, and not because of whether or not we ‘deserve’ it. Bad things happen to all people. We’re not better people just because we’ve not suffered the same tragedies.
I hope that you will have the opportunity to get to know some of the people you disdain. Knowing each other is a good way to make room in our hearts for each other. I believe we hurt ourselves by trying to keep our world (and, our love for others) small. It’s scary sometimes to take a chance and get to know someone who is outside our comfort zones, but it makes life so much better when we realize we are all a part of each other.
President Obama In Newsweek
A certain self-important, ratings-at-any-cost voice against Obama says that Obama is only helping the people of Haiti to boost his own political agenda by increasing his popularity with people of color in the USA. That racist accusation is clearly designed to gain ratings and further stir anti-Obama sentiment among people who never wanted anyone other than a white man in the White House.
I don’t care what Obama’s agenda is in sending aid to Haiti, but I have every reason to believe it has a lot more to do with humanity than with politics. Even at his worst, not living up to every larger-than-life imagination people had of him, Barack Obama demonstrates daily, by doing the right thing, that he is the better man.
What Will It Be?
What will we do? Do we agree and join with our President in helping those who cannot possibly help themselves in this time of need? Or, do we listen to the self-promoting, ratings-seeker who has publicly stated many times that his hope is that Obama will fail as President of the United States of America?
Of Every Political Persuasion
I hope that all of us, of any and every political persuasion, can agree on one thing. Helping each other, and working together to do good for those who cannot help themselves is the higher good. When we work together to help those who cannot help themselves, we are doing the right thing.
A List of Articles
This post is a list of articles about what is going on in Haiti, nothing more.Haiti in Ink and Tears: A Literary Sampler The New York Times
Why Haiti Matters Newsweek
The Human Face of Haitian Tragedy originally on CBSNews.comIn Haiti crisis, a teachable moment for investors, givers Reuters Destruction at epicentre of Haiti quake is extreme (video) BBC News From Haiti’s ruins, a chance to rebuild a nation The Washington Post Patients overwhelm medical teams at Haiti clinics The Washington Post
Rescues Beat Dimming Odds in Haiti The New York Times
The rest are from Huffington Post The Worst Kind of Suffering How To Help in Haiti: the Grass-Roots Version Elderly At Haiti Hospice Going Without Aid, Waiting To Die Food, water coming to earthquake-ravaged Haiti The Earthquake That Triggered A Global Empathic Response: What The Haitian Crisis Tells Us About Human Nature Thoughts On Haiti, And The Spirit Of Activism In Film This Valentine’s Day, Let’s All Get Together and Make Love (give to Haiti instead of each other) Haiti and the Depths of Darkness
More From and About Haiti
What God Looks Like in HaitiAnderson Cooper From Haiti: ‘The Camera Lens Is Too Small To Capture What Is Really Happening Here’Pat Robertson Haiti Quotes Latest Of MANY Controversial Comments: Craziest Robertson Quotes Ever
Luxury Cruise Ship Docks On Private Haitian Beach, Just 60 Miles From Devastation
French Minister Slams US Role In Haiti
Haiti chaos hampers aid delivery; death toll risesHelping in Haiti for the Days to Come
Stories From Haiti: How People Are Coming Together To Help Each Other
January 20, 2010Essay: Help Is on the Way; It Just Can’t Get There
Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s stunning report from Haiti
Sanjay Gupta ‘Shocked’ When Doctors Left Him Alone In Haiti Clinic Overnight (VIDEO)
Translating David Brooks Haitians Dying In Hospital From Lack Of SuppliesWATCH: Crowd Chants ‘USA! USA!’ After Haiti Rescue EffortHaiti Radio Stations Connect Nation, Families Reporters Become Part of the Story in Haiti