Nothing Gold Can Stay
- by Robert Frost
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
The concept is for as many people as possible around the world to turn off their lights for an hour.
Security and emergency lighting will remain on. Millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations around the globe turn off their lights for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America participate annually.
"A startling explosion of color, smells and sounds within drab institutional walls. Schuleit left much of what she found untouched. In some rooms, furniture is tipped over and tape dispensers, paper and other items are scattered across desks. Her vision is not limited to flora. Using the certer's 1950s era public address system, she piped in sounds recorded in the final weeks it closed: footsteps echoing in the halways, voices of patients and staff members, doors slamming shut."
We won't stop the problem of street harassment by asking women to cover up. As long as we cling to the lie that it is women's bodies that are the problem, it doesn't matter whether women wear burqas or bikinis in public –- we'll hold them accountable for what men to say them regardless of how much skin they're showing.
There's only one solution, and that's to start believing that all men (not just a few decent ones) have the power to control what they say and how they act.
When I think of war, for me, it's by default a ... lose-lose case. I believe there's no winner in the war because, you know, the killed one dies physically and the killer dies morally. So they are both dead. - Dunya Mikhail, NPR interview.
We believe that
- Those affected have requested very little, limited aid. Aid being offered far exceeds aid being requested. (Details below.)
- Charities are aggressively soliciting donations, often in ways we feel are misleading (more on this in future posts).
- Any donation you make will probably be used (a) by the charity you give it to, for activities in a different country; (b) for non-disaster-relief-and-recovery efforts in Japan.
- If you’re looking to pursue (a) and help people in need all over the world, we recommend giving to the best charity you can, rather than basing your giving on who is appealing to you most aggressively with images and language regarding Japan.
- If you prefer (b), a gift to the Japanese Red Cross seems reasonable.
Overall, though, a gift to Doctors Without Borders seems to us like the best way to effectively “respond to this disaster”.
We feel they are a leader in transparency, honesty and integrity in relief organizations, and the fact that they’re not soliciting funds for Japan is a testament to this. Rewarding Doctors Without Borders is a move toward improving incentives and improving disaster relief in general.
Perhaps this Lent we might make it our task to do less and to say less so that we can create the necessary space in our lives where God can speak and give and we can hear and receive.
Today [March 8] is the 100th International Women's Day. ... Forgive me if I don't immediately start roaring in numbers too big to ignore, but I'm wondering in what sense genuine progress has been made in advancing the international status of women over one whole century, which is a lot of time in anyone's money. To put things into perspective, the Animal Cruelty Act (UK, 1911) is also 100 years old this year and the ill-treatment of animals is so rare as to cause front-page consternation in that country, unlike domestic violence.
Activists in the sweltering heat of Egypt hold up signs praising protesters in Wisconsin while the shivering public workers in the snow of Madison talk about struggling "like an Egyptian.
Who would have thunk?"
“Mr. Hamdani bravely sacrificed his life to try to help others on 9/11. [Pause] After the tragedy some people tried to smear his character [pause] solely because of his Islamic faith.
Some people spread false rumors and speculated that he was involved with the attackers because he was a Muslim. But it was only when his remains were identified that these lies were exposed.
Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a fellow American who gave his life for other Americans. His life should not be just a member of an ethnic group or just a member of a religion, but as an American who gave everything for his fellow Americans.”