Sunday, December 30, 2007

Making a Difference

Watoto Wa Kwetu Trust and Children's Art Center

Don't we all want to make a difference somehow? It feels great to contribute in some small way. Here's your chance!
A friend of mine is helping the Watoto Wa Kwetu Trust and Children's Art Center in Kenya by selling screensavers of his photography at his site:
To learn more here is the Watoto Wa Kwetu Trust's homepage:

Farin Greer, an artist who used to live here in Wilmington and run a wonderful gallery is involved with the trust. She writes that recently one of their new volunteers- "wrote to say that many of her friends and family have been asking questions about our choice to support programs that provide creative arts, when it seems obvious to assume that most of these children probably struggle just to get their basic necessities met, be in need of food, water and shelter. Well here is what I advised her to consider and share with people who ask this question; There are in fact many new and established organizations that specifically work to assist the children(some of whom are orphaned) to have the basics.There still remains so very much to be done in all these areas.Though I will never argue that one must have the basics for the body to survive, the soul is more complex. With nurture, by means of food, water and shelter there is still the need to nurture the soul by means of expression. We desire to offer a vehicle for the children to dream beyond the moment. We believe...if you can dream it you canf ind a way to make it happen, but if there is no dream, one may just fell a victim of their environment with no hope of something better. Creativity is a doorway to hope. I hope this helps. As the sayings go: Each One Teach One and Active Spirituality Supports Reality... Please take a minute, visit our page and consider making a donation, no gift is too small. There is great power in a collective force of love and support."
If you are interested here is Farin's artwork:

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Trash! Glorious Trash!

Wasn't that an Oscar the Grouch song?
Thought I'd share... My buddy Steve Brimm gave me the heads up on Ira Glass' interview with sailor and researcher Captain Charles Moore. Captain Moore's website is fantastic
They offer resources and information, as well as handouts for teachers to print out about plastics. Thought I share some depressing photos from their research of dead albatross whose guts were full of plastic non-biodegradable trash.

Awareness- that's one thing all of us can do raise awareness. Then you can make small change. Just pay attention to how much plastic you use and how you dispose of it. Then start using less!

On a more positive note, a couple of great uplifting quotes:
"Always use the word impossible with the greatest caution" -Werner Von Braun
"The peope who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them" -George Bernard Shaw