Friday, February 12, 2010


(misi...the other kitty in the house)

The gap between the rich and the poor is the most dangerous threat to world peace we have.

~ Hubert Humphrey ~
U.S. vice president 1965-1969

My Friday list:
  • fix the leak in the sink...again
  • drink coffee
  • work on my story
  • go for a walk...even if it is raining
  • revise list as needed


Deb Shucka said...

Love this list. The middle three are on my list for today. Misi doesn't look quite so relaxed or cool as the boys. :-)

Joan said...

I especially like the last item on your list. That one is always on mine, too!

Kathryn Grace said...

My kind of list. Yum. Utterly peaceful day.

I was working on a peace post myself when I decided to take a break and look to you for inspiration. You always come through, serendipitously at times. Boy did you get me thinking today.

At first glance, your HH quote and your list seemed unrelated, until I realized the genius of it--how you are showing us that part of what makes our lives so peaceful, for example, is the ability to turn on the tap in the morning and fill our coffee pots and tea kettles with clean safe water, perhaps after taking a lusciously warm shower.

You got me thinking of the water stats: How worldwide, something like 50 percent of us get piped water one way or another. But one out of eight of us has no access to safe water. Forget the tap. If that eighth person is a child, chances are she will be one of the 25,000 who die today from water-borne disease and poverty. If she's a mom, she may be spending her day trying to keep her babies, who likely are suffering from chronic diarrhea, dysentery, and typhoid, alive.

Does that mean I will not take advantage of the peaceful morning I am so fortunate to enjoy? Not at all. Who can know why some of us are so blessed and some not? I enjoy my hot, honey-laced ginger tea without guilt. But I am mindful, more so thanks to you, that I must continue to support the efforts of so many who are doing so much to make peace in the world through projects like The World Water council, Water Charity, and Awakening the Dreamer.

As you so often do, you've given me a great deal to think about and inspired me to keep working. Thank you, Wanda.

Wanda said...


Thanks for the compliment. I don't always know what the connection will be when I start writing, but when I am done, there usually is one much to my delight.

Yes--in spite of the empty bank account and the reality that within a month or two, if the flow of the universe were to change directions in my personal sphere, I could be one more homeless, I am rich beyond measure. And I am grateful.

The clean water...for coffee...for showers...for growing good food. I am extremely blessed.

Thank you for the work you do to raise our awareness.


Kathryn Grace said...

Oh, that's scary, and I know how scary. We're in the same boat. Just a wild thought in the middle of the night when I'm aching with cold and fever, and I don't know if it would do any good for a very long time, but you give us so much, Wanda, I wonder how a donate button on your blog might do. I see a lot of bloggers using them.

Wanda said...

I had a "donate" button once. Nothing happened. I decided to take it off. At some point...maybe again. Thanks for thinking of me. I hope your situation improves and that you are feeling better soon.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Now THAT is a list! And WTF? I didn't know there was a third cat!