Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Bob Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.
I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller and the ragged boy next to me
"Hello Barry, how are you today?"
"H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas . sure look good"
"They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?"
"Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time."
"Good. Anything I can help you with?"
"No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas."
"Would you like to take some home?"
"No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with."
"Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?"
"All I got's my prize marble here."
"Is that right? Let me see it."
"Here 'tis. She's a dandy."
"I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one isblue and I sort of gofor red. Do you have a red one like this at home?"
"Not zackley . but almost."
"Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble."
"Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller."
Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, "There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, perhaps."
I left the stand smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering
Several years went by, each more rapid that the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his viewing that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.
Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts ... all very professional looking.
They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket.
Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.
Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and mentioned the story she had told me about the marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.
"Those three young men who jus! t left were the boys I told you about.! They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim "traded" them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size ... they came to pay their debt."
"We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world," she confided, "but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho."
With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.
Moral: We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds.
Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that takes our breath.
Today . I wish you a day of ordinary miracles .. . A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself .. An unexpected phone call from an old friend .. Green stoplights on your way to work .. The fastest line at the grocery store .. A good sing-along song on the radio .. Your keys right where you left them.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, An hour to appreciate them, A day to love them, But an entire life to forget them.
Send this to the people you'll never forget. If you don'tsend it to anyone, it means you are in too much of a hurry.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Observatory June 21st Full Strawberry Moon 11:14 pm
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.
• Full Strawberry Moon - June This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June . . . so the full Moon that occurs during that month was christened for the strawberry!
MOON ILLUSION: The lowest-hanging full moon in 18 years could play tricks on your brain this week. Get the full story from Science@NASA.
SUMMER SOLSTICE: The 2005 northern summer solstice is today. The sun is at its highest declination of the year, so high that in some places the sun never sets--not even at midnight. This picture of the midnight sun comes from Antero Rahtu of Rovaniemi, Finland:
Rovaniemi is 7 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle, which means, strictly speaking, the midnight sun ought to dip below the horizon. What's going on? "The sun can be seen here because sunbeams are bent by the atmosphere," explains Rahtu.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Dear friend of MoveOn,
In an unexpected move yesterday afternoon, the House of Representatives approved a measure to restore $100 million of funding for NPR, PBS and local public stations.1 Republican leaders were proposing to slash $200 million from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, but you helped stop them.
Everyone said it was impossible to reverse any of the House cuts with Republicans in control. Yesterday's Washington Post described the divide between Democrats and Republicans like this:
"[O]n Capitol Hill, it's hard to find a Republican with anything nice to say about National Public Radio or the Public Broadcasting Service. Instead, they denounce them as liberal and elitist, when they bother to talk about them at all."2
Public broadcasting shouldn't divide Republicans and Democrats. More Americans trust NPR and PBS for balanced news and children's programming than any commercial network.3 Yet many Republicans have been intent on either gagging or starving public broadcasting.
So why did 87 Republicans break with the majority of their party and vote to restore the funding? In large part, because over 1 million of you signed the petition calling on Congress to reverse course. And over 40,000 of you made phone calls to your elected representatives. There was a surge of public outrage that couldn't be ignored. This victory was possible because we were joined by Free Press, Common Cause and strong allies in the House—Representatives Markey, Obey, Lowey, Dingell, Hinchey, Watson, Schakowsky, Blumenauer, Eshoo, Slaughter, and Leach, a brave Republican.
Despite this incredible progress, the House Republicans did manage to cut over $100 million, including funding for children's programming like "Sesame Street." We'll take our fight to the Senate when it considers the budget later this summer. But yesterday's vote makes it much more likely we can restore every last cent for NPR and PBS by acting together.
Yesterday also brought darker news in the fight for public broadcasting. The Republican-dominated board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) hired a former Republican National Committee chair as the next president, injecting partisanship into the very organization designed to shield public broadcasting from political meddling.4 This is only the latest effort by White House ally and CPB board chair Kenneth Tomlinson to remake public broadcasting as a partisan mouthpiece. To save NPR and PBS, we'll need to take on Tomlinson, but today we showed that the public can and will defend public broadcasting from partisan attack.
For now, we have a lot to be thankful for. Our kids can keep learning from PBS' children's programming. We can keep enjoying public broadcasting's in-depth, trustworthy news and cultural offerings. Most of all, we can be thankful for the ability of ordinary people to band together and do extraordinary things.
Thank you, for all you do,
–Noah, Joan, Marika, Wes and the MoveOn.org Team
Friday, June 24th, 2005
Dear friend of MoveOn,
As far as we know, this is the most Americans to ever sign a petition in a single week, and it's one of the larger petitions in recent U.S. history—over 1 million people! On Tuesday in front of the Capitol dome, we stacked box upon box of your signatures and comments—more than 60,000 pages—as members of Congress and children's advocates spoke in defense of NPR and PBS. PBS children's characters Clifford the Big Red Dog, Maya and Miguel, Leona the Lion, and lots of kids reminded Congress what's at stake.
The event was swarming with press, and the story is getting lots of great news coverage. You've helped to raise the profile of this issue and increase public pressure on Congress.
Our representatives have seen how many of us there are, but now they need to hear from us directly.
This is an uphill fight, so every call is critical. Tell the staffer who answers why you feel so strongly about saving NPR and PBS, and ask Rep. Blunt to restore all funding to public broadcasting.
It's important to track our impact. Please let us know you're calling at:
Why is public broadcasting so important? Many of you told Congress when signing the petition. Here are a few of your comments:
"There are so few truly wholesome and wonderful programs for children available on television. To invest in the future, please save PBS children's programming."
—Miranda, Chicago, IL
"NPR and PBS are crucial to me. I am a librarian, and it is often the only place that I can get news coverage on certain topics explained fully. Where broadcast news might spend 5 minutes on a topic, NPR will spend an hour."
—Paula, Benton Harbor, MI
"Public Broadcasting is one of the few bright spots in our nation's increasingly shallow and corporate influenced media."
—Steven, Alameda, CA
Our fight for public broadcasting—and high-quality, honest media—is just beginning. Thank you for all you do.
–Noah, Joan, Rosalyn, Wes and the MoveOn.org Team
Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
P.S. The Associated Press wire story on Tuesday's rally includes the petition you signed. You can read the story at:
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Dads Are Heros -
Important, Influential, Inspiring
When it comes to the man who was the greatest influence in a woman's life, Dad is No.1, according to research garnered from Hallmark's on-line consumer communities. Members of opinion groups said that Dad instilled values, taught lessons and was the most important man in their lives. Overall, they referred to him as "hero," and characterized him as "strict, but fair."
A look at today’s Hallmark Father’s Day cards reflects what the panel said.
One card says: Dad, all those times when you thought I wasn’t listening… or watching… or caring… I really was.
Another says: When he promises something, you can count on it… he gave me a solid place from which to grow, a foundation that never fails…
The role of dad has broadened. Some respondents said their dad told them they could be anything they wanted to be and do anything they wanted to do, giving them a sense of independence.
Many female respondents in the Hallmark consumer panel said they had hoped to marry a man like their father, and others described their husbands as having many of the characteristics that they most admired in their dads.
The five Hallmark consumer communities are comprised of approximately 1,000 people, recruited based on a specific commonality. The groups provide non-projectable, qualitative, on-going dialog with the marketplace.
Panel members consistently are open and willing to share their real feelings with Hallmark, according to Lori Givan, manager of the program.
Open communication is reflected in today’s Hallmark cards, as well. An example is the card that says: If you had not been the father you are, I would not be the daughter I am or the woman I’ve become... Because of you I know myself and I am not afraid to follow my dreams… Such messages reflect the kinds of thoughts expressed by the consumer panel toward their fathers or father figures.
Hallmark's goal is to help people put their feelings into words, according to Ali Nicolle, Father's Day product manager at Hallmark.
"It isn't always easy for people to find the right words," Nicolle says, "but when people see the words on a card, they recognize the feelings as their own. That's why we constantly are in touch with consumers – so we can understand exactly what they want to say."
As one panel member said of her father: "He was my hero, he is my hero and he always will be my hero." Another said: "...The older I get, the more of a hero I realize he was." Yet another said: "My dad! He was the biggest influence in my life."
Friday, June 17, 2005
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Thursday, June 16, 2005
Painting out of her home studio located on the edge of the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, overlooking the southern end of the Flathead Lake, Noles has access to more than 30,000 acres of land both for recreation and artistic backdrop. Noles rates horseback riding as her number one recreational activity.
Noles’ oil paintings feature the domestic life of the 1800’s Native American , especially the early reservation time period. For accuracy’s sake and in order to convey realism, Noles spends hours researching each painting, collecting reference and museum books on early Native American life and visiting museums to photograph their exhibits. She then incorporates the “realism” of her research with her inner images. One of the aspects Noles enjoys most about painting this time period is the depiction of the bead and quill work for which the Native Americans are so well known. “I find that not only can I try to portray a situation of that time, but I can also give honor to their works of art”, says Noles.
Another detail which adds realism to Noles’ work is her effort to use Native American models and wild animals in the photo shoots for her paintings. “The children that I’m working with now I’ve been working with for a few years; the parents know and trust me. Children have such a wonderful imagination and do such spontaneous things - some great paintings come out of it all.”
She often relies on a friend who rehabilitates injured or abandoned animals, who will bring over a fawn, fox pups, young lynx or perhaps a bobcat who are tame enough to be used in a photo shoot with her child models. “Tepee Tender” is a warm-hearted example.
Monday, June 13, 2005
Quiet Reflection Karen Noles
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Save the Whales!!! Up to the last minutes and seconds Over 51,161 people met via their pictures in Ulsan, Korea June 19, 2005!!! To say Stop killing all of our song makers of the deep!
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Humpback whale - Megaptera novaeangliae - breaching.
Image ID: anim0837, NOAA's Ark (Animals) Collection
Despite an international moratorium on commercial whaling, 2137 whales
will be killed this year and the
Japanese government is aggressively campaigning to lift the ban on
Greenpeace organizing a massive photo protest to not lift the ban.
The idea is that your picture,
along with thousands of other peoples, will be projected in front of
the building where delegates
from hundreds of governments meet on June 20 to decide if the whales
live or die.
The meeting will be in Ulsan, South Korea.