Monday, August 29, 2011
Here we are complaining about the power being out, the phones not working, etc. Have we already forgotten all of the people in Haiti who are still homeless almost two years after the earthquake? It's times like these that I'm reminded of my belief that the Universe sends hardships to remind us that we are really blessed, that things could be a lot worse. Even those who have lost their homes and businesses in the last 48 hours will have a much better chance of recovery than anyone in Haiti or any third-world country, in part because of our public and private relief agencies and in part because of the helping hands of neighbors and community members. I hope we all, myself included, can remember to put our energy into helping others instead of focusing on our minor inconveniences and losses.
Peace and healing to all.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Mike and I went to a national park site, where the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned U.S. warship is docked. In the gift shop we bought Spencer a set of Revolutionary War toy soldiers. He opened up the package, dumped them out, and promptly read the word "China" off the bottom of one.