Friday, October 30, 2009
crossposted at firedoglake 17 oct 2009
"Into every life, a little rain must fall"
Good morning pups, I hope you are in a nice dry place waiting for these heavy rains to pass! Wasn't it just summer? The dour Scottish part of me rather likes these days, an opportunity to be indoors, if we're fortunate enough to have indoor work, and to contemplate life.
It's a chance to think about how things grow and change, how we can go through the storms and come out on the other side.
A lot of people are under heavy weather economically this year, and it looks like unemployment - a lagging factor in any economic recovery - seems destined to rise a little more before we get real relief.
If ever there was a need for community, this is it. Many folks here are struggling, and we all know friends and neighbors who are shocked to realize the safety net didn't include them. We need to share ideas.
I would like your thoughts and suggestions about how to reach out to our family members, neighbors, friends, and strangers in need during this economic storm.
We need to rethink our participation in the local food bank and other agencies that are there for us all when we need it.
This would be a good time to gather up warm clothing and especially coats that we are not using, and donate them to a local organization that will get them to people who will be cold without them.
There may be elderly in your neighborhood who need extra help as the friends they have counted on slip away from age or infirmity.
Pups, let's be there for each other. Folks who have never commented before - a special invitation to you, we would love to hear from you in the comments.
I've got fresh-baked blueberry muffins along with some hot tea and coffee and cocoa with extra little marshmallows, so let's gather together and think what we can do. Pull up a chair....
photo by .faramarz