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I have loved this song for quite some time.
But, I never thought I'd see it performed quite like this.


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Kids Count 2007

Yesterday was a pretty busy day around here. We got up bright and early so that we could have Maya at Sky Harbor Airport to go see her dad, Paris, for spring break. We were about 30 minutes into the 2 hour drive when I realized I’d left Maya’s flight confirmation number at the house. So, knowing Paris would have it, I quickly called him up. I ended the call with, “So she takes off at 12:30ish. Cool.”

Just as the phone was cutting off I heard “11:30!”

“What?!?”

It turns out that we’d all thought wrong and, therefore, left an hour late.

Fun!

Well, off we went, hightailing it to (and through) Phoenix. And ultimately, we got Maya to the airport with just enough time to get through the excessively long line and on to her plane. (You just have to love spring break in the airport.) I hope Maya has a great time in LA.

I’ll be thinkin’ of ya, kiddo.

Then it was over to the Kids Count 2007 event at Firebird International Raceway, where Chris and I were scheduled to volunteer at the Donor Network Arizona (DNAZ) booth. Well…the event had lots of great info, but wasn’t well publicized. So most of the people there were other vendors.

There was another volunteer there with us, Ruth. This was her first volunteer event. We had a nice time chatting and watching the empty space in front of us where people should have been milling about. Even so, we managed to sign up 10 new people in our four hour shift. All things considered, that was a great feat. So I feel pretty good about it.

While Ruth and I worked the table, Chris did a lot of Kajsa entertaining. She got her face painted, rode a pony – and a roller coaster, and even participated in duck racing. Yep, PETA’s probably gonna rail on me for authorizing such activities, but it is, well, what it is.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of general public at this event, all the food vendors raised their prices excessively. Even a small bottle of water was $6.00. So we went without. Next time I’ll know and bring a bunch of water with me. But we did stop at Albertson’s on the way out of town to get stuff for a little car picnic on the drive home. We even stopped at Sunset Point rest area at just the right time.

It was truly a good day.






Kajsa's Kids Count 2007 on Vimeo

A Beautiful Point of View

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Your ideals mostly resemble that of a Humanist. Although you do not have a lot of faith, you are devoted to making this world better, in the short time that you have to live. Humanists do not generally believe in an afterlife, and therefore, are committed to making the world a better place for themselves and future generations.


Well that's great, Rowan. But what does that mean? Are you some cold atheist sitting there with your meerschaum and your superior attitude? No actually far from it. I loathe that image.

In fact, I think of myself rather as the opposite. I'm always looking for the special spark of life in everyday experiences. I love to show my children the beauty of nature and the sanctity of all it holds. And while I don't believe that we are all the loving experiment of some divine entity, I truly feel that life is an incredibly unique and wonderful gift.



The Affirmations of Humanism: A Statement of Principles


·We are committed to the application of reason and science to the understanding of the universe and to the solving of human problems.
·We deplore efforts to denigrate human intelligence, to seek to explain the world in supernatural terms, and to look outside nature for salvation.
·We believe that scientific discovery and technology can contribute to the betterment of human life.
·We believe in an open and pluralistic society and that democracy is the best guarantee of protecting human rights from authoritarian elites and repressive majorities.
·We are committed to the principle of the separation of church and state.
·We cultivate the arts of negotiation and compromise as a means of resolving differences and achieving mutual understanding.
·We are concerned with securing justice and fairness in society and with eliminating discrimination and intolerance.
·We believe in supporting the disadvantaged and the handicapped so that they will be able to help themselves.
·We attempt to transcend divisive parochial loyalties based on race, religion, gender, nationality, creed, class, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, and strive to work together for the common good of humanity.
·We want to protect and enhance the earth, to preserve it for future generations, and to avoid inflicting needless suffering on other species.
·We believe in enjoying life here and now and in developing our creative talents to their fullest.
·We believe in the cultivation of moral excellence.
·We respect the right to privacy. Mature adults should be allowed to fulfill their aspirations, to express their sexual preferences, to exercise reproductive freedom, to have access to comprehensive and informed health-care, and to die with dignity.
·We believe in the common moral decencies: altruism, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility. Humanist ethics is amenable to critical, rational guidance. There are normative standards that we discover together. Moral principles are tested by their consequences.
·We are deeply concerned with the moral education of our children. We want to nourish reason and compassion.
·We are engaged by the arts no less than by the sciences.
·We are citizens of the universe and are excited by discoveries still to be made in the cosmos.
·We are skeptical of untested claims to knowledge, and we are open to novel ideas and seek new departures in our thinking.
·We affirm humanism as a realistic alternative to theologies of despair and ideologies of violence and as a source of rich personal significance and genuine satisfaction in the service to others.
·We believe in optimism rather than pessimism, hope rather than despair, learning in the place of dogma, truth instead of ignorance, joy rather than guilt or sin, tolerance in the place of fear, love instead of hatred, compassion over selfishness, beauty instead of ugliness, and reason rather than blind faith or irrationality.
·We believe in the fullest realization of the best and noblest that we are capable of as human beings.

Quotables from The Tick

Yes I know this is a bit odd. But I was feeling curious and slightly bored.
I could be doing worse things, you know.


·I am a citizen of the moment. I built my white picket fence around the "now" with a commanding view of the "soon to be".
·Death. The eternal blink; a capricious dance of 'now you stop movin' forever.'
·Squeeze the milk of life into your dirty glass and drink it warm.
·Well, look at me, babblin' like the brook that knew too much.
·You're on a first name basis with lucidity, little friend, I have to call it Mr. Lucidity, and that's no good in a pinch.
·Alone is an unfortunate predicament, Lone is an aesthetic choice.

Thank you for indulging me.

Snapshot

Walking to Kajsa’s school today, a bee buzzed its way around our heads a few times before taking off to greener pastures.  Later, I watched a meandering butterfly as I sweated my way back home.  The smells of both garbage and verdant earth hang in the air.  Even our neighbor’s out working shirtless on his old Volkswagen.

Let’s hear it for the great green days of spring!

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