Monday, May 19, 2008

Garbage In | Garbage Out

First, Governor Huckabee joked to the National Rifle Association that the loud noise that interrupted his speech was Senator Obama scrambling off a chair when someone pointed a gun at him backstage.

Then Governor Huckabee told Tim Russert that was a stupid, off the cuff remark and he was sorry, but we all say stupid things don’t we — remember that stupid thing Ronald Reagan said? — and he guaranteed Mr. Russert it won’t be last stupid thing he says. Oh, well then...

Thus, for Governor Huckabee, out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

it could happen to ... anyone



It Could Happen to You
Alexandra Barreto, Rider Strong + Shiloh Strong
Los Angeles, CA

only visiting this planet | the Larry Norman Anthology


I gotta say, when Rolling Stone is right, they're right.

Larry Norman wrote his share of dogs but when he was good, he was very, very good.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mothers Day + 24


My friend Renee — who, God knows, is acquainted with grief on Mothers Day — posted an ancient poem from Hesiod:
Gaia, the beautiful, rose up,
Broad blossomed, she that is the steadfast base
Of all things. And fair Gaia first bore
The starry Heaven, equal to herself,
To cover her on all sides and to be
A home forever for the blessed Gods.

This, Renee accompanied with verse of her own, including the lines:
i’ve always loved pictures of the earth taken from space.
not just the half-slivered ones, but the full globe,
blue and white and luminescent amidst the blackness.

All of which reminded me, a motherless son in these years, of this from the eighth chapter of the letter to the Romans:
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Yes. Waiting. Still.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Radiohead | All I Need

All I Need
MTV Exit Foundation, Radiohead
Agency: Colman Rasic Carrasco
Creative: Rebecca Carrasco, Dejan Rasic

Monday, May 05, 2008

elitist...

Sorry, but I've been reading and listening to Senator Obama starting before he was Senator Obama and I find it amazing that he's being characterized as elitist.

Smart? You bet.

Well-educated? Extremely.

Accomplished? Attentive? Thoughtful? Eloquent? Visionary? Yep; all that.

But elitist? I just can't find it.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

net worth



This week, I learned that Jordan, the girl in the Bite Back video went out and secured a $20,000 foundation grant for antimalarial bed nets. Not bad for a 16 year-old. Not bad at all.

In the last couple of months, youth workers and kids have popped for 10,000 nets (Jordan's grant bumps that to 12,000). If you'd like to pitch in — you can buy a net for ten bucks ($10 U.S.); so why not pick up the tab for ten...or a hundred... — drop by BiteBack.net

How to Volunteer like a Pro



Here's a happy thing for me!

This is the cover concept for my new book: How to Volunteer like a Pro, due out in December 2008 from Youth Specialties.

— RANTS + REFLECTIONS ON THE COMMON GOOD —

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