Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Do All the Good You Can

Someone advised, "If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague." But kindness and goodness extend far beyond how we talk about each other. The person who dares to be good -- and DO good -- may have to find the heart to stand up and be counted.

It's not always about being nice. It's about doing the right
thing. And it was never put better by anyone than by eighteenth
century church reformer John Wesley:

"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the
ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you
can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."

Tuesday, 29 April 2008



I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned. ... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

Monday, 28 April 2008

Right to Dry for Apartment Dwellers

Are you living in an apartment, dorm, anyplace without the space to hang a clothesline? After all, what can you do? You don't own a backyard!

But wait! There is a better way! The drying rack, a device which folds compactly out of the way when not in use, allows anyone to dry their clothing naturally. The modern drying racks add a design element to your green living, a big improvement over the unstable, old accordion-racks.

Natural drying will save energy and money. Not only on your gas/electric bill, but also on the wear and tear your clothing avoid. Your favorite tight jeans come off the rack fitting just right. And you can wear that perfect shirt you found months longer without the heat-and-tumble drying process. No more lost buttons or snags.

Modern washing machines have faster spin cycles, leaving clothing already dry enough that they will not drip when hung out, so there are no worries about water damage. Set out in a well-ventilated room, clothing will be dry by the next day, smelling fresh and fine. The clothing comes off the rack already sorted and half-way folded: so the labor quotient is not significantly different than machine drying. Also, you can wear most clothes without ironing.

So trust me and try it: you won't miss your dryer a bit.

Friday, 25 April 2008

The International Year of the Potato

The potato has been around for some 8000 years, and the Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has created this site to promote
2008 as the International Year of the Potato. The intent of the site is to
promote the role of the potato as a way to alleviate world hunger and to
help achieve a number of internationally agreed upon development objectives,
including the Millennium Development Goals. On the right-side of the
homepage, visitors can read fact sheets on the potato, learn about world
potato production, and even view a photo gallery of potatoes from around the
world. Along the top of the site, visitors will find the "Potato World"
section. Here they can learn about world potato production over the past two
decades via a set of statistics and a nice map. Clicking on each region of
the world will reveal even more detailed country-level statistics, including
acres in potato production and consumption rates.