Monday, August 24, 2009

In Memory of G

I lost a wonderful person in my life on Saturday. For this post, I will call her "G". She was a part of my Sunday mornings for a long while. I would listen to her play the church organ with so much fervor. Music was her joy. You could feel her joy when she played either on the organ or piano. When she had to quit playing because of her sickness, I had to change the way I listened to the music during Sunday services. I was so use to listening to "G' play, it took me forever to get use to the new organist. "G' always had a smile and wonderful greeting for everyone whether at church or when you saw her at the grocery or anywhere.

You will be missed "G". I know you are hearing God's music now. Music that I can't even begin to imagine. We will meet again someday "G". Until then, you are in God's care and surrounded with love and music beyond all thought.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tropical Storm Claudette?

Where did she come from? I've been watching ANA and BILL in the Atlantic, but this one seemed to sneak up on the Gulf Coast and was named overnight. Oh well! Hopefully, this will be a little breeze and nothing serious. But then, that's HOPEFULLY. We'll see come tomorrow. Hurricane season is upon us.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Save the Children

Not sure why all of a sudden I felt this strong need to support a cause outside of the realm of knitting, but today was the day to jump into something new. I looked at the Save the Children web-site and decided to become a sponsor of a child in the United States. Why the United States? I am particularly concerned about the needs and poverty in our own backyard.

Children have always been of paramount concern to me. I worked for a period of time for a school district in Michigan and I witnessed firsthand the needs of children. For years I have thought about the programs the schools had back then that took care of children and wondered what would have happened to these children without the programs. My thoughts were always about the needs of the innocents--the children. Would the lunch those children received, on any given day, be the only meal for the day? Would the after-school programs be enough to change that child for life? Would the programs give the child the impetus or push to succeed in life? I will never know how some of the children so long ago have faired in this life, but I can now monitor the successes of a program that puts back 91% of their donations to help children in one way or another. Will I quit knitting because of my involvement in this program? NO. I will quietly watch and read all of the updates that will be sent to me by Save the Children and will keep knitting, donating and supporting other causes as well.