For those many of you who were so interested in the kitten that invaded my apartment and scratched me, I do believe it has returned to its family. There’s been no sign of the little mix of claws and fur wandering the halls. As nice as it would be to have a pet cat, I think I’ll wait on that, despite the dozen comments insisting I should take it into my home.
I’m not a frequent listener of podcasts, but I’ve been enjoying Dailysonic, a “free MP3 magazine for the hip and eclectic.” I’ve enjoyed the varied content each show offers, especially the recent pieces on morning glories and the musician Coppe. I’ll likely subscribe to the show and listen each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Thanks to Mark for letting me know about this.
I’ve commented little about hurricane Katrina and the horrible aftermath, and perhaps that’s a mistake. I’m disgusted by the incompetence and apathy seen in the powerful responding to it, heartened by those working selflessly to help and, above all, deeply moved by the suffering of those thousands it has harmed. One source of information and commentary I’ve been following is the blog of Matthew Good, a man I respect deeply for his dedication to social justice. He’s been covering the developments extensively and I’d encourage you to visit his site. His response to those chiding him for not focusing on the positive aspects of the disaster is especially important, I think.
If positivism is what you’re after, besides donating money to help the victims of this disaster, start asking yourself some tough questions about government, about how we view the loss of life in other parts of the world, about the realities of poverty and inequality in our society, and how we have grown distant from each other despite the fact that there are more of us now than ever before.
Perhaps, when all is said and done, tears should encompass more of our days. Maybe then more might be done about the state of this world rather than very little, with a smile.
I certainly hope we can begin to take this approach in greater numbers, to work for real change that can prepare us to combat and prevent disasters of any kind, especially those caused by abuses of power.