Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Yes, that is Marilyn Monroe...and yes, she did read books. Look it up!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Musée des Beaux Arts
by W. H. Auden
About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:
They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.
In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.
"Musée des Beaux Arts" by W.H. Auden from W H Auden: The Collected Poems. © Random House, Inc, 1976. Reprinted with permission. (painting via University of Queensland, Australia)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
We are Much More Than "Just" Basket Weavers!
"The women in the camp clapped in awe when they heard that they were perceived as "artists"and not just as "weavers of a functional basket."
Today, 45 women gather in the special Weavers Tent set up as part of the Women's Center to support women who have been deeply traumatized by the genocide in Darfur.
The women arrive, many with babies on their backs, and are served strongly brewed tea as they begin their work weaving these beautiful, colorful, traditional baskets.
Your purchase of these special baskets sends these women not only much needed income to supplement the humanitarian aid they receive, but also these powerful messages: we value your talents and skills - you are not forgotten!
Our friend Susan Burgess-Lent, Program Director for DPDO, travelled to Darfur in May & June. This short video is from that trip.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Everyone who knew her misses her very much. It is difficult to believe that it has been five years. Condolences to her mother & her entire family.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Giulia especially loves this this photo of Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany's (she has a crush on the handsome orange "Cat.")