Tuesday, August 12, 2008
You know the starfish story where the old man says, "What are you doing?" and the boy says, "I'm trying to save the starfish, sir." and the old man says, "but there are thousands of starfish and only one of you, what difference can you make?" and the little boy throws a starfish back in the ocean and says, "I made a difference to that one." Well, Dawn Caldart, a Milwaukee attorney, and frequent guest feminist at the Boys Club, is one of those people who looks at the starfish on the beach, rolls up her sleeves, and starts tossing them back in the water one by on. Thing is, she makes it look like so much fun that other people run to the beach and start chucking starfish back into the ocean too and pretty soon there are a whole bunch of people drinking beer and saving starfish and running around on the beach having a great time...
I often contemplate the "what's in-between." Recently, I read what I consider a manual for life, "The Miracle of Mindfulness." The clarity that comes with being present in this time and place has been life changing for me.
Although malnutrition is always present in Ethiopia, this year's lack of
rain, rising food costs, and inconsistent food distributions have made the
situation much worse, with rates of severe malnutrition particularly high in
the region where my daughters were born.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has teams working in
southern Ethiopia where more than 11,800 children have been treated for
severe malnutrition to date. MSF is helping Ethiopia's most vulnerable
children now so these children can help the Ethiopia's children of tomorrow.
A $40.00 donation will feed a child for 40 days.