Sunday, January 17, 2010

Save the Children: Haiti

Heart wrenching reports of despair and miracles continue to flow out of Haiti, in the wake of last week's devastating earthquake. The expected comparisons to Katrina or the Asian tsunami continue to attempt to frame the discussion and international understanding of the disaster. And the usual suspects are making the anticipated inflammatory remarks. (Honestly Pat Robertson, if that's how God operated, he would have dropped an anvil on your head a long time ago.)

But beneath the rubble of media coverage lies the real suffering of millions.

So what the heck can we do about it?

Kick in some cash to a trusted organization, for a start.

Save the Children is bringing relief--food, clean water, medical aid--to this devastated region. But they need our help to keep doing it. And it couldn't be easier. To donate $10--that's two venti lattes--to Save the Children's efforts, just text "SAVE" to 20222. That's it. You're done.

To read first hand accounts of Save the Children's relief work in Haiti and to see what your dollars can do, check out their blog, Voices from the Field.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Amy's Harvest

So, you think mid-January is the wrong time to turn your thoughts toward gardening? Yep, me too. Until my talented and horticulturally advanced friend Amy taught me a thing or two, that is.

Did you know that late February is an ideal time to purchase seeds for your spring planting? (Plan early, avoid the rush on cherry tomato seeds.)

Were you aware that good gardening requires planning and that there are online tools to help you map out your growing space?

Had you any inkling that you can organize your garden around the phases of the moon? (This process doesn't even require any eye of newt of or toe of frog!)

Luckily for all of us, Amy has finally decided to spread her knowledge around like so much compost; she's writing her own blog now, called Amy's Harvest. It's worth a peek if gardening is your thing--or if you're trying to make it your thing.

And look for Amy to be guest blogging here soon with tips on gardening with Little Ones.

Monday, January 4, 2010


A week at Grandma's house has done much to thwart all my good child-rearing habits. As usual.

A script from this morning:

Little One: Good morning, Mama. Let's watch something on TV.

Mama: Why don't we have breakfast?

Little One: Yes! Cookies and TV!

Mama: How about eggs and then maybe we could paint something together?

Little One: (Face collapsing into a tremendous pout, with tears on the verge of overflowing) But Mama, Grandma always lets me watch TV. You're a naughty Mama. I want to go back to Grandma's house. You're so mean! (Threatened tears now materialize and overwhelm. A brief stint face down on the kitchen floor ensues.)

Mama: ...

Thanks, mom.