Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Gotan Project CD La Revancha del Tango) I wish that I'd known Spanish when we visited there, but the little Italian I had at the time was helpful. I want to return in person, now that I've been studying Espanol.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Should have slept on that idea, right?
I love using music for the background. Don't worry, it's old and well used, and a duplicate of what I already have to play from.
Friday, October 15, 2010
And yet, there are parts of the world where clean water, safe for drinking, is unavailable or difficult to come by, so it's as if there was no water in the world. I am among those fortunate enough to have clean water come out of faucets in my home.
I've become sensitized to wasting water so I don't run water while brushing my teeth and have a toilet that uses less water, but oh my, in the big picture, this is like nothing!
Here are some facts - African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is usually still not safe to drink.
- Every week, nearly 38,000 children under the age of 5 die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.
While the developing world faces challenges like the above, the industrialized countries consume loads of water.
Check out these facts -
- It takes 24 liters of water to produce one hamburger. That means it would take over 19.9 billion liters of water to make just one hamburger for every person in Europe.
- That cotton t-shirt you might be wearing right now took 1,514 liters of water to produce, and your jeans required an extra 6,813 liters.
AND this fact which really disturbs me:
- The US, Mexico and China lead the world in bottled water consumption, with people in the US drinking an average of 200 bottles of water per person each year. Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, 86 percent of which will never be recycled.
So what can one person do? It seems crazy to think that I can do anything about this. However, if we each vow to cut down on wasting water, not buy bottled water (I got this really nice metal bottle to refill from my tap,) figure out for yourself how to conserve water (more here)in your own life, and maybe even write a bit about this in your own blog, or share with your family and friends, we can as a multitude, make a difference.
Here's something that I didn't know about until I signed on to blog about water:
Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war?Did you know this? Pretty amazing and horrifying.
Please do something in your own life, and take action. Besides conserving water, you can take action by signing the petition via the link to the right, or do some of your own research to find another group through which you can take action. Spread the word. This is our world and it's hard to image it without water.
Check out what's happening on other blogs here. You'll be amazed at who's participating.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
|view from Kennedy Center|
|K Street by the Potomac River|
Monday, October 11, 2010
|What a spread|
|impromptu jam session|
We didn't think they'd play music while at our house, but Habib spotted my husband's kunga drums and tuned them up. Then Naveed, our son's friend started to improvise on the piano and Naghib joined him. There was clapping and dancing and even some joke telling by Saeid. We had so much fun that we became instant groupies.
|At the Folk Festival, first night|
|New Yellow Hat|
|The James River|
|listening to rockabilly|
A tall friend of ours kindly held up my camera to capture this photo of the band. What fun. What a terrific diversion. We headed home as the sun was setting, a golden sunset, the end of a really wonderful weekend.
I think this is the longest post I've ever done. I hope you enjoyed the Richmond Folk Festival! If Shanbehzadeh comes to your city, try to see them. You won't be sorry you did. Today, my calves hurt from dancing salsa in clogs (not recommended) and I'm still feeling the loss of our pup, but happy that we heard lively music and made some new friends.
Friday, October 08, 2010
|Taking a rest, recently|
|Studio Portrait 1995|
|On the porch, snoozing|
|Taking a stroll|
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Saturday, October 02, 2010