Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Heaven in a Wildflower

To see the world in a grain of sand,
and heaven in a wildflower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.

~William Blake

Of Note: William Blake was one of those geniuses we spoke about in the May 2nd blog. These folks are not hard to spot because they have a way of touching the universal with a few simple words. That's hard to do. If we conducted a study down through the ages, we could pick out these luminaries, who are always one step ahead of their contemporaries. These are no saints, but men and women who lived life to the fullest and gave gifts to humanity that are still being savored today. Forerunners, really. Without their contributions and sacrifices, we might still be staring at the four walls of a cave and contemplating whether to have the mammoth steak or trillium soup for dinner.

Today's Weather Report: It was 72 degrees Fahrenheit this afternoon and oh what a gorgeous warm day. The garden called, but before heading out, I donned a tank top and shorts for the first time this year with my flip flops, of course. Flip-flop, flip-flop. Boy, do I love that sound!

News You Can Use Snippet: I was amazed to discover that over 1,000,000 non-profits were open for business in the United States. Then it became perfectly clear why someone was always asking for money for something--often several times a day. The internet has made this particularly easy. Though no one would argue that charities do good things, just think if these organizations would consolidate down to let's say, 10,000. It's possible that the efficiencies would go through the roof, and the money saved on administration and other redundant overhead could then be redirected to service activities. If this type of cooperation was global, the world might change overnight.

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