Friday, June 1, 2012

Irony Bone Sprained

Hard to imagine after near half a year w/out a 'puter, but all the damn bad news in the wold, plus insanity, the inhumanity of psychopaths, even flesh eating freaks--all gleefully reported on my teevee w/ macabre charm by presenters--all have combined to get me down, kind of like scene from 1 of my fave movies: Wild at Heart, a surreal David Lynch adaptation of Snow White story with Nicholas Cage and, more importantly, Laura Dern.

Comes a scene w/ Lulu, played by Dern, driving down the highway w/ Sailor Ripley, Cage, sleeping in the back seat of 1 convertible about '67 T'bird.

Lulu changes AM radio stations frantically trying to find some Rock and Roll music rather than bad news blaring from the speaker: robbery, rape ,murder, maybe even decapitation.
She slams on the brakes and swerves to shoulder of the road, leaps put and screams to now awake Sailor that she refuses to drive a single more mile until he finds some music on the radio.

Feels like that for me, what with all non-profit emails subscribed to: save whales, Sumatran tigers,  coral reefs, honey freaking bees, and polar bears, etc.

Sorry, screw the bears.

With limited attention and lifespan, plus scarce resources, will have to concentrate on issues closer to my humble empire of dirt, perhaps most importantly feeding hungry humans and children.

Here in Orlando, The City Beautiful, the local Christian Service Center started a Love Pantry program to feed children during weekends and summers when schools let out.  They need more resources.

Kids do not learn as well when hungry.

Poorly educated kids have less avenues for success, which can lead to criminal activity.  The kid you feed today might not rob you in years to come.


Money woes may force a program aimed at helping to feed hungry Orange County children to shut down.

More than 3,000 families depend on food pantries to help feed their children. But a surge in donations has slowly dropped off.

"When you are worried about what you will eat and when you will eat again, it is very tough to concentrate on your times tables," said Rock Lake Elementary Principal Lynne Wassatt.

One in every three students at Rock Lake Elementary School does not have a place to call home. And even the children who have homes don't always get enough food to eat.

"Wonderful children, amazing parents who work very hard. But it is difficult to make ends meet, even with minimum wage," said Wassatt.

Two-hundred-sixty-four of Rock Lake's 275 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. But that does not help them when school is out.

"The weekend is always the hardest," said Wassatt.

To help keep the children fed, First Baptist Orlando gave the Christian Service Center $28,000 to start the Love Pantries program. It's a program that is now in 38 Orange County schools.

"There are fewer children who come in on Mondays who say, 'We're hungry'" said Wassatt.

This year, Love Pantries fed 3,200 families.

But the center is struggling to get the money it needs to keep the pantries filled for summer school and for next year. It has raised only $60,000 of the $150,000 it needs.

"We now found out the summer needs are greater than what we anticipated. We're trying to figure out how to get food out there," said Robert Stuart of the Christian Service Center.
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Please, for whatever God or Goddess's sake you do or do not believe in--and especially if the name Jesus passes your lips in other than curses--also do not forget famine in the Sahel and support Oxfam and Unicef.

"With the all news of the world jumping out at you."

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