Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What a speech!

I watched the entire swearing in ceremony,on CNN live stream, from my computer. I would love to have a copy of the speech. What wonderful values, thoughts, challenges he presented to the world and the peoples of the United States.
I have a friend that heard the call out, to make MLK day a day of service and she hosted a dinner, for people that could volunteer their time, calling other folks and asking them to sign up to learn the techniques and skills needed to be aware of and prevent potential suicides.
There are so many people already donating their time, skills, energy to service work. There are so many more that would benefit from involving themselves in something outside of themselves. If you want to know what's happening in your area in the way of service opportunities you might try this link: http://www.bethechangeinc.org/servicenation/about_us/vision Or you can contact your local news agencies and they will be able to direct you.
If you are an artist think about taking your talents and skills into your local libraries for youth, young adult and even adult programs. Ask at your local Boys and Girls club if you can bring your art skills in to work with the kids.
If you work with fabric, check the local hospitals, nursing homes, children's hospitals, etc. to see if they have special programs or groups that make things for the residents/patients. A cheerful pillowcase made with love can make a difference, don't you for one minute doubt that.
Check with your local schools and see if they have a program for you to help with mentoring or reading to kids.
I pledge to you, my readers, that once I get my studio organized and I'm back to working in it I will be working on those quilts for the children at my local Children's Hospital.
I also pledge that I will contact my local Boys and Girls Club and see if there is some way I can bring the Art Journal Workshop that I have done at the local library, into the club.
I'm excited about being an American citizen again. I'm proud of what we can do when we focus on peaceful, productive goals.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:25 PM

    ((((((((((Bea)))))))))))) We were streaming together. :)
    Janet

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  2. Bea, thanks for taking the initiative (as you always do) to promote service work. It is voices like yours that will keep us remembering what we heard on Tuesday. Without reminding each other and challenging each other to go the extra mile beyond ourselves, we will not keep that flame of hope and action alive.

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