“fear is the highest fence.”
image credit: nbcnews.com
World Refugee Day
In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees. On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, the United Nations commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee and to stand for their right to stay together as a family unit.
“it is the obligation of every person born in a safer room
to open the door when someone in danger knocks.”
— dina nayeri
credits: american relief fund, save the children, united nations
what do you get
when you combine every kid in the city who is now out of school
with a very hot day and a community pool?
lots of squeals, water fights, slides, splashes, and snacks
everyone so happy to be free
all summer ahead of them
has the festive feel of adults
celebrating with a long night of cocktails
but the kids are hopped up on nothing but pure sunshine and water.
‘i feel like a torpedo.’
-michael phelps (u.s.a. olympic gold medalist in swimming)
image credit: New York July 12, 1937 McCarren Park Pool- vintage photo
at the asian new year birthday celebration
of our young friend, y
wearing her traditional korean holiday dress
and bowling shoes
basketball, rock and roll, and football
playing on the big screens
of the american bowling alley
celebrating with grandies and more friends
indian, african-american, lebanese, irish, iranian, korean
adults, children, babies
all enjoying the fun
all sharing a meal
all blowing out the candles
“preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”
i recently made a wonderful discovery
when playing with a couple of my grandies
at the park across the street from my house.
the people in my local community
who visit the park or live nearby
leave toys behind
for any and all children to play with.
what a simple, powerful, and generous act
what an amazing way to teach children gratitude
of sharing what we have
with others in the world
who may not have as much.
“the essence of community, its heart and soul,
is the non-monetary exchange of value;
things we do and share because we care for others,
and for the good of the place.”
― dee hock, One from Many
possibly my family holiday photo
i had my taxes done yesterday
by a woman
who has done them
for over 10 years.
we talked about
all that has happened since we last met.
this time however,
when finishing up
she casually asked:
‘for some reason the i.r,s, shows that you have 25 children
and i can’ t get it to delete. any life changes since last year?’
‘nothing of that magnitude, really,
at least not that i’m aware of.
but maybe that’s what all that commotion is in the lobby?’
we always enjoy our time together
but this really kicked it up a notch.
same time next year?
bureaucracy has more than a few quirks
and i so appreciate her
for helping me to navigate through the crazy system
and somehow try to make some sense of it.
my 25, could make this
the best year of deductions ever!
‘we’ll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because,
as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail.
– dave barry
image credit: edinphoto.org