Take recycling seriously as a family, setting up easy-to-reach containers for items you’ll return for cash to a center and those to be picked up at your curb weekly, and be sure all family members use them. In 2005 the U.S. saved resources and energy by recycling 32% of our solid waste. We can do better, starting with your family and mine.
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Thoughtful Thursday Quote #2
“The worst prison would be a closed heart.” (Pope John Paul II). If we all had open hearts, would we even need prisons?
Our Gun Mentality
In yesterday’s news I heard of two separate incidences of an intruder being greeted by a person in the house with a gun. A man held the intruding teen at gunpoint until police arrived; a 14-year-old shot and almost killed an armed man. I’m thankful that both families are safe. But it scares me that loaded guns are so accessible in homes AND in the hands of thugs. Both situations are dangerous and unpredictable. Today, for all sides of the law—victims, perpetrators, and police—the norm seems to be to grab a gun and use it and ask questions later…maybe. Our culture of violence hurts my heart.
Thoughtful Thursday Quote #1
“Our work is to sow. Another generation will be reaping the harvest.” (Dorothy Day, Aims and Purposes) — So let’s get to work!
Do something for Immigration Day today. Here are some easy suggestions:
Take the pledge to join Angelina Jolie in raising awareness about the plight of refugees worldwide.
Attend one of many World Refugee Day events taking place across the country.
Watch and share Angelina Jolie’s Public Service Announcement. (Premiering June 20th!)
Watch and share Khaled Hosseini’s World Refugee Day message.
Twelve years ago the U.N. created World Refugee Day to highlight the 43 million people—8 people every minute–who have fled from their homes to escape persecution, war, or natural disasters. Tomorrow, June 20, is World Refugee Day. Find out how to help by going to http://www.takepart.com/photos/world-refugee-day-five-ways-action. Click on each picture to find an action you can take.
In the news I see women totally covered up in burkas out there protesting, and I hear of women who get together to lay them aside as they gather in someone’s home to discuss politics and literature and exchange ideas. I see them standing up for the safety of their families. It suddenly hit me: you can cover these women up but you can’t SHUT them up! That’s true bravery.