Friday, September 18, 2009

A Space in Which to Change

Sharon Astyk eloquently describes a view of coming days that I believe we all can take part in.  Here is an excerpt from her post In the Space of the Days of Awe:

 "...a space in which to change is the greatest gift anyone can ever have."

"It is easy to imagine that the only tools and things that matter are the ones that save the world, that save the day, that fix everything.
But we may be past that point. And now the things that merely help, that simply make things better begin to come into their own. The things that allow us to work and cope in a place where there may be nothing more we can do, or where we are constrained, enable us to pick up the tools we have, regardless of circumstances and use them as we can, for the best we can.
These things are small, mostly, and far less shiny and impressive than the tools of world saving, of resolution. They require we get grubby, both metaphorically and literally down and dirty with the world around us, and that we accept limited results - not enough potatoes to eat all year, but enough for a week. Not enough money to have what we want, but maybe most of what we need. Not enough time to fix it all, but to save some, and soften the hurt for many. Not one single solution, but something close to a whole answer in the actions of thousands and millions and billions, each softening and easing the pain of another a little more."

LESSON:  "...love one another as I have loved you."  See John 15:1-17

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What Goes Around Comes Around

This morning my husband and I, while discussing the current real estate climate, discovered that we own our home.

Countrywide (our original mortgage holder) sold to Bank of America
Federal Gov bails out Bank of America
Tax payers (us) bail out Federal Gov
We own our home now

With this information I think we'll craft a type of reverse mortgage so we can pay ourselves back.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The World of Finance

This little excerpt posted by automaticearth and was guest written by J.S. Kim.

"And finally, the greatest irony of all is that the anger that brews inside those that have been tragically hurt by this crisis can coexist with the failure to recognize that it matters not in America if the President has the last name Clinton, Bush or Obama – that monetary and fiscal agenda inside the US for the last 17 years has not wavered nor changed one iota during this period of time because it was not these men that have been in charge of the economy but the men that manufactured these men’s rise to power and that control the US Federal Reserve and the world’s Central Banks, and thus the global monetary policy."

Grade One Begins With Grace

Mom asked Grace about her first day in first grade, "What did you learn today?"

"I hope it is better tomorrow."  Grace answered.  "We learned about boundaries today."




Denninger on Market Ticker has a little comment on our grandkids' future.  Perhaps learning about boundaries is better late than never.