Archive for March 2007

Matthew’s Letter

March 29th, 2007 — 6:16pm

My son Matthew is a remarkable boy. He is as wise as he is kind and he has my heart.

I told him and his brother Jack (his twin) about meeting Sharon (see last post), and Matthew said “Mom, can I write her a letter?” I told him of course, and this is what he wrote:

“Dear Sharon: I hope you have a long, peaceful life and enough food and water. From, Matthew”

He wrote it on a yellow piece of paper, and under the note drew a house with one person handing a gift to another. Some sand and sea were in front of the house.
He and his brother also gave me two dollars each, which I put into an envelope with the note.

I will carry the envelope in my purse and the next time I see Sharon, will give it to her.

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March 27th, 2007 — 5:41pm

I work in San Francisco a couple of days a week for Active Interest Media, which owns Yoga Journal, Vegetarian Times, and other magazines and businesses. For weeks now, I’ve noticed this sweet old lady sitting on the sidewalk with a cup next to her. She wears a kerchief around her head Queen Elizabeth style. She even wears the queens oversized, pale pink, non-descript glasses. She also has the kindest pale blue eyes.

I usually just give her a dollar for which she always thanks me profusively, but today I decided to stop and speak with her.

I asked her if she ‘d like the apple I had in my purse, and she very thanked me. I asked her if I could get her something warm to drink — it was so chilly in the city today. She thanked me but said, “oh no. I ate a bowl of oatmeal this morning at Glide Church and I’m warm and full.”  She seemed genuinely delighted in my interest. Her eyes were sparkly, and I find this hard to believe but she seemed happy.

I asked her name. She said “Sharon”.

I wonder if Sharon has a family. She seems like she’s someone’s mother. I wonder why she eneded up sitting on a street in SF with a cup in her hand. I wonder what her story is.

Perhaps one day, if I’m feeling brave,  I’ll ask her.

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Edwards To Suspend Campaign

March 22nd, 2007 — 8:27am

I always admired John Edwards and thought he would make a formidable opponent and good president. He is expected to announce he is dropping out of the presidential race today, because his wife Elizabeth has suffered a recurrence of breast cancer.

I can’t help but think if this were Newt Gingrich running, he would have continued his campaign, and divorced her instead.

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March 13th, 2007 — 3:30pm

I love millet. It’s birdseed to many but heaven to  me.

It’s an old grain, grown as early as 3000 BC in China. Yet despite its noble past, Americans barely know it.

Too bad. Millet is fabulous in baked goods where its poppiness really shows.

Next time you make muffins, throw in 1/4 cup of millet. The crunch is satisfying and delicious.

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