Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fab Father's Day Picnic at the Park

It's Father's Day, and we will celebrate the father of my two children by taking him for a picnic dinner tonight at Bellevue State Park to see Almost Fab, a Beatles "music review."

Here's the menu, and keep in mind a three- and a four-year-old will be joining us:
cinnamon raisin bagels
rye cracker bread
cream cheese
minced shallots
smoked salmon
cheese cubes
juice boxes
Gruet sparkling wine (Method Champenoise, Brut)
*oops, edited to add: sliced apples*

*(and p.s. we had a blast)*

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Is there any way to help in Myanmar?

I know I'm not the only one puzzling this out. I read today that U.S. Navy ships full of provisions are leaving the coast of Myanmar tomorrow (Thursday), after having been shut out for three weeks.

This page at USAID gives a chronological overview of relief efforts and response by the Government of Burma. Things do not look positive for further relief delivery.

We have not donated to an agency specifically for Cyclone Nargis relief because I have been waiting and watching to see which could best use our money. But now I am more discouraged than ever. I know any gift to the major relief agencies will be used to help people somewhere, but I felt I needed to give to this particular area since the devestation was so enormously felt.

Has anyone worked out a giving solution for Myanmar that they would feel comfortable sharing?