Tag Archives: hunger

How Much Is a Portion?

I don’t remember where we got the phrase, but our family often asks when serving food, “Do you want a sliver, a slice or a slab?”  That relates to pound cake or just about anything.  And it doesn’t escape my attention that we do actually have such a choice.

We’re a slab country, with slab people.  There are sliver countries with sliver people (who didn’t choose this).  And there are sliver people in America.

Why don’t we all takes slices?  Would that spread the pound cake around a little better?


“Dialogue” by Chicago

I love the song “Dialogue” by Chicago.  In fact I like idealism in general.  Or rather a voice that says, and believes, “we really could do more.”  I even sometimes enjoy cynicism if it takes me somewhere beyond it.  And this song has all of that. It’s a dialogue between an apathetic  IGMFY person (in polite terms, “I’ve got mine; forget you.”) and a “We can make it better” person.

Here are the lyrics with alternating voices italicized and not:

Are you optimistic ’bout the way things are going?

No, I never ever think of it at all

Don’t you ever worry
When you see what’s going down?

No, I try to mind my business, that is, no business at all

When it’s time to function as a feeling human being
Will your Bachelor of Arts help you get by?

I hope to study further, a few more years or so
I also hope to keep a steady high

Will you try to change things
Use the power that you have, the power of a million new ideas?

What is this power you speak of and this need for things to change?
I always thought that everything was fine

Don’t you feel repression just closing in around?

No, the campus here is very, very free

Don’t it make you angry the way war is dragging on?

Well, I hope the President knows what he’s into, I don’t know

Don’t you ever see the starvation in the city where you live
All the needless hunger all the needless pain?

I haven’t been there lately, the country is so fine
But my neighbors don’t seem hungry ’cause they haven’t got the time

Thank you for the talk, you know you really eased my mind
I was troubled by the shapes of things to come

Well, if you had my outlook your feelings would be numb
You’d always think that everything was fine.

We can make it happen
We can change the world now
We can save the children
We can make it better
We can make it happen
We can save the children
We can make it happen

So, blog reader, which are you?  I vacillate.

Mustard Seed Associates

I’m finding some interesting resources on this site: http://msainfo.org/articles/a-journey-into-wholeness-lenten-reflection-guide

Make a donation to Mustard Seed Associates, out of Seattle, and download the pdf.

I particularly like the areas that the Lenten devotional asks us to reflect upon – brokenness, hunger, homelessness, creation and God’s family.

I’m swamped with a work project and missing the time I’d been devoting to this jubilee project.  I’m gathering in resources that I’ll delve further into as I travel a bit this spring. 

One thing I’m learning is how much abstract projects like this (or rather projects that are optional) get put aside by life’s urgencies, during which I default to a mode of overdoing it in many realms (financially, eating, cutting corners to save time).  

Mindfulness requires space and time.  I have neither right now.  Missing both.