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Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

Operation: Soccer Balls (video)

Watch this clip from ABC 7, KGO-TV in the Bay Area, CA about a group of kids and an Army soldier who are taking collections and holding a bake sale to purchase soccer balls for Iraqis.

Calling it “Operation Soccer Ball” this motivated group looks to raise a ton of money today and tomorrow through their bake sale. Kevin Ferguson, the Army soldier involved in this project, served as the inspiration for these seventh graders at his alma mater, St. Martin, back in the Bay Area. Currently stationed in Iraq, Ferguson thought he would just enlist family and friends to pony up for the soccer ball drive. Instead, he got the whole St. Martin seventh grade to get involved. Best of luck to team St. Martin!

I thought this was a timely story in light of the soccer World Cup tournament that will consume most of the globe for the next few weeks. Games begin this Friday (June 9). Team USA plays the Czech Republic on Monday, June 12; Italia on Saturday, June 17; and Ghana on Thursday, June 22. The World Cup is being hosted by Deutchland.

With the universal appeal of soccer / football, is it any wonder that groups have sprouted up touting the sport as a means toward achieving world peace? Makes complete sense to me.

Check out these groups kicking it for peace:

Play Soccer Make Peace!
This group organizes soccer tournaments around the world as a means to promote peace. This is a project of the World Association of Non-Gorvernmental Organizations (WANGO).

Soccer Moms for Peace
This is a small group of, well, soccer moms in Colorado who raises money to “support nonviolent, humanitarian solutions to global problems, provide peace education in the United States or elsewhere, or promote nonviolence as a means of social change.”

Soccer for Peace
“Soccer for Peace is a non-profit organization aiming to unite children of war-torn nations in their shared love of soccer. Based in New York City, the organization is entirely volunteer run with no affiliation; political, religious or otherwise.”

Some other stories about soccer balls for Iraqis:

America Supports You: KiXX Soccer Team Ensures Iraqi Children Have a Ball
A Day In Iraq (blog)
Soldiers Deliver Good Will

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building in NYC is considered to be the first and oldest skyscraper in the city, although many would dispute this claim. It is 285 feet tall, 21-stories tall and is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable buildings in the world.

With its unusual and aerodynamic shape, the Flatiron, located at E. 23rd Street between where 5th Avenue and Broadway cross, is responsible for creating one of the windiest intersections in NYC. In the years following its 1902 completion, loiterers were famous at this intersection for trying to catch a glimpse of a windblown bare ankle or two of women pedestrians. Crazy, crazy New Yorkers.

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Cayman Island Nice

From the Cay Compass we read about yet another restaurant tab picked-up by a complete stranger.

A tourist couple, while having a great scuba diving trip to the Cayman Islands had one of their breakfasts paid by a local. A note accompanying the paid bill said, “Thank you, please accept this breakfast as a token of our appreciation for your choice of the Caymans, Sincerely a Native.”

Damn, that’s a whole country getting behind a cause.

Coincidentally, I just had a discussion with a housemate this weekend about how nice and pleasant the Cayman’s are for visiting. I’m going there as soon as humanly possible.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

Tai Shan Panda Power

Last summer, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC welcomed little Tai Shan, the baby boy off-spring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian.

You can get some Panda wallpaper for your desktop here. Also check out the Panda Cam day and night to see what’s up in T-Shan’s world.

I was lucky enough to catch the little black and white fuzz ball over Easter weekend during a family trip. The picture for the May 10 – 17 masthead is of Tai Shan curling up into a ball to roll around and avoid the zookeeper trying to take him back into his hut. You really can’t believe these kinds of things happen until you see it in the flesh. Yes, I now know that Pandas are incredibly cute and little ones like Tai Shan are just beyond words. Go check out the National Zoo…tip: Tai Shan comes out around 4:00 p.m. for one last feeding before the park closes.

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

Millennium Park

Chicago’s Millennium Park is very cool and worth a visit to the Windy City.

Locals like to lament the project because of its sky high price tag and frequent construction delays, but ever since its opening in the summer of 2004, the park has been everybody’s favorite destination.

The Park features a Frank Gehry-designed amphitheater (Jay Pritzker Pavillion), a magical light totem pole and interactive fountain, a garden, a slinking, snakelike overpass / walkway and the now famous reflective metal bean sculpture (Cloud Gate, by Anish Kapoor).

When the weather warms up this spring, get out to downtown Chicago, listen to some great music, layout along Lake Michigan and have a great time.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

More charity in China

This article from Guardian Unlimited (UK) covers in more depth the question of charity amongst China’s burgeoning capitalists. (click the title above for the full post)

Sunday, May 15th, 2005

Bali: Nicely Balanced

as published in Yoga International, March/April 2005

The journey was inspired by a life flood—a financial, emotional, and circumstantial torrent that destroyed everything stable in my world. My engagement was broken, the house I was renting sold and I had to move. Work dried up. I was irritable, reclusive, sad. Even my yoga practice, for seven years a daily antidote for existential malaise, had no effect. And it was my fault. I was the one who got the shakes anytime someone asked, “When are you two going to tie the knot?” I postponed the date then unconsciously pushed my fiance further and further away until she left, and I failed to save even a penny for the move I’d seen coming for months. But at the time it didn’t feel like my fault. In fact, it didn’t feel at all. There were moments when all this rubble seemed to belong to someone else. I was completely checked out.

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

China Notes


Correspondent Kevin Foster provides a Londoner’s viewpoint of China. Kevin was recently travelling through China on his way to Singapore where he will be living for the next two years as a business editor and writer.

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

Cool Club in the Catskills (Photo)

I came across this understated and telling piece of graffiti on the side of an old barn near the Catskills town of Margaretville…

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

My Safe, Warm Place

In addition to its sheer physical beauty, Hawai’i also has going for it its wonderful people who are notorious for their generosity and hospitality. This is why my favorite spot on Earth is a place where these two features blend into an irresistible mix of serenity and companionship.