Tuesday, December 1, 2009


The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
William Blake (1757–1827) poet and artist

december 1 is world aids day. my heart today is filled with loving thoughts for all our family and friends who have died of aids and for everyone whose lives have been affected by the hiv/aids pandemic.

wondering what you can do? there are many wonderful programs around the world, however, for me this program really stands out. the people involved with the faith alive clinic are truly angels on earth. several years ago two family friends spent their sabbaticals working with the clinic; they returned home filled with incredible stories of hope and healing. it is really great that with the advances in the treatment of hiv and with the reduction of the price of antivirals, our annual donation is now helping twice as many people now than when we joined as sponsors several years ago. how often does something like that happen?

photo: remember the snap of this nest posted over five months ago? this photo was taken in late october as evidenced by the leaves remaining on some trees.


Roy said...

Ahhhh! It's always nice to hear from Sarah. Thanks!

The situation with HIV is so much better now than it was. I remember the '80s with something close to horror - it seemed someone I knew or someone friends knew died every each week for a long stretch there. Hopefully the situation will keep improving.

Anonymous said...

AGH! I remember watching what this did to my cousin Dennis( succumbed to AIDS in '89 ). Pretty lousy way to go...Roy's spot on, here.

Steve said...

Do you know what kind of tree that is? We have those here too and I have no idea what they are.

We are so fortunate to have had the advancements in AIDS and HIV treatment of the past two decades. Now if only we can make them available to EVERYONE.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

roy, know exactly what you mean...those were awful days here.

lousy indeed!

alas, as we know, in many parts of the world the awful days are still here, but if we can get the antivirals to people with hiv, we can help ease the suffering and death.

regarding the tree do you think there's a kind of crabtree with berries/fruit that little? I'll ask f when he comes home, he's the tree expert in the family, birds id is my bailiwick (although I'm not as good as I once was when we lived in new england and birding outings were a frequent occurrence - in spite of my fondness for cleveland, there is much I miss in terms of the natural world about living in new england - i do digress)

ArtSparker said...

Extraordinary photo. It looks in flight.

e said...


Thanks for this posting. I too had friends die from HIV in the eighties, as well as a cousin of my mother, whose illness was never acknowledged publicly by his family.

I hope that further education and access to treatment continue to improve. These should not be subject to the agendas of political parties. We are all of the same humanity.

Merle Sneed said...

A wonderful post as always, Kim.

Catskill Snap said...

Gorgeous photo!!!

John Hayes said...

That is truly an amazing photo--great thoughts.

Nancy said...

A very worthy cause. I am so sorry that you have lost family and friends to this terrible disease.

Love the birds nest pic!

Baino said...

Things are better although I think we've dropped the ball on awareness. There's a whole generation now becoming sexually active who don't understand the disease or its implications. We need to keep the education campaigns up and running.

tony said...

A Busy & Beautiful Picture.