Voltaire (1694-1778) writer, philosopher, playwright
today the world mourns. this afternoon in tucson there will be a memorial service held for the victims of saturday's despicable and tragic shooting rampage. the rampage killed six and wounded fourteen people. yes, we can offer prayers and thoughts of comfort and healing but we must also work toward insuring that this type of senseless violence won't happen again - or more pragmatically stated -won't happen as often. the holes in our social safety nets must be repaired and gun controls laws must be strengthened. investigations of what prompted the arizona killings continue; most likely we will probably never be able to truly fathom the reason behind such an unreasonable and heinous act.
we mourn also for the people of haiti; today marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that left more than 200,000 people dead and over one million others homeless. although billions of dollars of aid have been pledged to help haiti, there are reports that only a fraction of the money has been delivered. the slow pace of reconstruction only adds more frustration on what u.n. secretary-general ban refers to as "a disaster of unparalleled magnitude."
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) polymath
scottish singer maggie bell was born on this day in 1945. with her throaty, powerful bluesy voice maggie is often regarded as a britian's answer to janis joplin.
photo: wall art found in the williamsburg neighborhood of brooklyn, june 2010