January 2010

United States Casualities in Afghanistan the Week of January 17, 2010

In Memoriam


January 17, 2010     Sgt. 1st Class Michael P. Shannon (Army Headquarters, 7th Army and U.S. Army Europe,

                                   Heidelberg, Germany

                                   Home Town: Canadensis, PA; 52 years old


January 19, 2010     Captain Paul Pena (Army, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment)

Tomorrow's Toussaints

Last evening on the telethon for Haiti actor Morgan Freeman read an excerpt from New Orleans poet Kalamu ya Salaam poem, Tomorrow’s Toussaints.  The full text is offered below.   



Kalamu ya Salaam


Tomorrow's Toussaints

this is Haiti, a state

slaves snatched from surprised masters,

its high lands, home of this

world's sole successful

slave revolt. Haiti, where

freedom has flowered and flown

A True Sing-Along

It's a new year.  It seemed that most people gave a sigh of relief when we ushered in 2010.  There is no endorsement of Starbuck's in posting this blog.  However, their effort to get people to sing out--156 countries responded to the invitation of singing John Lennon's "All You Need is Love" on December 7, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.  Folks in this Starbuck project are singing-out to help fight AIDS in Africa,  Most certainly they could be singing out for goodwill, acting more compassionately, and or promoting peace. Viewing this short clip is a great way to start the New Year.