Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Charity Is Willingly Given From The Heart



There is a constant barrage of charities soliciting money by way of radio, television, the Internet, and via the telephone. Some of them actually pass on some or all of the donated funds to the group they represent. One must be vigilant in checking out the validity of the solicitor to whom you send money.

Sometimes a donation to a small organization goes further, does more good, and brings more satisfaction to the donor than a gift to the larger solicitors.

I first saw the advertisement for Youth On Their Own (YOTO) while walking past a sign  at a city bus stop here in Tucson. Youth On Their Own supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless youth by providing financial assistance, basic human needs and guidance.

Homeless youth ages 13-21 need school supplies, too! Did you know there are nearly 4,000 homeless youth in Tucson and Pima County? Arizona ranks number 1 in the country for percentage of kids dropping out of high school.

Last year, YOTO served over 1100 homeless youth and 254 seniors celebrated a 96% graduation rate. This represents a 60% increase in the number of students we served from the year before. We fully expect to serve the same number of students – perhaps more – in this upcoming school year. Help the homeless youth in our community graduate by participating in YOTO’s Back to School Challenge.

Youth On Their Own
1660 N. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712

This is a worthy organization doing worthwhile work.

Read more at the YOTO website

If I won the lottery I'd start a charity that helped little family hardware stores, cobblers, and fruit shops open in city centers.
--Alexei Sayle


I ran across a website called The Awl and found an article written by Kenneth Goldsmith that at first appeared to be ridiculous, foolish, worthless. I read it anyway. Now I don't know if I have discovered a surprisingly profound piece of wisdom, or if I have once again been sucked into the ever-present maw of modern-day scam-art.

Here is the first paragraph:

I am a dumb writer, perhaps one of the dumbest that's ever lived. Whenever I have an idea, I question myself whether it is sufficiently dumb. I ask myself, is it possible that this, in any way, could be considered smart? If the answer is no, I proceed. I don't write anything new or original. I copy pre-existing texts and move information from one place to another. A child could do what I do, but wouldn't dare to for fear of being called stupid.

This piece is supposedly written by a writer about writing. I wonder . . .

Kenneth Goldsmith is an American poet. He is the founding editor of UbuWeb, teaches Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Senior Editor of PennSound.  In 2013, he was appointed the Museum of Modern Art's first Poet Laureate.

Being Dumb by Kenneth Goldsmith



The king of hearts on playing cards is the only king without a moustache.



On this day, August 6 in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, dropped the world's first atomic bomb, over the city of Hiroshima.

Approximately 80,000 people were killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 were injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.

There were 90,000 buildings in Hiroshima before the bomb was dropped; only 28,000 remained after the bombing. Of the city's 200 doctors before the explosion; only 20 were left alive or capable of working. There were 1,780 nurses before - only 150 remained who were able to tend to the sick and dying.



1. Provision of help or relief to the poor; alms giving.
2. Something given to help the needy; alms.
3. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.
4. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity.
5. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others.

Note: After her recent unmasking as the writer behind the pseudonym Robert Gailbraith and the crime novel "The Cuckoo's Calling," author J.K. Rowling announced on her birthday (July 31, 2013) that the worldwide publishing royalties from the book will be donated to The Soldiers' Charity, a British charity that provides support for soldiers, former soldiers and their families.

I'd call that a true act of charity.



(Aug. 6, 1917 - July 1, 1997)
Robert Mitchum was an American film actor, author, composer and singer. Mitchum rose to prominence for his starring roles in several major works of the film noir style, and is considered a forerunner of the anti-heroes prevalent in film during the 1950s and 1960s.

(Aug. 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989)
Lucille Ball was an American comedienne, model, film and television actress and studio executive. She was star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy, and was one of the most popular and influential stars in the United States during her lifetime.

(Aug. 6, 1928 - Feb. 22, 1987)
Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s.

(born August 6, 1976)
Soleil Moon Frye is an American actress, director and screenwriter. Frye began her career as a child actor at the age of 2. When she was 7 years old, Frye won the role of Penelope "Punky" Brewster in the sitcom Punky Brewster. The series, which debuted on NBC in September 1984, earned consistently low ratings but the Punky character was a hit with young children. After NBC canceled the series, it was picked up for the syndication market where it aired for an additional two seasons ending in 1988.

After the series ended, Frye continued her career in guest spots on television and supporting roles in films. She attended The New School during the late 1990s, and directed her first film, Wild Horses, in 1998. In 2000, she joined the cast of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as Roxie King, Sabrina Spellman's (Melissa Joan Hart) roommate and close friend. Frye remained with the series until its end in April 2003. She has since continued her acting career working mainly as a voice actor. Frye also voiced Aseefa in the animated series Planet Sheen.


The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.



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