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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Visioning a better future.


The Shining Light Award
I bestowed this award to Renee at Circling my Head, a few months ago.
It is time that I choose another receiver.
And for this, I need my friends' suggestions. Please suggest a blog that shines light on a problem or an issue we should all pay attention to. Search high and wide.
Most of the time we move along in our daily routines and know pretty much how the world is getting along too. We read newspapers, watch television, pick up a magazine, surround ourselves with tools to improve our efficiency.
We receive compensation that is sufficient and fair; work in well-lighted, clean and safe environments, and go home to well-appointed rooms, enjoying good meals at the end of the day, in our gardens, among roses and pleasant surroundings. When we are ill, our compensation package picks up the cost of our doctors and nurses and medicines.
We think all children live in warm and nurturing homes; old folks are well cared for in golf-linked residences with lake views; and teenagers will grow out of their angst. All is right with the world.
Let's shine a light on the dark, the hidden, the shamed.

38 comments:

Renee said...

Wow.

Rosaria this made me cry. This is so beautiful and you have outdone yourself here.

I love you for this post.

I think you have just described you. Can you accept it.

If not what about Maithri. He is an inspiration.

Renee said...

Sorry I forgot your kiss xxx and hug ooo.

xoxox

potsoc said...

Could I suggest Man of Roma for his serie on Continuity? I think he underlined a cultural aspect of development on both sides of the Great Pond and bridged the best of our two continents.

Shadow said...

what a beautiful thought and wish. i hope you find the blogger of your mind.

Fire Byrd said...

I second Rennee, Maithri is a natural choice, he does so much to enlighten us all.
xx

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Lovely thoughts!!!! This is wonderful!!!! You are the clear WINNER!!!! I vote for you!! ~Janine XO

Eddie Bluelights said...

Gosh! What a task! Beautifully put - I loved the post.
I can think of someone's actions and good heart who are more than worthy of this award but she will be rewarded in Heaven. But I will have to think of a suitable post in answer to your question.
Fear not, my Lady, for I shall seek a worthy candidate for this mighty cause! ' Eddie x

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Okay...so I'm here to give you another award... I've nominated you for the Noblesse Oblige Award... visit my blog to pick it up! Congrats...you certainly fit the award's description! I'm proud to know you. ~Janine XO

Suldog said...

Hmmmmmmm. Not sure who I would nominate, but I hope you find someone worthy!

Frankofile said...

http://rachelnorthlondon.blogspot.com/

Rachel survived the 7 July 2005 bomb attacks in London which killed 52 people. She blogs, and campaigns, for truth.

Sujatha said...

What a wonderful idea! Here's the blog I nominate:

http://projectwhy.blogspot.com/

Lola said...

This is so touching, Rosaria. What a beautiful thought. You're an angel.

I agree with Renee, I nominate YOU and Maithri.

Haberci said...

You are very well written.
article are very deep meaning

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

As an educator I am sure you appreciate the challenges, the misunderstanding and the suppression experienced by those labeled learning disabled, dyslexic, ADD and ADHD. With fuller understanding of learning styles, temperament, motivation, language and reading development we will indeed look to, "Visioning a better future." Established in 1983, APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems has such a "vision". I applaud all who, with right intention, bring us closer to, "a better future."

With gratitude for all you do,

Rose Marie Raccioppi
http://www.apogeelearning.com
http://www.apogeepoet.blogspot.com

Gaston Studio said...

Just found you via Sniffles and Smiles and glad I did!

Jane

Bogey said...

First of all, congratulations on a well deserved award Rosaria. I have always enjoyed coming here to listen to your shared wisdom.

Now the light on the dark side. About 6 weeks ago, an 8 year old girl, Victoria (Tori) Stafford, was walked out of her school by a then unknown female. This was caught on a video surveillance camera. Victoria lived with her parents (whom the police initially suspected)in Woodstock, a community located about 57kM (35 miles) away from where I live. This morning, as I was getting ready for work, I heard that there were two arrests in the case. I tried to follow the story at work with what little information that was available. By mid-afternoon, the report said that they arrested one male, 28 years old and one female, 18 years old in relation to the case. The police eventually confirmed that they were now looking for little Victoria's body with the "help" of the female involved. Tori was abducted for the sole purpose of being some freaks sex toy.

I'm feeling a little sick right now. Not impressed with the dark side of our world.

lakeviewer said...

Thank you everybody for stopping by and nominating a worthy person.

I want to thank Renee, Mandy and Lola for steering me in the direction of Maithri, a doctor in Africa trying to rally people to help fight the terrible devastation of HIV disease.

I visited his blog, thanks to Lola's helpful link, and awarded him The Shining Light Award. He will receive it tomorrow morning, on his birthday!

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Ribbon said...

Awesome... I'm so happy that you chose Maithri. He's the most deserving that I've read.
He's a wonderful teacher.

Thank you for all that you share too.

best wishes always
Ribbon x

Natalie said...

All is well in the world after all. :D

potsoc said...

I did not know Maithri but he does seem to have earned the honor.

Tessa said...

What a truly lovely gesture, lakeviewer, I know that Maithri will be delighted beyond words. He truly is the lode star. The people of Swaziland call him Mduduzi - The Comforter. To shine a light on him is to shine a light on that little mountain kingdom which the HIV/AIDS virus has gripped in its vicious clutch and which has destroyed the lives of so many.

Pyzahn said...

I will keep my cyber eyes open and will look forward to "meeting" the recipient.

Good work, Rosaria.

♥ Braja said...

Good post; but I see things differently. Why? Cos I live in India...

lakeviewer said...

The other winner is Man of Roma for the reasons Costo has listed. Congratulations to both of these fine blogs.

Thank you Costo for such a great suggestion.

Please visit both winners, manofroma@wordpress.com
soaringimpulse.blogspot.com

Maggie May said...

I hope you find a blogger out there that is worthy of such an award. I think you are well on the way to receiving it yourself, though. Brilliant idea!

A Cuban In London said...

I'm not surprised that Renee got this award. her writing is as carefree as one would wish in these times of self-repression and economic gloom. May the future recipient be worthy of this honour. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Maithri said...

Thank you friend for this deep and tender honour,

It is a pleasure to read your words and to see so many of my beautiful friends visit here also,

May soft light surround you and this community of love,

Maithri

Renee said...

Hello darling, any decision yet.

There are so many wonderful people.

Like I love Lola and I love Tessa and Lizzy and .....

Love Renee xooxox

Man of Roma said...

Dear Rosaria,

I am moved I received this from you! Thank you so much and of course thanks to Paul too who has nominated me!

I'm honoured twice, since both you and Paul are people of great worth, radiating intelligence and good nature.

I'm only asking myself, what am I doing for those in real need, for the shamed? In any case, if even just one person benefited from my posts, it would be a great thing.

I’ll try to transfer the award image to my blog right column. Hard. My blog theme is stripped down, no graphic features at all. And it'd be the first time I show an award (I received a couple.)

Ciao e grazie ancora.

MoR

Renee said...

I'm behind the times obviously.

Rosaria he to me is a saint. A gorgeous one at that.

xoxoxox

Tessa said...

Me again! First of all to thank you again so much for your always thoughtful and heartwarming comments on my posts...and to let you know that the International Reach Out Award is for YOU too!! See, there is your name on the list of very special people...

Angela Recada said...

I'll definitely keep my eyes open for blogs that may interest you.

In the mean time, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, dear Rosaria.

Woman in a Window said...

What a beautiful circle I've just witnessed here. Wow. Speachless over the post and the comments.

Rob-bear said...

This is a very moving post, Rosaria.

While I spend quite a bit of my limited energy on ethical issues in health care, I find my "field of view" is expanding. Increasingly, I find myself drawn to issues of poverty and homelessness, not in our (lower-middle class) neighbourhood, but in the ones next to us, which are historically areas of poverty and related problems.

If people don't have food in their stomachs, clothes on their backs, and safe roofs over their heads, they don't have the basic building-blocks for developing their lives.

Our local food bank provides an interesting example. In these challenging times, people who used to bring food are now lining up to get food. A sobering reminder about how quickly life can change, and our need for heart-level community and solidarity.

Helen said...

... so thought provoking. I would nominate anyone working with special needs children and adults ~ a true labor of love.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

I think your heart is bigger than many...youre the winner!!

fff x

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