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Groundhog World Changing Wednesday

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

If its Wednesday, we must be changing the world. 

First a disclaimer, there is nothing in this post about groundhogs or ground hog day.  I was reminded that it was groundhog day by a cute picture on the search engine Bing.  That made me realize it was Wednesday, and we needed to fix the planet again.  You probably thought that while we were on tour, I would forgo my Wednesday mission.  I thought so too.  Doesn’t take much for me to ditch my responsibilities, but even with a legitimate excuse I continue.

Why?  Two things.  First I saw the sun rise over the Atlantic, set in the gulf, and in between saw alligators, anhingas, cormorants, and bunnies!  That is some pretty amazing stuff and we need to preserve and protect that.  Second, I met and reconnected with some amazing people.  This small music community is smart and energetic, they know how to get things done, they’re enthusiasm is contagious.  So I became even more convinced that this group of folks – which includes you – can make small changes , influence others to do the same, and really change the world for the better.

In case you are just tuning in, we’re tackling big stuff here; environmental protection and conservation, healthcare, education, socio-economic disparity and the economy in general.  And we’re tackling it in small way but still making a big difference.

These past few weeks in Florida I have seen folks at highway off-ramps with signs that read “homeless, hungry”.  They are a lot easier to ignore while encapsulated in the car than they were in the subways of NYC.  Still I know there are homeless, hungry folks out there and I do want to help.  Contributing to a local food bank is a great way to contribute.   We do this, and I encourage you to do the same if you can.  Often there is a box right in your grocery store.  But that doesn’t address the face-to-face encounter on the street, at the off-ramp, in the subway.  I am never convinced that if I give some one a dollar it will actually help them.  So I have taken to picking up a box of granola bars when they are on sale.  I carry a couple in my pocket (just in case of a personal emergency, but that’s another story and another unrealistic fear).  If you offer a granola bar, the hungry folks will take it.  You will meet some who refuse, and some who are indignant about the offer.  Okay, you tried.  For those who accept the food, you know exactly what you are giving them and you probably spent less than a dollar.  I also believe the interaction, the kindness and civility is a good thing to put out into the world.

I bet you have a better idea than this one.  Please share it with us.

Completely unrealted to this topic, we did a show with Bill and Kate Isles on Sunday.  They are terrific, great song writers and performers.  If you are not familiar with them, find them on the web and have a listen.  It will make you happy, and that makes the world a better place.

until next week….