21 May, 2008

Life

So you enjoy my ramblings on life and the hot button issues (or things that should be...) but part of you keeps asking, "my dear girl what is up with you?"

In a word, you're reading it. I wish I could claim some covert joy was happening just outside the periphery of this blog but really things are pretty straight forward at the moment.

The job is good, though I am thirsty for more responsibility. Part of me does enjoy the ability to peruse the multitude of sites I do each day, reading articles and blogs that directly relate to my job in one way or another. I love that I get paid to engage the world!

I am getting excited for Cambodia (did I mention my mother is going too?) but realize I need to survive the summer to reach the fall. I am learning a lot. My life is in transition and re-definition. I’ve come to the conclusion that some things in my life need to change. I realized I am hungry for community, real community, and while I love my married/engaged friends (I do love you!) I am not in their stage of life and so find myself struggling to be close to them or relate to them on certain levels. It’s hard. I adore that group of friends and they have made DC a joy for me - but with the prospect of all of them leaving, and just the general knowledge that we are in two different places - I am looking for a group of single friends.

Not to get on a rant about singleness, but let me say that it is hard. A friend of mine said that the process is one of making friends, watching them get married, then making new friend - it's the continual jumping from one pool to the next - and as we all know I am not a good jumper. I like to get acclimated and feel safe, I suck at small talk and generally feel everyone will eventually leave. It’s learning to see things in a new way – learning to redefine who I am.

That being said, there are flowerings of that going on. I’ve been blessed with an intentional small group and friendships with some amazing single women.

Beyond that my Meggie will be here in two days (yay!)

What I’m reading:

A quarter makes all the difference for .5 billion people…

By raising the “poverty line” from $1/day to $1.25/day – 1/2 billion people would find themselves included in the reality they face daily.

Good Governance.

Rodrik speaks of the need to address government reform not just in terms of “reducing corruption, improving the rule of law, increasing the accountability and effectiveness of public institutions, and enhancing the access and voice of citizens.” But by focusing on concrete ideas that could help the country and the economy. Again, it’s not a duplicated model for every country – but something that must be built and encouraged country by country.


Global Peace Index Rankings:

Using 24 indicators ranging from military spending to a respect for human rights, the index ranks 140 countries (the lower the number the better) at how they measure at having of culture peace. The top five worse offenders: Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Israel. The top five: Island, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, Japan. The US is 97 – trailing Mexico, Cameroon, the DR, Bolivia, Syria and China (come on!). An interesting project to define something many would call an abstract idea.

Okay these might be the coolest business cards ever, I especially like the ones that grow things:

Jeffery Sachs speaks on behalf of the poor.
The stats for those living in developing countries are staggering. "
For every 1,000 children born in rich countries, seven die before their fifth birthday; for every 1,000 births in the poorest countries, 155 children die before their fifth birthday." Yet it does not have to be that way. Sachs does not rag on development agencies, but instead looks to a few successes and dispels a few misnomers. An interesting venture: “If just 0.1% of rich-world income were devoted to life-saving health care for the poor, it would be possible to raise life expectancy, decrease child mortality, save mothers in childbirth, slow population growth, and spur economic development throughout the poor world.”

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