It’s hard to believe the year is almost gone.  I guess time flies when you are having fun.  🙂

In 2008 I spent more time with a few musical genres I had been neglecting, cool jazz, Christian and Latin rythems.  It’s impossible to decide which songs I like the most, too many great ones, so I’ll post a few favorites.

First a commercial interruption:

http://www.modestneeds.org/

 From a Christian Science article about this charitable organization:

“So in 2002, Dr. Taylor – then a $33,000-a-year college teacher – scaled back his lifestyle to the point that he could put aside $350 a month. He put up a simple website and offered to help individuals with an emergency need.

As he began to provide funds, someone posted a note about the site on a giant weblog called MetaFilter, and suddenly he was swamped with letters. Some wanted his help, but “80 percent offered to send a check,” he says. He had to quickly become an official charity.

Modest Needs has since aided more than 6,300 individuals or families, with grants averaging about $500.

In the past three months of economic downturn, applications for help have tripled over last year – to about 4,000 a month. “Fortunately, we’ve also been able to triple the number we fund,” Taylor says. Still, just 52 percent of qualified applicants are likely to get grants this year.

The charity does due diligence on each application, requiring documentation of the need. Instead of sending cash to the applicant, it pays the bill directly.

What is most gratifying, Taylor adds, is that 70 percent of the people they help turn around and become donors.”

Music

 Cool Jazz – Diana Krall – “Fly Me To The Moon”

Christian – Jennifer Knapp – “A Little More”

Latin – Maria Rita (Brazil) – “Ta Perdoado”

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