1) Children at play
From the Christian Science Monitor’s Photos of the Day – Dec.28.

Pakistani children play as the sun sets in a slum in Lahore, Pakistan.(CSM)


Bangladeshi children walk through a mustard field in Shingair village on the outskirts of Dhaka.(CSM)

From the Guardian 24 Hours In Photos – http://tinyurl.com/2dkvnd9

Srinagar, India: Kashmiri Muslim children play hopscotch outside their house on a cold day

2) The Snow Storm by Waldo Emerson

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.
The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.


Come see the north wind’s masonry.
Out of an unseen quarry evermore
Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer
Curves his white bastions with projected roof
Round every windward stake, or tree, or door.
Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work
So fanciful, so savage, nought cares he
For number or proportion. Mockingly,
On coop or kennel he hangs Parian wreaths;
A swan-like form invests the hidden thorn;
Fills up the farmer’s lane from wall to wall,
Maugre the farmer’s sighs; and, at the gate,
A tapering turret overtops the work.
And when his hours are numbered, and the world
Is all his own, retiring, as he were not,
Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art
To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone,
Built in an age, the mad wind’s night-work,

The frolic architecture of the snow.

3) Charities organized by children.

I wanted to post about a charity organized by a minor.  I had a problem, there were too many to choose from.  I can’t think of anything that shows the potential of the human spirit to live with compassion then the work being done by all these kids.

I am a optomist.  When I go through the list of the thousands of organizations that are helping to make the world better my optimism about the future grows.

Question – How optimistic or pessimistic are you about the future of humanity?

Maybe its time us adults got out of the way and let these kids run the world.  🙂

I randomly pick one organization, Free the Children.  Here is its story:

One morning before school, Craig Kielburger was looking for the comics section of the newspaper when he noticed an article about a 12 year-old Pakistani boy who was murdered for speaking out against child labor. Craig was only 12 at the time and didn’t even know what child labor was, but soon learned there were 250 million child laborers in the world! Wanting to put a stop to this, he started Free the Children with a group of classmates. Craig is now 23 and Free the Children has become the largest organization of children helping children, with partnerships with the United Nations and Oprah’s Angel Network.