And, Another Fine Week It Has Been...
All goes well in my world and hope so in yours also. Trying to figure out when the family Brady Christmas party will be this year. My nieces and nephews pretty much dictate that these days. It is always at my house and it is so great to have everyone together. We keep threatening not to give presents, but, it never happens. This year I will cut back – and, no worthless “things,” only meaningful, useful gifts. Pups and ponies are keeping me busy. I had an amazing ride on Z yesterday; he’s such a great teacher. I can be having the worse day and get on his back and it all goes away. I need to pay him therapy fees. The same goes for Kos but I have to have a different level of alertness riding this big moving young horse. He is a very trustworthy but boy, what a work-out for me. No complaints, it is fun and a challenge to ride both but in different ways. I can’t go to la-la land but can forget everything other than riding the horse that I’m on in the moment. What a gift. And, of course Maddie and Sophia are incredible companions. Maddie is 11 on Sunday. What a gift to have them. I am a lucky girl.
Yesterday I listened, when I could, to Mitch Albom’s 15 hour Radiothon fundraiser for Say Detroit. He spearheaded the effort and raised 1.86 million dollars which will go to assist Detroit’s most vulnerable: Seniors, First Responders, Children and the Homeless. How incredibly amazing that in the wake of the pandemic and the less-than-ideal financial state of the current economy this much money was collected. How generous Michigander’s are. Detroit is rated the #2 city in the nation for poverty. Poverty is considered less than $21,000.00 dollars income a year for a family of 4. FOUR!!! That is $1750 per month and $437.50 a week. Who can live on that? In Metro Detroit 15% of people face food insecurity, 33% are children and 10% are seniors. One in four children live in poverty, the unemployment rate is double the national average and well over a third of working households do not earn enough to cover basic survival needs. God love you Mitch for all you do for Detroit’s most needy.
As always my gratitude abounds for my great family, friends and good fortune.
Remember that Bistro gift cards are great stocking stuffers. Sharon and crew have some great Chalkboard Features starting tonight, check them out below.