They said he was a most peculiar man.
Simon & Garfunkel
A Most Peculiar Man
A quote from Simon & Garfunkel could probably appear up there everyday. Their music has been an important influence in my creative life. Imperial Street was actually written as a “letter” to Paul Simon, I just forgot to pay the postage.
I have a serious and a not so serious question today. First for the fun one. I have $6.56 left on a gift card for the iTunes store. I’d love suggestions for how I should spend that. Leave comments with songs you think I should get adding up to around that amount.
Now onto the serious bit. With everything going on in North America my thoughts have once again been drawn to the plight of the poor. If you know me then you know that I’ve worked in the not-for-profit sector for a long time, and I studied the preferential option for the poor as an undergrad (later moving away from that to study eating disorders and religious belief). So after hearing yet another Charity lottery ad a thought popped into my head: What is the best way to spend your last $100? You might think, buy a lottery ticket, or go to the casino. Of course that is not a realistic or sensible solution.The last $100 is just that, there is no more coming unless you do something with it. I have racked my brain over this and don’t have a particularly good solution, but I am confident that other people do. You do have access to food banks and shelters to help with the basics of survival in a dire situation. That $100 has to start a process that leads to some kind of recovery. I’d love to hear people’s ideas on this, and please pass along this challenge to others and let’s see what we can put together.