Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Morning Edition 10/5/05

Uh… We’re Going To Need That Money Back
After investigating claims brought-up by Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, FEMA (the federal agency who handles disasters) announced that it will work to recoup over $30 million in funds handed-out to folks in Florida who either received payments from their personal insurance companies or were given duplicate payments by the agency. Among the Florida counties targeted by FEMA - St. Lucie and Palm Beach - where the agency says it wants $7.1 million in funds back.

The Day After Tomorrow; Getting Prepared – Yesterday!

With a population six times the size of New Orleans, New York City’s over 3 million residents can find themselves in quite a pickle if a hurricane ever hit our shores. The last hurricane to strike the Apple occurred in 1938, killing over 700 people. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) says that it can handle the evacuation of the over 3 million New Yorkers, but admitted that it would take over 18 hours to evacuate every 1 million people. Hmm, who gets to leave first? In 1821 a hurricane had waves that topped 13 feet per hour – definitely a concern if it will take 18 hours to evacuate just one million of us. Weather experts say the most difficult part of hurricane preparation for New York is convincing New Yorkers that there is a real danger for the nation’s largest city.

Lauryn Hill, De La Soul and others; Free NYC Central Park Concert Tomorrow
Take Back TV, a new independent network inspired by folks who believed our youth should be more creative and directly affect what they watch on the tube, is hosting a free concert at NYC’s Central Park, tomorrow at 5 p.m. The concert will feature artists Lauryn Hill, De La Soul, Fishbone, Simone Dawes, Suffrajett, Rich Medina, Malene Younglao and Slum Village. Tickets are free, but MUST be obtained online at
www.takebacktv.com. The concert is for all; not just kids.

On Blast
Loving enough… “I loved him a great deal, just not enough…” Torch Song Trilogy. Today’s question is: What is enough?
A mother runs to push her child out of harms way only to be crushed by a truck. A lover jumps in front of an assailant’s bullet saving his partner, but ending his own life. There are also more subtle displays, but ultimately what would you define as “enough”? Do you believe you’ve loved someone “enough”? What is an example of “enough” love in your life?

Keep passin’ the open windows…

5 comments:

caspar608 said...

Someone very close to me has decided that right now, when all her children have already grown up and this is the time for her to relax, is the best time to become an alcoholic. I don't know how to make her stop, eventually she is going to kill herself, but I love her enough to tell her the truth about herself whenever I have a chance. I love her enough to try to force her to stop lying to herself even if I cannot force her to stop drinking.

Cocoa Rican said...

Enough...
It's a difficult question with countless measuring sticks. For me, loving enough means knowing the value of someone in your life and making every effort to giving/sharing that love without seeking anything (including love) in return. It also means knowing when you love enough to let go. This, for me, was the hardest lesson to learn. Loving someone enough to let them go and accepting that they may (or may not) be quite happy without you is (to me) my ultimate sacrifice for love.


Must See Flicks with this theme:

Torch Song Trilogy; Steel Magnolias; Stella (Bette Midler); Invisible Life

FREAKING RICAN said...

Caspar, I know what you are going thru...My Mother (Lord rest her soul) was a functioning alcoholic. I was too scared of her to ever confront her about her problem but she knew what it was doing to all of us and too herself. We loved her so much but we really didn't understand what she was going thru until she was killed. Now that I know the truth of why she drank so much I am so sad for her hurt but happy that I just loved her unconditionally. Is there such a thing as loving someone "just enough"? I think it's loving people right now at this moment without judgement. Love them unconditionally. Either one day they get better, move on or they die but you know you just loved them for the human being that they are or were......

caspar608 said...

thank you FR.
Its funny how so may of us have commonalities in our lives.
May your Mother rest in peace. the hurt is over.

KRISALMIGHTY said...

I AGREE WITH YOU COCOA. KNOWING WHEN TO GIVE, TO SHARE, TO COMMIT, TO ENCOURAGE, TO BE DEMONSTRATIVE AND KNOWING TO LET GO IS A BALANCING ACT.

PS: YOU FORGET THESE MUST SEE FLICKS WITH THESE THEMES:
" NOW VOYAGER "--WITH BETTE DAVIS
" MILDRED PIERCE"--WITH JOAN CRAWFORD....BOTH WOMEN EARNED OSCARS.....LOL