January 15, 2010

The view from here

I want you to know that whatever it is that challenges you today, or whatever ugliness you see or hear in the world around you, that whatever sadness threatens to overwhelm you and tries to convince you that the world is not a good place or that people are not at their centres just about mostly kind and decent.....  I want you to know that my inbox is so full of emails projecting decency, kindness, empathy,  affection, warmth, gentleness, concern,  selflessness, altruism, compassion, sympathy and understanding that it would just about break your heart. 

Gratuitous Wild Apples picture because it's lovely too

With the help of Natalie (who's such a good girl to help me) I've processed about 450 emails... and there are thousands more.  The total has already moved  upwards by about $50 000, and I'll keep working on it- updating it through the weekend.  The Karmic Balancing gifts are coming too - and as soon as I've got enough of you added that it's fair, I'll start drawing for them.  A few quick answers to questions:

Yes.  If you put your donation in the comments the other day, I'll add them to the tally, but from now on it's easier if you make your donation to MSF/DWB and then let me know at  kwbATyarnharlotDOTca. (Change the AT and DOT to what's obvious there.)

No. If you've already sent it to the comments or my regular mail PLEASE don't re-send.  It's too hard to keep it all straight.

No. It doesn't work if you let me know on twitter.  Dudes, twitter moves way too fast for that.

No, if I haven't acknowledged your email with a quick "thanks" back, then you're not in the tally yet. You know you're counted when me, Natalie or someone else helping writes you back.

Yes. It is a lot of work, but dudes, it's the best sort and I love it a lot. It's pretty good for the soul.

Yes, MSF still needs you. It's going to be a long road, and even if there was enough money sent for Haiti (which isn't possible, just yet) after this there will sadly be another need, and donating to the general emergency fund means that when another bad thing happens, they'll be ready from the word go.  (Also - let's not forget that there are about a thousand other places in need that just aren't getting air time.  While we're all worrying about Haiti, there are still floods, famines, wars  and malaria happening in other parts of the world, and MSF is serving those folks too.)

Yes. Doing this does cut into the knitting time, but not as much as being stuck in a natural disaster would, so I'm totally fine with it.

Yes. You're all the best.  Knitters are seriously overachievers in this department. No doubt about it.

Yes. You can reattach a letter "M" to your MacBookPro keyboard using only  a 2.25mm knitting needle and a tutorial on youtube. (Nobody asked that, but I thought you would want to know - though after the experience I really recommend not taking off your letter "M" even if it is working funny because there is a piece of cookie under it.) That will be all.

Posted by Stephanie at January 15, 2010 3:28 PM