Another One Bites The Dust

As some of you know our dear, beloved feline pet passed away last month. The kids have been itchin’ for a new pet to love. They want another cat, or a dog.. but they settled for some fish. I told them that it was out of the question though, so that I could surprise them for Easter. What better gift than a new little fishy with a super cool bowl set-up? I know. Get a life.

Anyway.. I set the bowls up beforehand. Got the fish about a week before Easter and guess what? One of them died.. right before Easter. There was no time to get another one so I had to resort to PLAN 2, which was lots and lots of candy. However, I did share my plan with them and they both decided that picking out their own fish would be more fun anyway. The one fish that remained, I kept for myself and name her Lolita.

So my son picked out a very pretty, blue and green Betta and named him BOB.

My daughter picked out a very pretty, purple Betta and named HIM, Barbie. I know. Everything right now is Barbie even if this poor fish is a boy.

Today, Lolita is breathing. Barbie is breathing. BOB has stopped breathing. R.I.P. Bob.

I am beginning to think my fish caring skills are no better than my green thumb. I did everything right. Treated the water beforehand. Did not overfeed him. Pre-rinsed the bowl with water soap. Yet another one bites the dust. Not good. I am willing to replace Bob as my son has not even had him for a full week, but I hope this is not a trend.

That’s what I get for trying to be a little bit creative this Easter. One fish, two fish, now they’re.. dead fish. I know..pretty bad.



Banker To The Poor

I was home with my sick daughter yesterday and actually had some time to finish Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty, by Muhammad Yunus. This is a fascinating look at the “true” poor in Bangladesh and how a professor of Economics, changed the world of lending one small village at a time by creating Grameen Bank.

The concept is simple. Small loans, as little as $27, are provided to the poor so they can create small businesses. This enables the poor to help themselves by generating income for food, education, etc. In addition to being able to raise themselves above the poverty line, the members of the community that choose to become members of Grameen also find that there is a vast improvement within their villages in the way of support and social responsibility once people begin to understand the value of “self worth”.

The second half of the book discusses programs within the U.S. and the mindset that the poor will never help themselves as long as there are active welfare programs that support them.
I found this section especially interesting.

Check it out.


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