Fill the Cup

July 21, 2009

During hard times, it can become imperative to make a “no unnecessary spending” rule in your house, to preserve any extra money to either cover existing bills or to put some money away for a rainy day. Totally understandable. And when it happens, often one of the big losers becomes charitable organizations. Because if people tighten up their wallets, they tighten them up for everything. Yet still there are people in need.

ha5.hMgssbXRs*26k8aSo here’s something to think about: the World Food Programme. Run by the United Nations, they are working toward getting food to all school children in the world. Yes, all of them. I first heard about the organization in detail on Letterman, believe it or not. They keep their overhead very low so that almost all of your donation goes straight in the red cup, which is what they use to feed all the kids the world over. In many instances, that red cup of food at school is all these kids will have to eat all day.

The organization has been around for 45 years, and now works in 77 countries. At any given time, there are 30 ships at sea, 70 planes in the air and 5,000 trucks on the ground working to save lives by providing food to the hungry.

Today I donated $50, which will feed one child for an entire school year. Just $50! Given the good fortune my children and I have, it seems like the right thing to do. You might think so too. If so, donate here at

Quote for the Day

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.”

— John Le Carre, English Author

You Must Do This

To me, it just doesn’t feel like summer unless we’ve had some sort of ice cream/frozen yogurt treat. Yes, you’re tired at the end of a long day. But it stays light longer, so grab a friend or family member and head out for a cone or cup tonight…ahhh summer!

I haven’t tried it yet but apparently the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck is pretty spectacular. It parks in SoHo and the East Village…check it out here. And those of you in San Fran, have you tried Humphry Slocombe? Their Secret Breakfast flavor (bourbon ice cream with corn flakes) sounds worth a trip. Check them out here.


Addison had me up at 3am and I couldn’t fall back asleep, so I am functioning on fumes at this point.

The low humidity has been so spectacular lately, but apparently (if you believe the weather reports, and frankly, why should we?) our luck is about to change. Rats! It was good while it lasted. I easily must’ve saved close to $100 by not needing the air conditioner yet.

Hope your Monday was groovy!