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Tip of the Hat, #1


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Becoming jaded is easy, given the brutal or fraudulent or dishonest acts in today’s world, which we hear about all too often.  My musings while waiting for rain from the hurricane to work its way up the US’s east coast will compliment two large businesses for small neighborly acts, one today, the second tomorrow.

Example #1:  David Brooks wrote a great op-ed column on August 18 for the online version of The New York Times Titled “The Question-Driven Life,” it was about Philip Leakey, the third son of Louis and Mary Leakey, who thrives on trying to find answers to questions, to make the world a better place even if only one out of seven ideas works out.  (Click on link or google to find it easily.)

My first comment to a New York Times article was #141 of 238: “In writing a book (The Leakeys: A Biography), I met Louise Leakey and have exchanged e-mails with Katy. Wonderful folks who make the world a better place by asking their questions. I treasure the Leakey collection necklace and bracelet my daughter gave me because it is not just jewelry–it helps the Maasai people help themselves. Now I’m raising funds to dig a well at Oltorotua, Kenya, a Maasai village. Mary Leakey, Philip’s mother, wrote that Africa had ‘cast its spell’ on Mary Nicol; the view across Olduvai Gorge was ‘always the same, and always different’ (1984). Visit Kenya and you’ll find what she said is true.”

Imagine my surprise when I received an e-mail from Marie Tessier of the Times staff.  She noted my e-mail addy and sig line (not normally shown in the comments) and, thinking it might help me raise money for the Oltorotua project, she would be glad to manually include my name and the URL of this blog.  Of course I said yes.  And she did!

I was blown over!  To think that someone in that big organization took the time and effort to do this for little me.  I don’t know if it will literally help with funding the project but it gave me a big boost that she cared enough to help.  Example #2 tomorrow.

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