Saturday, September 1, 2007

On September 1, ...

... 2007 (today), New Zealanders will celebrate a national day that deserves to go global. It's R.A.K. Day, or Random Acts of Kindness Day. Ideas for the day are simple enough for schoolchildren -- "Start a conversation with a new student or with a classmate who seems lonely. " -- and complex enough for adults, even for corporate bodies -- "[M]ake a difference to a child, family or community overseas." Your ideas?
... 1876, Harriet Shaw Weaver was born in Frodsham, Cheshire, England. When her parents forbade her to go to university, she became a social worker and women's suffragist, and eventually joined England's Women's Social and Political Union. She provided essential financial support to writers Ezra Pound, an editor of her periodical The Egoist, and James Joyce, whose A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses 1st appeared in serial form in that periodical.

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