The autumnal equinox happened this morning at 4:05 a.m. central time, but I was not awake to observe it. I guess you might say I was distracted by other priorities.

The same is true today with writing a post. Please don’t think I’m neglecting you. I’m taking on a new kid, and spent the whole afternoon answering a letter from him. I’ll tell you more about him—a whole lot more—later, but not now. I’ll be back on the keyboard for you tomorrow.

The best I can do for you is share a really terrific song. I love this girl’s voice and I hope you’ll enjoy it.


Groove of the Day 

Listen to Regina Spektor performing “Fidelity”


3 Responses to “distracted”

  1. September 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Well Dan, like you didn’t register that it is (our) diurnal equinox. Another new kid? You, like myself cannot help yourself. Just let me know his/her name & I’ll get The Aussie Gang on side – you know that our priority is Alex, but we have a lot of “heart” for these other kids too. Take care & as I always say “more power to your elbow” Cheers. £ance.

  2. 2 Gloria
    September 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Glad to hear you are helping another kid.

    Here there is a great article that Melissa posted in justice for juveniles. http://justice4juveniles.com/index.php Worth reading.

    Jim Webb’s Criminal-Justice Crusade


    One in 31 Americans is lost in the criminal-justice system. As his senate career winds down, Webb is determined to change that.

    There are two types of people in America: those, like Webb, who think the criminal-justice system desperately needs to be fixed, and those who haven’t been paying attention. In 1980, fewer than 500,000 Americans were in prison; today, the number is 2.3 million. To put that statistic in perspective, the median incarceration rate among all countries is 125 prisoners for every 100,000 people. In England, it’s 153; Germany, 89; Japan, a mere 63. In America, it’s 743, by far the highest in the world. Include all the U.S. residents currently on probation or parole, and our country’s correctional population soars to about 7.2 million—roughly one in every 31 Americans. All told, the U.S. incarcerates nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, even though it’s home to only 5 percent of the world’s inhabitants.

    • 3 matt
      September 24, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Thanks for that post, Gloria, I have admired Mr. Webb for a very long time, and am excited by his involvement in this issue. He is a man of courage, committment and action, just the kind of advocate that is needed for this cause. I am moved to write to him this weekend, to encourage is continued education and support of this important issue.

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