Micro-Lending

Friday, July 31, 2009

Yes, another post on Micro-Lending.  This one is merely an update.  Of the six loans I have made four have completely repaid their loans.  Today I was able to re-loan some of my repaid funds to a clothing vendor in Azerbaijan.stamp

I loan through Kiva.org and if anyone wants to join our temple’s team just search for Myosho-ji and sign up.  There are lots of folks all over the world who, with the aid of just a small amount of money can make a significant change in their lives.

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Charlotte Gay Pride – 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

What a weekend just wrapped up.  There are hundreds of positive words that could be used to describe the events of Pride here in Charlotte this year.  Joy and Happiness are two that come to mind most immediately.  Yes success, victory, wonderful and so forth could also be used, however, I think joy is the one I like the best.

There was so much joy this past weekend.  Folks were out and OUT being themselves enjoying each other.

I was having lunch with a new good friend just a few days before the event and she shared some of her personal story with me.  There was much about her that I just didn’t know.  I didn’t realize that she had children from a previous marriage who do not or had not accepted her as she was.  Then on Sunday I learned that she got to hold her grandchild for the first time.

I don’t know all the details but from what little I know that was a major victory and such a wonderful and joyful conclusion to the weekend.

Charlotte Pride 2009

Charlotte Pride 2009

This post isn’t anything profound or insightful just ramblings.

You can see some pictures of the event that I managed to snap at the following link

http://gallery.me.com/ryusho#100166

With Gassho