Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It keeps getting better as days go by...

"There might be a little dust on the bottle/but don't let it fool you about what's inside/ There might be a little dust on the bottle/It's one of those things that get sweeter with time."

That's the chorus to David Lee Murphy's "Dust on the Bottle;" I heard it the other day when I was driving home from work. The point of the song (it's a country song, so I'm almost positive most of you have never heard it) is, of course, that some things only get better with age. The metaphor Murphy uses is a bottle of homemade wine, but today I want to share stories of people and an organization who've seen and done quite a lot in their many years on earth.

The Epoch Times has a little article on the reunion of the world's oldest living set of twins. The 104 year-old Chinese women were born in 1905 and live in nearby villages; however due to their age, this reunion, timed to fit the tradition of visiting relatives after the harvest, is one of the few times a year they get to see each other.

The Wilson County News out of South Texas has a profile on Lela Rosenberg, a 102 year-old woman who taught for years on Indian reservations and fought to improve the lives of the indigenous population with education and fresh foods. There are some fabulous pictures of her when she was younger in the .pdf

The last is about Rotary International. Growing up the extent of my knowledge of the Rotary was I knew old people were involved, and the club gave out scholarships for college if you wrote an essay. I found a story on the Rotary's 100th convention which explained in great detail its concerns with eradicating polio and bringing clean water and sanitation to villages around the world. I legitimately had no clue that since the club committed to getting rid of polio in 1985, worldwide cases are down 99 percent. The president-elect, a Scottish lawyer who is the first Scotsman in the Rotary's 105-year history to be president, is pushing to finally end polio in the next couple of years. That's way cooler than people just sitting around playing bridge. 

(Photo courtesy of The Rotary Club)

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