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Day 566: It's been a while, ain't?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I came across this article yesterday, among some photo journalism posted on the Reuters website:


The headline read "Toddler Harper Beckham's designer clothes go on sale for charity."

I recognize most (I think) of the big names, but other than that, the lives of the rich and famous pretty much pass me by.

I probably wouldn't have noticed the article at all, except immediately below it was the following:


The headline was "Migrants and their cherished possessions."

A three-year-old wears $4000 dresses while a 15-year-old's most prized possession is a plastic rain poncho.

I know, the poor will always be with us. But the juxtaposition of those two stories, representing the extremes of luxury beyond imagining and grinding poverty, hit me like a gut-punch.

Some days it's enough to make the angels weep...

G'night, Sparklers, wherever you are.

**My apologies: the links will not work, and I can't figure out why. It's quite late here, and I'm going to bed. I'll try again tomorrow...

p.s. ONEKIDSMOM's idea seems to've worked a treat - -%20 appears to do the trick...
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  • no profile photo CD15408704
    It's definitely a massive difference and gives a lot to think about emoticon
    1877 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I had no problems with the links. Came right up..
    How about people who spend hundreds of thousands of $$ on their pets.. dresses, fancy dog homes, cat stuff.. while across town, babies and small ones are hungry, abused and on the street.
    How do they sleep at night?(The rich people)
    1878 days ago
    More people need to feel ashamed about how much they have and how little others have-----but they are the ones who never notice the 2nd article.
    1878 days ago
    To make the links work: go ahead and click on them, then when the URL is displayed in your address window, observe whether it starts out after the "http\\" with a "%20". If that is the case, put your cursor up on that address line, and delete the percent sign and the 20. Then hit enter... bingo... links now work.

    That percent 20 represents a space in hypertext, and my browser doesn't like a space in a URL address! How you copy and paste into the little "link" window and whether an extra space crept in is likely the culprit.

    Anyway, all that gobbledegook aside, I followed the links, and agree that the gap between the haves and have-nots is heart-breaking.

    1878 days ago
    In my financial situation I have learned to live and be happy with my needs not my wants. They are few and far between now anyway.

    I wish more people could do the same and those with so much more than they need and/or want, could share more off it with those that don't.

    Living in Baltimore the poverty level in the city is so low but some how lots of the people there seem to be able to afford those smart phones. I just wonder how ???

    The extremes of the wealthy just blow my mind at times.

    Well Princess I hope all is well in the other side of the pond.with you and yours.
    1878 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    I just copy/pasted sites and viewed them.
    1878 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon with the gut-punch sensation. The first time I strongly felt that sensation was when touring Washington, DC in 1973 -- I could not get over the slums we traveled through by tour bus to reach the extravagant monuments.
    1878 days ago
    emoticon for sharing. emoticon emoticon . Sometimes, it is truly difficult to understand the world we live in.
    1878 days ago
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