Today is Blog Action Day with a focus on POVERTY.
Here are some sites that will, much better than I can, highlight the math of poverty. Go on. Take a minute and look at the statistics.
Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes--one child every five seconds. In essence, hunger is the most extreme form of poverty, where individuals or families cannot afford to meet their most basic need for food.
The math of seams: Quilters generally use a ¼ inch seam allowance. The most important thing about it is that the seam allowance is consistent. If it is varying, then no matter how much you measure, things won't fit.
The math of rectangles: When cutting a rectangle, consider that there is at least one fewer seam.
The math of triangles: Triangles are cut from squares that are larger than those cut for a square piece. For half square triangles, add 7/8 inch to the finished size of the square that they will end up in. For quarter square triangles, add 1 ¼ inch to the finished square size. Some quilters choose to add more and cut the square to size afterwards.
Since this is a quilters' ABC each Wednesday, how about an M quilt block?
Once again, how does this all tie together?
There is a discussion on poverty going on at Sr. Julie's blog today. I've only read about half of the book that is the springboard for the discussion, but I expect that it will not matter.
One idea I have picked up from one of the essays is the idea that we make poverty invisible by not giving it a name. That reminds me of so many of us, if we pass by a homeless person or someone begging, we avert our eyes. Poverty can't be eliminated if we do not look it in the eye. Look at it, identify it, acknowledge it.
Stop by the discussion and see what others are thinking.