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Since my first trip to Gettysburg as a young boy, I've been captivated by History. I get it from my mom. Although she passed away when I was just 13, she still had an influence on me. All our family vacations were stitched around some historical site. So, history geeks are in my blood. I'm a graphic designer by profession and a semi-amateur painter. I love to explore history through my paintbrush. I've also done living history to get a first hand feel for "what it was like". Looking at history through the eyes of the common man (or woman) and understanding the personal, human drama is really the spice that flavors the historical stew!
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Monday, December 15, 2008

We Can't Let this Bank Fail

I did this sketch of a Depression era soup line in response to an issue that my girlfriend, Debbie, brought to my attention. More on that later. When you think of the Great Depression, it conjures up visions of tired, shabby, sullen faced men standing in line waiting for scraps of food. There were losses of millions and millions of jobs, personal fortunes and homes. Families were shattered. But the biggest fear was hunger. In New York City alone, there were 82 bread lines serving 85,000 meals each day.

As the Depression dragged on, those meals became more and more meager. Donations dried up as wealth evaporated. Soon, just getting a handout became a full time job. It was stale bread and thin soup if you were lucky and that was hardly enough to satisfy that hollow, hungry feeling.

Well, history does repeat. The economy is reeling again and people are starting to get hungry. Personal finances are tight and there's less in the budget for charity. But, things aren't Great Depression bad yet! FoodBank shelves are getting dangerously low and if we all do a little bit, we can fill them up again.

Back to Debbie. She's organized a "Blogging out Hunger" campaign here in NJ. Today, 100 (or so) bloggers have picked hunger as their topic. Here's how you can help:

Make a monetary contribution: Visit
Donate food: Drop off a bag of food at your local food pantry.
Organize a food drive: We can help explain the logistics of starting a food drive. Just call 908-355-FOOD.
Help "Check Out Hunger:" Look for the "Check Out Hunger" coupons at your local supermarket and donate. No donation is too small!

Oh, and here's the list of other bloggers. I encourage you to check them out!

Participating Bloggers for “We Can’t Let This Bank Fail” campaign

1) 2) 3) Jersey Girl Cooks. 4) Simply Sable 5) John and Lisa are eating in South Jersey 6) Padma's Kitchen 7) Chefdruck 8) Life Lightly Salted 9) My Italian Grandmother 10) Cook Appeal 11) Crotchety Old Man Yells at Cars 12) Mommy Vents 13) This Full House 14) Paper Bridges 15) Motherhood Avenue 16) The Kamienski Chronicles 17) Down the Shore with Jen 18) Fits and Giggles 19) House Hubbies Home Cooking 20) Nourish Ourselves 21) 22) 23) Off the broiler 24) Mrs. Mo’s New Jersey Baby 25) 26) 27) 28) Savy Source Newark 29) Momlogic New Jersey 30) 31) 32) 33) Best of Roxy 34) Citizen 35) 36) Jersey Beat 37) Pop Vulture Phil 38) 39) 40) 41) Mike Halfacres Blog 42) Somerset08873 43) Family, Friends and Food 44) 45) 46) 47) New Jersey Real Estate Report 48) 49) More Monmouth Musings 50) Man of Infirmity 51) Another Delco Guy in South Jersey 52) 53) Average Noone 54) Cleary’s Notebook 55) Welcome to my Planet 56) The Center of New Jersey Life 57) Sharon’s Food Blog 58) Morristown, Chatham, Summit, and Madison NJ Real Estate 59) Midtown Direct Real Estate News 60) New Jersey Real Estate 61) 62) 63) The Ridgewood Blog 64) Book a Week with Jen 65) Banannie 66) 67) Matawan Advocate 68) Take Back the Kitchen 69) The Joy of Toast 70) Route 55 71) Montclair 72) SaveJersey 73) Stompbox 74) Joe the Blogger 75) Environmental Republican 76) Stacey Snacks 77) Subversive Garden 78) New Jersey Pathfinder 79) Cooking With Friends Blog 80) Triple Venti 81) Read All About It 82) Rich Lee on Media 83) Likelihood of Success 84) Cape Cuisine 85) The Business At Hand 86) NewJerseyTaxRevolution 87) Figmentations 88) MiddletownMike 89) Caviar and Codfish 90) A Day in the Life 91) Mack’s Journey Through Life 92) Alice’s Restaurant 93) Tiger Hawk 94)Politics Patrol, The Bob Ingle Blog 95) The Food Chain 96) Henson’s Hell 97) Cranbury Conservative 98) Baristanet 99) New Jersey: Politics Unusual 100) Jersey Shore Blog 101) Plainfield Today 102) Beacon Bulletin


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