Friday, October 15, 2010

I Rather Dread the Return Trip over the Desert

Yosemite Falls

Postmarked 20 July 1939
Los Angeles, CA Arcade Annex

Los Angeles - July 18 / Dear Anna, We came here yesterday from Yosemite. I went out to call on Nina Parker this afternoon but didn't find her at home. I left a card with our hotel address so I am hoping that she will find it before we leave. It has been a wonderful trip so far. I rather dread the return trip over the desert. / Love, Grace
In most parts of the United States, we are fortunate enough to be in a position to take access to clean, potable water for granted. Even living in Arizona for five years, we were never inconvenienced by rationing or unable to use water for whatever purpose we needed. In ritzy areas, the lavish fountains cascading water for purely decorative reasons and the presence of landscaping requiring lots of water bothered me, though it seemed not to bother people in general. We have very little idea of the real scarcity of water or its value. has compiled a list of facts about water for today, Blog Action Day:

  • Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
  • 890 million people lack access to safe water.
  • 2.5 billion people don’t have a toilet.
  • $25 brings one person clean water for life.
  • Over 200 million hours of labor each day are consumed each day to collect water.
  • The majority of the world’s illness is caused by fecal matter.
  • More people on earth have cell phones than toilets.

While the statistics seem overwhelming, you can help. Visit the Solutions page at to learn more and find out what you can do.

Blog Action Day Website

Thanks to Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday!


Pandora Poikilos said...

You have a really awesome blog! Just happened to stumble upon it and enjoyed it very much!
Cheers - Dora

Beth Niquette said...

This is a wonderful postcard--and I deeply appreciate your participation in Blog Action day. Water is so important to everyone on our planet.

Happy PFF!

viridian said...

Thank you for reminding us about water. Like the postcard!Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

Bob of Holland said...

Another excellent Blog Action Day post. Yosemite Falls is a spot I've actually visited. A fond memory. Happy PFF!

Snap said...

Wonderful Blog Action Day post as well as PFF. I love the linen cards. I think it's the color that makes them so appealing. Happy PFF!

Debs said...

great to see another postcard blog on Blog Action Day! "I Rather Dread the Return Trip over the Desert" is a rather poetic sentiment for the water crisis and works so well!

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