How does an ant eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Big problems are composed of smaller, albeit interconnected, problems. Solving the smaller problems will have an implication on the larger problems.

30 June 2010

Want to know how RICH you are in the world? Check out this site, it'll make you feel very grateful! I am in the top 5.4% richest in the world, on my measly state salary! I really like the cause behind the site. This site was built to challenge people's perception of their personal wealth. And while doing so, raising money for good causes. This list gives us all a good sense of just how good we have it and reminds us how a little bit can make a big difference to others. Those of us viewing this page are, in fact, part of the privileged minority!

I wanted to share this website, because I like the idea and feel that people are often too stingy with their money, including myself. We constantly think of more things we "NEED", when in all reality, we can live just fine without some of these things and donate a few dollars (or more) to noteworthy causes. This website is currently supporting one of my favorite organizations, who I support as often as possible. Go and feel rich and DONATE, please!  

I am the 324,540,230 richest person in the world and in the
TOP 5.4%


How do you feel about that? A bit richer we hope. Richer and ready to give some of your newly found wealth to those who need it most. It not hard - just slip your hand in your pocket and pull out something special. Something that can help redress the balance - and also make you feel uncommonly good. Many peoples lives could be happier if you donated just one hour's salary (approx $17.62 - UK estimate).

All you have to do is make a choice.

$8 could buy you 15 organic apples OR 25 fruit trees for farmers in Honduras to grow and sell fruit at their local market.

$30 could buy you an ER DVD Boxset OR a First Aid kit for a village in Haiti.

$73 could buy you a new mobile phone OR a new mobile health clinic to care for AIDS orphans in Uganda.

$2400 could buy you a second generation High Definition TV OR schooling for an entire generation of school children in an Angolan village.

The Global Rich List calculations are based on figures from the World Bank Development Research Group. To calculate the most accurate position for each individual we assume that the world's total population is 6 billion¹ and the average worldwide annual income is $5,000².

Below is the yearly income in percentage for different income groups according to the World Bank's figures³.
Percentage of world population Percentage of world income Yearly individual income Daily individual income
Bottom 10 percent0.8$400$1,10
Bottom 20 percent2.0$500$1,37
Bottom 50 percent8.5$850$2,33
Bottom 75 percent22.3$1,487$4,07
Bottom 85 percent37.1$2,182$5,98
Top 10 percent50.8$25,400$69,59
Top 5 percent33.7$33,700$92,33
Top 1 percent9.5$47,500$130,14

The world's distribution of money can also be displayed as the chart below.

¹ 2003 world population Data Sheet of the Population Reference Bureau.
² Steven Mosher, president of the population research institute, CNN, October 13, 1999.
³ Milanovic, Branco. "True World Income Distribution, 1988 and 1993: First calculations based on household surveys alone", World Bank Development Research Group, November 2000, page 30.


Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has more wealth than the bottom 45 percent of American households combined.

29 June 2010

"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
T. S. Eliot 

20 June 2010

I've always been quite the "Daddy's girl". I have a really great relationship with both of my parents and love both of them equally, but both for very different reasons. On this Father's Day, I feel so lucky to have such a great dad. He's the most patient man I know, continually showing kindness and love to everyone, even those he doesn't agree with or could easily shun. He is a man that take the higher road and cares so much about the well-being of others, especially his family. He's a loving and caring father that sacrifices so much of what he wants to make his children happier.

When others tell me how great my dad is, I can honestly say back, "he really is; he's a really, really good guy." He's my favorite person to talk with about politics, religion, and any other hot topic, not only because he's a great conversationalist, but also because he is very open minded, yet grounded. He has a great perspective on things and tries to see both sides of the picture...and is patient in listening to my slightly more liberal thoughts. Whenever I get stumped in conversation or someone asks a question I can't answer, or I want to know about something, I almost ALWAYS call my dad. I feel, at time, that he is a walking encyclopedia, full of a wealth of knowledge that I could never dream of ever obtaining! He once told me, he often will just look things that I ask up online as we are chatting, so he can better answer it. However, I still feel that he's got endless knowledge and I like that it always gives me an excuse to call him up at any time of the day.

 At times I know the sacrifice is a lot for him, but always greatly appreciated! My daddy is such a great guy! Happy father's day, Dad! I love you!

11 June 2010

I just can't help myself...I have to post this conversation (despite the fact that some of you may not appreciate my dirty mouth). I am still laughing about it though, which means it is worth posting on my blog.

About an hour before leaving work today, my dear friend, and coworker, and I had the following conversation - mind you, this was right after I had just giver her my blog address (I totally thought she was mocking something I had written):

Erin: "How would you like the last name Looser?"
Sherrie: "What!? Me? How Come? Why so mean? How would you like your last name to be Bitch!?"
Erin: "Hahahahaha Nooo! Somebody in my database is named Looser."
Sherrie: "Ohhh! hahaha :)"

08 June 2010

Love this!

Cherish your solitude
Take trains by yourself to places you have never been
Sleep out alone under the stars
Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back
Say no when you don’t want to do something
Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees
Decide whether you want to be liked or admired
Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here

04 June 2010

Ever had a dream about someone you wish you could forget? Yup, that was me last night and I can't get that person off my mind today. Ugh! And the worst part? The dream was SO great!

I hope this isn't true...

01 June 2010

"My first word of advice is this, Say yes. In fact, say yes as often as you can. Saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to new experiences, and new experiences will lead to knowledge and wisdom. Yes is for young people, and an attitude of yes is how you will be able to go forward in these uncertain times."
- Michael Hogan, President of the University of Connecticut.