ILLINOIS, USA: We Need Rain

Hot and dry.

Words don’t grab it.  Roasty days, kids with sweaty foreheads and dirty nails.  Grass brown and parched enough to skewer a birthday balloon.  Sun, grand and proud and framed in abundant blue.  Pools become priceless, sprinklers work like heck.  Kids and land and plants are wildly thirsty.

School kids must bring water bottles, parents assured that at least: we won’t let them dehydrate.  A Midwestern parent says a prayer of thanks because even though it’s dry and hot, we’ve got access to water and our kids are safe.

Farmers worry on low yields.  What they worry on, so should you. Today, the average U.S. farmer feeds 155 people.* A scorching drought spells trouble for each of those folks and families.  High prices, high demand – it’s all a part of what happens when there isn’t enough.  (more…)

Jill Barth

Jill Barth lives in Illinois with her husband and three kids. She reminds you to breathe. She is a freelance writer and consultant. Also, she is the green content Team Leader and columnist at elephantjournal.com and reads fiction for Delmarva Review. Jill's writing can be found on her blog, Small Things Honored.

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Friday Question: What is your favorite memory of your father?

Not all, but a great number of countries celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June.  In honor of Father’s Day, we asked our World Moms…

“What is your favorite memory of your father?”

Read on to see what they said…

Amy Hillis of Ohio, USA writes: 
“My dad used to restore old gumball machines and he would let me sit at his work bench and help. He would give me little jobs and let me use his tools and paints to make my own ‘creations’.

I realize now that he helped encourage my creativity and provided an escape for me when things with my mother were rough.

My dad is still around, but lives 400 miles away- I still miss doing ‘projects’ with him.”

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World Moms Blog

World Moms Blog is an award winning website which writes from over 30 countries on the topics of motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. Over 70 international contributors share their stories from around the globe, bonded by the common thread of motherhood and wanting a better world for their children. World Moms Blog was listed by Forbes Woman as one of the "Best 100 Websites for Women 2012 & 2013" and also called a "must read" by the NY Times Motherlode in 2013. Our Senior Editor in India, Purnima Ramakrishnan, was awarded the BlogHer International Activist Award in 2013.

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