Manna, Music and Men

Marcia Morrissey has a really inspiring piece up at Patheos this week as she writes of volunteering with her granddaughter at Feed My Starving Children:

This past week I brought my oldest granddaughter with me to volunteer as a food-packer at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), an organization committed to feeding the hungry in places as disparate as Belarus, Mexico, Niger and North Korea.
[...]We heard the story of a 14-year-old girl who came to an orphanage and was first thought to be pregnant. A medical examination revealed a stomach full of pebbles she had eaten, to try to alleviate her hunger pains. After surgery, and getting on the FMSC food program, her life was saved—and just in time.

FMSC was founded by a Minnesota businessman who, in 1987, after making a humanitarian trip to Honduras, felt called by God to organize a Christian non-profit aimed at feeding the seriously malnourished, starving children of the world. He contacted food scientists to develop a formula of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a highly enriched vitamin and mineral vegetarian chicken-flavored mix that was more easily digested by children who were at the brink of death from starvation.

Each of the “MannaPacks” we assemble contains six cups—one cup per serving; one meal a day. It’s not much but for these children it is enough to turn their health around and save their lives. The food is greatly enhanced with nutrients in order to make that difference, even for one meal a day.

One meal a day, one cup of food; this organization makes that one meal count, and it’s saving lives. I’m so glad Marcia has brought it to our attention. You’ll want to read the whole thing.

If you’re thinking of going to the movies, this weekend, to see Emilio Estevez’ The Way (and it certainly seems well-worth seeing) you will be interested in Joseph Susanka’s exclusive interview with composer Tyler Bates (who also scored The 300) and what effects he was looking for in a tale of a troubled man’s pilgrimage in Spain.

The Way is purely about emotion. The essence of the score lies somewhere between traditional score and music that belongs to Tom’s journey, imbued with the nature of the geographical location. The most distilled answer is that the score is intended to address emotion on a core level. The themes are apparent but not refined like a typical score. Emilio really wanted guitar to be the central component to the music. He wanted all of the imperfections and artifacts that are more apparent in a street musician’s performance as opposed to the pristine quality of a studio musician’s performance. That was a boon of sorts because my guitar chops have suffered over the years of being a film composer.

And speaking of trouble, and men…and women…Katrina Fernandez takes another look at the trouble between men and women and the whole Girls Rule, Boys Drool mindset that shows no sign of snapping out of it:

I have watched my son’s teachers try to stamp out natural, instinctive masculinity from the playground and classroom. I’ve witnessed mothers and coaches attempting to quell competiveness from sports, and boys—our poor boys—are labeled as “aggressive” simply for rough-horsing; they’re fed drugs to tame their natural inclinations.

She’s on to something. As As DaTechGuy notes, on MSNBC this morning, Mika Brzezinski said, “Women don’t need men except to laugh at.”

We’re sort of being trained to think that way, aren’t we?

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  • Doc

    You don’t like it when teachers abuse your son (and stamping out their natural masculinity is abuse), then homeschool him, lady. You have choices, you know.

    [Wow. Nice and tidy, eh? You do not, perhaps, know that Katrina is a single mother who works to support the son she's raising on her own. Your comments lately have been really unpleasant. Are you not feeling well? admin]

  • alittlesense

    I’m curious, how does the FMSC get food into North Korea, and how do they make sure it is actually going to the children and not being diverted to the NK Army? This is a serious question, because the North Korean government does this all the time, apparently.

    [I've linked to their site; perhaps you could write and ask them -admin]

  • Melinda

    As an antidote to this kind of “women need men like a fish needs a bicycle” mentality is a wonderful book called, “What Could He Be Thinking? How a Man’s Mind Really works” by Michael Gurian. I found it to be a breath of fresh air. Men are made physically different, their minds work differently, and women and children benefit when men are men! I recommend it highly, and hope more people start being thankful for masculine men and the fascinating ways that God made them!

  • zmama

    Just wondering Anchoress if you’ve ever watched Parks and Recreation? Last night’s episode was all about the “girls rule, boys drool” concept. I think you would enjoy it-especially the character of Ron Swanson, with your sons having reached Eagle Scout. Thursday nights are the only night I really watch TV because of this show.

  • dry valleys

    I’ve never been an especially masculine man, even though I do a physical job in an almost all-male environment without trouble. Some people are just not hurly-burly sorts and don’t want to spend their time getting hot and sweaty with each other on a sports field! So I just don’t feel as though it applies to me, and I’m not minded to think I somehow fall short because of that.

    (Though there are obvious gender differences, whatever the cause. It can hardly be a coincidence that even at this time in our history, certain jobs without physical rigours are almost exclusively male, while others are female, despite their being no superficially obvious reason why a man couldn’t do them. The question of why this is is another matter).

    And I do think your average heterosexual man is a lot worse off without a female partner, I’d certainly appreciate a girlfriend, as much as I’m not in any mood for fatherhood. As Samuel Johnson observes in “Rasselas”, marriage has many pains but celibacy has no pleasures!

  • Diane

    Thanks so much for the info on MannaPacks. I work on a committee at our parish and we’re looking at better ways to feed 400 HIV/AIDS patients/month in Dandora, Kenya, so will look into their packs for ideas and as a possible supplement when they begin accepting applications again. Really a challenge with food inflation to keep Veronika’s Place going ( and we need to improve the nutrition beyond wheat, rice and oil.

  • Amy

    I was pysched to go see “The Way” only to find out it is not even playing in our state. As of today, it is not playing in 16 states….GRRRrrr!

  • maths tricks

    Hi Colin,Great to hear from you again. Seems we are starting a little back and forth thing here.For those of us who believe in Jesus Christ and God the Father, there is a person called the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth. True to say that we human beings in our own strength cannot fathom the great mysteries of the world but the Holy Spirit searches the heart and knows all mysteries and guides us into the light we must walk. I believe that there are some religions that are myth even some within our Christian church who go out and mislead the people with alot of flawed teachings. However if you seek Christ with diligence he gives you the power of discernment so that when deceit comes we are aware. He is the only one who can forgive sins, change your heart and then your life.