Monday, October 1, 2007

Angels in America

The San Francisco Film Commission recently denied the Silent Drill Platoon of the U.S. Marine Corps the right to shoot a segment of a cross-country film campaign for their "America's Marines" TV commercial on the side street of my block. New York allowed them. The San Francisco commission's excuse was traffic control. California Street, my side street, is closed off every year for a Chinese New Year parade. It is closed off not infrequently for secret, police-escorted people in limousines going to their expensive hotels at the top of the hill. San Francisco is a city proud to close off its big streets when it wants to.

Wherever you are, however you feel about the war, however you feel about American Marine Corps recruitment, it's important to remember and care for men and women already serving in Iraq.

If you can, please consider adopting a soldier through Soldiers' Angels Soldiers' Angels is a national, non-profit organization whose slogan is, "May no soldier go unloved." Adopting a soldier means commiting to sending a letter once a week and a care package once or twice a month for a predetermined length of time. Soldiers' Angels will help you with ideas for care packages. You don't have to have a lot of money. (Warning: It is not a dating or entertainment service. It is a serious commitment that matters to soldiers and their families.)

I signed up yesterday. I found out about it from Greta Perry of "Kiss My Gumbo," whose husband served and came home to Louisiana from Iraq. Greta Perry, besides writing "Kiss My Gumbo" (at, runs the entire Louisiana chapter of Soldiers' Angels, among many other things. This is the last post in which I am going to exploit her.

And don't worry, you will only be solicited for help for soldiers, AIDS, and Katrina wreckage at this site.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for not soliciting for too many causes. But let me add that one of the best friends of my life used to live at the San Francisco SPCA. This is a great organization that helps cats and dogs and many other animal friends find good homes, sometimes when they are down on their luck.

+House caretaker said...

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to refer you to my home-blog +Positive House (, the sidebar of which includes a referral to the San Francisco SPCA ( Your best friend is very lucky to know you.

Greta said...

Thank you for being an angel:) Let me know if you need some money for shipping. As a matter of fact - send me your address and I will get you some money.