Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Make Poverty History Campaign


I just saw an advertisement on tv for this website.
All celebrity cast...quite compelling.
When you sign on to the Make Poverty History campaign, your name is added to the list of a quarter of a million Canadians who are asking our elected representatives for:

* More and better aid
* Trade justice
* Debt cancellation
* An end to child poverty in Canada

Your voice will be united with millions around the world committed to making poverty history.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Good Causes Revisited.

I am a facebooker, and I have become quite an enthusiast of charity applications on there. I am a loyal clicker on the hungersite, and all it's affiliates. It makes me feel good that I am making some small difference in the world for someone not as fortunate as me. I hope also that I can make a much bigger difference by recruiting others to do the same. I have been doing this for a while, but I have been going strong 26 days in a row! I am going to try to do this everyday that is humanly possible.

All it takes is one click per day. A few minutes out of your day to make a difference in the lives of someone that needs our help.

For each click you provide the equivalent of 1.1 cups of food to the hungry.
For each click you are helping provide a free mammogram to a woman in need.
For each click you you are helping a child in need get health care.
For each click you are helping a child attain literacy.
For each click you are helping to protect 11.4 sf of rainforest.
For each click you have given the value of .6 bowls of food to a rescued animal.
100% of sponsor money goes to charity.

They also have wonderful items for purchase in their online store that goes toward the cause.
The hungersite provides a pie chart, and other information to show you how people are making a difference by purchasing items, or clicking.

With Ripple.com
Each click provides 6 days access to fresh water.
Each Click provides the tools for a village to feed itself.
Each click provides 2 days access to education.
Each click helps finance a $100 loan for a day.

Greg, and I are both supporters of Kiva.org as well, and have helped entrepreneurs in developing countries by donating $25 in micro loans, that will be repaid to us. Once the loan is repaid, we can turn around, and use that same $25 to help another person get their business off the ground, and make a difference.

Even if you only have time to do it once a week, it still makes a difference.
Thanks! :)
Peace, and Love,
The Hunger Site

The Breast Cancer Site

The Child Health Site

The Literacy Site

The Rainforest Site

The Animal Rescue Site

Give Money
Give Education
Give Food
Give Water

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A post with no real title...

I went to the store this evening with Molly to get a few groceries. As usual Molly is very social, and loves to say hi to people. Some are taken aback, and if they don't respond the first time, she promptly says hi again. she always gets a response back, and usually a compliment or two...mostly about her beautiful blue eyes, or her big smile. In my experiences if you say hi to someone, and they don't respond, you move along.

Growing up in a small Alabama town, I was raised to be polite, and speak when spoken to. People greeted each other on the streets, and in most cases you will see many people you know. You stop for a moment to exchange hellos, and well wishes.

When I moved to Vancouver aside from a few rare occasions, I found people in the city to be stiff, closed up, and sometimes downright rude. If you greeted them with a smile, and a hello, they look at you like you have the plague. Now, not everyone was like that, but a huge majority of them were. After some time, I stopped speaking at all to people passing by, and I closed right up. This did not make me a very happy person. In the city, you have so much at your disposal. It is a fast paced lifestyle, and many hunger for it. Not me...

When we moved to the BC interior nearly a year ago, I almost immediately noticed a difference. The people were nice, they spoke to you, and most will strike up a conversation with you if you don't do it first. Now, we live in a small town, but aside from small shopping inconveniences, we have everything we need. Including the kindness, and socialization that makes a community strong. People ask us why did you move to a small town in the middle of the BC wilderness? My answer would be because it gives me peace, it gives me hope, and it gives me what I need.

Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if we stayed in the Vancouver area. Would Molly be greeted with the same positivity that she gets here when she says hi to someone? In most cases probably not. I am glad that we moved here, and I am looking forward to a much happier, and healthier life here....
now if all this snow would just melt! :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Some relief, then more snow today...

Well, after my winter blahs post, we had a couple of nicer days in which I actually got to take Molly for a ride on her sled, and I got to take a nice walk. Today, however, it snowed like mad again, and we got at least 8 iches or more. The only good thing about it was that is was a wet snow, and I could build us a snowperson! :) I was thrilled. Our snow is usually powder dry...this was the stuff I was used too. :)
Won't make for a nice drive tomorrow though. :P

Monday, February 11, 2008

Winter Blahs!

Well, I haven't posted much lately, because I really don't have anything new to talk about. We are getting a bunch of snow as I type this, and that will be more than a foot inside of a week. It has been cold, and not much fun to be outside. So we have spent a lot of time indoors. We are currently under a snowfall warning. Everyone is tired of the snow, and say it is worst than last year. I for one am dreaming of warmth, and color. I guess we should have expected this moving further north, but didn't expect it to be this bad.