Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a warm, safe and
happy holiday season.
Peace and love to you and yours.
Merry Christmas and may
God bless us, every one!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

My Gift For You

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
These beautiful words came to me via an email,
from a friend who closes her messages with a daily sentiment
so I know it was on Martin Luther King Day this year when I got it.
I loved the words so much I placed them at the bottom of my blog page
as a constant reminder, a subtle motto, if you will.
Like you, I went through shock, heartbreak, anger and dispair
with yesterday's tragic news. While going through my mind
what seemed to be an endless string of recent horrific events and
thinking we're all doomed to a deep decline to you-know-where,
I remembered, and quickly snapped to.

If you know me, I'm always late. But I am early this time.
For this was going to be my Christmas post.
Many years ago, I learned of another beautiful concept:
the Alternative Christmas Market, an effort to reclaim
the Christmas story by offering some options
to the consumer frenzy that has taken over the season.
I've sent five gifts and one of them is for you:
Floresta (Plant with Purpose) - The poorest farmers get the worst land to farm, often steep hillsides vulnerable to erosion. Planting trees controls erosion and improves soil fertility, leading to better crop productivity and income. Trees can reduce disease by improving water and air quality. Trees can also provide fruit to eat and wood to use or sell for additional family income, helping to keep families together because men no longer need to leave their villages to find work to feed their families. Last year, more than 700,000 trees were planted.
Pay it Forward with Goats - Participating families "pay it forward" by giving a pregnant goat to another rural family. Recipients can generate twice the average per capita income of $300 by owning a pregnant goat. This program has brought relief to communities. Some have experienced a 75% decrease in malnutrition rates due to the addition of protein to their diet. You can help reduce hunger and poverty with the gift of a pregnant goat.
Protect Rainforests for Indigenous People - Probably no other place is more critical for the survival of humanity than the Amazon. The Amazon Basin harbors the largest remaining tropical forest on our planet and plays a key role in global carbon cycles and climate. Over the last 40 years, one-fifth of the Amazon rainforest has been cut down, and farms, ranches and roads reach further into it each day. The Nature Conservancy is empowering people to implement resource management and development projects to conserve 140 million acres of the Amazon by 2015.
Rescue Girls from Forced Prostitution - The horror of sexual slavery is a reality for many helpless women and children. International Justice Mission (IJM) works to rescue victims of forced prostitution in India and Southeast Asia by gathering evidence of trafficking and sexual exploitation and collaborating with local authorities to bring perpetrators to justice. Victims are placed in aftercare homes where they receive rehabilitation services and begin to restore their lives. IJM investigations have resulted in convictions for traffickers and freedom for more than 1,000 girls and women.
Yaks for Youth - In the Tibetan regions of remote western China, orphaned and destitute children live and learn in rural boarding schools under harsh conditions. High altitude and severe weather make it difficult for schools to receive needed supplies. Poor nutrition makes it hard for students to concentrate and increases absences due to illness. Yaks provide milk, butter, cheese, and yogurt for food, and dung for fuel to heat stoves for warmth and cooking. There are currently more than 1,150 children attending the poorest schools on the program’s waiting list.
These are but five of many gifts available.
There are no internal fees or administrative costs withheld and
100% of the gift is passed on to the chosen charities.
They only add $3 to each order (that could include multiple gifts) 
for operations and funding the credit card fees.
I think every little bit of good
helps to drive out the bad.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Na Nana Na Na

Resisted the french hen sweater.
And passed on the factory puffin sweater.
Because I have the original puffin sweater from 2008.
It's not merino wool/nylon/cashmere.
It's not viscose/nylon/wool.
It's 100% cashmere. The good stuff.
From the good old days, baby.
I don't mean to gloat.
I just want to do a happy dance that I have it.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Very Late Thanksgiving

You call that a gravy boat?
This is a gravy boat.
You're supposed to read that
with this in mind:
In addition to big bird (a 23.7 pound turkey)
we did 10 pounds of candied yams
five pounds of mashed potatoes,
two different stuffings (they filled two extra large roasting pans),
two kinds of cranberry sauce,
some peas so we can pretend we ate vegetables,
and had pumpkin pie and ice cream.
We did not host dinner for 20, there were only five of us.
Which is why I was glad I didn't glam,
I had all these ideas but I wore this (perfect wear for peeling potatoes and stuffing stuffing):
This is obviously an awfully tardy post.
And an awkward segue to say thank you.
(With all good intentions I meant to do it way before now.)
First to M of Apples & Pencil Skirts
and rynetta of jcrewismyfavstore
for giving me
Then to Andrea of Tweed and Toile
for awarding me
And last but certainly not at all the least
for bestowing on me the
There are questions to be answered and other bloggers to nominate.
But I figure I should get on with at least the thanks
so I'm not even more delinquent with each passing day.
{hangs head in shame for realizing how overdue I am}
Is it really true better late than never?
And can overalls ever work with heels?