And by “responsible,” I mean more than just in terms of the environment and animal cruelty. I mean, I DO mean that, but I also mean that I’m trying to love and appreciate my skin and care for it with intention…Read More
Things have finally quieted in my life and I'm ready to tackle the job of Christmas shopping! This year, I'm extending my commitment to ethical shopping into my Christmas purchases as much as possible, and I want to offer some suggestions for great ethical gifts. Here are five ideas that might inspire you to make your gift-giving go the furthest this Christmas.
Surrounding each and every movement for good is an atmosphere of shame.
What I mean is this: As is often the case when large and diverse groups of people come together for any reason, it is inevitable that a small group will become the ever-negative "bashers." These are the accusers, the condemners, the ones who say to a genuinely curious newcomer, "Oh, you're interested? Well don't bother sitting with us, you dirty heathen. You're the problem we're fighting against!"
Now, this post is not going to be a rant about bashers (or trolls, or whatever you want to call them), because shaming others for any reason never helps anyone or any cause.
You know what does help?
My aunt once wrote me a letter just for fun telling me all about her childhood and how she used to make paper dresses from patterns she bought at the soda shop for 5¢. The letter is one of my favorite things I own. So when my friend Anne called me up and asked if I'd like to help her and my new friend Ryan make and model a paper dress of my own, I was ecstatic.Read More
I never met my paternal grandfather.
He died before I was born, so all I have is second-hand accounts of who he was and what he valued.
And though he was at times a bit of a rascal, one thing was certain beyond any doubt - he loved his hometown.