Friday, December 24, 2004

Have an unwanted corpse in your closet? Feel some leftover Roman guilt from the sins of the past? Want to get a last minute tax deduction in while you're attoneing? Look no further, mama jama.

http://www.furisdead.com/donate.html?int=weekly_enews





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Thursday, December 23, 2004

People have made fun of me for telling them I'm allergic to tomatoes for years. "Haw haw haw. Nobody's allergic to tomatoes! Haw haw haw. How stupid and paranoid you must be!"
Yeah? Well, screw all y'all.

http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/12/23/ntom23.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/12/23/ixhome.html



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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

I got this in my email from Julia Butterfly Hill's Circle of Life Foundation. I liked the sentiments and thought I'd share them with you (although in my humble opinion I think it might have been more timely about a week or two ago. I don't know. Maybe people are stronger in their procrastination than I.) Anyway, enjoy.



Gifts to the Earth During this Season of Giving
Dear Friend of Circle of Life, Many of you have already finished your holiday shopping, and some of you are doing last minute scrambling. Wherever you are in your gift-giving process, I wanted to dust off the following list of "5 Gifts to the Earth During this Season of Giving" that I wrote a few years ago. I hope you find it useful and encourage you to share it with your friends and family.
Let us be mindful of how our choices impact the earth and its many diverse living communities. Indeed, perhaps the most meaningful gift we can offer to one another is the gift of ourselves.
Commit to buy less. Decide that quality of time shared together is much more valuable than things. The greatest things in life aren't things at all.
Buy Local, Local, Local! When you do need to buy, decide Thrift Stores and Local Shops are cool and buy from them. These places are the vibrancy and vitality of our communities and take a lot less from the planet than huge corporations.
Respect the earth: When you are wrapping gifts, use old newspapers, glossy magazines, and reused tissue and gift paper from previous gifts instead of destroying yet more forests for wrapping paper. What kind of gift do we truly want to give to each other and the world?
Make donations to not-for-profit organizations in honor of people or even animals who you love. There is a lot of really important work happening in the world that needs support in order to continue. If asked, some organizations will even send a note or card to the person (or animal!) you love, letting them know you gave a gift that will continue giving in their honor. For a great list of worthy organizations that deserve your support, please visit our Activism is Patriotism website for a list of nonprofits that are helping people use their money, mind, voices and votes to change the world.
Volunteer your time to your local community. There is always so much to be done during this time. From feeding the hungry to giving coats to those who need them, to sharing time and love with children who do not have families, to sharing time with our elders who are often very lonely, your smile and kindness could make the difference in another person's life. Even with the very difficult times we face right now, we are truly blessed to have been given the gift of life. Sharing our joy and love will help others and change the world. Remember, the greatest gift in giving is not in what you are giving away, but what you are becoming a part of. Make sure that what you are giving is a true reflection of your love and values. In this you will give the gifts that will continue to enrich the lives around you.
Happy Holidays and a Blessed New Year!
In service and love,Julia Butterfly Hill
P.S.: If you must buy a present and are in a last minute crunch, consider supporting Circle of Life through your purchase at Greenhome.com. By shopping at Greenhome.com, Circle of Life will receive 8% of the purchase price of anything you buy. You can purchase an instant gift certificate today and have it emailed right to you or to the gift recipient. Green Home upholds the highest environmental and social standards for the products they sell. To make sure Circle of Life is credited for your purchase, use this link:circleoflife.greenhome.com/products


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