Archive for December 31, 2019

Love and Calm in the New Year

A calm, beautiful 2020 to you and your loved ones!  (Here are two of mine.)

About Those Apples….

Not all signs on churches are preachy. Well, not a direct warning, at least. I thought this one was clever, humorous, and both a modern and ancient warning.

A Worthwhile Use for Your Empty Boxes

In 2012, Monika Wiela, an online shoe-store owner, was moved by a homeless man holding a sign saying he needed shoes. She came back later with shoes for him, but he was gone and she had lost her chance to help him. She knew that about 11 million tons of shoes, clothing, bedding, towels, etc. go into landfills yearly, since online buying is now the way most people like to shop. She thought about all those boxes delivering purchases and wondered what she would do with all of the empty boxes in her warehouse. So she formed Give Back Box, a non-profit engaging major retailers in a recycling project in which the Earth and people in need both benefited. Read her story at https://givebackbox.com/story. Then gather all those empty boxes around your house, fill them with reusable clothing, shoes, and other good stuff, and go to givebackbox.com/amazon or another partner listed at the Give Back Box site, print a free shipping label (and tax receipt, if you want), and send it on its way. Give it a try.

New Year’s Prep: Fun Facts

Before hitting the New Year’s Eve party next week, bone up on the history of New Years. It will give you some topics of conversation both before and after people stop making sense and establish you as a New Years expert.

Fun Facts about New Year’s Eve will give you all the info you need…or want.

Happy 2020!

A Peaceful Wish

During this month of many spiritual observances by many different believers, I wish our world peace, now and in the future.

A Different Kind of Christmas Gift

Start a new Christmas tradition. Each family member writes down a gift, placing the paper in a special stocking or wrapped box with a slot on top.  The gift should be for someone outside your family—a neighbor, another family, acquaintance, person you’ve heard about.  And the gift must be of time, not money or goods, a gift of self, not charity.  Examples: monthly visits to a nursing home for a year; driving a person to medical appointments until he’s well; helping an adult or child learn English or to read or write; changing the attitude of a prejudiced friend. (I can give you more ideas–let me know.)

Have a very merry Christmas!

Once You’ve Unwrapped Those Gifts….

DON’T BURN THAT GIFT WRAP IN YOUR FIREPLACE!  The metals and ink in much of the paper cause many fires each year and send harmful particulates into the air we breathe.

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Why Give Pets to Prisoners?

I just read an article about various prisons running programs in which neglected, abandoned, or abused dogs are assigned to the care of prisoners rather than being housed in shelters.  These people foster the animals, caring for them, training them, and teaching them to trust humans again. Eventually the dogs are ready to move on, into loving adoptive families.

There is a corollary to the successful rehabilitation of the dogs.  The prisoners, many of whom are felons due, in great part, to the fact that they, too, grew up neglected, abandoned, or abused, have a revival of their compassion and sense of responsibility.  In that way, they are being rehabilitated, just like their waggly wards.  Isn’t that what the prison system is supposed to do?  Many of these individuals, once released, find jobs in dog grooming, training, and care.  Others have refreshed their work ethic and determination to find and do well at a job.

These programs at any prison are small (maybe 20 pup/prisoner teams) but effective.  Unlike some other people, I don’t consider this being soft on crime.  Rather, I think it’s taking what is good in a person who has done bad and putting it to a use that is beneficial to our animal friends while giving him or her a fighting chance to reintegrate into society rather than re-offending.  I, for one, think that’s a good thing.

Forget Successful People

In today’s Thursday Thought quote, the Dalai Lama puts success in its place and tells us what we really need.

The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. – Dalai Lama

Really Get into the Christmas Spirit

Found this in my news feed. 12 days of Holiday Kindness–what a great idea! Sure, it’s only 9 days until Christmas, but why not double-up some days?