Category: Stuff That Matters
As shocking as this may be to some of you, I have a touch of the OCD. One of the little, seemingly inconsequential things that I’ve always fixated on and been bothered by is numbers, specifically odd numbers. I hate them. Except for numbers ending in 5, or single digits under 10. Then I’m okay with odd numbers. But please don’t set the volume on your TV to 17. Or your heater to 71°. Or your microwave to 23 seconds. Oh my gosh, just don’t.
This dislike of odd numbers carries over to dates as well. And last year, when 2013 was kicking my butt, I felt an odd pleasure in recognizing that I was right to dislike odd numbers because odd number years could clearly kiss it if they were going to treat me that way.
But at some point towards the end of … Read More »
I just found another new blog. This blogger and her family are in the process of adopting a little girl from China which makes me very happy. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted to adopt from China so I really love hearing about people who are actually doing it.
Anyway, my point is that this blogger’s daughter’s orphanage needs a new incubator so the blogger is doing some fundraising. If you donate $20 to the incubator fund you get to choose a really cute print from a set of 7 prints that were created just for this fundraiser.
So please visit this blog here and help some newborn babies. And get a cute piece of art for your walls.
I was reminded recently of this post, in which I asked you to consider giving money to a little boy who needed heart surgery. I thought I should update you all and let you know that even more money was raised than was needed so little Fatao got his surgery. It was a success, and he’s now in recovery. When capable people on the ground get monetary support from others, good things can happen.
If you want to help Compassion International with other urgent medical needs, go here.
“I got to take out what was hidden in my heart.”
– Trafficking survivor, India
Recently an aid blogger wrote about how she often gets asked what the best way is to get involved with a cause, and she answers: give money. It doesn’t seem exciting to us here in America, but it’s what’s needed.
There are groups of smart, capable, honest people fighting good fights all over the world. But to continue to do that they need more resources, particularly money. Somebody’s money paid for the rescue operation that led to the freedom of the trafficking survivor I quoted above, and paid for the care she received afterwards that made her feel safe. That is exciting.
Love146‘s Tread on Trafficking is about to begin, and I’m going to be participating as I did last year. Some of you were very generous last year and supported me, and I … Read More »
“After the punter* left it [the payment] seemed like such a small amount. I would look at it, contemplate it, and then hide it somewhere in my house. It never got used for anything worthwhile, despite all my reasonings earlier in the day. It would disappear as fast as it got there, on air, seemingly, or I would leave it hidden and forget about it. I could never say for sure where it went. I would never have used it on anything worthwhile, or special or anything that I actually cared about because I couldn’t put that money into something good. I couldn’t put that money into something I really cared about. Sometimes it went towards my bills or rent; necessities. Once I had it, I had no use for it, except for how it made me feel for that … Read More »
…here are my thoughts on KONY 2012. (Here’s the video if you haven’t watched it yet. It’s interesting from a sociological standpoint, so I’d recommend watching it even if you know about Kony already or are totally against the video because of Facebook saturation.) And before I begin, I’d like to acknowledge that probably nothing I say here hasn’t already been said somewhere on the internet this week. But I’m going to say it anyway.
I had a number of problems with the video, the same as a lot of other people. I think what bothered me the most were the scenes with the narrator’s little boy. It felt like manipulation, both of the child and the audience. And I don’t think a little boy needs to hear about what Kony’s done.
What probably should have bothered me the most is what … Read More »
…so here’s a worthy cause from Compassion International’s blog:
Abdoul Fatao Kone is a 6-year-old boy living with his father, mother and nine siblings in Bobo Dioulasso (southwest Burkina Faso).
Fatao’s father is a security guard who struggles to make ends meet for his family. And Fatao’s mother sells fritters at the local market to help support the family.
When Fatao turned 1, his parents learned that he has a heart problem: a ventricular septal defect (VSD)—a hole in his heart.
Although his parents have known about Fatao’s condition for years, they’ve never been able to afford the necessary medical care. Instead, they tried traditional medicines and methods. But when these didn’t work, they had no other options until Fatao was registered in our sponsorship program in December 2010.
At his first medical checkup the following April, the doctor, Tamboura Hassane, prescribed numerous medications for Fatao: Furosemide, Captopril, … Read More »
Halloween is upon us, which means that if you’re not a total grump you’re going to be passing out candy to your neighborhood’s children. Before you pick up said candy on your Dillon’s run tonight, please read this post.
I think I previously posted about how Hershey’s Company is controlled by jerks who refuse to make strides towards implementing labor rights standards among their cocoa suppliers, meaning they aren’t doing all they can to insure child and/or forced labor isn’t being used to grow their cocoa. They continue to be jerks in this regard. You can sign a petition asking them to stop being jerks here.
And in addition to being jerks for the above reason, they are also jerks because of this.
So do not pass out sad candy to your Trick-or-Treaters this year, and avoid the following candies/brands:
Breath Savers/Life … Read More »
When I went to Love 146’s conference in Connecticut last year one of the most difficult sessions to sit through was about the pornification of our culture. It’s not that it was boring, but the material was really difficult to see and hear, and that’s saying something since the conference was about the sexual trafficking of children. The session was right before lunch and afterwards I remember joining a group outside to walk to a restaurant and no one saying anything to each other. We all kind of looked at our feet as we silently made our way to the restaurant. (And I made friends with some of those people later that weekend, so they weren’t just weird anti-social people. We were all really bummed, is what I’m saying.)
The speaker talked about Alfred Kinsey and Hustler and online porn and Beyonce, and … Read More »
Thanks to everyone who commented on this post. You gave me some insightful answers that weren’t the same old answers I was expecting to get.
This may be unnecessary, but I wanted to give a little more detail to the questions posed after my presentation so that you can better understand the reasons behind my post.
The very first question came from a woman on the front row. She’d been paying attention the whole time and wasn’t shooting me dirty looks or anything. She asked, “So, you’re wanting to do this here, right?” I was confused, but finally figured out she meant do work for Love 146 here in Wichita. (Please note, I had mentioned Love 146 during my presentation, but I discussed probably a dozen groups that work against sex trafficking.)
After I told her that yes, I was interested in starting what … Read More »