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leave no good deed unmentioned

October 14, 2009

It has been a while since I’ve written.  I have a lot of great things to share, but for tonight it is going to be quick.  

City Year, a non-profit that was   founded on the belief that young people can change the world, has a great  new(ish) project called “Ordinary People Save the World”

 Ordinary People Save the World is a website where people can find instant ways to make a difference in the world.  There are different causes you can donate to, a forum to read about the good deeds people all over the world are doing, a place to post the good deeds you are doing, a search engine that lets you look up charity events in your region, and a whole lot more.   I personally love reading all the good deeds people all over the world are doing. Here was one of my favorites:

“let a stranger know their tire was going flat…..”

It’s not going to change the world, but it does make a difference in someone’s day.  Just helping someone have a better day can have monumental effects. And even if it doesn’t, it never hurts. ever.

The site also has causes that you can make a $1 donation to.  Again if enough people donate $1 dollar it adds up quickly.  It makes it pretty hard to say you don’t have enough money to help. 

Well that’s all for now.  If anyone is reading this come back soon, more is on the way.


emily dickinson and charles bukowski walk into a bar….

September 15, 2009

sometimes other people hit the nail on the head in a way I just cant.  here are a few great quotes and poems that can maybe serve as a reminder of the importance of doing the little things we can to make the lives around us better. The first is an Emily Dickinson poem, the second is Charles Bukowski.  A match made in heaven!?

If I can stop one heart from breaking by Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

“You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.” Charles Bukowski



September 12, 2009

Not only are ink cartridges expensive, they also cause a lot of damage to the environment. They are often thrown out in the trash and end up in landfills where they wreak havoc and take up to 450 years to decompose.  However these ink cartridges can be recycled.  There are a plethora of small and large business who will offer ink cartridge recycling and sometimes you can even earn store credit for bringing ink cartridges back to the stores you bought them.

Here are some links to a few great ink cartridge recycling programs:

Staples Ink Cartridge Recycling Program- Earn Store Money

PetSmart Ink Cartridge Recycling Program- Earn Money for Pets

FreeRecyling Ink Cartridge Recycling Program- Earn Real Money

However, there is another step you can take to help reduce amount of ink cartridges that wind up in landfills and at the same time you can save yourself some money.  A new ECO FONT, has been developed that uses less ink.  The font uses tiny circles that aren’t noticeable when printed, but use up to 20% less ink then regular fonts.  The font can be downloaded in two minutes for free at the ECO FONT website.  20% may not sound significant but when you think about whole business or colleges switching over to this font that savings both in ink cartridges and in money is significant.  So take two minutes go to and do your part to help the environment and your wallet.


Tap that….

September 7, 2009

For the cost of a cheap meal you could give a child safe drinking water for a year.  Yes that’s right, a whole year. Through the UNICEF’s TAP Project a $1 donation can provide safe drinking water for a child for 40 days.  That means for just under $10 you could provide safe drinking water for one whole year.  I know times are tight for everyone and it doesn’t feel like the best time to start giving money, but for most of $10 would be a small sacrifice that would make a huge difference.

The UNICEF Tap project was started in New York City (2007), when restaurants asked their patrons to donate $1 for the tap water they normally drink for free.  The restaurants explained that the money would go to help get children safe drinking water.  The project quickly grew into a national movement with thousands of restaurants, corporations, volunteers, advertising agencies, community groups, local governments and everyday diners across the country participating in 2009.  In 2010 the movement will continue with more organizations and businesses already getting involved.  Even if you can’t donate, there are a lot of ways to volunteer and be part of the movement.  Check out what you can do to help even if you can’t donate money.

Watch this video and learn more about the safe water crisis and  what you can do to help.


five minutes and a stamp

August 23, 2009

A friend forwarded me a letter with a link that makes it easy to find your states Representative and write a letter to them about health care.  In about five minutes I was able to get all the information I needed, write the letter, print it  out, put it in an envelope and put a stamp on it. That is one productive five minutes.  I can’t be certain that the letter will make a difference, but I do know that it can’t hurt.  If you are concerned with the future of health care click here and have the most productive five minutes you might ever have.


One small post

August 21, 2009

I have decided to start a blog dedicated to all the little things that people are doing or can do to a make a difference in the world.  I think we all get overwhelmed at what we can’t do or what we would do if only we had more money, time, resources ……(the list could go on).  That kind of defeatist thinking doesn’t help and isn’t true.  No one can do everything, but we can all do something, and even if it is something little all those little somethings could add up.   I am also hoping that in the event that this blog gets read at all people will share things they are doing with me so that I can post them.  So please, if you read this give me some feedback and share your stories.

and now two examples of easy ways to make a difference:

1. Support fair trade and support a developing country. Pick one product that you buy on a regular basis and start buying a fair trade version of it.  An easy to find fair trade product is coffee.  Most coffee shops carry at least one fair trade brew and now most grocery stores also have a fair trade offering.  Other easy to find fair trade products include chocolate, sugar, tea, rice, wine, and flowers. It might not be easy to make sure everything you buy is fair trade, but it is easy to make sure one thing you buy fair trade.

In case you didn’t know, Fair Trade is a designation developed to help fair trade jpegconsumers support products that come from farms that have been certified to provide fair wages and safe working conditions (no forced child labor). In addition, producers on certified farms are paid a premium to apply to projects such as health care, women’s leadership initiatives and micro-finance programs, as voted on by the farmers and workers themselves.

for more info on fair trade click me

2.  Eat less meat to help control climate change. I am a vegetarian and I could go on and on about the benefits of giving up meat.  However, some people don’t feel like they could give up meat and I respect that.  What everyone can do, and probably do fairly easily is eat less meat.  Raising animals, growing grain to feed the animals, the waste produced from the animals, shipping meat and pretty much everything else involved in the production of meat have a huge impact on climate change.  In 2006 the United Nations reported that the meat industry is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environment problems, at every scale from local to global.”

However, if we all consumed less meat we could make a big difference. In fact if we all limited our meat intake to 3.1 ounces daily (and only half should be red meat) we could help tackle climate control.  Figure out what works for you.  For some people eating no meat two days a week might be an option, for others it might just be two meatless meals a day.  Some people might decide to give up meat all together.  Think about it, we can’t all afford a prius, we can’t all install solar panels and we can’t all ride our bike to work, but most of us can cut back on meat or give it up all together.

check these links out for more info on the connection between diet and global warming

1.Low Carbon Diet
2.Global Warming Diet
3.Time's article on Meat and the Environment