Social Good A community for causes and social good <![CDATA[Books Quick Tip by DavidStanley]]>]]> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 21:02:35 +0000 <![CDATA[ We CAN make the difference together]]> April 22, 1970 was the first designated Earth Day and was also the 100th anniversary of Vladimir Lenin, the Russian Marxist Revolutionary and Creator of the Soviet Communist Party. Coincidence? Some think not, which along with being sponsored by many "liberal organizations" across the globe as well as liberals across our country, created a polarization in the minds of conservatives for this new "holiday" celebrating Mother Earth and our duty to help protect her from destruction by her very children she helped sponsor – us. While rhetoric dominated early Earth Days, much of that rhetoric has disappeared recently and been replaced by much less controversial "Green" talk.
Even if you are the most conservative (a synonym for evil in liberal speak) person in the world, there has been a weakening of resolve to resist this 40 year old tradition which has become accepted by almost everyone. The newer "Green" talk has leaned more towards stewardship of our resources and drifted further from placing blame on mankind for killing his/her "mother". While there is some polarization, the "holiday" has found more acceptance in our American Society than would have ever been thought possible 40 years ago. I am here to suggest that it is time for conservatives to "belly up to the bar" and embrace this yearly observation and take this celebration to a new level. I am also here to suggest that liberals make room for their new partners. Let us all, liberal, conservatives, progressives, or whatever you want to call yourself, amass arm in arm to help change our antiquated systems of energy production and use and let's start with recycling.
Recycling has crept into our society slowly but is pervasive in our daily routines at home. "Honey, take out the garbage." has slowly been replaced with "Honey, take out the recycling."! We sort cans from bottles and cardboard from paper and place it on the curb for our recycling trucks to pick up and take to the recycling center. But that same attitude has not yet made much of a dent in our business lives. While there are exceptions to the rule, much of our recyclables end up in the same trash can at the end of the day. We throw our paper in with our cardboard boxes which are combined in with our plastic bottles and maybe, just maybe, we take out our aluminum cans, store them separately and call that recycling. I say it is time for a change and I further pronounce that it is time for conservatives to take the lead!
Why conservatives? Why not? Liberals and progressives are more mentally there. While I don't think that translates into actions much of the time, at least they would come along if conservatives took the lead. Let's take a look at two of the biggest traditions in America today – Christmas and Easter. Both come from pagan traditions that encompassed our Christian beliefs and intermingled until we have a hard time separating pagan from Christian.

To start, the dates for both are more pagan than Christian. The Bible never defines that actual date of Jesus' birth, so what did we do, we made one up! And since we are making one up, why not bring in traditions that would bring in our non Christian friends. Let's make Christmas near the winter solstice (return of the sun) just before the new year so that those who celebrate those traditions would join in with our celebration of Jesus' birth. Why not incorporate the Yule log and the bringing inside a tree, mistletoe, and many other pagan rituals into this new holiday celebrating the birth of our savior. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox. Does that even sound traditionally religious? Coloring eggs and even the word "Easter" come from pagan traditions that predate Christ.
What's my point here? My point is that many beautiful and meaningful and very religious services have been held on these days to celebrate very religious historical events. Christians didn't balk at who started what when. They co-opted the dates and took it over largely forgetting the past history! I say it is time for conservatives to do the same with Earth Day. Co-opt the day. Co-opt the traditions and push it further. Make Earth Day "RECYCLE DAY"! At work show everyone that conservatives are good stewards of the resources they are accused of exploiting for personal gain. Make Earth day a day when everyone finds ways to make this a better world for our heirs to inherit. Conservatives, make Earth Day yours and the rest of the world will fall in line.]]> Tue, 10 May 2011 17:34:58 +0000
<![CDATA[ I know about Pay Day. Earth Day?!?!?!]]>
Every day should be an Earth Day, a Father's Day, a Birthday... not a designated day or 1 out of 365 days. These are people who are important to us and in the case of the Earth, it's our survival and existence. Yet, we remember to go to work at least 5 days a week. Since when work is so much more important than tending to these people and places? Why do we need a day to remind us of the beauty and appreciation of them?!

Granted, work gets paid, i.e. we love PAY DAY more than any other day, don't we? The society has reached a stage whereby without the $ sign, nothing can be done! The world has become mercenary. We actually need a day whereby we have a HUMAN DAY. You know, where we can take a bus trip for free for a start, where we can eat a small meal or a simple one to feed our hungry stomach for free. Big organizations and profitable ones where they pay their executives and CEOs millions and even hundred of millions ought to give this to the society or sponsor a day where people can get a meal or a bus ride for free! That's what I'd like to see society celebrates. Think of AIA which paid its CEO $300+ millions (annually!) for bonuses. Think banks which made those money from us but only give back to its shareholders and not to those who are homeless or in hunger. More could have been done by businesses. Naturally, it's not for everyone but if no one starts such a mission, then the world will never ever follow!

Take note that this is not charity like what many foundations are doing. This is just a way to tell the society that there are still things that can be had for free in the world. I certainly won't want to live in a world where one day we may even have to pay for the air in the environment! That's what the electric companies in the world have been living... they make tons of money over the years by providing electricity but when something like the Fukushima nuclear leaks happened, what do they do? Nothing other than damage control! The CEO doesn't even apologize to the society and the people affected at the first instance (granted, he's busy with fire-fighting) nor did the company think of putting the victims the first priority (as in the case of the Gulf Oil Spill)! All the media and the leaders are interested in is more on how much it will cost the company bottom's line!!! Makes one wonders what our world has come to!

Yes, we certainly need Earth Day, not a singular designated day but rather embed into our conscioiusness. Every day should be an Earth Day, a Mother's Day and a Birthday celebration of your own mortality, your spouse's existence and also your children's growth. When that's a consciousness that's prevalent in society, then this would be a +5 rating! :-)

Have a nice day and make it one of your best! Enjoy living and breathing!
God Bless!]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 06:36:48 +0000
<![CDATA[ Aftershocks!]]> nd largest economy in the world for the majority of the last few decades, until recently overtaken by China.
Japanese have a great deal of investments (direct or indirect) in the world. Japanese also holds a lot of treasury bills. This has the world at large trembling with fears as to what the Japanese would do in order to save their very own economy.
Will the Japanese:
  • Issue government bonds? Who will they sell it to? Internally or externally?
  • Dilute their foreign holding of investments and assets?
  • Raise taxes (esp. consumption since it is quite low as compared to major developed countries in the world. A mere 5% compared to Singapore’s 7%)?
  • Rebuild their infra-structure as quickly as they did the Kobe’s earthquake in 1995?

Interestingly, major hotels in Hong Kong are no longer supplying fresh fish used in sashimi and sushi in their restaurants. People from all over the world whose babies are feeding on Japanese milk powder are stocking up old stocks or simply refused to buy Japanese milk powder unless it’s certified free of radiation while some are crazy enough to buy all those powder in the supermarkets for their unborn babies! So, even if they didn't get hit directly from the tsunami, some Japanese encounter the tsunami in their businesses. Exporters see their orders cancelled overnight and can't do anything about it!
What’s the direct impact for you and me?
Well, if you’re interested in buying the iPad 2, you better make it to the shop quick. Apparently, Japanese’s supply chain would be affected and part of iPad’s components are actually manufactured in Japan. As with some components on the Boeing 787!

In terms of logistic, with some ports and airports closed in Japan, some flows are affected where transportation sector is involved.  With less power, many plants and manufacturing plants are also closed for business. So, yes, the full impact from all areas has not been measured and discounted. The aftershocks are tremendous in the business arena. No one clearly knows what the future would bring. It's too mind-boggling! One silver lining is that the Japanese people are very resourceful and resilient. So, have confident that they will come back in no time!

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<![CDATA[ The Panic Sets In]]>

So, the potential danger? Radiation! Yes, we heard of it on the news for the last few days. Everyone is afraid of getting cancer as a result of exposure to radiation! Even the Chinese in China have now wiped out all the iodized salt from the shelves in the supermarkets! How ridiculous that is! But in times of panic, people do weird things. Just like those Singaporeans who hoarded rice back then during the Iraq attack of Kuwait! Granted, salt is not that costly to hoard but to think it's going to save you from cancer?! Ha! If only the solution is that simple, Japanese leaders won't be cracking their heads now!

I kept reading about those who are sacrificing their lives to work around the clock at the sites where radiation might ultimately kill them. In some ways, I feel disconnected. It's like something that's so far away and yet I marvel at their sense of duty and professionalism. These are people who are trying to help while there are others who think nothing but themselves. For many, life goes on as per normal. If you are living far from Japan and are not directly affected by it in any way, like those in Libya, the pressing issue is more local. So, while the White House is planning to help the Japanese, it is also planning for air strikes?! Interesting, isn't it? I don't know what to make of the world nowadays. 

From the economic standpoint, these 2 pressures are not good for the world though. While the foreigners are leaving Japan, Japanese are liquidating their portfolios and investments abroad to bring back funds to save themselves. The Yen has soared to historical new highs while the USD tumbles. Now, you can only get some 76 yen for a $! You heard me right, the country is having problems but the Yen is not dropping. Instead, it is skyrocketing! Instability in Libya and the whole of Middle East, recently reported Bahrain is also turning into a hot spot, will pressurize the prices of gas to new high. So, those in New York are speculating like crazy in the financial arena. Interesting, isn't it?

Well, if you're driving to work, you can no longer feel disconnected from the world events, can you? Clearly, if our country decide to ration our use of electricity, we would be more inclined to see how the Japanese are doing, aren't we? Granted, there are times when we are tempted to look away because it's a depressing situation and we do feel helpless in many ways. Reading about someone's plight can be hard especially if you feel deeply for poor souls. And many, as I sometime do, take the easy way out... by not looking and thinking too much about it! That is one of the way we deal with stresses in life.

So, what can we do really? Yes, life goes on for majority of us and even for the Japanese. But, life should not go on as if nothing had happened. It's not how we can help (with donations or whatever contributions) the Japanese with that should be sufficient but rather what we take out of this event that should matter. How we should treat the environment, the world and the people in it, that should be the lessons of the day, isn't it? Panic is natural, but panic without even using our brain and create more distress in the world we live in... we can do without!

Going to Japan for the next few months is not a viable solution. It is not good for the Japanese who have problems of their own to cope with and also not good for someone who doesn't speak their language and end up a burden during this difficult period. Granted, the Japanese will need help in rebuilding and those who can truly help, by all means, help! As for the other people, staying put and staying sane are the best option :-)]]> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 08:50:52 +0000
<![CDATA[Living Social Quick Tip by devora]]> donate $5 to the Red Cross to aid relief efforts in Japan and Living Social will double your donation.  What a wonderful thing that they're doing!]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 22:43:25 +0000 <![CDATA[ May God Help The Japanese!]]> THE SINKING OF JAPAN came to mind. Yes, I spent an afternoon following the news and images. Clearly, seeing it on the news is a vast difference from experiencing it live. The one time I felt earthquake was when I was in L.A. some 2 decades ago or before. Even that time, I was in bed and I managed to feel giddy for a few minutes!

Ok, Hollywood 'glorifies' disaster. These scenes are not from Hollywood but a reasonably scene from Japanese movie "Sinking of Japan". They are not news clips from today's tsunami that hits Japanese coasts. Instead, they are what could have been and if indeed that day come, the world will certainly feel its ripples, one way or another. Until that day come, let's take a look at what's going on right now, this very moment.

Japan is one of the countries (if not the only one) in the world best equipped to handle a crisis like a tsunami and earthquake. The Japanese have a system intact which they trained their toddlers to follow whenever something of this extent happens. So, if you've to be in an earthquake zone, Japan is probably the country you'd like to be in. That is, IF you've to be there! Now, right at this moment, a lot of people don't want to be in Japan. Airports and public transports are all halted. People have no way to go home after work. Thank God it's friday too, they can at least go out drinking, if they have the mood, that is. Look, I'm not taking things lightly, just that if there is nothing much you can do other than worry, then the next best thing is to get the most out of a difficult situation, is it not?

The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, a 10-m tsunami and 50 countries are feared to be affected. As it is still ongoing in the world, we clearly have no idea the exact path of the tsunami and the total destruction it will wrecked. Hopefully, we have seen the worst this afternoon but it is unlikely since the tsunami is still moving towards some small islands in the Pacific Rim as well & as far as New Zealand and Chile! I just learned today that tsunami waves actually travel as quickly as the Boeing 737, ie. at 800 km/h. Tsunami waves also come in more than one, that means it can move ashore, back to sea and then returns in full force some 20 mins later! Tsunami is now expected in Hawaii and countries like Indonesia, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.

According to official sources, "This is a massive one, and it will have different effects depending on the location, on the seabed, and on other sorts of characteristics. But clearly this is very very large, and from that perspective, all countries need to be alert, on standby for the moment." Many countries in Asia are evacuating their residents to higher areas, especially after the last disaster in 2004. CNN reported that

~~~ Friday's 8.9-magnitude temblor in Japan was the largest earthquake since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Banda Aceh area of Indonesia on Dec. 26, 2004, causing a massive tsunami that killed about 250,000 people in 14 countries and washed away entire communities. The tsunami caused nearly $10 billion in damage and more casualties than any other tsunami in history, according to the United Nations.

The earthquake, initially reported as a 7.8 earthquake, was upgraded to an 8.9 quake.

"When you jump a magnitude from 7 to 8, it's not 10 times stronger, it's 1000 times stronger," said CNN International meteorologist Ivan Cabrera. "With an ... earthquake that shallow, that close to shore, there will be more than one tsunami." ~~~

So, watch out for all that's happening in the world. And PRAY as hard as you can for everyone's sake!!!

I'm now updating this event to a -5 as the number of lives lost have increased tremendously due to the tsunami in Japan. Luckily, the damage is contained elsewhere. However, Japan suffered the most with expected death toll to as many as over 10,000! A city near Sendai had been totally wiped out and as many as 9500 people are feared missing!

Looking at the pictures coming out of Sendai, I could no longer recognized the city I once visited a few years back. The rebuilding will take time and other parts of Japan are also experiencing stress and anxiety. As many as 6 million households were without electricity and water at one stage the last 2 days. The disaster has demonstrated how insignificant humans can be when it comes to dealing with a natural disaster of this scale. Fortunately for me, my friends in Tokyo are not badly affected. Still, the residents wonder when and if there will be more aftershocks of that magnitude! What a scary thought to live through in coming days!]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:37:06 +0000
<![CDATA[2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:31:24 +0000 <![CDATA[Books Quick Tip by MManzieri]]> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 11:20:07 +0000 <![CDATA[ 50% off a $20 Amazon Gift Card?]]> $20 Amazon gift card for $10 - but today only. There's no catch - they're just buying customers (naturally there's only one per person - poosticks).

Click here for the deal.

Regularly, this is a pretty decent GroupOn clone that has deals for cheapskates like me - I signed up for pretty much all of these sites through so I don't get buried in email. Cheap is my middle name! Hopefully this fad for businesses to give away the shop every day won't go away. :-D]]> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:03:03 +0000
<![CDATA[TOMS Shoes Quick Tip by ariajuliet]]> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:54:38 +0000 <![CDATA[TOMS Shoes Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> Fri, 7 Jan 2011 15:27:36 +0000 <![CDATA[ Good Fashion]]> for holiday gifts. Of course the chunky statement pieces instantly drew my attention, but when I read about the company that facilitates the creation of this line, I was all the more interested in making a purchase.

Created by Designer Beth Schaeffer, The Bluma Project is a line of textiles and jewelry crafted by women's cooperatives in Rwanda and Ghana. The project was developed  to aid women who have survived genocide in Rwanda and facilitate a sustainable lifestyle for women in both countries by providing jobs and income to support their families.  Their creations are a beautiful tribute to the gorgeous mix of color and fabric traditionally seen in these cultures.

Right now this jewelry is sold exclusively at Anthropologie stores,, and in the UK.
I've seen quite a few colorful paper bead lines made in African countries, but what I enjoy about this one (and what makes it different) is that these beads are not just used for bracelets and necklaces, but for home products as well. In addition the use of colorful fabrics adds product variety to the jewelry line, creating a unique look. The price point for this product line is also extremely affordable.

Check out a few of my favorite pieces:

Napkin Rings at Anthropologie

abc home fabric necklace

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<![CDATA[ The world is a dangerous place to live.]]> The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.

- Albert Einstein


I am a police officer and tonight I had a strange assignment. There is a guy who is in a closed ward in a mental hospital and he frightens the staff so much that the arrangement is that 2 officers stay in the ward at all hours for the time being. It could be our uniform but while we are there he is docile.

This is an odd arrangement. You, as I, would probably think that our job was to get him there and not look after him once we are there - but there it is.

What got me thinking was while staying there while he mostly slept I watched Se7en again and this time I payed more attention to the undertone in the story. Apathy.

Both Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey refer to this in their roles but albeit in different ways.

Last fall I was on a job exchange in Denmark with the Copenhagen Police Department and I chose this with a special interest in Human Trafficking. Did you know according to UN estimates there are more slaves in the world today than ever before in human history? It probably has to do with the fact that we are now so many - estimates are over 7 billion in the year 2011. A hundred years ago we weren't even 1 billion.

Still I didn't think that 2 major world problems of the 21st Century would be slavery and pirates - A lot of see traffic is now going south around the Cape of Good Hope rather than risk the Somali pirates that threaten the shipping lanes of the Suez. 


We are in an supposedly enlightened age where every piece of human knowledge is a the tip of our fingers if we wish. Most of us (here - with internet access) have representative governments.

Supposedly we should be on our way to living in a Star Trek Utopia and yet we seem steadily aiming for a worse tomorrow. For all our technology we seem to be using it for entertainment. As for government, a lot of us are happy to believe the last running advertisement for the candidate that uses the word Tax reduction with the best background - preferably the national flag. We don't even bother to check if he/she has ever made good on a promise before. Because it is easier to believe what we are spoon fed (even if it is a lie) rather than making the effort to see what is true.

With all our endless possibilities and respective freedoms we have forgotten our responsibilities and instead of doing good and bettering lives, we take the easiest road and seek maximum short term enjoyment. 

Some time ago I rearranged my priorities. I thought what would be most important at the end, long before it happens.

1) Look after my children, I have 3 daughters. Especially just be there.

2) Love my wife. It is the #1 most important thing in upbringing that the children know that their parents are happy with each other.

3) Stay healthy. Live longer and I can keep 1) & 2) going longer.

4) Be aware.

5) Be ready to help those in need and are willing to make an effort themselves. - Not to waste time or energy on those that just feel sorry for themselves and aren't willing to better themselves.

6) Vote sensibly - you should vote and you should make an effort to know what you are voting for.

On a  more happier note;

"May you live all the days of your life"
- Johnathan Swift 

It may sound self evident - but it is not. It is a reminder to remember to be alive every day and not make it pass in some slumber. Your days are numbered, so each is a gift.

Use it wisely and with care.]]> Wed, 11 Aug 2010 01:44:52 +0000
<![CDATA[ Think You're Too Busy To Volunteer? Think Again...]]> I have a hectic life. I'm planning my own wedding and because of budget constraints, I'm DIYing a lot of it. I'm attempting to get my BA after I had to change majors due to circumstances beyond my control.  I have two jobs and work around 50-60 hours a week. I run my own company as well. In between all of this, I maintain my relationships, make time for the Fs in life- fiance, friends, family and somehow find some "me" time as in eating, sleeping and keeping my house clean. Sound familiar?

However, after gaining some inspiration from my mom who, at the age of 66, has volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children who don't have a voice. This is a hardcore program that requires a two year requirement because you are a court officer. Then, last night I finally watched Darfur Now and wow, what a film. I was so struck by the helplessness and the massiveness of Darfur just like I was with Rwanda and Uganda.

The thought came to me, what am I doing? After all the experience that I have with volunteering, why aren't I helping? Those "reasons" I listed above are all just excuses. So, I checked out They have viral opportunities, so you can help out while you're tweeting and facebooking your day away. They even have volunteer jobs as a social media person- tweeting and FBing!

The best thing about Volunteer Match is that they make it so easy for you to volunteer, that it's almost ridiculous if you don't take them up on their offer. If you prefer to get out of the house, you get to dictate how you want to change the world. You can search via zip code and keywords (environment, women, kids, international, etc) and they will present you a list of perfect matches for you.

Like I said above, they also have viral opportunities so if you're the type that's always in front of a computer, like myself, this is a perfect match. If you want resume builders, they have them as well- every possible talent that you could have, they have a need for it.

So, have I convinced you? Well, why not just check it out and let me know what you think? It takes less time than reading this piece!]]> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 23:41:45 +0000
<![CDATA[ A Great Cause And Everyone Should Get Involved!]]> PITCH: AFRICA. What I saw immediately drew me in and I wanted to know everything about it. I first saw people playing soccer on some weird looking blue field but as I kept watching I realized that this weird blue field is actually an amazing way to help villages in Africa harvest rainwater.

PITCH: AFRICA, which is a project put on by the Annenberg Foundation who has also teamed up with Charlize Theron, is a soccer pitch that is built on top of a rain harvesting and water purifying station. Made of cheap materials such as cargo containers, the makers of PITCH: AFRICA say it can supply clean drinking water to 1,000 people a day for a year.

The PITCH: AFRICA soccer field can be easily moved to different locations to not only harvest rainwater, but bring communities together to watch players play soccer on a new soccer pitch. The soccer pitch has bleachers on both sides of it so spectators can join in on the fun.

Africa is in need of water even with no drought. There is plenty of rain in Africa but the problem is collecting and purifying the water. Dirty water kills thousands if not millions of people every year in Africa. With innovative ideas like PITCH: AFRICA, we are taking steps to bring clean drinking water to all the people of Africa! As a big fan of soccer, I feel this is a great way to help out and I think everyone should do what they can to help out.

Here's a great video of how PITCH: AFRICA works: VIDEO]]> Tue, 13 Jul 2010 17:21:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Room to Read Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> Sun, 27 Jun 2010 16:23:54 +0000 <![CDATA[ TOMS: One for One]]> How can one be opposed to a company who is founded on the premise: with every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. 

Buying shoes has become so ordinary and common for most women these days, that owning 30-40 pairs isn't uncommon. Yet, we never stop to realize that a young child in a developing country walks barefoot everyday, picking up diseases that ultimately will harm their body.

TOMS has opened me eyes to the gift of giving to those less fortunate AND their shoes happen to be super comfortable. Jump on board and help out a child. 

Hint: My personal favorite are the natural canvas classic shoes that go with everything and anything.

Womens Natural Canvas Classics TOMS Shoes Side

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<![CDATA[ Tom, You Have Stolen My Heart]]> I think the idea behind TOMS shoes is great!  They are really trying to make a difference in the world one step at a time (pun intended) through fashion.  It's wonderful that these shoes have really caught on as a major trend among hipsters.

If I knew nothing about the concept behind these shoes though and caught sight of them,  I would probably hate them. Frankly, I think they're kind of ugly. I am probably a horrible person for admitting this, but from a striclty fashionable point of view.....not so much.

I'm fairly certain I cannot be the only person in the world that feels this way, so that makes me think that this is an even more exciting trend. Why? Fashionistas and Fashionistos are not buying these kicks because they are made out of the most gorgeous and rare materials or because they elongate the leg or because they are constructed using the newest and greatest technology. No. People are buying these shoes because it helps others, and really, that makes these shoes the most beautiful ones I have ever seen.

Sorry Jimmy. Sorry Manolo. Sorry Christian. Tom's the new man in town.

Check out for more trends that are taking over your town!


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<![CDATA[ In Desperate Need!]]> I have seen all the hype about TOMS Shoes, but have yet to get my hands on a pair (I know, save your gasps). I think they are a perfect pair for just about anything to achieve a casual, carefree vibe. Plus, they pretty much scream spring/summer, so what am I waiting for?

I'm really digging the pale yellow Bridgeports. I picture wearing them with some white linen shorts and a breezy button-up for an extra preppy look. While the price is typically a little more than I shell out for shoes (I'm a bonafide Target girl), they are definitely still within reason. And since a pair is donated to a child in need, then I'd say money well spent.

Looks like I'm about to bust out my debit card and spend the very small remainder of my student loans on a pair of casual-chic TOMS once and for all.]]> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 18:25:09 +0000
<![CDATA[ You don't want to miss out on TOMS Shoes new styles!]]> Light Blue Bridgeport Linen Classics or the Red Newport Cordones, then you need to hit up the TOMS' Web Site right away! Wear them when you're walking to those summer classes you are inevitably dreading or when you're dancing to the harmonies of Dave Matthews Band at Bonnaroo this summer! The Vegan Classics  now have funky and colorful patterns to pair with any floral or striped summer romper! And can you believe it? TOMS Shoes has a page dedicated to Wedding Styles including silver and gold glitter TOMS. Don't miss this opportunity to have the newest styles on your feet. Plus you know the brand motto, One for One. When you buy a pair of TOMS, another pair will be donated to a shoeless child. Join TOMS Shoes Club at IU if you are in the Bloomington area and want to join the movement or visit for more information.

TOMS recently just added a "TOMS LOVES MOMS" Mother's Day campaign, so if you haven't bought Mom a gift yet, buy her a pair of Yellow Portsmouth Cordones or Seaport Vegan Classics. The new styles are definitely something to look forward to, but I love the classic TOMS just as much. So if I have the opportunity to buy the old or new, I say why not both?]]> Thu, 29 Apr 2010 05:49:50 +0000
<![CDATA[TOMS Shoes Quick Tip by amylevin]]> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 05:10:07 +0000 <![CDATA[TOMS Shoes Quick Tip by Savvygirl]]> Mon, 26 Apr 2010 19:20:30 +0000 <![CDATA[ Spirit Jump & Cards4Cancer Uplifting the Spirits of those Battling Cancer Worldwide]]> Originally posted on the ONEHOPE Wine Blog on March 2, 2010.

Recently we were introduced to a wonderful non-profit by the name of Spirit Jump. Founded by a cancer survivor, Meaghan Edelstein, Spirit Jump puts the focus on helping lift the spirits of those currently battling cancer by sending cards and small gifts to those who need it most. This year on April 10th, Spirit Jump along with its partners will be holding the first annual Cards 4 Cancer Day. Below is a great explanation of what it is all about:

“On April 10th 2010 Spirit Jump along with Bloggers Unite and its sponsors are pleased to bring you our First Annual Cards 4 Cancer Day. Battling cancer can be one of the most difficult and loneliest experiences a person can go through. With cancer touching so many lives around the world it’s time to let them know they are not alone. Our mission is to provide hope and comfort to the many men, women and children who are involved in this battle. With your help Spirit Jump hopes to collectively deliver over 100,000 cards.”

The response has been huge and we’re really excited to hear it! As of the mid-February, they have teams in nearly every state and in 8 different countries. Over 50 hospitals confirmed their participation in the event and over 500 teams have signed up. But this is just the beginning and there is still a lot of time left to participate and help out where you can. You can join a team to help provide cards and gifts, donate funds to help the mission, or at the very least… help spread the word!

ONEHOPE Wine is proud to partner with Spirit Jump & Cards 4 Cancer on their outstanding campaign. We will send you a $10 ONEHOPE Wine gift card for every $20 donation as a way of saying “Thank You” for supporting Cards 4 Cancer Day. A total of 1,000 gift cards are available so get yours while they last.

You can read more details on the campaign and how to help on the Cards 4 Cancer blog.

Website: Spirit JumpCards 4 Cancer
Twitter: @SpiritJump@Cards4Cancer
Facebook: /spiritjump/cardsforcancer

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<![CDATA[ "When Life Gives you Lemons..." Alex's Lemonade Stand is Fighting Childhood Cancer One Cup at a Time]]> Originally posted on the ONEHOPE Wine Blog on March 9, 2010.

It all started with a lemonade stand and a lot of hope.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. That year, Alex held her first lemonade stand and raised $2000 for “her hospital.” For the next four years, Alex would continue to hold the annual lemonade stand with the hope of helping to find a cure for all childhood cancers. In 2004, her fourth year holding the annual stand, Alex set a goal of raising $1 million. A seemingly unreachable goal, she just said – “if people all around the country hold lemonade stands and send in their money, I think I can do it.” Alex was right, and during the weekend of her last lemonade stand in her neighborhood, thousands of volunteers of all ages from all corners of the country held lemonade stands, propelling Alex and her cause to reach $1 million. Shortly following, on August 1, 2004 Alex ultimately lost her life to childhood cancer, but her legacy of hope continues to live on through volunteers young and old.

Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a beacon of hope for all children and families who are battling childhood cancer. Since inception, ALSF has raised over $30 million with nearly half the funds coming from lemonade stands such as Alex’s. The money raised has been utilized to fund over 125 cutting-edge research projects, create a travel program to assist families who need to travel for treatment, and develop educational resources to help everyone touched by childhood cancer.

The ALSF Mission

  • To raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures.
  • To encourage and empower others, especially children, to raise money for childhood cancer by holding their own Alex’s Lemonade Stands.
  • To expedite the process of finding new cures and bringing them to children with cancer now.

How You Can Help

Hold Your Own Stand: Fight childhood cancer, one cup at a time. Alex’s Lemonade Stand provides a meaningful and fun way to make a difference in the lives of others. As Alex once said, “holding your own Alex’s Lemonade Stand is easy and fun!” It is also an inspiring way for caring people of all ages to support our mission of curing childhood cancer, one cup at a time!

Beyond Stands: Many ways to get involved and help kids with cancer. Holding a lemonade stand isn’t the only way to get involved with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.  Whether you choose to create a fundraising page on our site, become a volunteer, or participate in one of the many other events that the Foundation holds, you can become an important participant in the battle against childhood cancer.

Donate directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. No donation is too small: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has inspired people who would not likely donate to childhood cancer to make donations – no matter the amount.

ONEHOPE Wine 20/20 Give Back for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  Shop online forONEHOPE Wine using promo code ALSF and 20% of your purchase will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.  For your support of ALSF, you will also receive a 20% discount on your purchase as our way of saying “thank you” for your support.

@AlexsLemonade on Twitter
/AlexsLemonade on Facebook

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<![CDATA[ 1 in 70 Boys, 1 in 110 Children - World Autism Awareness Day sheds a bright light on a BIG cause...]]> Originally posted on the ONEHOPE Wine Blog on April 2, 2010.

Today is World Autism Awareness Day helping to bring awareness and understanding about the disorder that affects millions of individuals worldwide, including 1 in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys.

April also happens to be Autism Awareness Month so you can expect to hear more from us throughout the month on ways you can get involved and help support the cause.

ONEHOPE is committed to providing awareness and fundraising for autism year-round.  50% of profits from ONEHOPE California Cabernet Sauvignon sales are donated to support the fight against autism.  We invite you to try our award-winning California Cabernet Sauvignon and support the cause with every glass.

What is Autism?
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a persons lifetime.  It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism impairs a persons ability to communicate and relate to others.  It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines.  Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe. All of these disorders are characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities, and also by repetitive behaviors.

Facts About Autism

  • Approximately 67 million people worldwide are affected by autism
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the world
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with diabetes, cancer and AIDS combined
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism, but early diagnosis and intervention improve outcomes


What is World Autism Awareness Day?
On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Consort of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, supported the campaign for a World Autism Awareness Day through the current 62nd UN General Assembly Session, garnering consensus support from all United Nations Member States.

This UN resolution is one of only three official disease-specific United Nations Days and will bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions. The World Autism Awareness Day resolution encourages all Member States to take measures to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges.

World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and  impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.

By bringing together autism organizations all around the world, we will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Please join us in our effort to inspire compassion, inclusion and hope.

Autism Non-Profits (We Recommend)
ACT Today
Autism Speaks
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)

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<![CDATA[ - Welcome to - Imagine. Connect. Act. Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:34:30 +0000 <![CDATA[Friends of the World Food Program Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:19:30 +0000 <![CDATA[Earth Day Quick Tip by mweber82]]> Thu, 22 Apr 2010 01:39:47 +0000 <![CDATA[ Make the Meaning of Earth Day into a Daily Habit]]> Earth Day is an annual holiday founded by peace activist John McConnell, who also designed the Earth Day Flag. It started as a grassroots effort to inform people to support environmental concerns and create a movement. Now there are millions in the world who celebrate Earth Day each year on April 22nd. Let's look into the history of Earth Day, shall we?

The first official Earth Day was on April 22, 1970.  The day was proposed by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson.  It marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Approximately 20 million Americans participated that year, with a goal of a healthy, sustainable environment. Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, and his youthful staff organized massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

In 1990, 200 million people in 141 countries celebrated the day and lifted the status of environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit. For 2000, Earth Day had the internet to help link activists around the world. By the time April 22 rolled around, 5,000 environmental groups around the world were on board, reaching out to hundreds of millions of people in a record 184 countries. Including, hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Earth Day 2007 was one of the largest Earth Days to date, with an estimated billion people participating all over the world.

Earth Day flag

The Earth Flag was designed in 1970 by Earth Day founder and pioneer John McConnell, an early leader in the international peace movement. Inspired by the striking first photographs of the whole Earth taken during America's historic Apollo 10 space mission in 1969, this symbolic creation attained immediate world-wide recognition, including a lifetime association with renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead. Dr. Mead carried what she called "the flag for all people" with her wherever she appeared from 1969 until her death in 1977.

Earth Day symbol

Earth Day originally had a symbol that was a combination of the letters "E" and "O" taken from the words "Environment" and "Organism", respectively. Later a theta was used because of its historic use as a warning symbol, or the peace symbol. Theta is now associated with Earth Day.

Celebrate the planet locally or globally every day, not just on Earth Day.  Community gardens, recycling programs, energy conservation, planting trees and green education are just some of the activities we can become involved in all year round. 

To find Earth Day events in your area, go to Earth Day events. 

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<![CDATA[Earth Day Quick Tip by Clay_Miller]]> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:06:55 +0000 <![CDATA[Earth Day Quick Tip by EcoMama]]> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 02:57:09 +0000 <![CDATA[ Information overload in tweet sized chunks from SXSW Interactive 2010]]> At first, it seems ironic to see the leaders of the “140-character culture” get together for a 5-day conference filled with hour-long presentations and panel discussions.   But this same culture has created information overload, so perhaps the SXSW “fire-hose” experience was more fitting than one would think.

In an effort to minimize your SXSW information overload, I thought it may be more fitting to simply share  some of my favorite take-aways and sound-bites in 140-char Twitter style.  Enjoy!  And, please add your own too.

Your online presence:
“Live your life online as though your mother is watching you.” @equalman

Danah Boyd Keynote:
“Just because something is publicly accessible, it doesn’t mean people want it to be publicized.” @zephoria

Branding with applications:
The best apps are those that give customers a new and better way to interact with your brand.

“There’s no point in innovating if you think you already know the answer.”  @jeremygutsche

For crowd sourcing success, people must be comfortable, motivated and serious about sharing.

Content sharing:
The most commonly shared content is that which is novel, timely, unique and useful.

Math and Marketing:
“It takes imagination, not math, to take a leap into the future”  @miketeasdale

Social Responsibility:
Social media enables all of us to make a difference in the world.  Don’t just join a movement online – take action.

Dashboard Design:
Computers think in numbers, humans think visually.

Humor on the Web:
“Learn from comments, but don’t obsess over them. Trying to please everyone will result in not-so -funny material.”

Healthcare Online:
“Health has a branding problem.”  There’s an opportunity to rebrand health and think of it as a gift versus a problem.”

“SXSW is an amazing opportunity to stay informed, relevant and connected” @smallarmyjeff

Please feel free to share this with others and more importantly, add your own favorite sound-bites and take-aways here.

I hope to see you in Austin next year.

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<![CDATA[ Totally addictive, all for a good cause in the process of learning!]]>
Thanks to @LingEatsCake, I'm doing some real work, charity wise, that is! In return, I hope she likes my cake review! ;-) 

The idea behind this site is to make it fun while you learn something and also do something for others in return. It's a 3 party win-win-win situation. It function by donating rice, yes, grains of rice to help end hunger! 

Well, food is my specialty and God forbids that so many people go hungry! Let me do my part not by only writing reviews that makes @Woopak_the_thrill constantly hungry but also contribute to some good cause out there in the real world!


1) The site gets the traffic and visitors. The visitors enjoy the site and thereby spend time on it. That I assume is part of the main reasons for setting up websites anyhow. The site owner would like to showcase his works, to share his cause and to contribute to society.

2) The Player (@You)
Why does anyone visit a site & stay on it unless he/she finds it interesting, enjoyable, learn something new or simply to kill boredom. Well, satisfy all these needs, one way or another. Not only that, in the process of doing so, one learns something new. 

Yes, it's either a new word or vocab.  In addition, there are 5 other subject matters you can test your own knowledge of and in the process learn a new thing or two:
  1. Art (famous paintings)
  2. Chemistry 
  3. English (Grammar & Vocab)
  4. Geography (Countries on the map & World Capital)
  5. Language Learning (French, German, Italian, Spanish)

3) The Receiving End
It's all for charity and through every correct answer you choose, the site donates 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger. For my first visit, I found myself donating 3000 grains of rice. That's enough for at least a lunch, I figure. If I do that everyday for the next 1 month, hey, that's quite something, don't you think? & what about if all of us on do that just for a month? Wow, it'd be real something. providing lunches to the underprivileged by simply having its members learn something new in the process! That's awesome!

Try it, it's really fun and I had learned a few new words and countries on the world map simply because of it! It's all for Rice! Just in time for the launch of THE RICE TABLE community. Let's get the FreeRice Movement going, shall we not?! In fact, ought to sponsor What do you think JR, Good idea? ;-)

“Every grain of rice is essential in the fight against hunger . . . FreeRice really hits home how the Web can be harnessed to raise awareness and funds for the world’s number one emergency.”
~~~ UN World Food Program ~~~ is an international, viral sensation. Folks from Thailand to Germany and India are just as enthusiastic . . . improving thousands of lives, all with a simple, collective, click of a mouse.”
~~~ CBS Evening News ~~~

“A teacher of fourth and fifth graders on the Yurok Indian reservation in Klamath, CA, . . . emailed the WFP. ‘My students absolutely LOVE the FreeRice site. Almost daily they earn several thousand grains of rice!’ she wrote. ‘You cannot imagine the joy in my heart when I look out and see 25 kids doing vocabulary work and enjoying it.’”
~~~ School Library Journal ~~~
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