Wednesday, December 23, 2015

What I Want For Christmas




What I want for Christmas This Year:


No more hunger anywhere.


Hunger is still the number one killer in our world today.

1/3 of the worlds hungry people live in India, and 5 Indians die every minute from hunger. Hunger is the number 1 killer in India.

1.02 billion people around the globe do not have enough to eat.

Each and every year 15 million children die of hunger, with over 16,000 children dying every day from hunger related causes.

More than 60% of the chronically hungry people on the planet are women.

This situation, with people dying of hunger everyday, is simply unacceptable to me and to most people on the planet I would hope.

I have never been seriously hungry because even during my times of greatest financial hardship I had places and people to turn to for help.

However the majority of hungry people on earth today have nowhere to turn to and no one to help them. 
Unless we do. You and I. Help feed hungry people wherever and whenever we can. And without sermons or judgement. Just food to feed their hunger.

Can one person make a difference? Certainly.  For the people you give food to, you may be the reason they did not go to sleep tonight crying from hunger. You may even save a life. 

If you can do nothing else, then please consider donating a box of food to your local food bank. 

There are hungry people, including hungry children, in your own city who are going to sleep with an empty belly unless someone like you helps them. Today.

You can also click on the hunger sites, or play the free rice game to feed hungry people, as listed immediately below. One click brings food to hungry people around the world. Please click everyday. Your click makes a difference.

One Click at a Time. Click these sites daily to donate food to the hungry.
Home 




Hunger in America and how you can help:
http://www.secondharvest.org/







Another  great program feeding hungry people that needs our help. 











Food For The Poor. Please help.




Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Five Easy Ways to Help Others at Christmas Time







1) Make a donation to your local food bank to help the hungry in your community. Or help pack food boxes or serve the holiday meal to local homeless people.

2. Gifts for Kids: Select a gift tag for a child from one of the Christmas tree displays in your local store and purchase the gift the child asked for.

3. Coat drives. If you live in an area with cold weather, then please consider donating a warm coat or two (scarves, mittens and gloves, and warm hats are needed too), to your local coat drive.

4. Recycle. Reduce. Reuse. For the planet and for you. Because it's a good thing to do, especially now during the holiday season when there is so much waste.

5. Donate school supplies to needy children in your cities schools.





'Christmas is Coming Home to Glasgow' by Carol Laula

Jingle Bells Chinese Style at Christmas

Monday, November 30, 2015

Five Easy Ways You can Help Others Now







1) Make a donation to your local food bank to help the hungry in your community. Or help pack food boxes or serve the holiday meal to local homeless people.

2. Gifts for Kids: Select a gift tag for a child from one of the Christmas tree displays in your local store and purchase the gift the child asked for.

3. Coat drives. If you live in an area with cold weather, then please consider donating a warm coat or two (scarves, mittens and gloves, and warm hats are needed too), to your local coat drive.

4. Recycle. Reduce. Reuse. For the planet and for you. Because it's a good thing to do, especially now during the holiday season when there is so much waste.

5. Donate school supplies to needy children in your cities schools.





Kindness During the Holidays





During this Christmas season perhaps we can all be a little kinder to one another.
Just being kind to others may not seem like much but even the smallest act of kindness is like a stone thrown into water with beautiful ripples flowing out from it that you may never see or know about.

Being kind to the earth and every creature living upon it is the ultimate in kindness.
If everyone did that there would be no war, no hunger or homelessness, no deforested lands, no polluted skies or poisoned waters.

So today perhaps we can all be a little kinder to one another, to our planet, and to the waters, the skies, the forests, and all the living creatures upon our beautiful Mother Earth.




Planning to be kind and caring.

Sometimes we imagine that a kind and caring person was born that way, but nothing could be further from the truth.
For most a conscious decision was made at some point in their lifetime to be a kind and caring person.
Then they set kindness goals and ideals to live by and  made plans and preparations to carry out that decision.

Kindness builds on itself. If you decide to do one kind act a day, for example, you will soon find that you are doing far more than that.
I don't know exactly why this is so but I've seen it happen over and over.

The acts don't have to be big either.
Opening a door for an elderly person is easy, takes just a second, and is a kind act that won't be forgotten. Other small acts of kindness that you can regularly incorporate into your day include letting people go ahead of you in lines, or letting a car into the stream of traffic, or commenting positively on the service in a store or a restaurant.

Then there are the little kindness's that are often forgotten or ignored in the home like truly listening to your spouse or to your children, or speaking with respect and affection rather than impatience or using discouraging or critical words or looks.





"Kindness is like snow-it beautifies everything it touches." -anonymous

"If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."
-William Penn

"Three things in human life are important.
The first is to be kind.
The second is to be kind.
The third is to be kind."
-Henry James




And be kind to yourself this holiday season too. Get out and have some fun like these ice skaters in Edinburgh Scotland are doing.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Declutter Your House For Less Stress





For some reason I have been in a decluttering frenzy for awhile now. It's as if I sense that I am going to need to be really clear going into the new year and with the new energies that are here. (Maybe you do too?)

Numerous studies have shown that:
Clutter can make you tired.
Clutter can make you stressed.
Clutter can cause disharmony.
Clutter can mean less abundance in your life.
Clutter can make you anxious and depressed.

And studies have also shown that getting rid of clutter can bring peace, harmony, more energy, and even better relationships into your life.
Decluttering makes room for so much more (and so much better), in your life.

When you can't even relax at home; then where is the peace in your life?



For this article, I'll just focus on decluttering your physical space; your house, your office & work space, and your car. However, more serious decluttering efforts involve cleaning up and decluttering EVERY aspect of your life from your beliefs to your relationships, your Internet and online clutter, and your emotional, mental, and spiritual clutter.
This is what I have been doing this year, working on decluttering every aspect of my life. Whew!

As for the physical, there's more to that than just getting rid of excess "stuff" in your life as well.
For example, how's your diet?
Aren't junk food and poor quality food physical clutter too?


Check out these great articles on decluttering by clicking the link:
Declutter: The Huffington Post Articles on Decluttering





Clutter Quotes:

110 year old Huichol shaman Don Jose Matsuwa says that having too many possessions around us can detract from inner peace and balance. And he's not alone, most of the worlds greatest spiritual leaders advocated "The Simple Life."

"Clutter is stuck energy."
-Karen Kingston

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
-William Morris

"The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are."
-Mother Teresa

"Clutter is a physical manifestation of fear that cripples our ability to grow."
-H.G. Chissell

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
-Leonardo Da Vinci




Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Small Stoves For Tiny Homes, Cabins, Boats etc





If you live in a tiny home, or even on a boat, like the ones pictured here, you might want a tiny stove to keep it (and you) warm.

Check out all the tiny homes on Tiny House Blog

Jotul602

Little Cod

Herring

Halibut


SARDINE STOVE INFO & SPECS.
The Sardine Stove made for boats. It makes me want to get a boat just so I need this stove!

Three Ways to Heat Your Tiny House

Traditional Cast Iron Marine Stoves by Navigator Stove Works,Inc.

J√łtul F 602 CB Woodstove

Cabela's Outfitter Series™ Tent Stove Accessories, View All Tents, Tents, Camping : Cabelas.com

WonWay.biz » THE Won Way Biz STORE

Wall Tents, Canvas Tents and Hunting Stoves all at Discount Prices

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Helping Others Without Spending a Bunch of Money


planting a tree
play the free rice game


Helping others and being of service is important to me, but so is frugal living, therefore I am always on the lookout for ways I can help others without spending a lot of money. I even wrote a previous post about ways you could make a difference for ten dollars or less:



Making a Difference For Ten Dollars or Less

I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone say that they can't help other people because they don't have enough money. I don't have a large income right now either but I still manage to help quite a few people each year, and I support several causes close to my heart.

It seems to me that most people would really like to help other people, but have the idea that the small amounts that they could afford to donate would not make much of a difference to anybody. I used to believe that way too, but I know better now.

I've discovered many ways that anyone can make a difference in the world, for ten (10) dollars or less.

Lets start out with the unbelievable idea that you can actually do good in the world, and help others, for free. You don't have to spend one penny to help other people. 

Here are some suggestions on how you can help others for free:


1. Click to donate sites allow you to do good in the world, for free, from your computer. Free Rice, for example, is a fun game you play that helps increase your knowledge, while at the same time you are "earning" rice to feed hungry people.
FreeRice

Charity Click Donation is a web site that puts a bunch of the click to donate sites together in one place for you to click on the ones you want to support.
Charity Click Donation - Give money to charity for free through charity clicks.

2. It costs nothing to be kind and caring, to treat people with respect, or to do something for someone such as help to carry heavy packages, open a door for someone, let a car go ahead of you in traffic, pick up litter on the street, or give someone a sincere compliment.


3. Search Kindly when you're searching the Internet, by making sure your searches are helping to support charity and worthy causes.
Your Searches Benefit Charities - Search Kindly

4. Recycle your household aluminum because aluminum is 100% recyclable, and it is so destructive to the environment to make aluminum in the first place. Not only does this cost you nothing, while benefiting the environment and many people you'll never know, recycling aluminum can actually make you money when you turn your aluminum in at the recyclers.



5. Recycle and donate all your unused coats, other clothing, and household goods to those who can use them. Donate coats and winter clothing to coat drives, shoes to shoe drives, and all clothing to women's shelters and homeless shelters.

Now, for one dollar ($1.00) what can we do?


1. The folks over at One Dollar Give have found plenty of good things to do with just one dollar. Check out their link.
The One Dollar Give: How Much Difference Can $1 Make?


2. Donate one dollar to your local food pantry. Or buy some food for a dollar and donate the food.


3. Buy a fleece hat or gloves at the dollar store and give to a homeless person or a needy person.


4. Give a dollar to a homeless person.

$2.00, another small amount of money, but still for that $2.00, at Alternative Gifts International, you can buy groceries for 1 person for 1 day.
Give a Gift in Honor of Someone - Alternative Gifts International

For $3.00, Alternative Gifts International will purchase one tree, and plant it, in one of the worlds deforested areas. Alternative Gifts International is a great place to find ways to help for just a little money. 

feed hungry children around the world
1. For $4.00 they will provide one weeks supply of alternative charcoal for four families living in a deforested area of the world, thus sparing trees, and helping the families by saving them money.


2. $4.00 is also one day of support for one student in Kenya.


$5.00 will buy food to feed one family for one day, again through Alternative Gifts International.

For $6.00, you could purchase one pair of small animals for one Quecha Indian family in Bolivia.


2. That same $6.00 would also provide medicine and protein drinks for one child for one year.


3. $6.00 is also the cost of one share of water pipe or school supplies for a Gumiyuda school system.


For $7.00, you could provide care and food for an aged person in China who has no family.


$8.00 will fund one hour of job and skill training for one woman with no job skills.

Give a Gift in Honor of Someone - Alternative Gifts International

Food For The Poor, for $10.00, will provide three fruit trees to a hungry family living in Haiti. An avocado tree, a breadfruit tree, and a mango tree. 
Food For The Poor | Helping the Poor, Charitable Giving, International Relief | Serving the Poorest of the Poor

2. $10.00 will also provide a mosquito net for people at risk for malaria through Nothing But Nets. Malaria is a huge killer world-wide and your $10.00 will save lives.
Home | Nothing But Nets Campaign

3. $10.00 at Global Giving can be used to support many different charities or relief efforts, including a school in the Dominican Republic for Haitian refugees.
GlobalGiving: donate to grassroots projects; education, health, microfinance

So, there you have it, several ways to help other people and make a difference in the world, all for under $10.00. 
Many people spend that much everyday on junk food, expensive coffee drinks, or vending machine goodies. If you would rather use your money for good, then why not check out some of these charities, (or discover your own), and see how quickly these small amounts of donations can begin to make a big difference in the world.


 Support aboriginal rights and people around the world


                           


So, there you have my original post of June 17, 2010.
Now the prices for some of the ideas listed above may have risen a bit, as many things have in this economy, but the basic idea is still very sound.
There are many things you can do to make a difference in the world for very little, or no, money.
So what are you going to do to make a difference this week?

                                          Help make a difference to poor women worldwide


                     Support local coat drives by donating your unused coats to those who have none.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Au'inca Door of Hope for Native Elders and Families


Please support the Christmas and food programs for the families and children and elders of the reservations of the Southwestern USA.
Each night children go hungry. Each year children are unable to start school because they lack a pair of shoes and proper clothing. Mothers use old rags and scraps of newspaper for diapers.

Au' Inca, Door of Hope is committed to providing food, clothing, blankets, and other needed items to various indigent Native American Tribal Communities in the Southwest, with a strong focus placed on the children and the elderly in need. The organization encourages and educates the spiritual growth of those it serves.

Making Holidays Brighter
With the struggle just to survive, few families can afford anything for the holidays, but Au'inca can provide holiday food and gifts to girls and boys, families, and elders with your help this holiday season. Won't you give so an elder may eat well this Christmas, or a small child may have at least one gift to open?

Click on the link below:
Au'inca a charity helping Native America Indians



All information and photos are from the Au'inca web site.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

There Really Is Good News




Anyone who watches or reads the news has got to be aware of the almost universal trend of over reporting the bad news and under reporting the good news.

Good news is everywhere in spite of what the mass media would have you believe.

If, like me, you are weary of this barrage of bad news and eager to discover where all the good news stories have been hiding, then check out these web sites and blogs that focus solely on reporting good news from around the world..

We need to let the people who force feed bad news to us daily that we are tired of it, and want to see the good news reported just as often. Let the networks, radio stations, magazines, and so on, know your thoughts about this issue please. Things won't change unless the people demand change.
The web sites below are all about good news.


Click on the link below:
Good News Broadcast




More good news:
Global Good News




Click for even more good news:
Huffpost Good News




Check out this good news web site:
Optimist World




Click for good news:
Gimundo Good News Served Daily




Another good news web site:
Good News Network




Even more good news:
Happy News




Check out this good news site:
Daily Good






Click here for good news:
Good News Daily