Friday, December 21, 2007
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Learn more on his website www.hoopsofhope.org
So, while shopping for the holidays think about how you can make a child's Christmas by giving a gift to Toys for Tots.
To find out where the nearest drop off location near you is, check out their website:
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Other than raising money, it raises awareness of the issue. So far, people in Swaziland, Rwanda and Ghana have benefited from (PRODUCT)RED.
Designed not for consumers to buy things just because it is behind a good cause, (PRODUCT)RED but because of the idea that someone was going to buy it anyway. (ie. iPods, Gap clothes, cell phones, holiday cards)
So when the holidays are just around the corner and you are purchasing your Hallmark cards for the corporate holiday parties, your significant other wanting that iPod or a new shirt for a relative, keep in mind the (PRODUCT)RED label and where that percentage of your money will go.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
SIMPLE is doing a lot to keep their products and their company planet-friendly. Check out their products and what they are doing to move in the right direction at www.simpleshoes.com
"If hybrid cars get to use the carpool lane, don't you think people wearing sustainable shoes get cuts in the beer line? Its worth a shot." - Simple
Sunday, November 11, 2007
GOOD ENOUGH...TO WATCH, Filmmaker Martin Kent's new documentary on the Oil Apocalypse will be aired on the HISTORY CHANNEL on Tuesday night, November 13th, 2007 (9pm EST/PST, 8pm Central).
"Oil Apocalypse presents a terrifying set of scenarios. The worst case scenario, says experts in the film, is a world wide depression, which could lead to a world war. Its not too late, but we need to ACT FAST!"
Friday, November 9, 2007
-submitted by Lydia Simmons
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Become informed about multiple genocides and America's standstill reactions. Learn possible ways to react and help. Particularly pertinent today, as Darfur, Somalia and other countries are in dire need of help.
-submitted by Lydia Simmons
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
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Sunday, November 4, 2007
Lets be honest. Studying vocabulary was never fun in school and many of the words you saw on the SAT, you saw for the first time. But, it is never too late to broaden your vocabulary and there is a way that I think is GOOD ENOUGH...TO PRACTICE.
At www.freerice.com you can see how well you know your vocabulary for free and for every word you get correct, the UN donates 10 grains of rice to help end world hunger. The website is just shy of a month old, and the UN has already donated 680,991,930 grains of rice!
* (Nov. 15, 2007) FREE RICE was aired on the CBS evening news with Katie Couric.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Tired of the junk magazines you see at the front of the line at the grocery store? Need a quick read while commuting? There is one answer to your problem that I think is GOOD ENOUGH...TO SUBSCRIBE TO! GOOD is a magazine "for people who give a damn". GOOD's intentions are to bring GOOD news to all of us, instead of what we are hearing daily through the media. Articles are interesting, educational and aren't dragged out through a few spreadsheets. Learn about companies and people doing good things and how you can participate as well. Interested in knowing where your money goes after subscribing to GOOD? Subscribe for a year subscription and 100% of your money goes to the organization of your choice out of the 12 organizations they have offered! Check out an issue at your local bookstore. If they don't have it, ask them to start selling it. Subscribe online at http://www.goodmagazine.com/
Friday, November 2, 2007
LUMO will be featured on CNN International's "Inside Africa" THIS WEEKEND, Saturday Nov. 3 at 12.30 Eastern Standard Time and Sunday Nov. 4 at 19.30 Eastern Standard Time.
Check out their website to purchase the DVD, view upcoming festival screenings and see other projects these great filmmakers are working on and have produced. http://www.gomafilmproject.org/
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
BROKEN ARROW RANCH
Craving some free range Texas venison, antelope or wild boar? Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, this family owned and operated since 1983 offers some of the best, high quality game meats in the country to restaurants all over the U.S. and can be delivered right to your grill. Harvested and processed right at the ranch, this local ranch ships only in the U.S. Check out how to start serving Texas antelope hamburger patties, axis venison loin, and many other great cuts of meat at www.brokenarrowranch.com
They offer great combination packages and have recipes online too!
Pandora (www.pandora.com). Pandora is an online site that acts like a radio station, however you are able to input an artist or song, then Pandora takes that artist/song and compiles your own radio station from it. You are able to do all sorts of different things on the site like check out other peoples 'stations' and bookmark songs and such. It is a really good way to hear new music. Pandora is definitely worth the title of 'good enough'.
-submitted by Padgett Hoke
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Do you live in New York City or frequently visit? Interested in trying a traditional Japanese meal other than sushi? Head to Shabu-Tatsu! (216 East 10Th Street between 1st and 2nd) Shabu-shabu and Sukiyaki are two traditional meals that I highly recommend trying! Especially great for a group of friends. Decide if you want paper thin slices of beef, chicken or shrimp and your food comes to you uncooked, for you to cook with your friends at your table. Shabu-shabu is cooking the meat and vegetables in boiling water and then eating your meal with different sauces they have for you. Sukiyaki (my personal favorite, with the paper thin slices of beef) is cooked on a hot pot with a teriyaki flavored liquid.
Shabu-tatsu is small, so call ahead and make reservations. 212.477.2972
Monday, October 29, 2007
TO ENSURE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE MAASAI PEOPLE'S WAY OF LIFE During my time in Tanzania I had the opportunity to get to know an amazing young man named Kesuma Ole Kasi Kasi, who happens to be a Maasai warrior. Kesuma started an organization called Kitumusote with the help from a couple in Los Angeles and a great friend I met while volunteering, Golnaz Mindell. Kitumusote is a registered NGO (non-governmental organization) that benefits the Maasai people of Tanzania, to provide education combined with research, initiatives and activities to relieve ignorance and poverty of the Maasai to implement locally sustainable community based projects.
The Maasai are an indigenous semi-nomadic tribe in Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Known for their beautiful robes and beaded jewelry.
One way to help support Kitumusote is to go on a Maasai cultural safari, which we were fortunate enough to do. This entailed of going to the village where Kesuma grew up and spend two full days with the Maasai tribe, immersing ourselves in their daily life and customs. We went on a traditional medicinal hike, experienced the sacrificing of a goat, listened to oral histories told by an elder, watched and participated in warrior dances, visited families in their bomas (dung huts) and learned the art of bead work, which the Maasai are known for. An over night trip, where you have the opportunity to sleep in a boma, which was extremely interesting, gives you the perfect impression of Maasai life.
There are many ways to get involved with Kitumusote, even if you are half a world away from Tanzania. On their website there is a list of ways you can help, (donate a certain amount of money and you could help plant trees, build a permanent water supply, or sponsor a women's literacy class. Learn more about Kitumusote and read about volunteering your time with the Maasai community!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
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You can also navigate it by the right hand side of the site and clicking on GOOD ENOUGH...TO CONTRIBUTE and it will take you right to that post.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
I spent last fall volunteering and traveling throughout Tanzania, in East Africa. I was informed of a "Children's Village" that was in a remote village just south of the Ngorongoro Crater from a neighbor of mine who happens to be the Chairman of the Board. The Children's Village is in fact an orphanage started by an American, India Howell.
We arrived at the Rift Valley Children's Village not knowing what to expect, and when we arrived, we both saw life, love, happiness, care, and community. The Children's Village was a dream turned reality, to aid the orphaned children of Tanzania.
When a child comes to the Children's Village they move into one of the six new houses. Each house houses twelve children, who then become your new family, with two live in housemothers. This is your new family for the rest of your life. The children are all best friends and it feels like one giant sleepover. The houses also have a room for two volunteers.
Not everyone has the time to travel over to Tanzania to volunteer at the Children's Village, to see the smiles on the children's faces and experience making breakfast for twelve adorable little kids, but there are many other options for you to be a part of this family.
Check out their website, look at the photos of the children, read how you can help and hopefully plan your next vacation time to go over and see for yourself how inspiring this village is.
Especially great for gifts, you can sponsor a child or make a donation in someones name!
Since my time at the Children's Village, which was one year ago, I have constantly thought about these children. I am always thinking of ways to get back there and while it isn't always possible, I make sure I give to them as much as I can. Clean out your closet and donate clothes, spread the word, anything you do makes a difference in their lives! Asante sana (thank you very much)
Check out their website to find where you can purchase Kona Kampachi either in the grocery store or a restaurant in your city! www.kona-blue.com
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This past summer I found the book "Three Cups of Tea" at the local bookstore in Maine, The Owl and Turtle. Curious about the title, I bought it and found myself glued to the book minutes following my purchase. Greg Mortenson quickly becomes your inspiration and a great reminder that one person does make a difference and can change the world. After failing his attempt of climbing K2 in 1993, Mortenson places himself in northern Pakistan and Afghanistan to this day, building schools in Taliban territory, while making trips back home to Montana to be with his family.
Putting the book down and finishing it is quite difficult. You feel like you are right next to Mortenson throughout his journey and once you finish the book you are questioning what to do next. Spread the word, donate money and help make a difference in your town!
Purchase the book from the website http://www.threecupsoftea.com/ which will then transfer you to Amazon and 7% of the proceeds will go to the Central Asia Institute (CAI), the non-profit Greg Mortenson is co-founder of! CAI promotes and provides community based education, especially for girls, in the northern regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.