What Is Giving Tuesday?

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I’ve never been one to participate in Black Friday, that day after Thanksgiving when all of the stores go sale-crazy and people flood in to try to get those good prices. I’m a bit more fond of Small Business Saturday, a spinoff that emphasizes supporting local businesses instead, although I still don’t do the shopping thing. Then there’s CyberMonday, where the big sales happen online. Although I don’t really participate in that one, it’s appealing to me because I’m a fan of online shopping.

Anyway, all of this is a prelude to introduce Giving Tuesday, which is all about de-emphasizing the purchasing of items for the holiday season and re-focusing on the giving nature of this time.

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“On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

December 2nd would have been my grandmother’s birthday this year.

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Save Big and Stock Up with Dollar Tree’s Anniversary Celebration

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Event Bonus Buys with you!

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Have you heard about the Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration that’s happening right now? They are celebrating by offering tons of new Bonus Buys with up to 58% more FREE for each item … and everything is still just $1 each. These special anniversary products are the same products you already buy at Dollar Tree but in larger sizes so you can get more bang for your buck.

Dollar Tree Anniversary

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The Dollar Tree Anniversary Celebration lasts from Sept. 28, 2014 through Oct. 11, 2014. Get in on it now to get all of the items that you need at home. There are terrific deals in five big categories.

Home Cleaning Supplies. For example, 40-oz. Bottles of L.A.’s Totally Awesome® Window Cleaner and 24-ct. Canisters of Good & Clean® Disinfectant Wipes are both part of this big anniversary sale.

Other Household Products. Super glue, multi-purpose baskets and glass vases are just a few examples in this category.

Health and Beauty Products. Soap, toothpaste, nail polish and other things to keep your body looking and feeling good are all part of the big sale.

School Lunch / Pantry Products. 4-oz. Boxes of Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish®, 12-oz. Boxes of Loretta® Deluxe Shells & Cheese Dinners and 35-oz. Bottles of Vine Ripe® Ketchup are some favorites.

Other Sweet Treats. Peanuts, popcorn, Smarties. Some of the buys in this category will be good to stock up on for Halloween!

Dollar Tree is known for offering the items that you use most at the cost of just $1. During this celebration, you can get the same items, still for just $1, but you’ll get a much larger quantity of each item that you buy.

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Humanthology Site Description (Video)

My beaux used to be involved on the tech end of a startup company called Humanthology that interested me a lot in its mission to share people’s stories. That’s something that’s part of my own commitment as a writer.

The site isn’t currently activity but they collected an amazing number of powerful personal stories. I thought I’d share a video he created about how the site worked:

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Check out My Great.ly Boutique

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I am curating a boutique over on Great.ly, a new artisan shopping site that had its grand opening online last week. I wanted to share with you some of the things that you’ll find if you visit my Great.ly boutique. There are items in crochet, soft goods, textiles and fiber art.

Great.ly Crochet Items

In my crochet section, I have added unique crochet items carefully collected into one creative space. Example:

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Lariat-style cotton crochet necklace by Kelli Ronci, a fair trade product from Bolivian Artisans

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Munchery Mix-Up

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Munchery is a local food delivery service. You can order in advanced from a set of meals prepared fresh by local chefs and get a one-hour window of delivery time. There are a lot of sustainable, locally sourced, organic options and the prices are reasonable.

It’s a good deal but I recently had a Munchery mix-up. The order was for this:

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But I got:

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They fixed it pretty quickly, though, so it was okay.

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History of Gaming (Infographic)

The story of Gaming has seen some interesting milestones in history. Its evolution is both exciting and eclectic. One of history’s most enigmatic generals, Napoleon, loved the game of Blackjack, while fiction’s most commercial commodity, James Bond, has often been associated with Baccarat.

This and more facts are available in the info-graphic from http://www.gamingclub.com/au below. It traces the important dates in the progression of one of mankind’s oldest, fun and at times very enriching past times.

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Kickstarted: Blue Lace Project and American Manufacturing

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A little while back I decided to donate to a Kickstarter project called the Blue Lace Project. I just got my laces in the mail and it reminded me that I wanted to write about this.

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I pledged enough to get my own set of Bluelaces. Described on Kickstarter: “A super-premium waxed canvas piece built strong enough to pull a truck, but destined for so much more. In addition to supporting an American factory on the ropes, you’ll be helping send a message to retailers that, if they stock the right premium American made products, there are still customers who care.”IMG 2799 1024x764 Kickstarted: Blue Lace Project and American Manufacturing

This was a nice bonus for me because these particular canvas shoes have been without laces for years so I almost never wear them. Yes, I could’ve bought laces but I never did. Til now. I got “a triple-dense, double-waxed canvas lace, tipped in Aluminum. … They’re certainly light-years ahead of whatever cheap lace came pre-loaded in your imported sneakers.”IMG 2800 1024x764 Kickstarted: Blue Lace Project and American Manufacturing

And doing that allowed me to support the project. The idea here is that the blue laces will become a recognizable symbol like a “yellow ribbon” to help support American manufacturing.IMG 2801 1024x764 Kickstarted: Blue Lace Project and American Manufacturing

Some stats:

“According to printed reports, the United States has lost a staggering 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

According to the US Department of Commerce, every $1 spent on American made products fuels another $1.40 in spending elsewhere in the US economy.

According to The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, on average, 1,276 manufacturing jobs were lost every day for the past 12 years.

According to Diane Sawyer and ABC World News, if each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs.”

IMG 2802 1024x764 Kickstarted: Blue Lace Project and American ManufacturingFor school I’ve been reading some articles about the impact of the loss of jobs to globalization, not just the impact on individuals but on whole communities and societies. Specifically I’ve been reading about racism in America and it’s link to exportation of skilled labor jobs. I don’t have a fully formed thought to articulate about this yet but can say that I’m increasingly interested in this important issue.

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Thoughts on Being on a Jury

I recently went and participated in a mock jury trial. It was a fun experience but I have to say that I came away thinking two main things: #1 – I’m glad I didn’t finish law school and #2 – I really don’t believe in the jury trial system.

mock jury Thoughts on Being on a Jury

The mock jury takes place in a hotel. Each juror gets assigned to a different room; some rooms have the same case (with different lawyers, obviously) and some have different cases. Most are civil cases but I think there was one criminal case. Each case ends up having about 6-8 mock juors. Basically the point is for lawyers who are inexperienced with trials to gain experience and practice their skills and get feedback about the process from the judges and from the jurors.

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Infographic Book on One Billion Entrepreneurs

Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur? There is a fairly good chance considering that it’s predicted that the number of entrepreneurs is expected to climb to one billion by 2020. Anna Vital believe that those entrepreneurs will want to get information through infographics instead of traditional means. Check this out:

Anna Vital was inspired to write a book via infographic format in part because she has always loved to learn but she struggles with dyslexia and so finds traditional reading to be very difficult. She didn’t let that hold her back; she knows multiple languages and completed law school, but she wants to reach the kind of people who have difficulties like hers with the information they might want about becoming an entrepreneur. She tried to get funding on Kickstarter to create this book but failed, which is too bad because she did get more than $16,000 but she was asking for $100,000.

Anna does a lot of other work with visual information for startups, though. Check out San Francisco-based Funders and Founders to see more of what she does.

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