July 2008




starck admits those plastic chairs are crap. now if only designers would get the message….

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July 2, 2008

DEMOCRATIC DESIGN? Philippe Starck’s Designer Wind Turbine

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A few months ago, prolific product design star Philippe Starck shocked the world with his proclamation ‘Design is Dead’,
and the announcement of his pending retirement due to his frustration
with the ethical/consumption issues inherent to product design. Sounds
to us like Starck had some sort of a midlife crisis and came to a realization that everything he’s ever designed is totally useless:

“Everything I designed was unnecessary… and I am ashamed of this fact”

Of course, we could have told him this awhile ago – but were still a
bit surprised and frustrated about his pessimistic proclamation and
subsequent retirement. One would think that the most helpful and
sensible approach to the realization that one has been wasting one’s
time producing useless crap (like uncomfortable see-through plastic chairs and scarily alien looking lemon-juicers that can’t actually be used) – would be to STOP producing useless crap and start putting one’s talent to use to try to make a positive difference in the world.

And despite the melodramatic announcement this spring, perhaps this
is where Starck is headed after all, regardless of the threats of
giving up entirely. Recently Philippe Starck has brought an amazing
idea for renewable wind energy to life through a sleek new mini wind
turbine called ‘Democratic Ecology’.

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Philippe Starck’s personal invisible windmill ‘Democratic Ecology’ was introduced at Milan’s Greenergy Design
show earlier this year in a vibrant display relaying the intent to
enable every man, woman and child on Earth to generate their own power
in designer style. The transparent mini-turbine will be available to
all in September 2008 and, in typical Starck style, if everyone’s going
to have one he’s going to make sure they all look great.


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Gardening post

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(06-22) 17:20 PDT – Anne Fisher Vollen used to have a box of organic vegetables delivered to her home every week, and religiously separated her family’s food scraps from the trash. Yet the mother of two children and the co-founder of a startup company didn’t have the energy to cultivate her own plot of land.

Last month, Vollen, 44, and her husband, Gary Vollen, 45, turned to MyFarm, a new San Francisco business that took the family’s local and organic diet to a new level: by designing and planting an organic vegetable garden in their Marina district backyard. The Vollens pay MyFarm a weekly fee to maintain and harvest the vegetables that have just started to mature. They can gaze at their garden and dig into just-picked lettuce without so much as touching dirt.

“I joke that my backyard was the only thing more neglected than my children since I started the business out of my home,” said Vollen, co-founder of Green Zebra, a coupon book, guide and Web site focusing on local green businesses.

Plenty of city dwellers already raise vegetables, and even chickens, in tiny outdoor spaces, but MyFarm fits into the larger nationwide urban agriculture movement, in which cities, residents, nonprofit organizations and activists are reclaiming urban spaces for food production. In the past few years, San Francisco has seen several instances of so-called guerrilla gardening, when community organizers transformed abandoned private and public lots into minifarms in the Richmond District and Bernal Heights.

In some ways it’s a throwback to the Victory Gardens, a World War II government-sponsored program in which as much as 40 percent of the country’s nonmilitary produce was grown in urban and suburban backyards. San Francisco recently resurrected the idea with Victory Gardens 2008+, a project that will involve planting vegetables in backyards and in Civic Center Plaza as part of the Slow Food Nation event taking place over Labor Day weekend.

MyFarm is a for-profit variation that aims to serve many similar goals: to conserve energy by growing produce where people eat it, and to beautify and make use of underutilized land.

Decentralized urban farm

Founder Trevor Paque, 29, envisions what he calls a decentralized urban farm – a network of backyard organic vegetable gardens that will free urbanites from their reliance on food trucked in from the country. Clients who live in the sunny Mission District will grow tomatoes for denizens of the foggy Richmond, where broccoli and other cool-weather vegetables will thrive in customers’ backyards. And bicycles, rather than gas-guzzling trucks, will be the main method of transport.

It may sound pie-in-sky, but two months after putting up flyers, Paque already has installed 10 gardens and signed up an additional five clients. Having a farm in your backyard tends to soothe fears about salmonella-tainted tomatoes, rising food costs and the melting polar ice caps. Plus, it’s an affordable way to get some landscaping done.

Businesses like MyFarm are thriving in other parts of the country. Established in 2006, Your Backyard Farmer is a similar model in the Portland, Ore., area, and co-founder Donna Smith said she has consulted with offshoots in Santa Cruz, Boston and Washington, D.C. The Portland company also offers a program to help customers start and maintain their own gardens, with 57 “farms” total. It is booked through 2008.

Installation, maintenance

MyFarm installation costs $600 to $1,000, and maintenance costs $20 to $35 per week, depending on the garden’s size, and includes weeding, harvesting and composting. Those who opt to have larger gardens installed pay a smaller weekly fee and provide food to customers who, eventually, will be able to order a weekly vegetable delivery collected from MyFarm backyards.

The vegetable-box concept is modeled on the Community Supported Agriculture programs offered by dozens of Northern California farms, in which members receive weekly deliveries of seasonal produce direct from the farm.

Paque previously owned and ran a mortgage brokerage. A year ago, he left the business, deciding he didn’t want an office job anymore. He apprenticed at Three Stone Hearth, a Berkeley cooperative that prepares and sells nutrient-rich meals for delivery or pickup. He also volunteered with Christopher Shein, an instructor of permaculture at Merritt College.

Paque helped Shein install permaculture gardens, and he noticed that when they returned months later, the garden floor was often strewn with rotten fruit and many of the plants were going to seed. It was obvious the food wasn’t being harvested.

“Most people are too busy to go back in their backyard and water and harvest. So we do that for them,” Paque said of his new company, which is available only to San Francisco residents.

MyFarm also helps customers compost their food scraps in their backyard to enrich their own gardens, rather than adding the waste to their green curbside compost bins. Paque points out that normally the food waste – 350 tons a day, according to Mark Westlund of the city’s Department of the Environment – has to be trucked to Vacaville to break down into compost. The compost is then hauled to Northern California organic farms, where diesel-burning tractors work it into the soil. The resulting vegetables then have to be driven back to the city.

Paque cites additional benefits of his model compared with large-scale farms, even organic ones. Instead of using tractors, Paque and his farmers do their work by hand and travel by bicycle as much as possible. In addition to organic methods, Paque follows permaculture farming principles, which emphasize reducing stress on the soil.

The gardens end up taking various shapes, but the standard design is for 4-by-4-foot raised beds. Each bed is large enough to produce enough small vegetables for one person; two adults might want to order three to four beds.

With a new client, Paque first does a site analysis, checking for adequate sunlight and taking soil samples to check for contaminants and nutrient levels. If a customer signs up, Paque and employees spend a day or two installing the garden.

They pull out invasive weeds, then put down a layer of recycled cardboard that will act as a weed barrier and eventually turn to compost. They top it with finished compost and organic soil, and install drip irrigation. Later, they plant the soil with young starts and seeds, using straw as mulch.

The vegetables can include carrots, onions, garlic, bush beans, spinach, beets, peas, herbs and native flowers. In the Mission, they add sun-loving peppers, tomatoes and eggplant.

Diets rich in nutrients

A few of Paque’s customers found out about MyFarm through the local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a group dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to people’s diets. Judy Bonhiver, 57, recently had MyFarm install a garden in her Noe Valley front yard.

“The price of food is going up, yet I still want to buy local and seasonal produce,” Bonhiver said.

Jack and Gay Reineck, 64 and 65, also just had a garden installed behind their Cole Valley home. Although they grow vegetables and blueberries at their weekend house in Sebastopol, the busy graphic designers don’t have time to do it in San Francisco, where they have lived for 30 years and normally shop at organic produce stores.

“The broccoli is only half the size of big heads of broccoli in the store. It’s way more tender and concentrated even than the vegetables you buy at the natural-food store,” Jack Reineck said.

But what people sometimes don’t realize is that homegrown food can still be potentially hazardous, said Christine Bruhn, director of the Center for Consumer Research at UC Davis.

“They think if it’s from my backyard and it’s organic, it can’t be a source of harmful bacteria,” she said. “Birds fly, bunnies hop, rats and other wild animals can visit the location and leave no sign, yet their droppings can be there in the soil.”

Bruhn recommends that all produce get a thorough washing, regardless of its origins.

Urban agriculture resources

Guerrilla gardening. Visit guerrillagardening.org. Click on Community and navigate to San Francisco.

Free Farm Stand. This volunteer-run organization offers produce grown in local backyards free to the public, especially to low-income people. Sundays 1-3 p.m., Parque Niños Unidos at the corner of 23rd Street and Treat Avenue. freefarmstand.org.

MyFarm. For more information, visit http://www.myfarmsf.com/.

People’s Grocery. Nonprofit with programs to increase access to healthy food in West Oakland, including urban agriculture. peoplesgrocery.org.

Quesada Gardens Initiative. Community of Bayview residents who tend a vegetable garden on a city median. quesadagardensblog.blogspot.com.

Three Stone Hearth. A Berkeley cooperative that sells nutrient-rich prepared meals for pickup or delivery, following the principles of Weston A. Price. threestonehearth.com or e-mail info@threestonehearth.com.

Victory Gardens 2008+. A San Francisco pilot project to create more vegetable gardens in backyards, parks and rooftops: sfvictorygardens.org.

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Recent No Impact Man post:

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Posted by: Shawna @ 11:02 am

In the last, for a while, of the LV GRN posts about how to bring No Impact measures to your own life, I’ve decided to list 42 ways we adopted to avoid making trash. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll have seen these before. But I thought the newer readers might like to take a look. The list is in no particular order:
No soda in cans (which means we’re probably less likely to get cancer from aspartame).
No water in plastic bottles (which means we get to keep our endocrines undisrupted).
No coffee in disposable cups (which means we don’t suffer from the morning sluggishness that comes from overnight caffeine withdrawal).
No throwaway plastic razors and blade cartridges (I’m staging the straightedge razor comeback).
Using non-disposable feminine-hygiene products that aren’t bad for women and are good for the planet.
No Indian food in throwaway takeout tubs.
No Italian food in plastic throwaway tubs.
No Chinese food in plastic throwaway tubs.
Taking our own reusable containers to takeout joints (except that now we’re eating local so this tip is out for us).
Admitting that we sometimes miss Indian, Italian and Chinese takeout.
Hopping on the scale and celebrating the loss of my 20-pound spare tire since I stopped eating bucketsful of Indian, Italian and Chinese takeout.
Buying milk in returnable, reusable glass bottles.
Shopping for honey and pickled veggies and other goods in jars only from merchants who will take back the jars and reuse them.
Returning egg and berry cartons to the vendors at the farmers’ market for reuse.
Using neither paper nor plastic bags and bringing our own reusable bags when grocery shopping.
Canceling our magazine and newspaper subscriptions and reading online.
Putting an end to the junk mail tree killing.
Carrying my ultra-cool reusable cup and water bottle (which is a glass jar I diverted from the landfill and got for free).
Carrying reusable cloths for everything from blowing my nose to drying my hands to wrapping up a purchased bagel.
Wiping my hands on my pants instead of using a paper towel when I forget my cloth.
Politely asking restaurant servers to take away paper and plastic napkins, placemats, straws, cups and single-serving containers.
Explaining to servers with a big smile that I am on a make-no-garbage kick.
Leaving servers a big tip for dealing with my obsessive-compulsive, make-no-garbage nonsense, since they can’t take the big smile to the bank.
Pretending McDonalds and Burger King and all their paper and plastic wrappers just don’t exist.
Buying no candy bars, gum, lollypops or ice cream (not even Ben and Jerry’s peanut butter cup) that is individually packaged.
Making my own household cleaners to avoid all the throwaway plastic bottles.
Using baking soda from a recyclable container to brush my teeth.
Using baking soda for a deodorant to avoid the plastic containers that deodorant typically comes in (cheap and works well).
Using baking soda for shampoo to avoid plastic shampoo bottles.

Keeping a worm bin to compost our food scraps into nourishment that can be returned to the earth instead of toxins that seep from the landfills.
Switching to real—meaning cloth—diapers which Isabella, before she was potty-trained, liked much better.
Not buying anything disposable.
Not buying anything in packaging (and count the money we save because that means pretty much buy nothing unless it’s second hand).
Shopping for food only from the bulk bins and from the local farmer’s market where food is unpackaged and fresh.
Forgetting about prepackaged, processed food of any description.
Being happy that the result is that we get to eat food instead of chemicals.
Giving our second-hand clothes away to Housing Works or other charities.
Offering products we no longer need on Freecycle instead of throwing them away.
Collecting used paper from other people’s trash and using the other side.
Using old clothes for rags around the apartment instead of paper towels.
Talking with humor about what we’re doing because making a little less trash is a concrete first step everyone can take that leads to more and more environmental consciousness.

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being a grown up

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When baby’s smiling, reward centres in mom’s brain are activated, MRI shows

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When baby’s smiling, reward centres in mom’s brain are activated, MRI shows

Jul. 07, 2008

Provided by: The Canadian Press
Written by: Anne-Marie Tobin, THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Parents might say a baby lights up their life, but a new study shows that an image of a smiling baby also “lights up” the reward centres of the mother’s brain.

Researchers wanted to find out more about the effects of different factors in child development, and made use of a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine to scan the moms’ brains as they looked at photos of their own baby as well as unknown babies.

“One of the most critical factors is the relationship an infant develops with the parent,” said Dr. Lane Strathearn, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.

“So I wanted to look at those factors more closely,” he said in a phone interview from Houston.

The researchers recruited 28 pregnant women in their final trimester who remained in the study for a year and a half.

Strathearn said that several months after birth, the research team videotaped the babies, and extracted still images of their faces in all different stages of emotion – smiling, crying, neutral and everything in between.

“And then we were able to use these images to present to the mothers while they were being scanned in the MRI scanner, to look at how their brains responded when they saw pictures of their own baby compared to a matched unknown baby that they’d never seen before,” he said.

During the study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers were particularly interested in parts of the mother’s brain involved in reward processing, and associated with the neurotransmitter dopamine.

“When we did the analysis, we looked at the mothers’ responses to her own baby’s smiling compared to an unknown baby smiling, and also neutral and crying comparisons,” Strathearn said.

“And it was really just the smiling faces where we saw difference in activation in these dopamine-reward processing regions of the brain. So we saw that when the mothers saw their own baby smiling these areas were very strongly activated in comparison to the unknown baby face.”

He said it reinforced to researchers that the emotional response a mother has when her baby smiles activates reward pathways in the brain.

And this, in turn, reinforces and establishes caregiving behaviours in the mother, he surmised.

“We think that these cues that mothers receive from their babies actually process and stimulate a mother’s response to her baby with regard to responsive caregiving.”

But the researchers didn’t notice any significant difference in the mothers’ brains when they were looking at images of their own baby crying and an unknown baby crying. And likewise, when the babies had neutral expressions on their faces.

The researchers are further analyzing their data to see if they can detect differences in the responses of women based on their different styles of attachment to their babies.

“And we think this may have important implications in cases where that relationship doesn’t become established as we would normally hope, and that may predispose to problems with child neglect or even child abuse,” Strathearn said.

His study is not the first to involve brain scans and baby faces.

Researchers at Oxford University published a study in the online edition of a Public Library of Science journal in February that showed images of baby faces elicited a response in the medial orbitofrontal cortex, while images of adult faces did not.

Strathearn said the women in his study spent about 20 minutes in the MRI machine.

“It was interesting, some of the mothers when they did come out of the scanner told me that they felt like reaching out to their baby when they saw their baby on the screen – for some of these mothers at least, it was really a very strong stimulus for them, even being in the noisy scanner, lying completely still.”

“The most important thing is that this response that mothers have to their babies is biologically driven. That there are particular brain systems in place to help forge this important relationship between a mother and baby. I think where it leads now is to look at where those systems aren’t working normally, aren’t functioning as we’d hope they would, and how that may be associated with difficulties in the relationship between mothers and their babies.”

Dr. Jean Wittenberg, head of the Infant Psychiatry Program at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, said it’s an important and interesting study.

“It’s part of a general development in psychiatry and neuropsychology looking at finding the areas of the brain related to specific behaviours,” he said. “It’s a way of helping us understand more about the psychosomatic continuum.”

Maternal responses are both psychological and physical and “each one has influence and impact on the other,” he said.

Wittenberg noted that what happens in the first couple of years sets down patterns that can be lifelong.

Caring for an infant can be tedious and frustrating, he said, but if the mother is rewarded, it becomes worthwhile.

“Mothers are responding very specifically to their own babies in a physiological way,” he said.

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people, history, lives lined

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Posted by: Shawna @ 11:27 pm

Yes I like to read obituaries, but apparenlty I’m ot the only one:
Coilhouse reads them too:  http://coilhouse.net/2008/07/05/the-tarnished-beauties-of-blackwell-oklahoma/#more-1261

It’s like two sides of one coin:
On one hand you can read the obituaries and imagine teh people that went with them
You at look at the pictures and imagine the stories behind them.

I used to look at the picture of my great great paternal grandfather Saul and wonder why he had no hair. no eybrow, no eyelashes, no nothing. I always imagined he had some outrageous rare disease. I was recently told it was just a side effect from the 1918 flu.

Take this obituary:




DORMORIZ Walter (Wally) Paul September 25, 1928 – June 19, 2008

Wally was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and in
1950 he and his wife “Kayda” moved to Tahsis, B.C. In 1964, he then
moved his family to Richmond, B.C., and continued a successful and
proud career as a Millwright/Welder, before retiring from Eburne
Sawmill in 1994. Wally is predeceased by his first wife Kathleen, his
youngest son Paul, and beloved partner Dianne.
Wally is
also predeceased by his mother Doris of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and
survived by his family in Winnipeg, including his brother “Butch”
(Ronald), and his sisters, Lori and Louise, along with their families”

Why does his brother go by “Butch”?
What made him a welder?
Why did he leave Winnipeg?
Did he have an affair with Dianne?
When did he meet Dianne?


HILLMAN Claude Alfred March 10, 1924- July 1, 2008

Claude was born in the back room of his parents store
at 12th and Commercial, Vancouver. Claude was a kind and gentle man who
cared deeply for his family. In his life he was a War Veteran, an avid
reader, a lover of the natural world, a motorbike enthusiast, devils
advocate and a wise old owl. He worked for Canada Post for 23 years,
beginning as a postal clerk and retiring as Postmaster of Powell River
and the Sunshine Coast.


So may people and so many stories!


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fabric looooove

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Posted by: Shawna @ 11:18 pm

it’s not often I share my fabric love, but check out these prints.

and they’re on sale. Some you’ve seen before, some are new. The sale ends soon: http://reprodepot.com/allmait.html

They’d make perfect blinds( with blackout drapery): http://reprodepot.com/mk53726560.html
in a room: http://www.kiitosmarimekko.com/vithfainro4.html


or shower cutains: http://reprodepot.com/mk60894710.html

on a wall: http://www.kiitosmarimekko.com/vithfainro33.html

framed wall art: http://reprodepot.com/mk53828190.html

fantasty apolstered headboard cover: http://reprodepot.com/mk52131701.html

kitchen print: http://reprodepot.com/mk54572160.html

The fabric: http://reprodepot.com/samovaari.html
the related dress: http://www.kiitosmarimekko.com/mashdr.html

Or maybe just spoonflowering my fav. print with a bit of a change is the way to go?

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study’s long term results: psilocybin

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Posted by: Shawna @ 11:04 am

Study finds long benefit in illegal mushroom drug

Jul. 01, 2008

Provided by: Canadian Press
Written by: Malcolm Ritter, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK – In 2002, at a Johns Hopkins University laboratory, a business consultant named Dede Osborn took a psychedelic drug as part of a research project.

She felt as if she was taking off. She saw colours. Then it felt like her heart was ripping open.

But she called the experience joyful as well as painful, and says that it has helped her to this day.

“I feel more centred in who I am and what I’m doing,” said Osborn, now 66, of Providence, R.I. “I don’t seem to have those self-doubts like I used to have. I feel much more grounded (and feel that) we are all connected.”

Scientists reported Tuesday that when they surveyed volunteers 14 months after they took the drug, most said they were still feeling and behaving better because of the experience.

Two-thirds of them also said the drug had produced one of the five most spiritually significant experiences they’d ever had.

The drug, psilocybin, is found in so-called “magic mushrooms.” It’s illegal, but it has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries.

The study involved 36 men and women during an eight-hour lab visit. It’s one of the few such studies of a hallucinogen in the past 40 years, since research was largely shut down after widespread recreational abuse of such drugs in the 1960s.

The project made headlines in 2006 when researchers published their report on how the volunteers felt just two months after taking the drug. The new study followed them up a year after that.

Experts emphasize that people should not try psilocybin on their own because it could be harmful. Even in the controlled setting of the laboratory, nearly a third of participants felt significant fear under the effects of the drug. Without proper supervision, someone could be harmed, researchers said.

Osborn, in a telephone interview, recalled a powerful feeling of being out of control during her lab experience. “It was … like taking off, I’m being lifted up,” she said. Then came “brilliant colours and beautiful patterns, just stunningly gorgeous, more intense than normal reality.”

And then, the sensation that her heart was tearing open.

“It would come in waves,” she recalled. “I found myself doing Lamaze-type breathing as the pain came on.”

Yet “it was a joyful, ecstatic thing at the same time, like the joy of being alive,” she said. She compared it to birthing pains. “There was this sense of relief and joy and ecstasy when my heart was opened.”

With further research, psilocybin (pronounced SILL-oh-SY-bin) may prove useful in helping to treat alcoholism and drug dependence, and in aiding seriously ill patients as they deal with psychological distress, said study lead author Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins.

Griffiths also said that despite the spiritual characteristics reported for the drug experiences, the study says nothing about whether God exists.

“Is this God in a pill? Absolutely not,” he said.

The experiment was funded in part by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The results were published online Tuesday by the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Fourteen months after taking the drug, 64 per cent of the volunteers said they still felt at least a moderate increase in well-being or life satisfaction, in terms of things like feeling more creative, self-confident, flexible and optimistic. And 61 per cent reported at least a moderate behaviour change in what they considered positive ways.

That second question didn’t ask for details, but elsewhere the questionnaire answers indicated lasting gains in traits like being more sensitive, tolerant, loving and compassionate.

Researchers didn’t try to corroborate what the participants said about their own behaviour. But in the earlier analysis at two months after the drug was given, researchers said family and friends backed up what those in the study said about behaviour changes. Griffiths said he has no reason to doubt the answers at 14 months.

Dr. Charles Grob, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, called the new work an important follow-up to the first study.

He said it is helping to reopen formal study of psychedelic drugs. Grob is on the board of the Heffter Research Institute, which promotes studies of psychedelic substances and helped pay for the new work.

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carry Tennis, salon.com explains why to volunteer – thank you!

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Posted by: Shawna @ 11:47 pm

The system of work as you know it is geared to competition and based in
fear. It is based on the premise that there is not enough and that no
one is going to help you. There is another way to live, based on the
premise that there is indeed enough, and that everyone is going to help
you. By helping others, and asking for help, you live in a different
Try that.
Try asking for help, and doing what is right and true
instead of what is practical and necessary.
Try doing what is important
– helping another cancer survivor buy groceries, helping someone who
has just been diagnosed figure out what to do next, helping someone
after surgery, helping the families of the sick and diagnosed and
recovering. Try helping.
Try helping, with the assumption — you do not
have to call it faith, you can just call it a working assumption –
that whether for sociological or psychological or spiritual reasons,
the help you give is going to return to you; you are in return going to
be helped, and loved, and carried forward.



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