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Citizen philanthropy funds classrooms

Give to DonorsChoose

from the site:
“DonorsChoose.org is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.”

A DonorsChoose.org gift certificate would make a wonderful holiday “gift that gives back” for someone special. Your recipient will be able to use the gift certificate to fund their choice of project(s). Alternately, you can fund a project in someone’s honor. Donations are tax-deductible, of course.

In 2007, donors from all walks of life have funded $4,215,709 worth of resources for students in need.

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October 25, 2007 at 3:51 pm 2 comments

Verbatim

“Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.”

-Unknown

June 23, 2007 at 9:21 am 5 comments

Monday Melee 6/11

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Phony or two-faced behavior. I think it’s wrong to pretend to respect or admire someone while you’re in their presence when, in fact, you don’t feel that way at all. I think it’s appropriate to show courtesy and behave in a civil manner, even toward people you don’t like. But to pretend something more amiable, then proceed to express your true, less favorable feelings behind a person’s back is ridiculous.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
I don’t think money should buy a shorter jail term. On the other hand, I don’t think notoriety should be punished with a harsher sentence. The sentence and time served should be commensurate with the violation in question, and enforced equally regardless of social or economic status.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I found my tripod, but the mounting bracket is missing, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to replace it.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
Youngest son’s report card reflects improvement in almost every class as compared to last term.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I’m willing to tell my kids ‘no’ and have expectations and guidelines, even if it makes me unpopular. Which it does. But I believe it’s in their best interest, and maybe one day (hopefully) they’ll thank me.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like to be able to levitate heavy objects. It would make moving furniture much more fun.

June 11, 2007 at 7:11 am 5 comments

Child care funding

More than 60% of U.S. families have both parents in the labor force and need child care in order to make a living. Studies show that early learning and good child care are critical to children’s short- and long-term success. Yet about 150,000 low-income children have lost federal child care assistance since 2001. And if current funding trends continue, 300,000 more children will lose their assistance by the end of the decade. Visit Moms Rising via this link to urge Congress to make child care funding for low-income families a priority. America must invest in early care, not just because it’s necessary for families, but because each child is precious to society as a whole; they represent the future productive engine of our economy and communities.

June 6, 2007 at 12:49 pm 2 comments

Monday Melee 6/4

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
The ‘us against them’ tendency. Put a large enough group of people together and they’ll fragment into opposing groups. Clans, nations, religions, political parties, genders, ages: people always seem to find characteristics and criteria to use in order to unite and hold themselves apart from others. I wish we could be more harmonious.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
New research reveals that sodium benzoate, a preservative commonly found in soft drinks (and other food products) can lead to cirrhosis and Parkinson’s. It has also been found that sodium benzoate, when combined with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) under certain conditions, creates a carcinogenic called benzene. Let’s get safe ingredients in these products or get them off the market. source: Organic Consumers Association

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
Aging. I’m trying to do it gracefully, but it really bums me out sometimes. I’d like to be 25 again, in body if not in mind.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My oldest is learning to drive a stick shift, and he’s handling the challenge with uncharacteristic patience and good humor.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I frequently carry out random acts of kindness.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like to have a Farmers’ Market that’s open every day within walking distance of my home.

June 4, 2007 at 1:18 pm 4 comments

Monday Melee 5/21

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Waste. Millions of people around the world are going without basic necessities while the privileged few voraciously churn through a constant stream of luxury items, loading landfills and junkyards with products they’ve simply grown tired of.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
Giving a teenage girl a $65,000 SUV and letting her host a party for a handful of friends at a beach mansion that rents for $10,000 a day. The occasion? Back-to-school. Hubby was channel surfing and landed on this frightening show called ‘Daddy’s Spoiled Little Girl’. It was strange and disturbing: it made me sick and yet I could not look away.

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I have been really busy lately and haven’t had much time to visit the sites on my blogroll to read posts and leave comments.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
Journalists and media personnel often work in dangerous places and put themselves at risk in order to investigate and report on world events. In the course of their work, many have the integrity and courage to challenge authority and speak out against injustice.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I appreciate and find happiness in life’s simple pleasures: hanging out with loved ones, a beautiful sunset, the aroma of baking bread, escaping into a good book, checking a task of my to-do list, waking up to birdsong, and so on.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I’d like to be able to visit and talk with a person or family from another country, in their home, once a week. I guess I will need to put teleportation and a sci-fi language interface on my wish list in order to carry this one off.

May 21, 2007 at 7:19 am 4 comments

Monday Melee 5/07

meleesmall.jpgThe Monday Melee is a Fracas project. You’re invited to participate. Get details and see the participant list here.

The Misanthropic: Name something you absolutely hate.
Laziness and apathy. Why vote? It won’t matter. Why recycle or conserve energy? I’m only one person. Why donate? I can only spare $5. Well, I say: It matters. One person is a start. Every little bit helps. If we all get it in gear and do something, it’ll make a big difference.

The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent, or bogus.
“…since September of last year – when Congress wrongly, foolishly, passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 – the president has the power to call any US citizen an ‘enemy combatant’. He has the power to define what ‘enemy combatant’ means. The president can also delegate to anyone he chooses in the executive branch the right to define ‘enemy combatant’ any way he or she wants and then seize Americans accordingly.”
source:
Guardian Unlimited

The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
I’m not as efficient as I’d like to be. There’s so much I want to accomplish, and I often get to the end of the day with too many items left undone.

The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My bold and adventurous sister is embarking on a summer internship in a foreign country. I admire the way she goes after her dreams with spirit and determination.

The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I have a quick mind and a good sense of humor. I think a hearty laugh is downright good for you, and I look for opportunities to brighten someone’s day.

The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
I fervently wish that, one day, my kids will love reading as much as I do. It’s on my make-believe list because I’m beginning to fear it isn’t going to happen. I wouldn’t be the person I am without the insights and knowledge gained from books. I hate to see them miss out.

May 7, 2007 at 6:49 am 5 comments

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