success in 2009 – part 2

here’s part 2 of my social media friends’ nonmonetary successes in 2009: (the ones with the @ are people’s twitter accounts).   part 1 is here. darren barefoot: i wrote half a book, which, it turns out, is a shocking amount of work. hamish: two of my former clients (and now friends) successfully landed new jobs… Continue reading success in 2009 – part 2

8 reasons why i give money to panhandlers

“don’t give a panhandler money! he’ll only buy drugs!” we’ve all heard this. today i gave a hefty amount of money to the guy who always sits in front of my neighbourhood supermarket. the parking sign pole against which he was leaning was shaking because he was shivering so hard. i made him promise to… Continue reading 8 reasons why i give money to panhandlers

the cinderella project

on friday i went to a highschool graduation ceremony – my first one!  not having grown up in north america, and my older children having decided to skip grade 12, i had never been to one. my first impression were the beautiful clothes everyone was wearing.  where did all these gowns come from? well, some… Continue reading the cinderella project

smoking out poverty: the regina smudge walk

today’s video against poverty is of the regina smudge walk which was held last june. on january 15th, 2007, maclean’s magazine declared regina’s north central to be “canada’s worst neighborhood.” this unflattering portrayal was particularly hard felt by north central’s aboriginal population which numbers roughly 16,000. to some the article was embellished and to others… Continue reading smoking out poverty: the regina smudge walk

stand up against poverty

as promised, a video about poverty every day this week – blog action day week. this one is a moving piece from last year’s day against poverty. again, i want to take this opportunity and both thank some people who have been good to me, and also shamelessly use this linkbait to draw everyone’s attention… Continue reading stand up against poverty

october buddhist carnival – about poverty

the first part of the october buddhist carnival is entirely dedicated to the topic of blog action day 2008: poverty. longing for the begging bowl as usual, we start with a poem. here is a translation from malayalam into in english by k p pradesh – a poem by koyamparambath satchidanandan buddha, this earth is… Continue reading october buddhist carnival – about poverty

pants for poverty

tomorrow is blog action day, and the topic is poverty. i figured, why not post about poverty for the rest of the week? here’s a video by my mennonite friends. the mennonite central committee does an incredible amount of work in the areas of poverty and social action in general. and … the other thing… Continue reading pants for poverty