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Fri, Apr. 18th, 2008, 07:02 pm
fallonmay: Hello fellow humans

I've been doing this for three years running and I'm trying to harass more people than usual.

One week until I do March for Babies! Last year I raised over $300 which was five times over my goal. You can keep donating after I've reached my goal, so if anyone out there has a dollar (or ten!) help me make a difference for some unborn babies.

(mods, if this isn't cool then let me know and I'll delete it)

x-posted at charity365.

Fri, Dec. 14th, 2007, 10:25 am
its_just_me: I don't know if this is an appropriate post.

If it isn't since it's an animal and not a human I apologize and I'm sure a mod will remove it.

It shames me to do this, but for my cat I will grovel.


I'm selling recipes in hopes to raise money for my cat's badly needed dental work. He's in pain and having trouble eating. He is scheduled for his surgery next Wednesday regardless of what happens.

Thanks in advance. Well wishes are just as appreciated.

Thu, Dec. 13th, 2007, 07:28 pm
dragonzuela: Fascinating article on language, culture, thought

Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?

I thought that this was so nifty. First off, these people have very few consonants and vowels, and are able to drop them all together and communicate by humming or whistling. They don't have words for numbers, and actually cannot learn to count above three, despite frequent outbreeding and being intelligent enough to survive quite well. No words for colors, and no recursion - they can't put phrases inside of each other. They don't have myths, abstractions, or generalizations, but seem to live very much in the moment. And they refuse to incorporate just about anything from the outside world.

Mon, Nov. 26th, 2007, 12:10 pm
ladycatherina: Looking for the Christmas Fairy :)

Hi, I'm Cristina, and I have a very good friend who is disabled and still working to get back on her feet after her husband's death last year.

She has a huge heart and sends me and others inspirational quotes every day to cheer us up, even though sometimes she is so sick she can hardly function. She and I have been searching for part-time work for her from home, and she is making real progress to recover and deal with some things in her life.

This year, though, she needs a little help with Christmas presents for her two young children. Both children are talented artists and love to draw, sing, and perform in community theater musicals. She has a thirteen year old daughter and a fourteen year old son.

Also, there are a few other children (her niece and nephew and some family friends' children) who also won't get much for Christmas this year:

Jenner (JR) 14 years old
Anthony 15 years old
Lexi 4 years old
Kyle 3 years old

The family lives in Northern California - and I'd like to help my friend and her mother receive something as well as the children. I'll be sending them gifts myself but would like to invite people here to help also if they so choose. Perhaps people can select one or two family members and sign up to get them gifts? People in payingforward did that last year and we're all very grateful to them. People can get creative and make handmade gifts or something else that doesn't cost too much if they like - last year I put together handmade coloring books for the youngest children from pages I printed out online.

Please comment if you are interested and leave an email address and I'll give you the family's contact info. Thank you very much and have a beautiful holiday!

Josh Groban performs O Holy Night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx0C5ZDi1rs

Sun, Nov. 25th, 2007, 02:27 pm
frameacloud: Mountain Wingsuit Video

One of the best wingsuit videos that I've seen. Lots of short clips and even a few fancy-flying stunts, such as a somersault.

(See also some earlier posts here: BirdMan and Look ma, no wings.)

Mon, Nov. 19th, 2007, 05:31 pm
ladycatherina: Read! Write! Kill your Television!

Her Loving Ladyship, the newly ordained Pope Elena Romanescu Duverger Ferrick Thompson(http://www.poee.org/living/popes.aspx) has come up with a creative response to the WGA writers' strike:

In support of the Writers' Guild of America's strike for compensation when their work gets streamed on the Internet, sign up here to pledge to read or write yourself instead of watching TV at least one night a week.

Not all Hollywood writers are wealthy and successful - some are "starving artists" who remain unemployed and work second and third jobs between writing gigs. I've personally met some members, actually of the Screenwriters' Guild, and they traveled the country in a trailer performing at poetry slams for extra cash to live on in between gigs - and I'm sure many WGA members are in a similar situation.

Some writers produce content mainly or exclusively intended for the Internet, and the Internet is growing in influence and writers should be compensated for the use of their work.

And - writing/reading on your own will be fun! Whether you produce poetry, a memoir, a novel, short stories, vignettes, even decorated shopping lists - or finally finish that novel you've been meaning to get to someday, you'll open yourself up to new horizons.


Wed, Oct. 3rd, 2007, 09:50 am
redscorner: Hello

I don't think this is against any of the rules, but if it is, I sincerely apologize.

My name is Erin and I'm a 29 year old woman suffering from two painful and at times, life-threatening neurological disorders. I am currently ineligible for receive Medicaid benefits in my state because I'm not pregnant and have no children. I have applied for SSI/SSDI, but was denied. I am in the appeals process with an attorney who seems confident the initial decision will get over-turned, he just doesn't know how long it's going to take.

I will need to have a total of 2-4 surgeries to correct my disorders and my neurosurgeon has advised the first one needs to happen as soon as possible. However, because my life isn't in danger at this exact moment in time, they will not do the surgery without a deposit, ranging from 1500-5000 US dollars. I spent a lot of time thinking how to address this issue, because my family doesn't have the resources to help me out. My best friend has promised to find the money one way or another, but I have a really hard time accepting charity.

I've started this kind of crazy idea, called Project Download. There's a community for it, with the incredibly unoriginal name of projectdownload. There are several posts there, giving information about my conditions, why I've started this project and most importantly, an entry where multiple people have commented to assure the masses this isn't a scam or an attempt to infect everyone's computer with a virus.

Being part of Project Download quite literally only involves one or two minutes of your day. I'm asking you to at least come check the community out, read through the posts, get an idea of who I am and what I'm doing. There are links available to prove this is all very real and very serious.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and if you choose to, for deciding to become part of Project Download

Warm wishes to you all,

Tue, Oct. 2nd, 2007, 09:52 pm
nothingtoyou: Unsubscribe

"Unite against terrorism. 
Unite against human rights abuses in the 'war on terror'.
We did not sign up. We do not approve. We unsubscribe."

Amnesty International have recently created a new campaign/movement called 'Unsubscribe!'
You can support it by adding your name at http://www.unsubscribe-me.org/
That's all you have to do, just add your name.

Oh, and sign up to the LJ group I've created in support of the movement (which is featured on the Amnesty site).

And tell your friends.


Tue, Sep. 18th, 2007, 04:55 pm
ladycatherina: Help find a van to help a little boy travel

Lucas deserves his own post
At the women's retreat, my mom and I met a very kind lady who'd also come with her mother. They treated us to ice cream after the kayak trip because we hadn't brought any cash, and we started talking.

They were very intelligent, caring people, and we got into a great conversation about writing, literature, blogging, etc. The daughter had traveled to Europe to volunteer with college students, and met her husband over in Portugal. They'd be living there together now, but their son was born with a rare genetic condition which causes problems with moving and talking, and he's getting care here in the United States. Apparently there's no cure or even a proper diagnosis for his condition, just a listing of which chromosomes are altered on the business card the mother made to hand out to doctors for her son.

Lucas is a happy, energetic three year old, who enjoys music and singing. He requires a lot of medical equipment on his person at all times, and uses a wheelchair (the family just bought him one, and he's excited about moving on his own.) In order for him to go to school eventually or travel or go just about anywhere at all with his family, someone has to help him into a vehicle together with all his equipment and wheelchair.

The family is looking to raise money to purchase, or find a donated van for the disabled that would allow them to transport him and his support equipment. I don't really know how much those would cost or where to find one, but if anyone here knows of a company producing those which I could write to on behalf of the family, or knows where to get a good deal on one, then please comment here. Or if anyone would like to make a contribution to the family, comment here and I will put you in touch with them.

Thanks for caring about a sweet three-year-old!

Sat, Jan. 27th, 2007, 07:13 am
frameacloud: Event: Rabbit Hole Day, trilogy

January 27, 2007 is Third Annual LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day: for one day, let your journal mutate and describe wacky adventures in an inside-out world. When you do it, make sure you have a tiny disclaimer where you spread the word. Don't let that white rabbit just pass you by.

If you need some examples for inspiration, read some of the Rabbit Hole Day entries that various people wrote in '05.

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