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getting
March 4, 2012

question:

is why and how you give related to
why and how you get?

expectations
February 26, 2012

lately i’ve noticed the current consumer allure is the free gift; we get one either just for showing up at a retail store ¬†on a certain day and/or we get one as the incentive if we buy something that day. the main enticement to purchase used to be the attraction of something new, then on sale, but even that often isn’t ¬†enough anymore. we expect to get something “extra” from the people making money from us. in other words, these days they have to give us something to get us to buy something– like the banks in the old days that gave us a toaster if we opened up an account with them.

wondering what this has to do with mindful giving?

expectations.

as you expect, so shall you give; true or false?

giving inventory #1
February 7, 2012

i haven’t kept a list before, so this is off the top of my head for the past 6 months or so:

time & energy

clean and repair used books to distribute to children without books at home

make placemates and greeting cards for elderly shut-ins to go with their holiday meal

collect unsold clothes from local boutique to donate to a women’s shelter

make medicinal herbs with middle school students studying The Renaissance

advise aspiring writer on publishing strategies

assist high school student with college essay writing

organize Author Day at my daughter’s school

make dinner for 4 as an auction item

money

groceries for those without

local independent radio station

Move-On campaigns

round up for charities (through my bank)

2 kickstarter campaigns that didn’t include incentives of equal value

canned food drive

jewish federation

other

old coat to clothing drive

several trips to Goodwill to drop off used clothes and other items