september update
September 29, 2013

it’s been awhile since i’ve posted. my apologies. i won’t bore with why. instead, here’s a preview of what’s coming:

october 3 i’m attending a talk given by dan pallotta that i hope will inspire more mindful giving perspectives or deepen my thinking about pallotta’s TED talk points.

also, in october, i will be launching a crowd sourcing campaign on indiegogo for a writing project i’m working on. crowd sourcing is considered investing, not giving. so stay tuned for my reflections on the differences and similarities.

give: dictionary definitions
February 14, 2012

these definitions of give are courtesy of dictionary.com, and i think they’re worth considering in terms of the ways we think about and like to give:

to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation; bestow

to hand to someone.

to place in someone’s care.

to grant (permission, opportunity, etc.) to someone

to impart or communicate: to give advice

to yield somewhat

to collapse

offer, vouchsafe, impart, accord, furnish, provide, supply, donate, contribute, give, confer, grant, present

Give is the general word: to give someone a book, permission, etc.

Confer usually means to give an honor or a favor; it implies courteous and gracious giving: to confer a degree.

Grant is limited to the idea of acceding to a request; it may apply to the bestowal of privileges, or the fulfillment of an expressed wish: to grant a charter, a prayer, permission, etc

Present, a more formal word than give, usually implies a certain ceremony in the giving: to present a citation to a regiment.

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