What's going on here?
The more I do good, the better I feel about myself. Truly, to benefit others is to benefit yourself. I hope this journal may inspire others who also yearn to do good. So join me on this journey, if you will, and think about the difference you can make in your own life.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Recycle the camp's PET caps for charity--goes toward medicine for children in developing nations.
Friday, July 24, 2009
SIX DAYS OF GOOD DEEDS: Volunteer at an English camp.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Give away parting gifts to my students.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Pick up trash between bars while hitting the nightlife.
Monday, July 20, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Draw my friends' faces as a parting gift.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Collect PET bottle caps from a trash bin outside a convenience store.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Draw my friend's portrait.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Support the kindergarten by spending money at its summer fundraiser.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
ONE GOOD DEED: Give English books to the kindergarten library as a parting gift.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Wendy writes: "I'm recommending people do a "give up coffee for one day for Ellie" (and donate their Starbucks money for that day) or "cook dinner for Ellie" (invite 10 friends over for a meal and everyone chip in $5 for an Ellie donation). Just little things. We're all about the budget philanthropy over at Spread Change! Anything you can do to help would be great!"
ONE GOOD DEED: Spread the word about a friend's fundraiser, and donate.
Monday, July 6, 2009
I have always found Israel's policy toward Palestinians loathesome, at least as much as the terrorist response it has inspired. Yet the question of U.S. censure of Israeli excess is a tricky one. Israel is our ally, it is a foothold in a region crucial to our energy needs, and it commands sympathy from many U.S. voters. Furthermore, it is doing nothing that we did not do in our nation's expansionist history. To do anything but support Israel would be a strategic blunder. To turn our back on them would be unthinkable--except for the tiny fact that it may be the right thing to do.
Realistically, due to the delicate nature of the situation, our president can only censure Israel in small ways. Perhaps this aid ship situation may be an opportunity to show America's growing disgust with Israeli aggression.
You can sign a petition requesting that the Obama administration demand the ship be released and its mission continued.
ONE GOOD DEED: Sign a petition for the release of the Gaza aid ship the Spirit of Humanity.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
With much pain and whining, I picked out the ones I didn't absolutely need. This ought to double the number of English-language books at the local library!
ONE GOOD DEED: Give books to the library.
Friday, July 3, 2009
The Congo Conflict Minerals Act is a senate bill that fights such trade. Among other things, it proposes that the US military publish a map of armed groups in mineral-rich areas of the Congo. This would make it easier for industries to avoid conflict minerals and trade only in those unstained by blood.
The bill includes the following measures:
· support for further investigations by the UN Group of Experts on Congo;
· mapping of which armed groups control key mines in eastern Congo;
· development of a U.S. government strategy to address conflict minerals;
· inclusion of information on the negative impact of mineral exploitation and trade on human rights in Congo in the annual human rights reports; and,
· guidance for companies to exercise due diligence. (quoted from here)