christmas gift idea: poo paper

My students love me so much that they gave me a box of paper made from elephant ca-ca! Seriously, I love it…this morning my private students gave me a box of handmade note paper that is really made from, well, elephant poo poo. Go to The Great Elephant Poo Poo Paper Company. My students know…

women helping women

I have recently learned about the organization Women for Women International. Women for Women International “provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.” It is a Four Star Charity as rated by Charity…

Seva Cafe: love all, serve all

From YouTube: Volunteer Anjali Desai explains the vision behind Seva Cafe, a pay-it-forward restaurant in Ahmedabad, India, where each patron makes a donation toward the next person’s meal. Devoted to the principle of “think globally, act locally,” Anjali describes how this communal experiment in giving reminds us that every individual act of goodwill resounds in…

why there’s blood on the Olympic rings

The Nangpa La Shootings From Wikipedia: “On September 30, 2006 75 Tibetan refugees, among them many young children, and their 2 guides were trying to enter Nepal illegally via the Himalayan Nangpa La pass (5,700m). Chinese Border Security soldiers opened fire on the group and killed Kelsang Namtso, a 17 year old nun, just before…

let’s not forget Burma

The troubles in Burma still continue. It was not just a blip on the radar screen. This is a video of an interview with Thich Nhat Hanh speaking about Burma and engaged Buddhism. In the meantime, we can all send our dirty underwear to Burmese embassies. “Activists exasperated at the failure of diplomacy to apply…

buddhist monks protest in Burma

(photo credit: The Buddhist Channel) How can anyone not be moved by the sight of thousands of Buddhist monks marching in peaceful protest against a military regime? Witnesses reported that the monks marched from their monasteries chanting the “Metta Sutta” (the Buddha’s words on loving-kindness.) The army has been told to be prepared to fire…

making the world a better place

The Jane Goodall Institute We have a choiceto use the gift of our livesto make the world a better place… Jane Goodall She has always been one of my inspirations.

the miniature earth

I saw this powerful video on another blog, but can’t remember which one. I’ve been turned on to so many great blogs lately — actually more leftie, Democratic, social activist blogs than yoga or Indian ones — that I can’t keep them all straight! there is no music to this one, no sounds. just listen…

aung san who?

Did you know that a Nobel Peace Prize winner has been held under house arrest for 11 years by her government? Did you know this woman is considered a modern day Gandhi? Did you know that Burma (also known as Myanmar), a country where the population is primarily Theravadan Buddhist, is ruled by a military…

feed the hungry, save the rainforest, buy books

If you look at the right sidebar you will see that I added four charity sites that make it extremely easy for you to donate on a daily basis, without spending a dime of your own money. How much easier could it be to think globally and act locally? When you click the links, the…

i’m not the only one

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know that I try not to buy things made in China as a one-person protest of China’s occupation of Tibet. I’ve also written about Mindful Shopping (what a concept!) here and about how difficult it is to find things that are not made…

be part of the solution

I’m an old hippie who still believes that if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. But here’s a book and a website that can help all of us be part of the solution. From the Better World Shopper website: “Globalization has brought wonderful products from around the world into our…