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WHAT’S THIS BLOG ABOUT?

I use this space often–every day except Sunday–for two purposes:

1) I provide thoughts, quotes, ideas, and observations about the world around us, calling attention to little and big injustices and what we can do about them.  Some of my posts will be very serious, some will be a sideways glance at something that hit me as interesting.  Some will be on topics that you have suggested (keep those suggestions coming!).  Maybe a random thought will glide through the space between my ears and I’ll pass that on here.

2) Occasionally I’ll tell you when and where I’ll be giving a talk or book-signing, or I’ll pass on comments people have made to me about their experiences with putting the book’s ideas into practice.

Two features will be recurring every week.  One is Thursday Thought, when I’ll pass on a shot quote, cartoon, or video I found interesting, curious, or thought-provoking.  Sometimes I’ll add  very sort comment; other times I’ll let the quote speak for itself. The other is an Earth Tip, posting an idea for a simple yet effective way we can help protect the Earth and all life on it, including humans. Each suggestion will be a small action for an individual or family to take, and many will also save you money.

I hope to establish some dialog with you.  Maybe you disagree with one of my blogs or with something you read on the “Critical Reviews” or “Readers’ Comments” page.  Or your group tried my Study Guide for Small Things Count! and you want to tell me how it went. Let me know.  Or tell me about something funny, disastrous, inspiring, or frustrating that happened when you tried one of my suggestions.  Make a “small things” suggestion of your own.

In other words, let’s meet here and talk.

 

 

 

55 comments

  1. admin says:

    Happy Easter, everyone. It’s a glorious season of new beginnings, fresh starts, wallowing in Spring sunshine, enjoying life itself.

  2. admin says:

    Hi, Ben. I see you signed up as a visitor. Welcome! Please leave a comment so we can start a dialog.

  3. admin says:

    Just got notice from KIVA that one of my loans to a group of people in Tanzania has made yet another payment and that their produce business is doing well,hiring people and earning enough to pay children’s school fees. People I’ve loaned to over the years have always paid me back and succeeded in making better lives for themselves and their families. I take the paid-back money and loan it to someone else and watch the same thing happen again! It’s great! If you’re not familiar with this great group, visit http://www.KIVA.com.

  4. admin says:

    Next month (Sat., May 19 at 10:30 AM) I’ll be giving a talk and book-signing at Handicapables in Milpitas. This is a great group of active people with disabilities who enjoy a variety of activities together 1-2 times a month. I belonged many years ago (I still have a bowling trophy to prove it!) and look forward to being with them that day. If you’re interested in attending, go to my Home page and look at the bottom for “Updates.” There you’ll find all the details.

  5. admin says:

    I’m finishing up preparations for this weekend’s annual Women’s Retreat (I’m on the Planning Team). It’s always a relaxing weekend, and not only do I learn something but also I get to know some women better. We always leave having expanded our families–added “sisters.”

  6. admin says:

    Here’s a cost-free way to help all sorts of causes. Go to http://www.thebreastcancersite.com. Click on “Click here to give–it’s free.” Repeat for any/all of the other categories listed across the menu bar–Hunger, Animals, Veterans, Autism, Child Health, Literacy, and Rainforest. Each click means a donation from the site’s sponsors to the cause you click on. You can do this once a day!

  7. admin says:

    I just read an article about pot farms. I hadn’t realized the environmental harm they cause. Go to http://spartandaily.com/76204/76204 to read about it.

  8. admin says:

    There’s still time to register to vote in the June 5 primaries (and on several potential laws). If you haven’t registered, go to the Registrar of Voters website, print off a registration form, and mail it in by May 21. If you miss that date, you have until Oct. 22 to register for the Nov. 22 elections. Each vote adds to all the others to help elect people and enact laws for the common good. DO IT!

  9. admin says:

    I was invited to give a talk to the Handicapables yesterday and had a great time! The people were welcoming, energetic, enthusiastic, and fun. If you’re not familiar with them, it’s a group of people with disabilities who get together 1-2 times a month for various activities–from playing games to taking trips (next one is in June to S.F.’s Academy of Science) to being a fantastic audience for authors and others. (Thanks to my peeps for having me!)

  10. admin says:

    Something to get kick our brains into gear on a Monday: “We must become the change we want to see in the world.” (Mahatmas Gandhi)

  11. site says:

    Do you have a spam issue on this internet site; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering.

    • admin says:

      Yes, I get some spam, as you know. Spam is intrusive, wasteful, inconsiderate, and nothing positive. I refuse to buy anything from anyone who advertises via spam, and I tell companies NOT to put me on their email list or, if it’s too late, to REMOVE ME! I watch out for and delete anything from an unknown address. Putting spammers on the “Junk Mail” list doesn’t do any good, as they just keep changing their address. We must fight back by being observant and quick with the Delete key. Spam exists only because we allow it, and it’s time that spammers get a real life.

  12. admin says:

    I recently met an interesting lady. She’d been divorced for about a year. Then she lost her job to a Valley company’s “reduction in force.” She could no longer keep up her house payments, and the bank refused to work with her. She spends her days looking for work–any work–and stopping by Sacred Heart Community Services a couple times a week for a bag lunch so she has SOMETHING to eat. She keeps herself clean and as neat as possible. She’s healthy, educated (BA from UC Berkeley),talented (plays piano and violin), caring (expressed concern for people she sees every day), and homeless.

  13. admin says:

    I just updated my http://JackieODonnell.net with new original poetry, thoughts, ideas, and items for people with disabilities on the Adept-Able Living page. Come take a look.

  14. click says:

    When are you going to post again? You really inform me!

    • admin says:

      In a few minutes. I’m new to this blogging stuff but have many ideas I want to share. I’ll try to post something new at least every 2-3 days to begin with. Please comment on anything that touches your heart and mind. Also, please try out my other site at http://www.JackieODonnell.net. (See above–my comment to “Click Here”–for an explanation of the difference between the two sites.)

  15. admin says:

    Thanks for the suggestions. Actually, I designed this site to be fairly static. Its purpose is to get people to look at what my book SMALL THINGS COUNT is about and then buy it. In addition, I wanted people to think about what small things they can do to make this a more just world–the blog is my forum there. For additional ideas and pictures, you can go to my non-book, personal site–www.JackieODonnell.net. I’ll be adding a blog there, too, but it contains my original poetry, some thoughts and ideas, and a page of helpful info. and suggestions for people with disabilities. Please visit there.

  16. admin says:

    I was so pleased to see Pres. Obama honoring our Viet Nam vets. I remember protesting the war, carrying a sign and chanting on 7th St. at San Jose State, then FINALLY having our battered friends returning from that awful war. I remember our hugging them and expressing our happiness at their safe return. I also remember that others did the opposite—blaming these warriors for fighting that unpopular fight, as though they had a choice. (Remember how much of our army was made up of draftees.) I look forward to a future Memorial Day that remembers past wars during a lasting time of peace throughout the world.

  17. admin says:

    Something to think about: “I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights,are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” (Martin Luther King, from speech “When Silence Is Betrayal,” given at Riverside Church, New York, April 4, 1967.)

  18. admin says:

    Interested in promoting peace? Here are some regularly scheduled peace vigils you can attend:

    Mondays, 5-6 p.m. in San Jose: Corner of Market & San Carlos Streets, south end of Cesar Chavez Park (near Convention Center Light Rail Station). Justice for Palestinians weekly protest against Apartheid Israeli occupation, aggression & terror.

    Wednesdays, 4:45-6 p.m. in Palo Alto: Peace vigil at the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino Real.

    Thursday, 4- 5 p.m. in Hayward: Sidewalk at the park being renovated at Foothill Blvd & E St. You are invited to attend a weekly Palestine Vigil. South Alameda County Peace and Justice Coalition’s signs call to Americans: “End the Occupation of Palestine & Iraq”, “No Apartheid Wall in Palestine”, “Stop Aid to Israel”

    Fourth Fridays 12:10- 12:50 pm in Sunnyvale: At the corner of Mathilda Avenue and 3rd Avenue in front of the Lockheed Martin main gate. Please join the Pacific Life Community for a monthly vigil against nuclear weapons.
    Fridays, 5-6 p.m. in San Jose: In front of the Martin Luther King Library, 150 E. San Fernando Street. Please join us at the Friday Peace Vigil.

    Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in San Jose: Winchester and Stevens Creek, near Valley Fair and Santana Row.

  19. admin says:

    Are you planning out your garden? Be sure to include some butterfly-attracting plants and bushes that offer safe habitat for small critters. Put up a birdbath or bird feeder. If you make your yard Earth-friendly, Mother Nature will reward you with beauty and little dramas and comedies you can’t find on TV!

  20. admin says:

    Not doing anything on a lazy Sunday? Dig out that sample ballot and discuss the candidates and issues with your spouse, friend, or whomever. Then fill it in and be sure to go vote on Tuesday. If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain about whoever or whatever wins.

  21. admin says:

    OK, so I pay too much attention to words people use. I admit it. And I’ve noticed that each Presidential campaign pushes a common word into overuse. Since the last campaign, thanks to then-candidate/now PODUS Obama, politicians and news commentators answer questions or introduce statements with “Look….” This time around, all of a sudden the candidates have “surrogates.” What will be next? What words have YOU noticed?

  22. admin says:

    I figure you’re posting is just spam (I’ve been getting a lot of it), but I was feeling a little “down” because of some news I’d just received and decided to accept your timing as a needed “upper” sent from a kind universe.

  23. admin says:

    In case you aren’t what you appear to be–spam (I like to give people the benefit of the doubt): I AM trying to make this blog both entertaining and educational, including variety in subject matter, and hope people agree with you. I wish I knew what posting/topic you’re responding to so I could write more on it.

  24. admin says:

    I see that only about 40% of the registered voters actually voted yesterday (in primaries, it’s usually 40-50%). Let’s see, it takes 51% of those voting to put a candidate into office or an idea into law. That means that decisions that affect all of us for years to come are decided by maybe 20% of those few people who voted—-BY THOSE VOTING, NOT BY THOSE REGISTERED OR BY A MAJORITY OF U.S. CITIZENS. Scary. Come on, 99%-ers. Don’t just complain about problems, VOTE TO SOLVE THEM. (You have another chance in November.)

  25. admin says:

    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “What action is most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured.” (The Prophet Mohammed)

  26. admin says:

    People living across the globe just made more re-payments on the KIVA loan I was part of, so it was time to reinvest. I found a woman in Mombasa, Kenyna, who wants to expand her fruit/veggie selling business–more support for her family and she’ll probably put others to work. I loaned her my $25, knowing that I’ll get it back and can re-loan it. Meanwhile, I can follow her progress on http://www.KIVA.com. I love these micro-loans!

  27. admin says:

    In response to “Click Here” a few days ago, I’m trying to set up a Twitter link. I’ve noticed that any help site I go to assumes I know what all the terms mean. SIGH. Wish me luck.

  28. Grady Delessio says:

    I like the helpful information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I’ll learn a lot of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  29. admin says:

    Thanks, Margarete. I assume that you’re referring to my ideas on how we can make a more peaceful, just world that I present in the book described in this website–SMALL THINGS COUNT. If you decide to order a copy, let me know and I’ll give you a code for one of my e-book free at http://www.Smashwords.com.

  30. admin says:

    Hi–Yes, I DID write the book (described in this website)–SMALL THINGS COUNT. If you decide to order a copy, let me know and I’ll give you a code for one of my e-books free at http://www.Smashwords.com. I’ll think about your suggestion to add some pictures, and I’ll watch for your return.

  31. admin says:

    Thanks, Jude. I really do hope SMALL THINGS COUNT helps people so, together, we can build a more loving world. If you decide to order a copy, let me know and I’ll give you a code for one of my e-books free at http://www.Smashwords.com.

  32. admin says:

    You’re welcome. It’s my mission to get people thinking and doing.

  33. admin says:

    I’m a professional writer/editor, but I don’t think you’d want me. I see you’re from an atheist group, and as my website shows I’m from the opposite camp. After all, the book described on this site is SMALL THINGS COUNT–SIMPLE WAYS TO LIVE CHRIST’S LOVE EACH DAY (although my suggestions are aimed at all persuasions, even atheists and agnostics who also want to make the world a more peaceful, just place). Hey, bloggers–if you’re a professional writer and interested, do a reply to this post, and, Aracelis, keep an eye out here for responding writers.

  34. admin says:

    We need an answer to this: It’s estimated that at least 20% of the homeless in our country are veterans!

    • Maxine Bird says:

      Unbelievable! They did so much for us we should help them.

      • admin says:

        The V.A. has programs for homeless vets. Spread the word, because I don’t think they all know about the support the V.A. gives. Another small thing we can do is to talk to that homeless guy wearing an army cap and find out if he’s a vet. Whether he is ore not, a little conversation won’t hurt you but will let him know that you view him as a PERSON, not as a USELESS OBJECT.

  35. admin says:

    Another idea: When I’ve heard of people being paid “under the table” or not reporting income from garage and other sales I thought, What’s the harm? Now I’ve learned that $10 BILLION a year is not going into CA coffers due to these underground-economy transactions. That could help pay for schools, police/fire protection, and money-flow so small businesses could afford to hire more people.

  36. admin says:

    An easy Earth-friendly idea for the day: Reduce your use of nonessential appliances (like electric can openers and pencil sharpeners). This saves energy now and, eventually, space they would have taken up in the land-fill.

  37. admin says:

    I have an idea: Take all the energy that spammers put into trying to ruin people’s blogs and clutter email “In” boxes and set it to work fighting poverty and discrimination. Things would improve over night!

    • Maxine Bird says:

      YES!!!!!!! I get so _____ sick and tired of all that garbage in my In box!!!! What’s wrong with those people???!!!

  38. admin says:

    Yahoo! Japan, a Yahoo! subsidiary, is promoting Japan’s illegal-but-profitable destruction of whales. How? Its websites sell hundreds of whale products. Contact Yahoo! and urge the people in power there put pressure on their Japanese subsidiary to stop such ads.

  39. admin says:

    Happy Father’s Day to all those men who are our biological or adopted fathers or men who have just been part of our lives in a lovingly mentoring way. We don’t say it often enough, but we love and appreciate you. (Miss you, Dad.)

  40. Freddie Catching says:

    I just want to mention I am just very new to blogging and certainly loved you’re web blog. Probably I’m going to bookmark your blog . You absolutely come with awesome well written articles. Bless you for sharing your blog site.

    • admin says:

      Welcome aboard. Blogging is a crazy world, including (I know you won’t believe this) a whole lot of spammers. Even so, I’m committed to sharing ideas that I feel are worth putting out there even if it makes only a single person stop for a moment and think or feel.

  41. Tammi says:

    Some truly nice stuff on this website , I enjoy it.

  42. Linda says:

    Up since 2am and was intrigued by your suggestions. Will check them out in the daylight hours…what do you do in your spare time?

  43. admin says:

    Naw, they probably seem more intelligent when you’re bleary-eyed. Spare time? Spare time? I recall hearing about that someplace….

  44. Susan Myers says:

    I recently purchased “Small Things Count” and I must say it was a wonderful collection of ideas, some that have always been known to me and some new. Either way it was an awakening to little ways to make a difference in others’ lives.
    Being physically challenged myself, little thoughful things people have made in my life have left a lifetime of remembering that there are wonderful people out there who really do care, in a world that can often make you feel left out and so alone..trust me , “Small Things DO Count”! Great reading!!
    Susan

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