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The gift of giving

The older I get, the less I find I need (or want) when it comes time for Christmas and birthday wish lists. This year I guided my office to stop the exchange of gifts and instead adopt a family that does not have the means to make their holiday wishes come true. We had a very successful fund raiser and now have a nice pot of cash to help this family put gifts under the tree and a hearty meal on the table. This feels so much better than having to drag home some new nick knack that will simply get thrown into our already overstuffed closets. I was so inspired by this that I suggested to my husband that we do the same thing. We’ve found that many of our own friends and family find themselves in the same situation in that they already have most of their needs met (and then some), so instead of exchanging gifts with them, we have adopted a family of our own. I would urge you all to look for programs like this in your area and participate in them.

Another project of mine was to help fund educational needs through proposals posted on I’ve submitted a substantial funding request to my company’s foundation and hope that it will get selected so that some of the kids in the Bay Area may get some exciting new learning experiences thanks to my efforts. I highly recommend checking out DonorsChoose and see if any of the proposals catch your eye. The nice thing is that you do not have to completely fund any given proposal, you can simply donate the amount you see fit.


We can work it out

I recently came across a great project that I think everyone should try (at least in some form) 101 Goals in 1001 Days.

I am still in the brainstorming stage trying to iron out all of my goals. At this point I’ve only come up with 40 and it has been really tough to dig up more without them feeling like fluff. Even though I haven’t officially started on the action plans, I have certainly started taking action on some things on my list and that in itself feels pretty great.

Today I came across a great article at Zen Habits that lists advice to help with one of my most important goals, to maintain a healthy and happy marriage. Since it is brand new, I want to be sure we start off strong and that it stays that way.

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Spare some change?

Radiohead has managed to sneak in an album release on October 10th. It has been some 4 years since their last release with former record label EMI. What makes this release special is that they are offering the album as a digital download and they are letting their fans decide how much they want to pay for it. That’s right, you feel like paying a buck? You get the album. You feel like paying twenty bucks? You get the album.

Way to rage against the corporate record label machine!


My Superstar

I would just like to take a moment to mention that my soon-to-be-husband has been named a top security expert. Congratulations my love!


Graduatin’ Grammies

Josephine Belasco graduated from high school today. I know, I know, millions of folks did – so what’s the difference? Hmmm, roughly 80 years. Just goes to show that it’s never too late to get things finished (or started for that matter). Congratulations Josephine!