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I decided to get a full time job and such, but only if it was for something, meant something. That way I have money of my own and do good, a win-win situation.  I am blessed to have insurance, so I have a luxury that most do not, to work basically wherever I want. Shout out to 30 Rock, you know who you are. :]

Anyway, I applied to the ASPCA and ACORN. I found both on Idealist. I knew all about the ASPCA, as my pets’ veterinarian is at Bergh Memorial. ACORN, I didn’t know much about. I remember when I was younger, working at Whole Foods in Chicago, a bunch of people wearing red shirts with ACORN signs and voices filled up the parking lot. They were protesting that Whole Foods needed to join the union and they were super serious about it. They were cool, you know after we blocked the door to the store and said they had to walk through us to get in…then people ended up talking, etc., etc. The thing is back then Whole Foods was not a publicly traded company, so it was cool, none of us ever thought we needed a union, we made bank, awesome benefits, you don’t know. We kids were living the high life. I know some people who still work there or did not too long ago and man they hate it now. I think a lot of Whole Foods employees may think differently now then back when it was about something. I won’t go on, but feel free to learn more here.

The point is I am way behind on my writing after starting the job at ACORN last Monday and having a life that needs to be handled. That is what has been up. I do recognize that I need to do this and not fall behind. Like I said from the beginning, this time I am serious. :]

You’ll see…

-Cara

The Original Mavericks are mad…

Understandably.

-Cara

What I did last Thursday night…

October 16th was the beginning of the A.N.T. FEST at Ars Nova. A.N.T. FEST features all types of artists doing their thing over a 6 week span.

I took Marine, and her mother Suzanne to the opening night performance, Step. The performers were feeling it. The show was about their lives, passions, dreams and whether they can survive in New York City and be truly committed to stepping.

They call themselves the Soul Step Ensemble, and consists of Heather DeLeon, Maxine Lyle, Dionne Norton, Sean Thomas. They use their body to create the music they dance to. It was hot. If you hear they are coming to a location near you go.

Soooul Stepin’

-Cara

I would like to dedicate this entry to my B.F.F. Donyetta C. for sending me this link. Thank you very, very much!

The site is updated daily until November 4th. Make sure to turn on your volume! It is interactive and “spot on” as my foreign friends love to say so much. : P

Enjoy and don’t forget to vote!

-Cara

This is a plea I am passing on from Missy Sherburne, E.V.P. of DonorsChoose.org to help to win an AmEx contest. The award money goes to much needed classrooms and teachers. I am not a fan of credit cards or AmEx, but I am a great fan of teachers having the tools to do the best they can for their students! If you have a Amex card (I do not, so I can’t vote), log in and vote (it is the last day to vote)….see the details below.

We are currently in second place in the American Express Members Project contest. It ends tonight at midnight.  At this moment, we there are only 350 votes separating us from third place.  A second place finish will mean $500,000 for our students and teachers.  With 14 hours remaining, literally every vote counts.

Please take a few minutes this morning to help – students and teachers in the high-need classrooms we serve are counting on us.

  1. If you have an AmEx card please vote for “Help 100,000 children thrive in the classroom.”  A vote costs no money and personal and corporate cards can be used separately for one vote each.
  1. Please forward this email to friends, colleagues and family!

If each of you were to forward this message to ten people who vote for our project, we are certain that we can win the $500,000.  But we cannot do it without you.

Thank you so much,

Missy

Quick Voting Instructions


1. Visit our project page:
http://www.membersproject.com/project/view/V8EWJV
2. Click Vote for this Project.
3. If you already have an online account with AmEx, you’ll be prompted to log-in. If you haven’t logged in before, you can easily create a username and password.
4. You’ll be redirected back to “Help 100,000 children thrive in the classroom.”
5. Click Vote for this Project one last time.  Be sure that a gold star that indicates “Your Vote.”

Vote and send it to everyone you know. My cousin is a teacher in San Francisco, trust me teachers need and deserve this money…as do their students.

!!!

-Cara

Update:

They ended up winning 2nd place and received $500,00 in funding. Awesome. :]

On Oct 4th after months of rehabilitation, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), along with members from Centro de Recuperação de Animais Marinhos (CRAM), Institute for Aquatic Mammals (IMA) and the environmental authority in Brazil, Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (IBAMA), 372 juvenile Magellanic Penguins, stranded because of inadequate food stocks, were loaded onto a military plane and airlifted to Southern Brazil for their release back to the wild.

According to Dr. Dee Boersma, a penguin researcher, the mass stranding of the penguins left them in extremely poor body condition. She states, there is a flow of warmer water (1° C higher than normal) which has caused the juvenile penguins to keep going north, past their usual range, where they are unable to find adequate food. There is always a high mortality rate for first year birds but this increased northerly range and lack of available food had increased the normal mortality rate for this group of penguins.

There is also the Penguin Network, which is works with The International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC), that put a lot of work into this and other bird rescue projects.

I don’t know what to say, but it seems like we might have broken something…

-Cara

This organic mandarin orange almond salad is a simply delicious salad I love to make.

Watch You Need

1 head of organic green or red leaf lettuce or an organic mesclun mix works

1 can (11 ounces) of organic Mandarin orange segments or the equivalent of fresh organic Mandarin orange segments

1 to 2 ounces of organic toasted almond slivers

What To Do

Toss together in a huge bowl with an organic oil (1 cup), vinegar (1/2 cup) and mustard (2 tablespoons) dressing, or an organic Italian is good.

Try it.

-Cara

I found this surfing on this world wide web and think it’s a fun idea and a way to interact with humans.

Here are the rules:

  1. Open your “My Pictures” folder
  2. Go to the 4th folder
  3. Then go to the 4th photo in that folder
  4. Post a comment in this entry with the link to the photo and a small description of what it is about

I like this game because I had no idea what picture I would come across. I must say I was glad it was this one. It is little me in Miami where I was born and raised. My mom made all my snazzy outfits…don’t be jealous. It looks like I am coming up with a plan to help small puppies breakout of some animal testing facility I am sure. :]

Now you.

-Cara

According to the Rainforest Action Network’s (RAN) site, they established the Protect-an-Acre program in 1993 to protect the world’s forests and the rights of their inhabitants by providing financial aid to traditionally under-funded organizations and communities in forest regions. The PAA program supports projects that protect forests through grassroots efforts led by local forest communities, Indigenous federations and non-governmental organizations.

The PAA program is an integral part of RAN’s commitment to halting further destruction of the world’s forests while also supporting the livelihoods and right to self-determination of those living in forest communities. PAA projects complement RAN’s efforts to end agribusiness expansion, oil exploration and old-growth logging in critical forest areas.

Supporting Protect-an-Acre

When you donate to Protect-an-Acre, you receive a certificate of recognition acknowledging your contribution, which includes a description of the specific projects you helped fund. More importantly, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you support projects which contribute to saving the world’s endangered forests and protecting the rights of their inhabitants.

Support RAN’s
Protect-an-Acre Program.

I went to the Better Business Bureau to check out their charity report, which they pass with flying colors, so here seems a good cause to give to.

Do something.

-Cara

You might find a couple cool actions here, or discover some uncool FBI informants, or even get schooled on a few things, like who Eric McDavid is for instance.

Earth First!

-Cara

Since muxtape no longer let’s people make their own mix I haven’t been posting many music entries of late. I think it’s time. Here’s a small part of the 80’s I didn’t hate…A-Ha’s Take on Me.

A-Ha’s Take On Me video literally translated.

and a personal favorite, A-Ha’s guest appearance on Family Guy .

YouTube good times.

-Cara

I have had a strange fascination with aluminum lately, so why not talk about it here. Aluminum, a silvery white and ductile member of the boron group of chemical elements. It’s nonmagnetic and non-sparking. It has the symbol Al; its atomic number is 13 (I did not know that till today. 13 is the day I was born and my lucky number.).  Aluminum is the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust, and the third most abundant element therein, after oxygen and silicon. It makes up about 8% by weight of the Earth’s solid surface. Aluminum is too reactive chemically to occur in nature as the free metal. Instead, it is found combined in over 270 different minerals. The chief source of aluminum is bauxite ore.

Aluminum is remarkable for its ability to resist corrosion (due to the phenomenon of passivation) and its low density. Aluminum is one of the few metals that retain full silvery reflectance in finely powdered form. Global production of aluminum in 2005 was 31.9 million tonnes. It exceeded that of any other metal except iron (837.5 million tonnes).

* Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.

* 350,000 aluminum cans are produced every minute!

* More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any other product.

* Once an aluminum can is recycled, it can be part of a new can within six weeks.

* Because so many of them are recycled, aluminum cans account for less than 1% of the total U.S. waste stream, according to EPA estimates.

* During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans are made.

* An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!

* There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can can be recycled.

* Aluminum can manufacturers have been making cans lighter — in 1972 each pound of aluminum produced 22 cans; today it yields 29 cans.

* We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum pop cans every year.

* At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold! (Before the Hall-Héroult process was developed, aluminum was exceedingly difficult to extract from its various ores. This made pure aluminum more valuable than gold. Bars of aluminum were exhibited alongside the French crown jewels at the Exposition Universelle of 1855, and Napoleon III was said to have reserved a set of aluminum dinner plates for his most honored guests. [source:Wikipedia])

[Source: Recycling Fun Facts]

Aluminum never dies!!!

-Cara

I’ve started to look for more of a full-time job and one of the many cool companies I came across during this search was the Coalition for the Homeless.

Their mission statement off www.coalitionforthehomeless.org reads, “Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children. We are dedicated to the principle that decent shelter, sufficient food, affordable housing, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education, and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized.

That seems like good work.

-Cara

It’s been awhile since I covered the junk mail issue, so here we go…

Do you get those Valpak coupons in the mail and just throw them out? If so here is a link to opt out. They are an huge waste of paper and mostly carpet cleaners and window blinds coupons from companies stealing the BBB logo. :]

If you are also sick of getting credit card offers all the time, there is www.optoutprescreen.com. Less paper and less risk of identity theft.

Through this website, you may request to:

  • Opt-Out from receiving Firm Offers for Five Years – (electronically through this website).
  • Opt-Out from receiving Firm Offers permanently – (mail Permanent Opt-Out Election form available through this website).
  • Opt-In and be eligible to receive Firm Offers. This option is for consumers who have previously completed an Opt-Out request – (electronically through this website).

Less paper is always good.

-Cara

The occupation of Iraq will cost $3 trillion, America’s most expensive conflict since WWII.

This site, http://3trillion.org/, is about you having 3 trillion dollars and what you can do for yourself or the world with it. You are taken to a global shopping spree, you browse their on-line store, fill up your cart, click the checkout button, and send virtual gifts to others. I was surprise how it was hard for me to get 3 trillion dollars worth of stuff. If these numbers are correct this site is a great educational tool. It makes things seem less unknown, even if the numbers are approximations. I think anyone can add stuff so…it is still fun.  A tip don’t go over the 3 trillion dollar total as it has a bug and clears your whole cart. I learned that the hard way… :[

http://3trillion.org/

Spread the word.

-Cara

“The desire for fame tempts even noble minds.”

-St. Augustine, The City of God

-Cara

I started this blog in January this year and am evolving as I go along. I purchased a Brita water pitcher (Brita Products Company is owned by the Clorox Company) about three months ago. Today we had to change the water filter, so I put the used one to the side to do some research on how to recycle it.

Here is what I found:

I went to this site, Take the Filter Back, and they state that Brita has the #1 market share of pour-through filter cartridges in the U.S. and Canada. It’s the #1 faucet-mount filter in Canada and the #2 faucet-mount filter in the U.S. (Per Clorox’s 2007 Annual Report.).  While the original European Brita GmbH company has created a take-back recycling program for its filter cartridges, Clorox has no such program in place for re-using or recycling Brita cartridges. There is currently no way to refill or recycle Brita filter cartridges in North America.

Brita filter cartridges consist of activated carbon housed inside a plastic body which cannot be opened by the consumer for refilling or recycling. The plastic body must be landfilled or incinerated each time the filter is changed. Plastic is a non-renewable resource made from petroleum. It is not biodegradable, lingering in the environment virtually forever. The more we reuse/recycle the plastic products we produce rather than manufacturing new ones, the less damage we inflict on the earth.

In its FilterForGood campaign, Clorox promotes the use of its Brita filtration system, in combination with re-usable water bottles, as a means to reduce disposable plastic bottle waste. Please join in asking Clorox to go further and take responsibility for the millions of plastic filter cartridges that are also landfilled or incinerated each year.

You can sign this petition urging Clorox to be responsible and recycle their filters. You can also write a letter to the Clorox company. In addition to the petition and letter-writing, they are going to make a strong visual statement. Inspired by Jim McKenna’s and John Lieberman’s successful campaign to urge AOL to quit sending out unsolicited CDs, they’re collecting used Brita filters, both pitcher and tap, to deliver to Clorox en masse at some point in the future. There is even a Yahoo! Group to meet others in your area and arrange filter collection/pick up/drop off. I am going to write something cute on mine and send them off. :]

The worst part is I just found out that Clorox bought Burt’s Bees… :[

-Cara

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