Born2fly.org and Human Trafficking

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My dear friend, Linda, forwarded an email to me this morning. Just what I’ve been looking for. An organization( in my area) making a difference in the lives of children all over the world – specifically children that are sold into sex slavery. Please take a minute and watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHro8wJFVqg and then go to www.born2fly.org and get involved. During the time it takes to read the next few paragraphs—about 30 seconds—another child will be trafficked for sex somewhere in the world.

My daughter and her husband are working to bring awareness to human trafficking in the San Francisco area. Their church family has a series of workshops each year to help others understand the reality of this in our world today – they call it the “Abolition Project”. This is a huge issue in their part of our country. It’s also about buying your stuff from companies that are “Fair Trade” and that do not use slaves (children & adults) in the production of their goods. Have you ever noticed the “Fair Trade” label on coffee, chocolate, etc? Those are common items we enjoy everyday that, often, are harvested by human slaves. Become aware and find out where your food, clothing, and other items were made. And how were they made?

October is Fair Trade Month: learn about fair trade – Day 18: Fair Trade, the Market, and YouFair Trade Certified producers are also empowered by the Fair Trade system to form cooperatives that enable them to create sustainable working and living conditions within their communities.

Poster by Derek Hansen (my son-in-law)

Poster by Derek Hansen (my son-in-law) http://abolitionsf.reimagine.org/

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Quilting - another passion - M & L helping!

Quilting - another passion - M & L helping!

Inspired by the movie “Julie & Julia”, I have decided to blog, with the purpose of getting motivated to help my over-weight beagle, Lucy, get into better shape! With my daughter’s wedding last weekend, I realize life is moving forward and I need to find things that make me happy and pursue them with a more vigorous effort.

So…

Lucy wants to eat from the table!

Lucy loves Melody!

Miles love his mommy (me)!

Miles love his mommy (me)!

I have two sweet, adorable beagles. Lucy is almost 7 years old – is at least 25 pounds overweight, plus she has hip dysplasia – making it difficult for her to stay active – therefore, the extra pounds. Living in hot, humid Florida, makes it difficult to get out and walk very often… it’s so uncomfortable out there! But… in addition to Lucy running around chasing lizards while my husband works in the yard, I am determined to get her to run at least 10 minutes every other day or so. I hop on my bicycle and she follows me… but too often follows her nose too and forgets we are on a “walk” – meaning she needs to keep going!

Miles is my other little beagle. He’s 4 years old and in tip top condition. He would run and chase and jump everyday if he had the opportunity. He’s my little sweetheart – with an “evil” side when he wants to hoard his treat and tempt Lucy to fight him for it!

In Central Florida we have a Beagle group that meets every weekend at a different dog park… we’ve only gone once – when it was winter and not so hot. My two dogs didn’t seem too interested in meeting any other dogs, but enjoyed the time in a new environment. I hear that there are so many germs at dog parks, so I worry a little about going too often. Our vet is “alternative” and does not believe in over immunizing, so we don’t do the “shot” thing every year. It’s cool, as the vet does titers on them to determine if they still have enough of the last vaccine still active in their system. It makes so much more sense than just routinely filling them with those poisons.

Tomorrow I’m going to see “Julie & Julia” again. It’s so fun! I have thought so much about what is it in my life that “makes me happy” and that I should pursue to give me that pleasure. Well, my dogs are one of those things… being healthy is another. So I’ve decided to work harder on making us all healthier and happier.