Tis Better To Give Than Receive from Jess Faraday


T’is better to give than to receive…
Posted on December 1, 2011 by speakitsname

The holidays are a time for giving–not just giving presents, but also giving of ourselves.
This is why for my Advent entry, I’ve decided to talk about a few charities that I think do excellent work. Just to make it interesting, there will be a drawing–but you have to read to the end to learn the details.
(1) 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. The organization provides financial aid, job training, rights awareness and leadership education.
The women who complete the 1-year program go on to start businesses, support their families, send their children to school, and become community leaders.
You can donate or sponsor an individual woman for the course of her one-year program. “When you educate woman, you educate a nation.” (Ghanaian saying).
(2) The Search Dog Foundation
The Search Dog Foundation rescues shelter dogs, trains them to become FEMA-certified search-and-rescue dogs, and pairs them with firefighters to form disaster response teams. Search Dog Foundation dogs have sniffed out survivors at 9/11, Katrina, tsunami-ravaged Japan, and other disaster sites.
Many of the characteristics that land dogs in shelters and make them hard to adopt–hyperactivity, loud barking, toy-crazy, etc–are the flip side of the characteristics that make an excellent search dog–high energy, outgoing, intelligent, and extreme focus. SDF saves dogs’ lives, so that these dogs can go on to save human lives following disasters.
Once a dog is taken from the shelter, it has a permanent home, whether it completes training or not. Dogs retire at age 10. After this, they either go home to live with their handler, or retire to another loving home. Once rescued, SDF dogs will never have to be rescued again.
(3) The Vitamin Angel Alliance
Vitamin Angels reduces child mortality worldwide by connecting essential nutrients with infants and children around the world–including the rural U.S. Their work is concentrated into two efforts: Operation 20/20 and Thrive to Five. Operation 20/20 provides Vitamin A and anti-parasitic treatments, and has reduced child mortality by 24% in the areas where it has been introduced. Thrive to Five focuses on multivitamins and improving childrens’ overall nutritional levels.
The Founder’s Story is fascinating, and a good look at how the business community can organize to do some good.
So now you’ve heard the pitch. What’s in it for you?
On Jan. 31, 2012, I will hold a random drawing for the following Awesome Swag:
(1) 3 autographed paperback copies of my book, The Affair of the Porcelain Dog (3 winners will get one copy each).
(2) A super-duper APD promo pack, including an APD refrigerator magnet, sticker, and Official Bookmark.
(3) A Porcelain Dog shot glass. Believe me, these are cool.
All you have to do is this:
(1) Donate to one of these fine organizations. Any amount will do.
(2) Reblog this.
(3) Send an email to jessfaraday at hotmail dot com with your name, donation amount (I trust you) your snailmail address, and the address of your reblog post. Also, please say which prize you’re most interested in. I can’t guarantee you’ll get first choice, but if you’re chosen, you will get something =)
On Jan. 31, I will choose five winners at random and send out the goods.
Happy Holidays. Now, go out there and do some good!

Jess Faraday is the author of one novel, three book translations, a handful of short stories, and numerous nonfiction articles.
She is a graduate of the University of Arizona (B.A.) and UCLA (M.A.). Since then, she has earned her daily bread in a number of questionable ways, including translation, lexicography, copyediting, teaching high school Russian, and hawking shoes to the overprivileged offspring of Los Angeles-area B-listers.
She enjoys martial arts, the outdoors, strong coffee and a robust Pinot Noir. She also receives a trickle of income from Faraday Bags, her line of data shielding handbags and clothing. She is also a reviewer at Speak Its Name.

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Welcome all to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words, in other words, my ramblings on food, books, and the universe in no order whatsoever.

Recently TJ Klune was blogging on whether size mattered when it came to books.  My thoughts?

 Well, length depends, in my mind, upon the author and editor. I love long in the right hands (snicker). It means that I have more time in the special world the author has created with characters I have come to love. Frustrate me, irritate me, made me swoon with joy and dive into despair with the characters and I’m yours no matter the length.

But bore me, make me flip back and forth to figure out timelines, povs, flashbacks, then I’m gone no matter the length but usually this happens in longer books where the author starts wandering, lost in their own story unable to find the path back. And with a good or great editor, that can be avoided.

Books recently read that fit into the long category?  Bear, Otter and The Kid by TJ Klune and Over The Mountain of the Moonby Reiko Morgan.

Author Sarah Black’s books often, to my dismay, fit into the shorter category.  She is such a fine author that I quickly sink into the story only to emerge when I reach the end.  Then it’s “What? What? It’s over? Nooooooo….”  Her most recent, Marathon Cowboys is available at Dreamspinner Press and is a must read in my opinion.  I loved it and rated it 4.5 stars.  Check out her blog on Navajo characters and their stories.  Illuminating and wonderful.  Everything I eventually hope to bring to this blog.  She sets the bar high.

So that’s my start.  Still figuring out the darn formatting thing.  Look what I did to poor Kirby in the picture.  I promise it will get better.