… It means that I couldn’t just make it about fun and games – there had to be at least one post about the economic crisis and the world’s current state of affairs! Here is a lovely interview of Mrs. Naomi Klein, whose latest book, The Shock Doctrine, is a must read for every single… Read More Because Christmas also means thinking about others…
I love walking in downtown shopping areas during the days leading to Christmas. Everyone seems to be in a good mood (well, almost everyone), there are bright lights everywhere, colourful packaging with bold designs, cheerful music, delightful scents – in short, it’s like a brief period of amazing cheer and happiness. If only the entire… Read More The real meaning of Christmas?
What a fantastic story! It will most certainly put a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart. Article by Oliver Janney, published on CNN on December 25th 2008 A family facing foreclosure is anything but a unique story in these troubled economic times. But this is a happier story of one… Read More CNN: Blog ‘miracle’ saves Christmas for hard-luck family
If arts are a reflection of humanity’s collective soul, then there is something to be said of our obsession with crime shows and shows pitching humans against the forces of evil. It’s almost as if we refuse to accept that there is no such thing as evil, that we are responsible for everything that we… Read More Supernatural, or supernaturally in denial?
I read an article published on ITH.com that made my jaw drop – and not in a good way. I wanted to see other people’s reactions. In short, the article is about the guilt rich people feel when shopping for extravagant items, and how a new niche market has been established, composed partly by invitation-only… Read More From IHT: Even in recession, spend they must: Luxury shoppers anonymous
Just in case you, faithful reader of this blog, haven’t noticed, I don’t have a very rosy view of the upcoming months and years ahead of us, even if I do believe that, ultimately, humanity will be able to get out of this mess it has created. Until then, how do we survive as we… Read More From Newsweek: ‘My Turn: Dinner for Eight’
Let’s face it: things are not going well. However, to be able to get through them, we need on the one hand to stay aware of these stories and act on them, but, on the other hand, we also need to stay aware of the inspiring stories. We also need to remember that “This, too,… Read More An inspiring story to get through some hard times
Here is a helpful little tip for, well, everyone (hello, economic downturn): In Lean Times, Online Coupons Are Catching On By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER. Published November 26th 2008 On the Internet, nothing travels faster than a tip on how to score a bargain. Especially in an economic downturn. With online retail sales falling this month… Read More Clipping coupons? So out. Printing coupons? Omg, so in!
It’s pretty obvious that the economic crisis has got me thinking a lot these days – this is my fourth post on the topic in as many days. I wish I could claim I had a solution, but all I have are reflections. While everyone is genuinely concerned about the state of the world and… Read More The Economic Crisis and Volunteering: Who are we really helping?
Celebrity activism could potentially be a great tool with which inspired teenagers would leave their screens (TV or computer) to go into the outside world and help make a difference. Learning to be selfless in a smart, dedicated kind of way would help decrease, if not eliminate the greed underlying many of the problems that… Read More The Economic Crisis: Down with the Economy, Up with Celebrity Activism