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Loans that change lives

In Too lazy to assign a category on March 10, 2007 at 12:19 am
clipped from www.kiva.org

Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates from the business you've sponsored. As loans are repaid, you get your loan money back.
Kiva partners with existing microfinance institutions. In doing so, we gain access to outstanding entrepreneurs from impoverished communities world-wide. Our partners are experts in choosing qualified borrowers. That said, they are usually short on funds. Through Kiva.org, our partners upload their borrower profiles directly to the site so you can lend to them.
Kiva - loans that change lives

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Green Maven

In Too lazy to assign a category on January 11, 2007 at 8:47 pm

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Green Maven is your gateway to the Green Web. We're a search engine that emphasizes green, conscious, and sustainable websites . Use the search box above to search the green web!

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Don’t know what to write about this tuesday?

In Too lazy to assign a category on January 9, 2007 at 12:38 pm

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Copy the current quotation(s) to your weblog or paper journal, then use it as a writing prompt.

Do you agree with the message in the quote? Do you disagree? Would you have phrased this thought differently? What does this quote remind you of? What does it make you think of?

In Other Words

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TMI Tuesday

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Questions with two choices, all dealing with the same topic.

Tuesday Twosome

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Tuesday's Tales is a weekly meme with 3-5 questions to make you think.

Tuesday's Tales

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Here you can find Take Me Back Tuesday, Random 10 and Top 5 on Friday.

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Lists of ten about that weeks topic. They even tell you next weeks topic in advance.

Ten on Tuesday

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the idea of Simple Living

In Too lazy to assign a category on January 9, 2007 at 10:30 am

hoard
n.
   A hidden fund or supply stored for future use; a cache.

v. hoard ed, hoard ing, hoards
v. intr.
    To gather or accumulate a hoard.
v. tr.
   1. To accumulate a hoard of.
   2. To keep hidden or private.

Although the defenition found in Wikipedia:

Compulsive hoarding is a condition, thought to be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder, that involves the collection or failure to discard large numbers of objects even when they cause significant clutter and impairment to basic living activities such as cooking, cleaning or sleeping. Hoarding rubbish may be referred to as syllogomania.

refers to a condition much worse than mine, I do tend to keep things around that other people might consider to be nothing more than rubbish, because those things might come in handy later on or, more frequently, because there are memories attached.

I’ve got hundreds of letters, concert tickets, movie tickets, and countless pieces of paper with telephone numbers or notes. I’ve got clothes I haven’t worn for years, old shoes that were repaired one too many times, horrible statues from all over the world, more candles than I could possibly burn in years, piles of books everywhere, old courses and magazines, empty bottles in strange shapes, glass for just about any occasion, kitchen utensils I never use, cans that are long overdue etc. etc.

Once in a while I try to get rid of things. But memories are brought back with most objects. Yes, that dress defenitely is at least four sizes too small, but it was a present from my mother, that day we visited Bruges together. It was a sunny day, our feet were hurting because we walked for miles and miles, we visited that interesting exhibition, then decided to grab a cup of coffee. Just around the corner there was this little boutique, and I was drooling over a dress in the window. My mom told me to go in and try it on, which I did and ooh, did it look lovely on me. It was quite expensive but she insisted on buying it for me. I remember just about each time I wore that dress afterwards, and the compliments that were made. Of course, I end up with putting the dress back, even though it’s way too small.

And yes, I can’t possibly wear those shoes anymore, but they were a birthday present from a friend whose address I lost and with whom I haven’t talked in years. I remember how he spent all day with me, looking for the perfect pair of shoes. I remember how he strongly disliked shopping and I remember the discussion we had about male and female shopping habits. I think about all the times we spent together and I decide to keep the shoes.

The house is stuffed with all kind of things that are rather useless and not even pretty. After reading an article on Simple Living :

What is it with our possessions, ideas, and beliefs – that causes us to hang on so tightly to them? Why do we get so buried and overwhelmed by our stuff? And best yet, how can we change the pattern so we can free ourselves to enjoy our lives?

and visiting The Simple Living Network, realising I certainly don’t want to end up like Richard and Claudia, mentioned in Halt the Hoarding or

like the Collyer brothers, “the hermit hoarders of Harlem,” who in 1947 were buried by the piles of urban junk that filled their four-story Harlem brownstone.

Source: So Much Clutter, So Little Room: Examining the Roots of Hoarding

I will give it yet another try over the next weeks. I’ll be this mean, lean, throw it all away machine :yes:

Further reading:

Freecycle (Changing the world one gift at a time.)
The Simplicity Resource Guide
LETSystems
Local Exchange Trading Systems
Local Currencies Directory
The Junk Man Knows / Garbage tells the stories of our lives
MemeMachineGo!: Syllogomania
Squalor Survivors
Ivy Sea Online: Knowledge-hoarding (this is another problem, but I do tend to hoard information as well, cfr. keeping courses from decades ago around.)
Link hoarding (nope, not me)
Software hoarding
Domain name hoarding

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Don’t know what to write about this saturday?

In Too lazy to assign a category on January 6, 2007 at 1:44 pm

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the saturday-8 is posted each saturday by lola, who writes about a variety of subjects about life and things that affect us. should you like to participate in the sat-8, just post a comment with a link to your blog, or simply complete the questions in your comment!

Saturday 8 (also visit their old home)

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Here are 6, often only barely related, questions: Patrick's Weekender

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A theme is given each Saturday. Post a photo that best represents the theme.

Of course, nothing stops you from writing about that photo, does it?

Welcome message and 2007 themes list

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And, seemingly obsolete, but there are always the archives:
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Great Pretenders

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Don’t know what to write about?

In Too lazy to assign a category on January 4, 2007 at 5:18 pm

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This web site is designed to introduce you to the art of daydreaming on paper. I want to take you beyond diary, journal, sketchbook, and notebook into a concept that is an imaginative hybrid of all these. I take a very playful approach to journaling, and I want to share with you some techniques that will help you unleash your own creative potential. Whether you are a closet poet or a meticulous record-keeper, you are sure to find something here that you can use. – Daydreaming on Paper

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One or more questions a day. Sort of like a Vox thing, but different. And elsewhere.

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Toasted Cheese offers daily writing prompts, and  "a place where writers can get honest feedback on their work and honest information about issues important to writers."

 

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Pretend writer is a Livejournal community. They describe themselves as:

For each day of the week a new set of questions will be posted for your writing pleasure. We start the week  off easy on Mondays with one question working our way up to Five questions on Friday!

But the fun doesn't stop there! Mixed in with the daily  questions you will find random posts of word plays, drabbles, journal prompts, An image says it all, dictionary drabbles, book challenges and more!

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The editors of Writer's Digest have prepared 52 Writing Prompts—idea joggers and brain starters—to get your writing going. This page and the WritersDigest.com home page present you a new prompt each week.

Enjoy, and may these exercises spur you on to even better writing.

Writing Prompts

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simple. you'll see one word at the top of the following page.

you have sixty seconds to write about it.

as soon as you click 'go' the page will load with the cursor in place.

don't think. just write.

oneword

I'll have more posts like this, but for the moment the above should give you some ideas.

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Links for December 15th, 2006

In Too lazy to assign a category on December 15, 2006 at 7:23 pm
Twitter is a community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives. Friends near or far can use Twitter to remain somewhat close while far away. Curious people can make friends. Bloggers can use it as a m
Send these commands to twitter or over IM and interact with Twitter on your mobile phone or chat window!
(tags: morgaine mlf me)
Radio 18-12, an initiative of December 18, will be the first-ever global one-day radio show connecting migrant communities worldwide to highlight their concerns and celebrate their achievements.

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Links for October 25th

In Too lazy to assign a category on October 25, 2006 at 7:20 pm

Links for October 21st

In Too lazy to assign a category on October 21, 2006 at 7:20 pm