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Apr. 20th, 2009 @ 10:58 pm Call for Recipes: Finger Food
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RAINBOW CAKE!
chemical dissonance: hopefulhopeful
I'm cooking for a party in a few days, so I would like any and all recommendations you have for vegetarian and/or pescetarian appetizers / hors d'eourves / finger foods.

Even if you don't have the recipes (but especially if you do have them!), please comment and let me know what finger foods you would LOVE to see at a party!

this may be a finger food that you've had at other special occasions, or even just a picture that you've seen somewhere of an absolutely scrumptious-looking dish. and, if you have a copy of Vegetarian Times, could I, uh, look at it? any and all suggestions and ideas, both vague and detailed, are WELCOME!

please?
Apr. 1st, 2009 @ 11:24 pm Al Gore!
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happy
chemical dissonance: ecstaticecstatic
I hugged Al Gore tonight! I spent $50 total to sit in the front row of the Chicago Theatre watching him speak about climate change and the American economic crisis and meet him multiple times afterwards. that man is such a witty, engaging speaker. he signed my copy of his book Earth in the Balance, and he took a professional photograph with me.

tonight's will be a short entry, I promise.

at the free-booze-and-desserts reception afterwards, I called out to Al Gore, "Mr. Gore, Mr. Gore! . . . can I give you a hug?" this was on my second glass of wine. I don't drink very much, so you can imagine how glowingly . . . happy . . . I was. he fell for it! and agreed to hug me. a big ol' hug. I felt so special, since I was the only person I saw him hug that night. I thanked him exuberantly for all the wonderful work he does for the cause.

there are other details of that night--lots of laughter, with people like some elderly ladies I caught commenting about how cute Al Gore was, with plenty of people I sat near and chatted with, with strangers who kept commenting multiple times about how sweet I was for not kicking an old lady in the head, etc., etc., etc. but the one detail I'll remember most is the hug I received from Al Gore. AL GORE! Nobel Peace Prize winner! Vice President! Elected President by popular vote! Emmy, Grammy, and Academy Award winner! Holder of millions of other recognitions! (OK, maybe not millions) Environmental activist! and most importantly . . . unshakeable idealist.

he gave me a hug.
wow.
HE GAVE ME A HUG!
Jan. 6th, 2009 @ 10:54 am just because I'm paranoid . . .
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contemplative
I'm thinking it might be a good idea to start backing up the livejournal.

and it's a lot of entries. I've been on this journal (on the same username) for more than seven years.



EDIT--suggestions for livejournal backup systems:
Jul. 12th, 2008 @ 10:19 am out of office notice?
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playful
chemical dissonance: happyhappy
I'm in California now and through the following weekend for work, so I won't be on livejournal. if you have an entry you reeeeeeeeeally want me to see in the following week, hell, just email me. or message me on facebook, which is virtually the same thing since I'll read it through my email.

was in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and San Bernardino County yesterday. today: Glendora, Orange County, and wherever the winds take us next. if there's anything you want me to pick up from anywhere in southern California, let me know. I'll very likely be there at some point of my work trip. thank goodness I'm not the driver. :-)
May. 12th, 2008 @ 10:44 pm Heshima Kenya - Aid to Struggling Refugee Children in Kenya
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chicago
chemical dissonance: awakeawake
I can't believe I neglected to post this on livejournal . . . but here goes.

Orphaned and separated refugee children are considered the most vulnerable population in the world and over 3,000 are living in Kenya. Classified by human rights organizations as “unaccompanied,” most of these children have fled from persecution in the nearby countries of Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their families have been killed or have disappeared in the conflicts that caused them to flee. Others were abandoned or separated from their families when they crossed the border to safety.

Heshima Kenya is the first and only organization in Kenya to provide programs exclusively for unaccompanied refugee children in Nairobi and aspires to become a new model for foster care in the region.

Anne, a friend who also happens to be my boyfriend's sister, is starting this Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). She has lived in Africa for almost ten years and is currently championing the cause of refugee children in Kenya. Her organization, Heshima Kenya, believes all children deserve a safe environment where they can develop and thrive with peace and integrity.

I'm currently helping Anne with overall publicity outreach for Heshima Kenya's upcoming fundraiser at the famous Funky Buddha Lounge. As part of that publicity, I want to bring my own friends, acquaintances, and colleagues into the fold. That includes livejournal friends. :-)

Please come out to learn more and support Heshima Kenya's innovative shelter, education and community outreach programs for abandoned and orphaned refugee children in Nairobi, Kenya.



Place: Funky Buddha Lounge at 728 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago
Date: Friday, May 30, 2008
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Suggested donation: $30 that includes some beer (for those on the guest list), appetizers, live traditional Ethiopian music, cash bar and raffle prizes!!!
Event is 21+.

One thing I really value about this cause is that, based on how hard and thanklessly Anne has been working, I KNOW that all money donated WILL be used to directly benefit relief programs in Nairobi, Kenya. You really can't say that about all charities and NGOs.

You can donate online or at the door. For online donations, please visit heshimakenya.org, click on the Network for Good button and write "Funky Buddha" in the designation field.

For more information about this exciting new NGO, please visit the website:
http://www.heshimakenya.org

Please send me your name at the email address listed on my profile if you plan to attend the fundraiser, so I can add you to the guest list for those who will be served beer as part of the donation cost. You can also RSVP at the newly-opened RSVP listing listed on the poster. Feel free to bring a friend or twenty of 'em--just give me their names beforehand if they want to be served beer.

Please join the movement to empower vulnerable refugee children. This is really a chance to be part of something great. SPREAD THE WORD so that this night may be a success!
Mar. 6th, 2008 @ 10:31 am it's only 10:30 AM and I'm already exhausted
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contemplative
chemical dissonance: exhaustedexhausted
life moves way too fast for me sometimes.
Jan. 18th, 2008 @ 10:36 am travels through México
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contemplative
chemical dissonance: cheerfulcheerful
I just posted a somewhat long but descriptive entry about my travels through México in the past month. So, if you're interested in reading it but don't see it on your friends page, LOG IN! :-)
Nov. 15th, 2007 @ 07:06 pm the Osho Zen mood theme
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creativity
chemical dissonance: satisfiedsatisfied
another note: with my brand spanking new permanent livejournal account, I just created a custom mood theme with all of the cards of one of my favorite Tarot card decks, the Osho Zen Tarot. take a look at my current mood theme, if you will, and admire its beauty. it had been awhile since I've pored through those cards, but I was still amazed at its design.

I've had a Tarot deck collection since about 2001, and Tarot deck art is still one of my favorite forms of art. essentially, each card in the deck represents a different archetype of human existence. Tarot cards are very focused on the conceptual. different decks use different religious signs; premodern, modern, and postmodern ideas; mythological trivia; and secular symbols that sometimes have existed for centuries. what symbols, colors, concepts, and structures of the Tarot system are used in a particular deck (and for a particular card) all depends on the individual artist.

my two favorite Tarot card decks of the 8+ decks I own are the Osho Zen deck and the Dalí deck. The Dalí deck (designed by Salvador Dalí as a custom tarot deck) is much fancier, with gold edges on all of the cards and a velvet box. yet the Osho Zen still holds a special place in my heart after years of owning it.
May. 9th, 2007 @ 10:42 am hair bands and hairbands
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creativity
chemical dissonance: amusedamused
I looked up the words "hair band" in wikipedia this morning, and as was expected, this was the output.

then I looked up hairband and got this.

how amusing and astute that wikipedia was that sensitive to a single space. how great.
Mar. 21st, 2007 @ 11:38 am wow . . . pyramid schemes and post-communist China
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pain
chemical dissonance: distresseddistressed
read the article below, reposted from another community:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/19/AR2007031901604.html

a man executed for using pyramid schemes and (well, according to him) not knowing how to use good business practice in post-communist China.

"Over two years, more than 36,700 residents of 12 towns in China's northeastern Liaoning province were tricked out of nearly $400 million, resulting in many of them losing their life savings. At least one investor committed suicide."

"Supreme People's Court President Xiao Yang told the audience at a criminal law conference in November: 'It is necessary to use the death penalty in China to punish criminals who commit extremely serious crimes in order to safeguard state security, public interests and smooth operation of economic construction.'"

so many layers to this: economic, justice system, stories of other people's lives, international educational development, and an overpopulated country dealing with maintaining a capitalist system after long-time communism. so many lenses through which to examine it. it's almost depressing--the whole situation really bothered me when I first read it, actually.



a commenter wrote in response to this article:
"Executions certainly reflect the Chinese formula on population control. Not that even 10,000 executions a year make a dent in the reproductive capacity of a nation. Kill them now or let them die in resource wars in the next generation?"

hmm. well, there's another thing to think about it.