Category Archives: Social Issues

} Faces of Addiction

I really can’t explain precisely what the Faces of Addition set of photographs by Chris Arnade do to me. It’s part fascination, part ache. Part troubled, part amazement.

Part amazement that these people have lived thru SO much, and are still standing. Because of the fight in them, perhaps.

Part ache and troubled, for obvious reasons. Each picture taken (mostly in Hunts Point, Bronx) by Chris comes with a text. Each text is more heart-wrenching than the next.

Part fascination, because well, I don’t understand it. For example, you know that show Intervention? I’ve seen most of them. Why? Well, it is SO far from myself that it fascinates me in a weird way. What is the opposite of ourselves is sometimes very intriguing. And so I keep on trying to understand. Understand something that perhaps can’t be understood, I don’t know…

That said, I suggest these pictures and these stories to anyone and everyone. Whatever is your own story, as close or as far as it is to theirs, if there is even just one single bone of empathy in you, then there are lessons to be read, learned, and thought about.

Go, now.

* For a more in dept view of Chris’ own opinion on it all, also visit his Tumblr.

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} Just Work

Recently, I found a gem. This shop is called Just Potters, and it is brought by Just Work, a social initiative based in Vancouver, Canada.

In their pottery shop, Just Potters employs people from the area who have barriers to traditional employment, for example homelessness, addiction or physical disabilities.

I am totally in love with the general rustic look of this shop! Reminds me of old vintage pottery pieces you can sometimes find in flea markets!

A great initiative, and great results! :)

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} Jack

Today, NDP leader Jack Layton passed away from cancer. I am in choc. Truly.

I have been voting NPD since I can vote. He gave me (and so SO many people) true hope. And now…

I don’t have more words…


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So much more ahead before getting there, but without him, we wouldn’t be half as far as we are now.

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} MLK Day

So much more ahead before getting there, but without him, we wouldn’t be half as far as we are now.

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Anmwe } Help

The lovely Jen over at IndieFixx is organizing fundraiser auctions of donated handmade items to help raise money to help out Haïti, who’s critically needing help after a massive earthquake that basically destroyed everything.


Bid on the wonderful items that the handmade community members have donated! More info on how to bid and how it works, right HERE!

At this time, and in the first days-weeks following any tragedy of this kind, donations of clothing and food can’t actually get there… Money is really what helps!

If you want to make a money donation,

I personally donated via (Stand with Haiti campaign),
an organization I really like for all their work on many social issues, and all that without receiving any funding from governments or corporations.
This means your donation will not be tax deductible (but that’s not the point of donating, ain’t it?), but you can bet on having 100% truthful information.
No amount is too small! Paypal accepted.

Also register to receive their newsletter!
Currency Convertion Tool

PS: Hopefully you’ll see a Nea item in the auction soon!!

BID on my Topo Necklace, TODAY ONLY! :)

Right here.

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Have you visited Nest recently?

I had blogged about Nest a while back in French, but it’s such a wonderful site with great goals, can’t pass up blogging about it again!

“Nest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries. The mission of Nest is to support women artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses. To do this, Nest provides micro-credit loans to be used for the purchase of the supplies and materials necessary to begin and/or maintain art or craft-based businesses.”

Once on the site, you can purchase handmade goodies from Loan Recipient Designers, as well as from Domestic Designers. You will find everything from bags to yarn to letterpress to bath&body products.

Loan recipients are located around the World, like India, Tanzania, Israel and Turkey.

I couldn’t say it better that this t-shirt: Shop to save the World!

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