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“What religion you practice in life isn’t that important, it’s how much you practice peace and love that really matters.”
~ Themis Eagleson

Amazing young Girl!

California Lemonade Stand Earns More Than $30,000

August 22, 2012 at 9:00AM by Kiri Tannenbaum | 36 Comment

Vivienne Harr Lemonade StandOne little girl in California has figured out the key to success when it comes to lemonade stands. She recently raised $30,000. For nearly 60 days, 8-year-old Vivienne Harr hawked glasses of the sweet and tart beverage. But she isn’t hoping for a big shopping spree. Harr wants to help stop human trafficking and slavery.

According to SF Weekly, Harr named her store, “Make a Stand! Lemonade: The Sweet Taste of Freedom.” She uses the hashtag #MAKEASTAND! to tweet about her stand and she created a website for her cause, makeastandlemonade.com, which leads to a Fundly donation page. Harr is donating funds received on the page and through her lemonade stand toNot for Sale, a non-profit dedicated to ending human slavery and trafficking. While not all of Harr’s $30,000 have been raised at her stand (most has been donated on the website fundraising page), Harr has committed to sitting at her lemonade stand until $150,000 has been raised. At first she charged $2 per cup, but soon left the price up to her customers. When she decided the lemonade should be free, strangers really began donating. Her father told the Marin Independent Journal, “We’re betting on the goodness of people, and we found that the average price went up $18 when we made it free. We said, ‘Pay what’s in your heart.'”

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Harr got the idea when she and her family were on vacation in Sonoma and stumbled upon a book,Slavery, by journalist Lisa Kristine, who photographed enslaved workers around the globe. The family decided they needed to do something. Vivienne suggested putting up a lemonade stand in her neighborhood park. But her parents doubted the likelihood of raising their goal of $150,000. Through social media they have been able to promote her stand and in the process earn tens of thousands of dollars.

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The lemonade isn’t too bad either. It’s made from fair trade lemons, agave nectar, fresh mint, and optional raspberries.

How much would you pay for a glass of Vivienne Harr’s lemonade?

A Dog’s Life

I believe this is so very true:

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
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the earth provides

A Meditation on Gratitude and Joy

 

With gratitude I remember the many blessings in my life: the people, animals, plants, and insects — creatures of the sky and sea, air and water, fire and earth;

 

With gratitude I remember the Earth that holds and sustains all life;

 

With gratitude I remember the care and labor of the generations of elders and ancestors who came before me;

 

With gratitude I remember the teachings and lessons I have been given and that I have experienced in my life;

 

With gratitude I hold in my heart my family and friends, my local and global community;

 

With gratitude I accept my measure of health and well-being and the strength I experience of mind and body;

 

With gratitude I accept the gifts I have to give — my presence, my knowledge and wisdom, my talents and resources;

 

With gratitude I am thankful for the life I have been given.

 

*Adapted from Jack Kornfield’s Meditation on Gratitude and Joy in The Awakened Heart, pps. 399-400. Bantam Dell, May 2008.

Animal Miracle Foundation

 

http://www.amfsaves.org

 

Our Mission through God’s Hand…

To effect public awareness regarding the plight of homeless animals and animal cruelty
To take part in ending the overpopulation of unwanted pets through adoption efforts, behavior education and support of spay/neuter programs

To ensure wildlife conservation and help keep our planet healthy for its animals

To teach children compassion toward animals and for one another through the love of animals

To help create joy for the elderly through hands-on interaction with pets and community involvement with their own pets
To support domestic pet and wildlife related “no kill” rescue organizations and sanctuaries

 

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If Michael Franti & Spearhead are anywhere near your town…GO!!!! I’ve been fortunate to see them live a few times and it is always a fun, energetic, loving, inspiring evening. If you like to dance until it hurts then go to a show and go even if you don’t.-Jen
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