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The reason I started doing this:
Brian Hennessey --big_brian_o  -- said in his in his January 1st entry
-- 'Most of all, I hope each of us can go into the New Year resolved to do one good thing for someone else every month of the year, and that this kindness spreads faster than flu.'

I want to acknowledge his hopes for us, so consider this my February offering. With any luck there will be ten more before 2009 is done. A quick disclaimer_I take things at face value. If you know anything - good or bad - about anything I promote here, please let me know.

January offering for The Children's High Level Group

February's offering is a two-parter:
actually more like three

1) About FreeRice (in their own words)

'FreeRice is a sister site of
Poverty.com. Our partners are the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the United Nations World Food Program.

FreeRice has two goals:

  1. Provide education to everyone for free.
  2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.'

YEAR October 2007 (Founding) 12,255,121,230
YEAR 2008 43,942,622,700
JANUARY 2009 58,613,983,450

I keep their site up on my server all the time and throughout the day play for 100 grains. So far I've donated 4,400 for January and have learned several new words.

EDIT: Per a link provided to me by [info]ashmadia FreeRice is considered one of the top fifty websites by Time.com. (coming in at #44)
Time.com says:
'If you want to do a good deed and build your vocabulary, you've come to the right place. Other sites give away charitable donations for little more than a mouse click, but FreeRice makes you earn them. The site challenges you with word quizzes and pledges to donate 20 grains of rice to the U.N. World Food Programme for each definition you get right. (The words get harder the longer you play.) To do more, check out the Hunger Site, which donates to relief agencies Mercy Corps and America's Second Harvest in exchange for your visit.'
Anita Hamilton




2) Tropicana (in their own words)

'Throughout 2009 specially marked packages of Tropicana Pure Premium products will carry a unique code which, when entered on-line, will save 100 square feet of rainforest. This program is just a small step in a fight against an enormous issue; however, we believe if we continue to raise awareness it could trigger a movement with an extraordinary impact.

With your help, we are aiming to save thousands of acres of endangered rainforest.'

You make an account with them that takes less than a minute which they use to track your totals.
They can be found here
Their rainforest statement in its entirety can be found here

We started doing this a couple of weeks ago and so far my house has helped save 300 square feet, not much but by the end of the year, at around 600 square feet per month, well, do the math. We could help save around 7,000 square feet. Enough people and that could add up to some real acreage and we buy this product anyway. My daughter reads everything - boxes, bottles, jars, wine labels - we once had a bottle of white wine that was produced using 'free-range grapes'. Man, that made her laugh. Anyway, that's how I know about this.


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Feb. 2nd, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Time online lists Free Rice as one of the 50 best websites (http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1809858_1809952_1811283,00.html), I'll check it out. Unfortunately, Tropicana isn't available in Germany, the only company that lets you save a few square meters of rain forest for each purchase is a brewery...and we all know how that would go - LOL!
Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I edited in the link you gave me. Lauren and I have decided that since the Tropicana deal only lasts through 2009, we're going to substantially up our orange juice consumption. It is too bad that your only company for rainforest saving is a brewery. I mean good for them but not so good you. What brewery? Do they export?

Please do check out FreeRice, it's fun and I have actually improved my vocabulary.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
What brewery? Do they export?

The brewery is called Krombacher, the leading brewery in Germany. However, I just checked their site and their rainforest project ended on July 29, 2008. Since they've done this kind of thing repeatedly though, I'd assume they'll do it again. I don't know if they export though, sorry.

Please do check out FreeRice, it's fun and I have actually improved my vocabulary.

It is fun! I play with it every now and then when I need a breather from writing (slow going right now!). I always thought I had a pretty good vocabulary, but they present words I've never heard before. Usually I get them right if I guess using what I know of etymology, comparative linguistics, Latin and Greek, but I was surprised at how often I had to take a wild guess - LOL! Great way to expand your vocabulary, though. :)
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
they present a lot of words I've never heard of before but I do the same, etymology. What gets me is when I don't even know what the clues mean...so sad. I'm signed up for this word-of-the-day email which is cool because she does explain the origins of each word plus usage AND a thought for the day. During inaugural week, she did Obama words. Now she's doing Lincoln and Darwin words, apparently they were born on the very same day, Feb 12th 1809.

I might have a couple of little exercises for you once you feel like writing again, just keep me in mind.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
I am writing again, as a matter of fact. :)
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
you must be in a better place and for that I'm glad. Then, I guess you're good. So just let me know how it's going once in awhile, ok?
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Sure will! I'll be posting more regularly too. :)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
These are good one. I saw Brian H. post and think it is a terrific idea. The only thing I have done so far is set up a "Help" web site and then of course stating last week, do my weekly "positive Inspirational posts"

I as usual am trying to help keep people's spirits up in a time that is so discouraging. :)

Keep up the Good Work!!!!

Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
You're doing something every week? I can only handle once a month. I will definitely check out your posts.

You keep up the good work too.

Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
I love the Free Rice site. All those wonderful words and you do some good to boot!

Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
I know it is so cool, isn't it?
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