Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Beyond the Holiday Season



One of my biggest pet peeves, is the fact that so many people reserve their charity and goodwill for the holidays. It goes from donations all the way to family. I often ponder as the season approaches, why the fuss, why so much emphasis on these select days. Shouldn't family get together year long- should it be obligatory, or a pleasurable get together, which has no schedule. Is it a business meeting or a family affair? Holidays, so much emphasis put on obligation, scheduling and formal mandates. As I begin to pack for my family vacation, I must say that I am looking forward to the family get together, but I ponder the necessity of the specificness of the event! Why travel during holiday rush hour...but I digress, because after all family is truly a blessing and I realize that my extended family is a huge part of our lives and of course the lives of my little ones. If I didn't have children the season would become quite horrendous. However I am blessed with two beautiful sons, whom have both grown, though only 3 and 6 and have suddenly engaged in the true holiday spirit, not being greedy. Yes, they will get a present, but the mountain list of nonsense from China will not occur this year in our household. This leads me to my second pet peeve: why is giving restricted or rather emphasized during the holidays? Do people not realize that needs are year round?
Why don’t you give to charities, volunteer or care throughout the year? Why is it you turn a blind eye to those less fortunate all year long, and then as the holidays approach you donate a can or two, perhaps even a whole bag of canned goods into the bin at your local grocery store? Maybe this year you might give a turkey to the Salvation Army? As we approach the holiday season, we are suddenly reminded about the spirit of giving. It all starts off with the Thanksgiving holiday, and the reminder of bells that ring outside stores, Salvation Army Bells, which provoke thoughts of merriment, the child hood chorus of “jingle bells” fills our minds as we go into the store to buy presents. As you leave the store you hear the bells once more, realizing your good fortune and the contrast to those who are less fortunate, those who are hungry, who may be homeless, or the children who will go without presents this year due to an unfortunate economy. The ever present cheerful ringing of bells, serves as a reminder as you leave arms weighed down with unnecessary luxuries; those ringing bells: a reminder of having versus not having. So you give a little during the holidays, a can here, a quarter there. Tis the season for giving, but why must it be restricted to the holidays? Why has our society focused on holiday giving, as though there is not a need all year? This holiday season, I urge everyone to do their part, even if it means volunteering, but to take that holiday spirit into the rest of the year. Don’t let Charity end with Christmas!
 I highly support our local charities, and frequently have various charities come on as guests throughout the year, regardless of the season. This week as I read the Monterey County Gives section of the Coast Weekly, I couldn’t help but think: why is that the only time charities truly get promoted is during the holidays? There are many example of holiday giving and awareness, from the Salvation Army to the Cherry Center, which is promoting a documentary, entitled “Becoming Visible” about homelessness in Monterey County throughout December. There are pages of wonderful and deserving charities, all with yearly budgets clearly marked, emphasis on “yearly budgets.” These organizations have year round needs, yet it is during the holiday season when they are placed into the spotlight. Is it merely that this is the most charitable season, is it because charitable giving is highlighted during the holidays? Perhaps it is simply that so many splurge and are overcome by guilt, that donations rise during the holidays? I propose that everyday should be a day that we are thankful, that you act charitable regardless of season, that everyday should be a day that we help our neighbors. Even if you can’t give a lot, try to to give a little, even if it only means your time, helping a friend or neighbor, or even by bringing about awareness throughout the entire year. As we move forward into the holiday season, I encourage everyone to consider extending the seasonal giving, and that each of us should carry the holiday spirit throughout the year.
Recently I spoke with Susan Tiffany, director of the Salvation Army. She spoke of the need for turkeys for Thanksgiving, and of the Christmas drive which provides food and toys to needy families. However, we all know that there is a need for food throughout the year. Earlier in the year, I spoke with Ms. Tiffany about the ongoing needs throughout the year. The Salvation Army helps people year round, with rental assistance, utilities and food; yet the giving is heightened and promoted much more during the holiday season. This goes for other charities, from Rancho Cielo, which deals with troubled youths to the Marine Life Sanctuary, all charities with ongoing needs, which are all a part of the Monterey County Gives drive.
            The Monterey County Gives is a wonderful organization which has a list of charities that they work with, again the drive runs through the end of December. Will you give to a favorite charity, perhaps help out, or be a volunteer during the holidays. The real question is why the focus on holiday giving; I have researched giving statistics by the month, which shows that donations are significantly higher during the holidays. According to blackbaud.com’s index of online giving, the Arts and Cultural Organizations received the highest donations in December, the same held true for Animal Welfare donations, which again were the highest in December (https://www.blackbaud.com/files/graphs/bbindex-online-environmental.html). Raymund Flandez’s article in The Chronicle of Philantrhopy, “More Proof That December Is Critical to Charities’ Annual Giving” also shows that holiday giving is critical to charities: “A third of charities’ online donations this year are made in December” (http://philanthropy.com/blogs/prospecting/more-proof-that-december-is-critical-to-charities-annual-giving/28098). Regardless of the reason, it is clear that giving peaks during the Holidays.
While I find the holiday generosity to be a blessing to the charities that rely on the kindness and generosity of people, I urge you to consider the rest of the year. I think about the food banks that have mouths to feed year round and less food to give. The day to day struggle of the poor and the sad fact that “while the number of needy families steadily rises, the amount of food available rapidly declines” (Caldwell, Michelle.There’s not enough food or funds to feed the hungry in Monterey County, Monterey County Weekly)
Would you rather be homeless or hungry? According to the Hunger in America 2010 report, 50% of the client households (compared to 9% nationally) served by the Monterey County Food Bank have had to make that decision. In Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, 25% of the people served are homeless (15% higher than the national average). Worse, hunger impacts our most vulnerable population in California counties, 45% of the hungry served by food banks in Santa Cruz and San Benito counties are children under 18 years old (compared to 38% nationwide).  Despite the abundance of food grown here, hunger is an epidemic in our tri-county area. Salinas Valley has long been considered the ‘Salad Bowl of the World’, yet unemployment in the City of Salinas is at 22%, compared to the statewide average of 12.8% (California EDD – 2010), hence many salad bowls are empty”(Ag Against Hunger, Who is Ag Against Hunger Helping?).
Holiday giving is a tremendous help to many families throughout Monterey County, and integral to the yearly budget of many charitable organizations, however, the issue remains that hunger and poverty are not restricted to the holidays. “ ‘People are very generous in November and December,’ Sunny says. ‘Unfortunately, by the time summer comes, we’re busy with vacations, weddings and graduations. The whole issue of hunger isn’t at the top of the list. On top of that, most people don’t want to acknowledge that hunger happens in Monterey County. That’s third world countries, not here’ ‘(Caldwell). Homelessness is a daily sorrow which affects an estimated 3,472 annually in people in Monterey County according to the Monterey County Homeless Census 2011- interim (www.interiminc.org/wp-content/media/HomelessCensusMOCO-06-15-11-2mb.pdf p 12). These homeless and poverty stricken people, are in need regardless of the season; they need help year round. Unfortunately, “hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation” (Caldwell). While I am a big supporter of holiday charity, I urge each and every one to be aware of the need for food and other donations year round. The fact is that homelessness is not seasonal. Hunger doesn’t wait for November and December to come around. As you sit down to dinner this Thanksgiving and Christmas, or pass by a Salvation Army bell ringer, give what you can, volunteer if you can, but remember that the need continues throughout the year and that every little bit helps regardless of the season.

Why don’t you give to charities, volunteer or care throughout the year? Why is it you turn a blind eye to those less fortunate all year long, and then as the holidays approach you donate a can or two, perhaps even a whole bag of canned goods into the bin at your local grocery store? Maybe this year you might give a turkey to the Salvation Army? As we approach the holiday season, we are suddenly reminded about the spirit of giving. It all starts off with the Thanksgiving holiday, and the reminder of bells that ring outside stores, Salvation Army Bells, which provoke thoughts of merriment, the child hood chorus of “jingle bells” fills our minds as we go into the store to buy presents. As you leave the store you hear the bells once more, realizing your good fortune and the contrast to those who are less fortunate, those who are hungry, who may be homeless, or the children who will go without presents this year due to an unfortunate economy. The ever present cheerful ringing of bells, serves as a reminder as you leave arms weighed down with unnecessary luxuries; those ringing bells: a reminder of having versus not having. So you give a little during the holidays, a can here, a quarter there. Tis the season for giving, but why must it be restricted to the holidays? Why has our society focused on holiday giving, as though there is not a need all year? This holiday season, I urge everyone to do their part, even if it means volunteering, but to take that holiday spirit into the rest of the year. Don’t let Charity end with Christmas!
 I highly support our local charities, and frequently have various charities come on as guests throughout the year, regardless of the season. This week as I read the Monterey County Gives section of the Coast Weekly, I couldn’t help but think: why is that the only time charities truly get promoted is during the holidays? There are many example of holiday giving and awareness, from the Salvation Army to the Cherry Center, which is promoting a documentary, entitled “Becoming Visible” about homelessness in Monterey County throughout December. There are pages of wonderful and deserving charities, all with yearly budgets clearly marked, emphasis on “yearly budgets.” These organizations have year round needs, yet it is during the holiday season when they are placed into the spotlight. Is it merely that this is the most charitable season, is it because charitable giving is highlighted during the holidays? Perhaps it is simply that so many splurge and are overcome by guilt, that donations rise during the holidays? I propose that everyday should be a day that we are thankful, that you act charitable regardless of season, that everyday should be a day that we help our neighbors. Even if you can’t give a lot, try to to give a little, even if it only means your time, helping a friend or neighbor, or even by bringing about awareness throughout the entire year. As we move forward into the holiday season, I encourage everyone to consider extending the seasonal giving, and that each of us should carry the holiday spirit throughout the year.
Recently I spoke with Susan Tiffany, director of the Salvation Army. She spoke of the need for turkeys for Thanksgiving, and of the Christmas drive which provides food and toys to needy families. However, we all know that there is a need for food throughout the year. Earlier in the year, I spoke with Ms. Tiffany about the ongoing needs throughout the year. The Salvation Army helps people year round, with rental assistance, utilities and food; yet the giving is heightened and promoted much more during the holiday season. This goes for other charities, from Rancho Cielo, which deals with troubled youths to the Marine Life Sanctuary, all charities with ongoing needs, which are all a part of the Monterey County Gives drive.
            The Monterey County Gives is a wonderful organization which has a list of charities that they work with, again the drive runs through the end of December. Will you give to a favorite charity, perhaps help out, or be a volunteer during the holidays. The real question is why the focus on holiday giving; I have researched giving statistics by the month, which shows that donations are significantly higher during the holidays. According to blackbaud.com’s index of online giving, the Arts and Cultural Organizations received the highest donations in December, the same held true for Animal Welfare donations, which again were the highest in December (https://www.blackbaud.com/files/graphs/bbindex-online-environmental.html). Raymund Flandez’s article in The Chronicle of Philantrhopy, “More Proof That December Is Critical to Charities’ Annual Giving” also shows that holiday giving is critical to charities: “A third of charities’ online donations this year are made in December” (http://philanthropy.com/blogs/prospecting/more-proof-that-december-is-critical-to-charities-annual-giving/28098). Regardless of the reason, it is clear that giving peaks during the Holidays.
While I find the holiday generosity to be a blessing to the charities that rely on the kindness and generosity of people, I urge you to consider the rest of the year. I think about the food banks that have mouths to feed year round and less food to give. The day to day struggle of the poor and the sad fact that “while the number of needy families steadily rises, the amount of food available rapidly declines” (Caldwell, Michelle.There’s not enough food or funds to feed the hungry in Monterey County, Monterey County Weekly)
Would you rather be homeless or hungry? According to the Hunger in America 2010 report, 50% of the client households (compared to 9% nationally) served by the Monterey County Food Bank have had to make that decision. In Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, 25% of the people served are homeless (15% higher than the national average). Worse, hunger impacts our most vulnerable population in California counties, 45% of the hungry served by food banks in Santa Cruz and San Benito counties are children under 18 years old (compared to 38% nationwide).  Despite the abundance of food grown here, hunger is an epidemic in our tri-county area. Salinas Valley has long been considered the ‘Salad Bowl of the World’, yet unemployment in the City of Salinas is at 22%, compared to the statewide average of 12.8% (California EDD – 2010), hence many salad bowls are empty”(Ag Against Hunger, Who is Ag Against Hunger Helping?).
Holiday giving is a tremendous help to many families throughout Monterey County, and integral to the yearly budget of many charitable organizations, however, the issue remains that hunger and poverty are not restricted to the holidays. “ ‘People are very generous in November and December,’ Sunny says. ‘Unfortunately, by the time summer comes, we’re busy with vacations, weddings and graduations. The whole issue of hunger isn’t at the top of the list. On top of that, most people don’t want to acknowledge that hunger happens in Monterey County. That’s third world countries, not here’ ‘(Caldwell). Homelessness is a daily sorrow which affects an estimated 3,472 annually in people in Monterey County according to the Monterey County Homeless Census 2011- interim (www.interiminc.org/wp-content/media/HomelessCensusMOCO-06-15-11-2mb.pdf p 12). These homeless and poverty stricken people, are in need regardless of the season; they need help year round. Unfortunately, “hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation” (Caldwell). While I am a big supporter of holiday charity, I urge each and every one to be aware of the need for food and other donations year round. The fact is that homelessness is not seasonal. Hunger doesn’t wait for November and December to come around. As you sit down to dinner this Thanksgiving and Christmas, or pass by a Salvation Army bell ringer, give what you can, volunteer if you can, but remember that the need continues throughout the year and that every little bit helps regardless of the season.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Rabia Erduman discusses Tantra and her book "Veils of Separation"


Tis the season to relax, while so many are stressing about the holidays, I say put a focus on relaxation, and what better way to do than to find your inner self. This episode I was joined by the author of "Veils of Separation" Rabia Erduman. She discusses her book, which is soon to become a movie, and her many workshops. Rabia's focus is on the inner self, Chakra and Tantra. She speciallizes in reducing stress, tiredness and increasing memory. To find out more about Rabia, or to get one of her fabulous CD's, go online to:http://www.wuweiwu.com/web/intro.html

stop by 230 Fountain Avenue Pacific Grove, or call Rabia at:831-277-9029


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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cara Wilson Granat author of Dear Cara: Letters from Otto Frank


Tune in to hear the amazing story of Cara Wilson Granat, as she shares her life through a long time correspondence with Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank. Cara's story is amazing, and we are so very fortunate to have yet another treasure, in the collection of twenty years worth of writtings between her and Otto Frank. Tune in to hear how Cara was impacted both by Anne Frank's Diary, and by the meaningful words that Otto wrote to her, throughout her youth into adult hood.

You are invited to a talk

featuring

Cara Wilson-Granat

Public speaker and author of “Dear Cara - Letters from Otto Frank”

 

 

The Global Legacy of

Anne Frank and her father, Otto:

A New Perspective

 

Cara talks about her longtime correspondence and friendship with the father of Anne Frank: a true global leader and peacemaker.

 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Doors open: 6:00 p.m.          Lecture: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.     

Reception & Book Signing: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Monterey Institute Campus, McCone ~ Irvine Auditorium,

499 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940

 

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Arrive early for best available seating. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

 

For more information, contact (831) 647-3545 or rsvp@miis.edu


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Timothy Barrett Discusses the documentary "Becoming Visible"


Join me as Timothy Barrett discusses the documentary "Becoming Visible." A documentary about the homelessness in Monterey. There are events that will occur throughout November and December at the Cherry Center, go online to the Cherry Center for more information:

http://carlcherrycenter.org/pages/calendar/calendar.html


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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Looking good

Results are coming in and it is looking good!!!! Even Fox News is Projecting President Obama as re-elected! Still waiting for Local Election results.....

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Measure F and commentary about the first portion of my show


Drake Leddy the sole developer of The Holman building came on the show to discuss the realities of Measure F; How the Holman building will remain and be renovated to create a beautiful facade that will fit into Pacific Grove. Measure F, could mean 160 full time permanenet local jobs, not to mention business for our small town struggling businesses. It would also offer conventions, which would create overflow- filling other local hotels. If passed Measure F is expected to bring 1 million in hotel taxes to the city of Pacific Grove every year, and over 338,000 to our Pacific Grove schools per year. Tune into the podcast to hear more.


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The Boyfriend Series with Hadley Heath


I invited Hadley Heath on the show, to get a better understanding of the "Boyfriend" series of commercials- why they were created, and the manner in which they attempt to appeal to women voters. The makers of these videos is called "Independent Women's voice" a conservative group. I was surprised by the lack of content and facts in the commercials. Hadley states that she wants to "emphasize to women voters as well as men that political issues aren't based on personality" she also talks about ideology. This statement interests me, due to the fact that the commercial lacks content, issues, figures and in my humble opinion speaks down to women; treating them as lower class citizens who need to have a subject explained to them in terms that they can understand- oddly those terms are about a deadbeat boyfriend, which I find demeaning to my intelligence as a woman and to the intelligence of all women voters. The idea that a commercial should be marketed in such a way is ridiculous to me. There are three "Boyfriend" Series commercials- which talk about the President as if he is a boyfriend- a boyfriend, who let you down. I am always surprised by the statement of a "fun experience" or the "cool candidate" statements regarding President Obama, a president who hasn't been perfect- but has done things for women, I don't feel let down- progress is progress- The Lily Ledbetter Act- and equal pay, we are heading forward toward equality, which is important for women. Of course, our conservative guest, felt that it wasn't enough and that there must be reasons why the statistics are complicated issues about fair pay, and "how women's choices compare to how they are getting paid" (Heath).  This stuns me. Also, Heath couldn 't seem to agree on healthcare of anykind- She doesn't seem to like Romney's plan, nor Obama's, nor single payer. Much like Romney, there wasn't a solution or an answer to the healtcare scenario. Tune in for the entire interview. Also as an after note- the publicist emailed me to change the subject, unfortunately I didn't receive it, so continued on the direction which we were discussing, she also did email me to state to end the interview.

To view the "Boyfriend" videos:

"Mr. Dependable" http://youtu.be/yUJwHoz40hc

"Feeling Guilty"    http://youtu.be/h36QfkJOyD4

 


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Friday, November 2, 2012

Local woman needs a bone marrow transplant- you could be the match and save a life

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Meet Camilla de la LLata. Camilla is half Latino and half Caucasian. As a young college senior, she was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. She was a healthy, hardworking, and extremely passionate theater major and ballroom dancer and choreographer who fell victim to this cancer at only 22 years old. The only possible way for her to live is to find a matching marrow donor. The only likely matches are other Latinos, who are in the registry. Please help us find a match for Camila and others like her by joining the registry. 

YOU may be that ONE perfect match that could save her life!
 
All it takes is a simple cheek swab!
Find out how to help at:
http://www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/CamilasCure
Thank you

Endorsement's for November 6th

President: Barack Obama
Congress District 20: Sam Farr
State Senate District 17: Bill Monning
State Assembly District 29: Mark Stone
Monterey County Supervisor District 5: Marc Del Piero
Pacific Grove Mayor: Mayor Carmelita Garcia
Pacific Grove City Council: Dan Miller
Marina Mayor: Bruce Delgado
Monterey City Council: Alan Haffa
Seaside Mayor: Felix Bachofner
Seaside City Council: Dave Pacheco, Jason Campbell
Salinas Mayor: Joe Gunter
Proposition 30: Yes
Proposition 31: No
Proposition 32: No
Proposition 33: No
Proposition 34: Yes
Proposition 35: No
Proposition 36: Yes
Proposition 37: Yes
Proposition 38: No
Proposition 39: Yes
Proposition 40: Yes
Yes on Measure A
Yes on Measure F