Mar. 15th, 2012

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There are other ways to say the same thing that Pema said in my post last night. Different voices captures different parts of the picture, and that is always good. Here are two: the first from my lovely friend [ profile] rio_luna and the second from the devilish and delightful [ profile] onyxtwilight:

God Says Yes To Me
Kaylin Haught
I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don't paragraph
my letters
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I'm telling you is
Yes Yes Yes


Five steps

Mar. 15th, 2012 08:49 am
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I just watched the "happy planet index" TED Talk with Nic Marks that I linked to earlier, and realized that my whole personality is basically made up of his "five steps to happiness".

Not bad.

I'll just be patient. It'll all be back.
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[ profile] gwisteria turned me on to this fabulous article of particular interest to Latinas:

Sex, Politics and the Single Latina

Although my head isn't there at all at the moment, this *is* a great article.
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You can.

In fact, you can choose where the next $25 KIVA loan goes without spending a dime.

You too can be an international financier---by spending someone else's money.

Just go here: get your code and select your loanee as part of KIVA's free trial program.

WARNING: This activity is highly addictive. Actually, this post is a gateway drug. I just want to be perfectly honest with you.
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If you are thinking of doing a free trial on KIVA, please give this guy a look.

He's running a natural herbs/products factory in Lebanon and has requested a loan to buy raw materials and oils. He's got $900 left to raise and only 3 days left on KIVA before his post expires. As a man, he's up against smaller odds of getting his loan fully funded. Women on KIVA get loans much, much faster than do men. As a Middle Eastern man, he is even less likely to appeal to U.S. loaners.

Plus, the portfolio yield is just above 20%---reflecting a very reasonable interest rate for an international microloan. Plus, he's in a politically sensitive area (thus his face has been hidden), so I think he could use a break. He's been on KIVA for almost a month and only 11 people have loaned to him.

You can see his profile and cut him a break here:

"Nizar is a 53-year-old Lebanese married man who lives with his wife and one child who is still studying. He’s the one taking care of his family and he is looking to enhance their way of living. Nizar has owned a natural herbs factory since 2010, where he produces and sells natural products to the neighboring areas. Today, he needs to borrow a loan from Kiva Partner Ameen s.a.l. to purchase the needed quantity of herbs and oils in order to carry on his work in a proper way. In that way, he will be able to boost his productivity and earn superior income. In the future, he plans to open his own natural products shop."


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