Monday, December 10, 2007

November Just Posts


Edited to add two fabulous posts that were mistakenly left off:

The ever fab Biodtl with what does need look like? and lovely Devra (we had her previous link wrong so here's the right one) with What about the other 9 months.

I often struggle with how to make a difference in the world. There are so many issues that need our attention: homelessness, poverty, education, the environment, health care, disease. So many things that it's easy to feel overwhelmed to the point of stagnation. Turning away is sometimes easier than rolling up our sleeves. Because at the end of the day, how much difference can one individual make?

And then sometimes it's simple. When you hear how our brothers and sisters are still struggling post Katrina, that after all this time there is still so much to be done. And easier still when you learn that there are kids there who need books. That we can each help to build a library. A library that will become the gateway for these children to learn about a world beyond their backyard, where they can become inspired, where they can learn, and where they can dream.

Jess recently travelled to the Gulf Coast and came back with a plea for all of us to stand with her to help build a library. After buying several books I realized that in the midst of so many sad stories it means so much to be a small part of a story of hope. The hope of allowing young minds who've already seen so much suffering locally to expand their minds around the world.

Public libraries are one of the best inventions of modern civilization. Libraries are places everyone can go for free to learn about anything they choose. But it's not a library without books. So if your finances permit it go to the Singleton/Hands On Library Wish List and help be a part of building a place for kids to go to open their minds and their hearts to what's possible in this world after already seeing so much of what is not.

The Just Post Writers
aimee with Where does your Candidate stand on Healthcare
azahar with Thought for the day
Beck with Welcome to The Macho World
BipolarLawyerCook with Your own best advocate
bon with Other Pictures
Chani with Blog Blast for Peace: If not now, when? Passing through the Gates, Horse Manure, and Gays in the Military
The Cool Mom Picks' Safe Toy Guide
Denguy with Bad Plastic, Bad Bad and 'Tis the Season
Erin with It's That Time Again
I am the master evil genius with What does need look like?
Jangari with Toilet culture, Exodus, and Four Corners on the Intervention
JCK at Motherscribe with We are all connected, we cannot be ourselves without community
jen with Power to the people who need it most, Tradition, Choosing and doing and going
jen at MOMocrats with Power to the People (who need it most)
jessi with Donorschooseorg--helping teachers across the country
Julie at Using My Words with Blog blast for Peace, Does the abstinence message for drug use work?, Let's Get it On: Abstinence only sex education is risky and ineffective, Does putting the arts at risk put kids at risk too? and Inconvenient Truth: A Transcript of my testimony to the EPA at the NESHAP Public Hearing
Kayleigh at Another Working Mom with I'm Dreaming of a... and Holidaze
Kevin at Life has Taught Us with Your signature does make a difference
Kyla with Healthcare is a bitch
Laura with A more important PSA
lori with Thoughts for the day
Mad with SOS? You can't be serious
Mad Organica with Tell Your Girls to Call for the Ball
Madame M. with Plan: Freezing butts, Stargazing and Retail (couples) therapy
Mary G with Charity begins at home
Mel from Actual Unretouched Photo with The Homeless
Pundit Mom with Do Republican Candidates Care About Women Voters?, You Know This Would All Be Different if Men Could Breastfeed and A Promise to American Women
Roy with Intersection of racisim, sexism and commerce
Sin with Seasonal Angst Disorder, Part 1
Suzanne Reisman on blogher with For a Good Time, Call a Feminist (Not that You'd Know This From the Media), No Smart Woman Left Behind and What's Bugging Women?
Thordora with Murders are Not Monsters; they're men
TIV with Post-traumatic stress disorder and ripples of trauma
Wayfarer Scientista with The Spilling of Oil

some of the many readers
Lawyer Mama
Pundit Mom

The Just Posts turned one this month. Last year today so many of us were madly celebrating a wedding born of yearning and justice and we haven't stopped since. And a year later, my lovely social justice bride has never looked lovelier. Make sure to stop by and see what she, Hel and Su are up to today as well and stay further turned as we gear up for the big Just Post anniversary bash next month too.


Family Adventure said...

Congratulations to everybody, and especially to the Just Posts organizers for the one year anniversary of their social justice posts. You are definitely increasing awareness throughout the blogosphere.

Thanks! Heidi

Susanne said...

You know, I thought the anniversary would be next month. Well.

It always nice to be able to do something tangible. Like buying a book. And I think that by stying conscious and trying to do the best we can we may make more of a difference than we think.

oakies said...

thank you so much for compiling this list of social justice posts! and thank you for adding me to it. i look forward to reading more.



PunditMom said...

WOW! Thanks so much (as always)!

Jenn said...

Cannot wait to curl up with my laptop tonight.

liv said...

you and mad have just made the nicest tradition. i love it. it's like pushing out some palpable goodness into the world. brava!

NotSoSage said...

I love that you wrote a post about libraries, considering the occupation of that blushing bride. I have been thinking lately that we don't make enough use of ours, and yet I really do agree that it is such an incredible resource...not just the books, but the internet terminals and everything else on offer.

Thanks again for all the work you and the JP folks do putting this together. Happy Anniversary!

Kyla said...

The library has been our main source of literary nourishment of late, I can't imagine not having it there.

Happy anniversary, friend.

Hel said...

I agree, we all have the power to add our stories into a library of hope.

I'm glad you are back. You inspire me to be more human, more pragmatically compassionate.

Mad Hatter said...

What a great post, Jen. And yes, let's all fight for libraries--not just the ones in devastated areas but all libraries everywhere for their existence is under continual threat.

Happy anniversary, sweets.

Christine said...

i love that t his list is wonderfully long.

and libraries? my greatest joy. . .

Beck said...

I am ON that list! That surprised me so much this morning!
I try hard to do the small things that I can do right now, and like to think that maybe they'll all add up. I hope so.

kgirl said...

happy anniversary! thanks for all of your wonderful, hard work. will you and mad be having a nice virtual dinner together?

painted maypole said...


I FREAKING adore you, too.


Painted Maypole


mamatulip said...

Thank you for the Just Posts. They are so important.

Happy Anniversary. :)

Julie Pippert said...

A wonderful welcome back, a worthy cause and a wowtastic list.

Using My Words

Jennifer said...

Happy Anniversary Just Posts! Thank you, thank you, thank you. For making a difference.

Magpie said...

You guys rock.

I bought the library a book yesterday, when Jess posted about it. I think I'll do a post tomorrow.

And I'm so glad my kid's home sick today, so I can sit around and read all the Just Posts.

Devra said...

I got goosebumps when PunditMom told me I was on the list. Thank you! Thank you!

And libraries? I get checked out all the time at libraries. That sounds so dirty, but it's true and I love it!

biodtl said...

Jen - I sent mine, but I think it got left off: What Does Need Look Like?

Blog Antagonist said...

I look forward to this list every month. Thanks to you wonderful gals for putting together such a wonderful and worthwhile list of links. Can't wait to get reading.

crazymumma said...

Books man. The power of a word. or many.

JCK said...

Wow, thanks so much! That Liv, she's something else.

I'm pulling up now and checking out all these other just posts. OhtheJoy's post about the library was great! She's really been in there doing hands on helping.

Happy Anniversary and thank you for creating this!

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

I am so honored! Thank you so much!

Mama Drama Jenny said...

Has it really been a year already?


I wonder how much good you've done over this year by sharing your inspiring stories? I know you've touched me personally and it's changed the way I act, the way I see the homeless and my very perspective about my role in making the world a better place for the next generation. Small things, but multiplied by all the people that you've touched, I bet you've moved mountains and don't even know it.

Emily said...

Happy anniversary! What a wonderful collection.

Lawyer Mama said...

Happy anniversary, babe. I wish I'd gotten you and Mad a present. Will you settle for some serious admiration instead?

Orangeblossoms said...

your presence is so important here.... I love what you do and how this all unfolds each month! Happy Anniversary.

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Wow, such an honor to be listed with such excellent posts. Thanks, Alejna!

TIV: the individual voice said...

Thank you so much for including me on the list of Just Posts, and also for giving the information about donating to the library. Just yesterday I posted Doris Lessing's entire Nobel Prize Lecture in which she talks about the hunger for books being as great as the hunger for food in Zimbabwe, the the stories that won't get written because people there have inadequate educational resources to become literate. We who write and have books are blessed.