Thursday, January 10, 2008

December Just Posts

This month we celebrate the first year of Just Posts. When Mad and I threw our social justice wedding last year I had no idea then how the relationship would unfold. Would we get along? Would it last? Not surprisingly, it's been a year of social justice bliss. As the year unfolded we went global and added some aunties to the mix, raised a bit of money and even had a house sitter once too. And all of you, many who've been here since the wedding who faithfully write and read and send the links. It's only a roundtable because of all of you and it's enriched my life in so many ways. And recently, after some prompting from our maid of honor we decided it was time to take it to the next level: we decided to have a baby. More of a birthing than a baby and we've called her Volunteerism. And in the spirit of the wedding that started it all we decided to throw a baby shower where gifts were commitments to volunteer. Birth to a cause, birth to a supportive community movement. For anyone who wanted to join us.

And so many of you did. So before I unwrap mine let's open yours. Gifts from the heart from many outstanding writers who decided they too felt ready to get it on and birth some change. So without further ado or even a party game:

The Beautiful Baby Shower Gifts:
Jenn with Let's change the world, shall we?
Omaha Mama with Giving more and Teaching to Give Back
Andrea with Enough, again.
CCE with A words: Altruism and Asceticism
De with Oh baby,I can help
Sage with Birthing in chains
Karen with Baby shower treats
Alejna with Gifts and thanks
Jennifer with New Year's resolving
Reality Testing with Project Snuggle and Flutter's original idea in 2006 there once was a girl
Aliki with Newton's third law
Painted Maypole with Unto us a child is born
Sin with Win-win

And De and Flutter set up a trust fund for the baby, a fabulous idea to inspire philanthropy (or penalize bad behavior) but either way, it's fantastic.

This was so humbling, witnessing us digging deeper and pushing ourselves a little more. To choose to volunteer and/or to support others who are. So many courageous calls to action, so many new ways to support our individual communities. The gifts of our time and conscious intent. It is truly an honor to be a part of this celebration of justice and action.

And now for my baby gift to all of you and in honor of our Mad Librarian: I pondered for a while as to the perfect gift for the occasion, one that would show my appreciation for the Just Post community while also supporting a worthwhile cause. And I think I've found something that fits both: I have signed up to volunteer at our local public library. They have a volunteer group who does a variety of things including fundraising, book sales, drives, and outreach as well activities to enhance learning and programming for kids. And I signed up to join them, to give my time each month to volunteer for a cause closest to Mad's heart in honor of her year long commitment to nurturing the Just Posts, to being willing to reach, and for teaching me things I'd not have learned otherwise. And I never would have done this had it not been for all of you. So this is my gift and my way of saying thanks. Thank you for opening my mind beyond poverty and beyond my work and allowing me to explore ways I can get differently involved.

So here, eat some cake. We've even got some champagne. The baby's out now so we can all drink and toast the goodness that this sphere can bring. Hearts and minds coming together earnestly, to make the world a better place, one cause at a time. Brava, friends. Brava.

Here's to another year of the Just Post Community. (Can you hear the glasses clinking?)

The Just Posts
Laura at Twenty Five Days to Make a Difference
Lawyer Mama with Christmas in Omaha
Magpie with 13 Ways to Help
Painted Maypole with God loves Fags
Reluctant Memsahib with it's the corruption that's the problem
Victoria with Give
The Chick with AIDS facts you should know
Jeff with Bless the invisible children
Mir on blogher with Dutch Diplomats, a Korean Adoptee, and the Unthinkable
Suzanne Reisman on Blogher with Dec. 17 is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and When Will We See Some Female Geeks?
Chatoyance with Books will fly through the air for children
Jenn with full circle
Sin with 28
Frieda with What I would pray for, if I prayed
Hearts in SanFran with Only the good die young
HearthTalks with Putting it in perspective
Liz with AIDS: No longer your friendly neighborhood appetite suppressant
Chani with Sanuk is not a four letter word
Veronica with Give
Jen with it's coming on christmas, two little girls, two little girls, pt 2
Lost White Kenyan Chick with Electioneering and corruption
Laloca with Joseph Heller couldn't've come up with this
City Girl with thinking out loud
Ida with Gay and Homeless: The numbers to back it up
Quaker Dave with There are no words
Denguy with Everyone should eat
Jangari with Intervening into the intervention
Emily with Lazy mother's guide to saving the planet
The Individual Voice with Christmas in Iraq and Afganistan
Babylune with it's series of posts culminating with the generous december group writing project
MauiGirl with No more death penalty in New Jersey
Reya with What's important
Samsara with giving to organizations and if you can find money to kill people

Some of the many readers:
TIV: The Individual Voice
Painted Maypole
Mayberry Mom
Pundit Mom

It goes without saying that you should check out the celebrations going on at Mad's, Hel's and Su's. Thank you again for joining us. If you are new to the party, we are here every month on the 10th, celebrating writings of social justice in all shapes and sizes. And sometimes more.

And as a perfect end to the party, I'll be hanging out with Bon, Mad and Andrea tonight at 6pm PST talking about Just Posts, social justice and probably little people too. Go here if you want to join in on the fun.


flutter said...

Happy Anniversary!

painted maypole said...

i am currently drinking a glass of wine, so I raise it to you. Cheers!

I'm so sad I'll miss the webcast tomorrow. Rehearsal. Sigh.

I will be there in spirit.

mo-wo said...

I'll try to catch you on the podcast for sure. And as another librarian I'll say thanks to you for choosing your library as a special place to put a bit more of yourself.


Family Adventure said...

INSPIRATIONAL - that's what you (all) are. Congratulations on all you've accomplished in just one short year!


carrie said...

You have done so much!

I can't think of a more perfect gift for you to give Mad than that!

Congratulations, everyone!

Lori Witzel said...

Wow, thanks, y'all, for sharing a link to my tiny way to help feed the book hunger in Africa!

I'll share some about your site and what you're doing when I squeeze out a few minutes this weekend.

Anyway, hope today is a fabulous day for you.

cce said...

SO glad to be part of this great celebration...thanks for changing my life in an one important way - it's now focused just a little more outward than usual and that's a good thing.

Kelly said...

Happy Anniversary to a truly wonderful multiple union.

Kyla said...

How much do I love that you are volunteering in your bride's field of choice!

I love this baby...and I'm hoping to bring a gift for her a wee bit later, maybe in the 3-6 month size. ;) No, but seriously, I'm still planning on weekend volunteering at our hospital, I just need to get my munchkins well enough to schedule my training session.

Mad Hatter said...

You are so swell. This is perfect. Simply perfect--not just for me but for you too. Given that all you do in a day and all you must face, knowing that you are volunteering in a space that, while being deeply connected to social justice, is gentle and soul-affirming.

You shake the tree like no other my dearest bride.

Magpie said...

Happy Congratulations!

Once again, I look forward to curling up with my laptop later and working through all the linked posts. Thanks for your round-up - and your wonderful spirit of generosity.

hele said...

You sure make beautiful babies.

Andrea said...

What a lovely idea and (dare I say it) it sounds like fun, too. Then again, I am a book addict.

Congratulations on your beautiful baby. That was the shortest gestation of all time.

Christine said...

happy anniversary and i am already in love with this little baby! i will put a post about my gift later today. . .

Running on empty

Lawyer Mama said...

You're all fabulous. I just love being able to read the posts of so many big hearted bloggers.

I have a baby gift for you, but it will be a bit late.

I'm all over that podcast tonight, baby!


Susanne said...

Thank you again for setting this in motion (and working on it all the time).

That's a great thing that you do the library thing. Great idea.

NotSoSage said...

Oh baby, you guys rock my world. I look forward to hearing about your volunteer work.


Julie Pippert said...

It's just wonderful. Congratulations.

And a marvelous list.

(But, for the record...I listened and read and even nominated, too. Just wanted to make sure you guys knew, so it didn't look like I was an utter ignoring slacker. LOL)

jen said...

Julie, oh no. I'll fix that now. i am so sorry for inadvertently omitting you.

QT said...

I can't believe it has been a year! my gift is running a tad bit late as well, dearest. But it's coming!

Anonymous said...

DUDE! That's awesome. I have been wracking my brains since you came out with this because here is my problem:
For me to volunteer we either will need to pay for more child care, take time out of family time on the weekend, or find something I can do with the boys. But, there is NO reason that Zachary couldn't come with me to the library. He could help me shelve books.

Obviously not signing up for anything until we have moved (which means my gift is gonna be late), but this is now on my short list.

Omaha Mama said...

The library. What a wonderful gift. Got me a little choked up.

The Expatriate Chef said...

One day I will do a Just Post, I am never sure if my stuff crosses over into social justice enough. I nominated you for a Bloggie;

Best writing and best overall blog categories.

liv said...

what a wonderful year. thanks for having me on the journey.

Mauigirl said...

Thanks so much! And I really support the volunteerism idea. I volunteer in a number of ways in my community and it is so important; without volunteers things don't get done.

Jennifer said...

Look at that, look what you've all started. It's gorgeous. Happy, Happy Anniversary! And thank you, thank you for bringing this beautiful baby into being.

Kate said...

Thanks for the link love you gave the Generous December GWP. I am glad it struck a chord.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!! This is very cool, indeed.
Laura and Angela
(25 Days and Reality Testing)