Thursday, August 14, 2008

August & September 2008 Donate to Race for the Cure

For the months of August and September, I will be donating 10% of my earnings from Hint Jewelry to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

In Portland, Oregon, on September 21st I will be walking alongside my team members, to raise money for breast cancer research and the opportunity to support free mammograms for low income women. 

I'm excited to be able to encourage other women to take care of their bodies and families through a free mammogram screening. Donating $77.00 to this cause supports one woman's journey towards loving kindness for her body.  I'd like to be able to give at least 10 women this gift so my goal is $770.00. Know that 10% of what I earn from Hint Jewelry will make this dream a reality.  If you'd rather donate directly to my campaign instead of purchasing a charm or necklace, please click here or send a check to the following address:

Komen Portland Race for the Cure
Unit 15
PO Box 4500
Portland, OR 97208

Note: Reference Beth Hemmila on the memo line if you would like your contribution to count towards my campaign.  Thanks for your support!

Be a Love Dog

For many years I have been inspired by the poetry and teaching of the great Sufi mystic Rumi. His poem Love Dogs has been a continual wellspring of inspiration, and I have secretly sought ways to connect with the message in this poem and give back what I have received.

In my Etsy store and on this blog I want to bring awareness to the beauty of the human spirit, highlighting movements of social change. Each month I will donate 10% of my earnings from Hint Jewelry to a non-profit organization that I will feature on my blog.
Love Dogs

One night a man was crying,
Allah! Allah!
His lips grew sweet with the praising,
until a cynic said,
"So! I have heard you
calling out, but have you ever
gotten any response?"

The man had no answer to that.
He quit praying and fell into a confused sleep.

He dreamed he saw Khidr, the guide of souls,
in a thick, green foliage.
"Why did you stop praising?"
"Because I've never heard anything back."
"This longing 
you express is the return message."

The grief you cry out from
draws you toward union.

Your pure sadness
that wants help
is the secret cup.

Listen to the moan of a dog for its master.
That whining is the connection.

There are love dogs
no one knows the names of.

Give your life
to be one of them.

Jalal Al-Din Rumi Translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne