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Yesterday was Acts of Kindness for Henry day. Henry Louis Granju was an 18 year old that overdosed on heroin. Annually, acts of kindness are performed in his name. Henry’s fund works to end teen and young adult drug addiction through treatment funding, education, support and advocacy.

So I joined.

I decided to kick off the day by giving a dozen farm fresh eggs to the doughnut store owner when I got my coffee. He was thrilled, in return he gave me 3 doughnuts.

The last mile to the office my car started making an awful racket. I stopped and called AAA (I’d renewed my membership just the day before as I was expecting a check so I had some extra cash).

I was towed to the garage nearby. I gave one of the doughnuts to the tow driver, he gave me a hug.

$700 for repairs. Sheesh! The garage loaned me a car to get to the office. I gave the other two doughnuts to two of my favorite guys working in the shipping area.

After work I returned to the garage and gave the owner a dozen eggs, he in turn told me that the actual damaged part was adjacent o the part he’d quoted. With an oil change and recharging the A/C, the total was $350.

I stopped by the grocery store for cat food. The produce manager knows that I have chickens and saves lettuce for them occasionally. She got all excited when she saw me and I left the store with a grocery cart piled high with bags of lettuce.

I got home and realized that i still hadn’t done an Act of Kindness for Henry as each action I performed was repaid to me in full. So I went online and made a KIVA loan in Henry’s name - I chose Udom from Rong Kwang, Thailand in the heart of the Golden Triangle in Northern Thailand. Udom has a compelling story as well. Read it here. The funny thing is that I’d just received repayments on several other loans so that I was only out-of-pocket $2.50

When I logged onto my computer last night, I realized that it wasn’t Henry’s Acts of Kindness day at all. That was Tuesday, and I’d missed the window. Lol. Well, I hope that Henry finds it amusing. I know I did.


Ladies, I am holding out my hand. Do you trust me?

I need you to open Google Maps. Locate your nearest mall. Get in your car. Drive to Yankee Candle.

Past the seasonal pumpkin display, near the back of the store, you will find a trash pile Man Candle section. You will see candles called MMM,…

Brilliant. My life just got simpler, and for $12.01 - BARGAIN!


Logo & Chocolate Bar Design

Design - Laura Quick
Client: Ojio Functional Foods / Ultimate Superfoods
Project: Design packaging for a line of functional chocolate bars.
Notes: This is the initial design for a new branch of Ultimate Superfooods dedicated to foods with specific functional benefits. However the company changed tack when they realized that all of their products have functional benefits as well. So, though this is a dead project, and the packaging direction has moved more inline with the existing Ultimate Superfoods branded line of Ojio products, I like it.

What I have been doing lately

Sunday Seven

Actually it’s just one thing.

I was raised in a house where people had to be “right” - and this was a big badge of honor if you were the person in the right.

It’s always been sort of mean spirited. I hated it.

The internet can be like nails on a chalkboard. I have bristled when people have mislabeled an animal or travel shot  and it’s not because I think I’m better than anyone else, but because it isn’t right — and should be.

I’ve hated for a long time that I can’t scroll on by and let it be okay. My draft folder is full of corrected posts…

For some reason, this week I just stopped. Amazingly, it’s suddenly been okay. I have no idea what changed but I can finally just let it go. I’ve looked things up for myself, but then moved on.



"Indomitable" Jaguars May Have Lessons in Survival for Us

Jaguar corridors in Central and South America are helping “the sumo wrestler of the animal kingdom” survive.

by Simon Worrall

Alan Rabinowitz, author of Jaguar: An Indomitable Beast, has devoted his life to studying and protecting jaguars. He established the world’s first jaguar sanctuary, the Cockscomb Basin Preserve, in Belize. And he was the moving force behind identifying and securing jaguar corridors throughout Central and South America.

Speaking from his home in New York, he talks about how a childhood speech impediment made him bond with jaguars, how a fur coat worn by Jackie Kennedy triggered a catastrophic decline in jaguar populations, and how looking to jaguars could help us deal with problems we face, like climate change…

(read more: National Geographic)

photograph: Esteban Payan, Panthera

Years ago I was fortunate to hear Alan Rabinowitz speak in NYC about his Jaguar research in Belieze - the successes and the failures.  Absolutely the most compelling event I’ve attended!

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