Ok, this makes my pagan heart happy: my friend Raven has opened a new store in Madison, WI called Ravenworks. It features lots of pretty, pretty, shiny and happy one-of-a-kind, hand made things for everyday use, ritual, whatever. Also, books and music — including Legacy!.
Interested in giving something different, something meaningful this year? Well, check out some of these charitable giving options, such as using African pouched rats to find landmines in Africa or lending money to a developing world entrepreneur.
My dad, Norman Weibel, who is an American Legion chaplain and does weddings in California’s Inland Empire has a new website! Beware the music (it can be turned off at the bottom of the page).
Created by young Dutch designer Cindy van den Bremen, Capsters are sleek head coverings made from comfortable, stretchy fabrics… Covering a woman’s head and neck as stipulated by Islamic or cultural tradition, they make it possible for women to participate in sports and physical activities without having to worry about their headscarves shifting.
Of more interest to me personally are TOMS Shoes, socially-conscious footwear that are taking the LA fashion scene by storm:
Not just casual chic slip-ons that were spotted all over L.A. this summer, TOMS Shoes give new meaning to ‘two for the price of one’. For each pair purchased (USD 38), TOMS gives a pair to a disadvantaged child in South America. Materials and shoes are produced and manufactured in Argentina under strict ‘no sweatshop’ guidelines, ensuring fair labor practices and minimal impact on the environment.
Good to hear about these things. Perhaps my dream of a Whole-Foods-like clothing store is getting closer to feasibility…
If you’re looking for something to get for the Radcliffs this holiday, feel free to pitch in and get these lovely Klingon bloodwine cups, on auction at Christie’s as part of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek. As the site states: “reputed to have been originally used in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments.” Indeed.