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Month: February 2012

Being Rocked to the Core.

Howdy y’all. I could be telling you about how my writing is going (fine) and what I’m working on at the moment (Amish) and what is new (not much), but instead I want to tell you something I learned about on Sunday.

To keep it brief, the congregation learned about the Not For Sale Campaign which is a huge organization trying to stop slave labour. Did you know there are 30 million slaves today? I kid you not. I’m not here to preach. I am not here to ask you for a donation (although do consider buying some of their t-shirts!) but I want to encourage not to shop for specific items. Specific items from specific companies that know they are using child labour/women labour/slave labour for their financial gain.  I have researched and written out all the specifics. Will you take the time to copy them and then not buy those items, no matter how badly you want them? I myself have been torn about buying certain things, but when I think of the pain and suffering I am inducing because I want an object? For shame on me! So without futher ado, here are the items. All items were copies off the free2work website, which also has a fantastic little app that allows you to scan barcodes of items and will tell you if they are using slave labour or not. Isn’t that brilliant? And it’s free and only 4 MG!!!

Please do not turn off your heart or humanity when you read about the following. Please, please make a difference and boycott.


Simply Basic, George, No Boundaries, Jesse James Industrial Workwear, Faded Glory  – all found at Walmart. Unlimited by Marc Ecko (Macy’s), Mark Nason, Zoo York (skateboard stuff), Skechers, Child of Mine, Just for You, Carter’s, Genuine Kids and OshKosh B’Gosh.  (Incidentally, all items written up received grades of D or lower. The kid’s clothing line received an F)

Chocolate: (be strong)

Rolo, Skor, Payday, Reese’s, Mr. Goodbar, Mounds, Milkduds, Zagnut, Maura Lon, Heath, Carmello, Hershey’s topping, Caoa reserve, Pot of Gold, Milka Lacta, Alpen gold, 100 Grand, Crunch, Chunky, Butterfinger, Nestle Hot Cocoa, Nestle Milk Chocolate, Good n Plenty, Almond Joy, Hershey’s (which means we will not be attending the Hershey playground this year), KitKat, 5th Avenue, Whoppers, Whatchamacallit, Peppermint Patty, Shell Topping, Cadbury, Eatmore, Chipits, Take 5, Glosette, Symphony, Toblerone, Baker’s Chocolate (yes the kind you bake with), Cote D’or, Snocaps, Nesquik, Goobers, Carlos V, Ovaltine, Babe Ruth, Oh Henry, See’s Candies, Tracker, Topic, Galaxy Fruit, Flyte, Fling, M & M’s, Milky Way, Bounty, Twix, Snickers, American Heritage Chocolate, Dove, 3 Musketeers, Kudos, Revels, Mars, Munch, Maltesers, Russel Stiver, Weight Watcher’s, Whitmans, Godiva, Welch Candy, Disney Candy, Nickelodeon, Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty, Spongebob candy, Marvel, Kettle Brand Chips,Diamond nuts, Sheri’s Berries, Personal Creations, Red Envelope, Cherry Moon and Behr’s Chocolate

Electronics (ouch)

Hewlett Packard (C), Apple (D), Kindle (D-)


People’s, Zales, Mappins, Piercing Pagoda, Kay, Sterling

Shoes that are GOOD to buy:

Smartwool, Howies, Timberland, Reebok, Ashworth, Adidas, Patagonia, Tretorn, Puma    BAD SHOE: Nike

Toys: ready?


Lego (thank goodness!), GI Joe, My Little Pony, Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley, Cranium, Baby Alive, Tonka, Transformers, Furreal Friends, Wizards of the Closet, Nerf, Supersoaker, Strawberry Shortcake, Littlest Pet Shop, Playskool, Avalon High, Tiger

BAD TOYS:  Little Mommy, UB Funkeys, Barbie, Tyco, Polly Pocket, Girl Tech, Mattel Games, Xtractaurs, Uno, Rocky the Robot, Matchbox, Blokers, BattleForce 5, Fisher-Price (ouch), Monster High, Hot Wheels, Max Steel, Mattel

REALLY BAD TOYS: My Pillow Pets, Glo-E, Kung Zhu, Dagedar, Zhu Zhu pets

Beans and Grains:

Vahine, McCormick, Lawry’s and Adolph, Old Bay, El Guapo, Ducros, Aeroplane, Club House, Billy Bee, Schwartz, Silvo, Zatarain’s, McCormick Gourmet, Thai Kitchen, Simply Asia, PopSecret, Emerald Premium Snacks, Diamond nuts.


Naturally Sweet, Imperial Sugar, Dixie Crystals, Savanah gold sugar  – all F’s.


I am currently trying to get more information on corrupt companies. I am also seeking out alternatives for some of these items. The sugar stuff I’m not quite sure yet. But I will follow up with some great substitutions if I can.

Please. For the sake of everyone, boycott the companies. It is the absolute least you can do. It will take a bit of time and effort on your part, but it will be so worth it in the end. Please visit for more information.



Yes, yes, it’ s been awhile.

Things have been happening and I can’t really discuss them because nothing is set in stone yet. But I promise once I’ve figured everything out and everything works to plan, I will share.

So, I’m at the gym today and I’ve got some new music downloaded and you know sometimes when you hear a song it just hits you hard and you can fully imagine a scene in a movie?

Well, I was listening to this. And it hit me.

When I got home I booted up the old Lenovo and my headphones and wrote. Because it gave me a scene and I loved it.

And then I heard this:  and another scene popped into my head.

I wish I could share. But I can’t. Yet.

Don’t you love when  song hits you so hard you can fully imagine the movie scene in your head and you can even taste it?

Sometimes I wish I were making movies….


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