Picking disability charities that will use your money sensibly can be a challenge. Here’s some advice on finding the best place to send your donations.
Competing ballot initiatives can very confusing for voters, often intentionally. Here’s what happens with competing measures and how to manage them — make sure you understand what you’re voting for!
Even though I’ve undergone surgery several times, I find myself repeatedly struck by the divide between people who are actually helpful and those who are not — and how many people don’t really know what to do when someone they know has had surgery if they haven’t experienced it themselves. There are tons of ways […]
The time has come, my dear friends in public relations, for yet another chat. PR can be an incredible tool for promoting projects and initiatives, for connecting with journalists, for much, much more. It can also completely sink whatever it is you’re promoting if you start irritating the people you’re deluging in communications, and if […]
Few things send me into apoplectic rage quite like unsolicited calls. I hate spam calls in general, I especially hate robocalls, and the whole thing tends to make me extremely shirty. There’s a reason I am registered for the Do Not Call list and there’s a reason I fume on Twitter for hours after getting […]
The height of summer may seem like an odd time to talk about food banks. After all, awareness campaigns about hunger and community needs tend to be particularly prevalent around November, when everyone is exhorted to donate so community families can have a nice Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner. But in fact, it’s not that simple — food […]
People often turn to me for advice on developing writing careers, especially freelance careers, which honestly makes me a little bit uncomfortable. It’s not because I’m so leery of competition that I don’t want to provide information to people that would help them enter the industry, but rather that the industry is an extremely hard […]
I am a tattooed person. For me, being tattooed is very much a part of my personal identity and expression — the same doesn’t hold true of all tattooed people. It’s not just because my tattoos have meaning, because they are visible parts of myself, because they are works of art, but because there is […]
One of my favourite tasks when I worked at a bookstore was perhaps one of the most mundane: Preparing books to mail to prisoners. Sending printed material to prisons is a rather exacting and precise task, requiring more fiddling than you might know, and if you don’t do it right, the prison can and will […]
Are you a member of the National Bone Marrow Registry? It doesn’t take much time or effort to join, although you do need to commit to being available in the event of a match — if you do match, you’ll need to be available for 30-40 hours over 4-6 weeks for screenings, testing, and eventual […]