Women Swimmin’: T minus 30 Days

I’ve been training for Women Swimmin’ since May, and I’m looking forward to the August 18 (non-competitive) swim 1.2 miles across Cayuga Lake to raise money for HospiCare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County. HospiCare provides compassionate end-of-life services to community residents as well as grief counseling for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. I hope you will consider sponsoring me in the event to help support this important community organization. 

You can donate online via my fundraising page, or, if a check is easier, let me know. (If you have trouble with the link, click on the Women Swimmin’ icon in the left sidebar of the blog.) Every little bit helps! 

 If you are in Ithaca, come down to the Ithaca Yacht Club on the morning of August 18 to help celebrate! Three hundred women are expected to participate in the event.

Thank you, 


Many non-profit organizations solicit year-end donations while sending holiday greetings to their supporters. I’ve noticed that this year, I’ve received more electronic messages than holiday cards sent in the mail. While I sometimes miss the actual cards being a mail junkie, I know that email is better for the organization’s budget as well as to preserve natural resources. 
I thought this greeting from the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS), a group dedicated to ending the use of animals in experiments, was precious. AAVS sponsors Animalearn, an initiative to provide alternatives to dissection in science classes. They also work to educate consumers on cruelty-free products. The Tina Nelson Sanctuary Fund provides grant assistance to sanctuaries that provides shelter to animals previously used in laboratories. 
AAVS is a group worthy of a year-end donation. What a wonderful way to celebrate life and peace on earth!

Paws for Japan: Helping Japan’s Animals

Sparkles is a beautiful, blogging kitty who is very sad (as am I) about the horrors experienced by the people and animals of Japan. Her human is donating a dollar to World Vets for every comment made on her blog today. Please go visit and say hello – what a fun and easy way for us to help those animals in Japan who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami. You can also visit a ton of other blogs who are helping Japan’s animals today through the links at the bottom of the entry.

Sparkle’s Commentathon

Want to know more about helping the animals of Japan? Here are some organizations working right now that need donations of money and supplies. Every little bit helps, so please make a donation today.

Pet Postcard Project

The Pet Postcard Project helps shelter animals – for each homemade postcard received, a sponsor donates a specific amount of food to a shelter. Walter and I have been participating off and on since last fall (when we can think of fun ideas in the categories: confession, advice, wishes, excuses, and you know you love your cat/dog when). We’re sending off a few cards to them tomorrow. This is a great way to help animals (and there are contests that you might win). If you have kids, it would be a fun project to do with them.

Here are the cards we’re submitting this month:


PPP Pugs Not Drugs

PPP 5 Second Rule