Today in My History

2000: I Gotta Get a New Hobby
2001: Finding the Bare Bones
2002: Hat Hair
2003: Fool Me Once, Shame on You
2004: 'Tis the Season
2005: What Was I Thinking?
2006: The Heck with PETA
2007: Better Than Aspirin

2008: 100 Things I Like
2009: Whiling Away the Hours
2010: Gorsh, Folks
2011: The Long Road Home
2012: Misty Water-Colored Memories

2013: Ned's Criminal Past

2014: Alexander and Logos
2015: Why I do this
2016: A Simple Jam
2017: Thunder Down Under
2018: From Davis to Boston
2019: Damn that DMV Anyway
2020: Saturday 9
2021: Sunday Stealing

2021: Saturday 9

Books Read in 2022
 Updated 3/27
"State of Terror"
by Clinton & Penny

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2022
Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/16)


Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the PiŮata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

mail to Walt / mail to Bev


4 April 2022

I have made a new loan through Kiva.  I always donate to women and usually women in some African country. (I have a herd of cattle somewhere in Africa!)  I try to loan to women who are in the countries where I sponsor kids through Compassion, Int'l

Kiva is now loaning to borrowers in the United States, so I chose Kellie, in Iowa  this time.

Here is her story:

Iím an Iowan. I wasnít raised on a farm, but lots of my family members and friends were farmers. So, farm culture is ingrained in me. From a young age, I watched my grandma and great-grandma cook Sunday dinners and became entranced. Everyone gardened every summer. We spent days preserving the harvests. I shucked a lot of corn and snapped a lot of beans. We also raised chickens to be used for food. Doing all of this was a group effort, so it takes a village, as they say. Today, the smell of pickling, especially cucumbers and beets takes me right back there to all of it.

What Iím doing with this business is taking that heritage and bringing it to a shop where I can share it with everyone. So many people are now interested in fermenting and canning. They can visit me and ask questions, as well as buy my products. I'm also feeding people my food, which is another passion of mine.

My business is a small restaurant with a retail area. I make vegan wraps and soups, as well as hot sauces, jams, and other fermented and pickled items. I'm located inside NewBo City Market, which is an incubator space for new start-up businesses, many of which are food-based, but also include some retail and service shops. Last spring, I found myself unhappy and in a job that was no longer a good fit for me. I had been making various jams for friends when it was suggested to me that I start my own business. I was ready to be my own boss. I quickly put together a business plan, with the help of a mentor, and approached NewBo City Market for a space. I left my job and dove head-first into putting everything I had into the new business. Soon after, I was painting and getting the space ready for my new restaurant!

Here is the link to her web site.

More than 1.7 billion people around the world are unbanked and canít access the financial services they need. Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 in San Francisco, with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.

We do this by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva's work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care.

By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, you can be part of the solution and make a real difference in someoneís life.

100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans.





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