30 October 2015

My Letter to Florida State Senator RE Guns on Campus

Dear Senator Tom Lee, I'm writing to express my concern over SB 68: Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms and CS/SB 300: Weapons and Firearms. As a USF student, and voting constituent, I am concerned for my safety, and the safety of my fellow students. I feel that my safety is put in jeopardy by allowing deadly weapons on campus.

03 August 2015

How I Raised $600 for Planned Parenthood Arizona

I could have easily titled this post, "How I Cut My Hair and Beard and Cried Myself to Sleep for Weeks Afterward" but the truth is that I recently underwent a project to practice philanthropy. At this point I closely resembled a Jesus and many of my friends, family, and colleagues regularly commented for me to "Stop being a god damn hippie and cut your hair." Inspired by the film "Mansome" I decided to drastically change my personal appearance and advocate on behalf of a nonprofit.

photo by K.L. on Flickr

I chose Planned Parenthood Arizona because I could relate to its mission:

Planned Parenthood Arizona promotes and protects every person’s freedom and right to enjoy sexual health and well-being, to make reproductive choices, and build healthy, strong families.

And as I would later learn, had benefited directly from their work.

Six hundred dollars may not be a whole lot of money for an organization that has over $12 million in revenue but I'm glad that I got to do my part, raise a little bit of money, and engage people in a conversation about health and wellness.

Check out the Tumblr site I set up to track the fundraising progress here: http://shearchoice.tumblr.com/

Donate to Planned Parenthood AZ here: http://shearchoice.tumblr.com/donate

01 April 2015

What have I got to show for 946,684,800 seconds?

Some people think the world owes them something on their birthday. I disagree. The world doesn't owe anyone anything. It just is.

Recently I celebrated a birthday. It was nice. There was music, dancing, cupcakes, and booze. During this celebration of time, my friend asked me something like, "What are your goals for the next ten years?".

Birthdays are a terrific opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and set new goals. I do this type of reflection and future creation regularly so I responded with a short list:

  • Run a marathon
  • Earn a PhD

These are fun and exciting goals and given their importance to me I also want to share good things with people like you. Things that may improve your life. Things like Dr. DeFoore's Goodfinding Newsletter.

The idea behind goodfinding is to actively seek out good; this will allow the mind to create excellent health, great relationships and lasting success. This newsletter is a monthly opportunity to practice goodfinding in your personal life.

Read more here: http://www.goodfinding.com/goodfinding-newsletter.html

It seems fitting that I close this out with a quote from one of my favorite writers:

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
-Henry David Thoreau

18 March 2015

My Letter to Dr. Pepper to Stop Advertising Soda to Kids

Dear Mr. Young:

Please stop marketing Sun Drop, Crush, and other sodas and sugary drinks to kids 14 and under through advertising, advergames, and the use of child-oriented characters.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group should adopt a comprehensive policy on marketing to children. One way you could demonstrate your sincerity about protecting children is by joining the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ (BBB) Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI).

Please let me know if you’re willing to protect children from sugary drink marketing.

Send your own letter here: http://ow.ly/KiG12